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2020 K-12 Seminar

March 24-25, 2020

The Friday Conference Center

1.5 CEU offered

Registration for the Global Conflict and Peacebuilding Seminar is closed.

******COVID-19 UPDATE 03/10/2020******

UNC World View values our participants and cares for the health and safety of everyone. Because of the rapidly evolving situation regarding the COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, the decision has been made to cancel the World View seminar Global Conflict and Peacebuilding.

Individuals who have paid directly to World View will receive a credit to be used at future programs during the 2019-2020 academic year or 2020-2021 academic year. If your registration has been coordinated by your K-12 school or K-12 district office, World View is contacting them directly.

We know that as educators you are working hard to meet the needs of your students during this challenging time. World View will follow up with you in the weeks to come to share program related online resources with participants who registered. We are committed to working across the state to connect university resources and provide meaningful professional development.

If you have any questions regarding this cancellation of Global Conflict and Peacebuilding please contact Kimberly Hall, administrative services coordinator, at



K-12 educators will gain relevant information and innovative approaches to teaching about global conflict and peacebuilding. Educators will be introduced to key themes, diverse resources and strategies for exploring these topics in the classroom.

Partners: $175 per person; $600 per team of four / Non-Partners: $200 per person; $700 per team of four

Support provided by…

  • African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Carolina Asia Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Duke University Middle East Studies Center
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs
  • The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University
  • The Jack & Mary McCall Charitable Foundation
  • UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies

Schedule | Speakers | Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitors | Program Material | Lodging & Directions



8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Welcome

Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Barbara Stephenson, UNC Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief Global Officer
Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State
9:15 a.m. Plenary I: Peace through Science: Using Analytics and Data to Study Conflict and Promote Peace

Navin Bapat, Political Science Professor and Chair of the Peace, War, and Defense program at UNC-Chapel Hill
Political disputes, particularly those that are shocking and have long and violent histories, often create emotional divisions that are exceptionally difficult to overcome. These conflicts often lead to conclusions that humans are inherently aggressive, conflict is inevitable, and efforts to make peace are naive. However, given the salience of these arguments, they are often not subjected to scientific rigor or empirical scrutiny. This session proposes strategies to allow students to scientifically study questions related to war and peace. In doing so, students are able to learn several insights that they may find incredible due to current media coverage. For example, using science, students can see that wars are relatively rare, terrorism is relatively insignificant, and that international institutions are often quite effective at promoting peace. The scientific methods further allows students to understand the general root causes of conflict, which gives them the opportunity to creatively propose solutions. This plenary will focus on how to adopt the scientific approach to studying war and peace, and will highlight some of the key findings over the last two decades.
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Plenary II: In a World of Conflict, How Educators Make Peace Possible

Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education, United States Institute of Peace
This year marking the 35th anniversary of its creation by Congress, the U.S. Institute of Peace is dedicated to preventing and resolving violent conflict and empowering people and institutions to build peace. Through its program work in conflict zones and its educational work across the U.S., it is helping make peace possible—including by equipping and inspiring educators who are making real change, and whose stories matter. This plenary will reflect on the importance of teaching peace in today’s world.
11:15 a.m. Transition to session
11:20 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12:20 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m.
Plenary III: The World Becomes What We Teach
Zoe Weil, President and Co-founder, Institute for Humane Education
Imagine a world in which students learn how to collaboratively solve problems in their communities and the world. Imagine their eagerness to apply what they study in school to the issues they care most about. Imagine not only their sense of accomplishment and efficacy but also the impacts of their work on the future. Zoe Weil will offer a vision and concrete ideas for bringing solutionary thinking and action to youth so that they can become solutionaries for a just, healthy, and humane world.
2:15 p.m. Transition to Sessions
2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session II
3:30 p.m. Break and Transition to Sessions
3:45 p.m. Concurrent Session III
4:45 p.m. Adjourn for the day
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Plenary IV: Revolutionary Teaching: Exploring Latin American Insurgencies Through Live Documentary

Miguel La Serna, Associate Professor of Latin American History, UNC-Chapel Hill
One of the challenges of teaching global historical content is that we cannot bring all students out of the classroom to interact with the places, people, and periods they study. But what if we could bring these places, people, and periods into the classroom? Using Latin American Cold War history as a case study, this session explores the ways in which instructors can use the digital humanities to create an interactive, immersive classroom environment that reaches the diverse learning styles of all students.
9:30 a.m. Plenary V: War, Peace, and Shifting Alliances in the Middle East

Curtis Ryan, Professor of Political Science, Appalachian State University
Middle East politics has long been characterized by shifting regional alliances and frequent intervention by foreign powers. Since the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’, regional politics has been shaken to its foundations, including new forms of foreign intervention and shifting alliances, with profound implications for war, peace, and even the world’s largest refugee crisis. This session offers a primer on changing regional alliances and the prospects for war and peace in one of the world’s most tumultuous regions.
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Plenary VI: Stories for Change

Kane Smego, Associate Director, Next Level, US Department of State and Spoken Word Poet and Hip Hop Artist
Drawing on his experiences as an international touring artist and youth educator, and his experiences growing up in the American South, this dynamic talk and performance focuses on issues of race, gender, community building, and the stories that we all carry. From the backwoods of Alaska to a hip hop festival in Zimbabwe, Kane takes listeners on a journey exploring the role that our layered identities, experiences, and stories play in leadership, relationship building and community engagement.
12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Next Steps/Adjourn

Plenary Speakers

Navin Bapat is a professor in International Relations in the Department of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1998 and pursued graduate studies at Rice University, where he received an M.A. (2000) and a PhD (2004) in political science. Professor Bapat research interests include examining conflicts involving violent non-state actors, such as insurgencies and terrorist campaigns, using formal and empirical methods. Professor Bapat also is involved an ongoing project examining the use and the effectiveness of economic sanctions.
Ann-Louise Colgan is the director of public education at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), where she has led the organization’s national outreach portfolio since 2010. Grounded in USIP’s original congressional mandate, her department is dedicated to increasing the American public’s understanding of international conflicts and nonviolent approaches that can be used to resolve them. Under her leadership, USIP has expanded its relationships across the country and now works with K-12 schools, as well as organizations and other contacts, in all 50 states.
For more than two decades, Ann-Louise has worked in Washington, DC at organizations focused on global conflict and peace, and related themes. Her background includes research and policy work, as well as extensive experience in communications and public education. From human rights organizations to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she managed the high-level Genocide Prevention Task Force and subsequently served as director of the Museum’s Academy for Genocide Prevention, Ann-Louise developed and implemented plans to engage policymakers and educate a broad public audience on issues of peace and conflict and other global priorities. Ann-Louise holds a master’s degree in International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in European Studies.
Miguel La Serna is an associate professor of Latin American history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research and teaching center on Cold War insurgencies and counterinsurgencies, with an emphasis on the internal armed conflict of 1980s and 1990s Peru. His works include The Corner of the Living: Ayacucho on the Eve of the Shining Path Insurgency (UNC Press, 2012); The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes (Norton, 2019); and With Masses and Arms: Peru’s Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (UNC Press, 2020).
Michael Anthony Betts II is a native North Carolina sound designer who is fascinated by the story of the world around him. His work tends to center around black and brown bodies and their existence in white space. Be it the music of a place, the sounds of a known or new environment, or the tales of another’s tragedy or triumph, Michael wants to hear it, experience it and recreate it aurally for others the world over. Graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with a BA in Communications focused in media studies and currently completing his MFA in Experimental Documentary Arts at Duke University, Betts has most notably worked as a sound designer for many North Carolina regional theater companies and provided exhibition audio for Hidden Voice’s None of the Above and Serving Life: Revisioning Justice. In early 2018, Michael was privileged to work on Howard Craft’s The Miraculous and Mundane. Most recently, Betts shot for NPR’s Marketplace’s Marielle “Pass-through” episode back in January 2019. His design with Sonny Kelly’s The Talk, which debuted to acclaim and sold out audiences, traveled to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Smithsonian Institute’s ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival 2019. Several of his current projects include bringing back Mike Wiley Productions’ Podcast Parallel Lives for another season, completing the first season of his first solo podcast Missing History, sound design for Rob Hamilton’s The Misdirection of Henry Walker, a collaboration with death row inmate Michael J. Braxton on an album and audio memoir, producing for Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies Doc/X Lab’s Shortwave Radio, Mix Engineer for San Diego Comicon’s award winning independent film short, Push The Point, and being the Mix Engineer for Princess Grace award recipient and Duke MFA|EDA alum, Sarah Riazati’s, Monumental. Michael was formerly a consultant for Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Podcast This Engineering Life before being brought on as Senior Editor. In the summer of 2019, Betts was awarded a Flaherty Fellowship, cementing his change in practice from just Sound Design to experiments in how people engage with learning through experiences. Embarking on a bi-campus endeavor with UNC-Chapel Hill professor Dr. Miguel La Serna surrounding the geopolitical armed conflicts of Latin America, Betts sought to bring the history to life, making it tangible for different learning styles. Betts is also the Co-Owner of Music Juice Studios located in Durham, North Carolina where he resides with his partner, Carmen.
Curtis R. Ryan is a professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He has written extensively on international relations in the Middle East, on inter-Arab relations, alliance politics, and on Jordanian domestic politics and foreign policy. He has published articles in the Middle East Journal, Middle East Policy, British Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Report, World Politics Review, Arab Studies Quarterly, Orient, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Middle East Law and Governance, Journal of Third World Studies, Southeastern Political Review, Israel Affairs, Middle East Review of International Affairs, and online with Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and Middle East Report Online. He is the author of three books: Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah (Lynne Rienner, 2002), Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy (University Press of Florida, 2009), and most recently, Jordan and the Arab Uprisings: Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (Columbia University Press, 2018). Professor Ryan served as a Fulbright scholar at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and its quarterly journal, Middle East Report.  
Kane Smego is an international touring spoken word poet and hip hop artist, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. He is the associate director and an artist alumnus of Next Level, a cultural diplomacy program that sends American hip-hop artists around the world to use music and dance in promoting cultural exchange, artistic collaboration, and community building. Kane has performed, taught, and managed programs with youth and adults of all ages across the U.S. and abroad on five continents, including hip hop residencies in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Brazil, Cambodia, Morocco, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, and Peru.

Kane’s one-man show, Temples of Lung and Air, is a work of hip hop theater that premiered at Playmakers Repertory Company in 2018, was featured at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC in 2019, and played at the Detroit Public Theater in Nov-Dec of 2019. As a recording artist, Kane has released multiple albums featuring his poetry and hip hop music. He also featured on Grammy Award-winner King Mez’s debut album My Everlasting Zeal, and topped the Spotify Viral 50 billboard in May 2017 featuring on the song North Cack with G Yamazawa. The music video for the song appeared on BET Jams and went on to win Best Music Video at the Hip Hop Film Festival in Harlem, NY. He is currently working on a new album set for release in 2020. Kane has also been a performer and keynote speaker at various events including TEDex UNC, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the Shriver Report Live hosted by Atlantic Magazine, the National Association of Social Workers conference and the Global Youth Leaders Conference, among many others. A native of Durham, NC, Kane currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Zoe Weil (pronounced Zoh Wile) is the co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), where she created the first graduate programs in comprehensive Humane Education linking human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection offered online through an affiliation with Antioch University. IHE also offers a free Solutionary Guidebook, Solutionary Workshops and an award-winning resource center through its Center for Solutionary Change to help educators and changemakers bring solutionary practices to students and communities so that together we can effectively solve local and global challenges. Zoe is a frequent keynote speaker at education and other conferences and has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed TEDx, “The World Becomes What You Teach.” She is the author of seven books including The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries; Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm, Moonbeam gold medal winner Claude and Medea and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times. Zoe was named one of Maine Magazine’s 50 independent leaders transforming their communities in the state and is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award. She was also a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series and received the Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award from the Nightingale-Bamford School. She holds master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.

Concurrent Session Presenters

Liz Bucrek is the program manager and instructor for Carolina Navigators, and helps to provide K-14 educators and students with global education resources created by UNC students who have international expertise. She began working in the field of education in 2003 and has worked as a secondary French and Spanish teacher, and as an instructional coach. Originally from Michigan, Liz has studied abroad in France, taught English in Spain, and has traveled to about 25 different countries around the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her master’s degree at NC State University. She enjoys sharing her passion for Global Education with teachers and students. Outside of work, Liz keeps busy teaching Zumba Fitness and Yoga classes.

Daniel Charles is a U.S. Army combat veteran, serving with the N.C. Army National Guard 5-113th Field Artillery Regiment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005-2006. Daniel met his colleague and co-presenter, Stan Lake, during his combat deployment. While on deployment, Daniel was placed in a vehicle with Stan and was handed a Canon GL-1 Camcorder that Stan purchased and he began filming. Daniel and Stan took it upon themselves to film shenanigans and animal adventures as a way to promote morale in the face of the horrors of war while they were on their combat deployment, as evidenced in the film Hammer Down. Daniel grew up in the DIY punk rock scene and carries that ethos and passion forward with his role in Catching Creation, the storytelling and film company founded by Stan Lake. Daniel has an Art Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University and uses his art as a form of therapy for himself and others with his project called Jungkart.


Matt Cone grew up in a family that talked about politics and international issues at the dinner table and considers himself fortunate to be able to teach about these same issues. He is a Social Studies teacher at Carrboro High School in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and was a 2016 USIP Peace Teacher.
Justin Colbert is a leader for Wilkes Central High School’s leadership team. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in History, Social Studies Education, Justin has taught Social Studies courses at Wilkes Central High School since 2010. He is the faculty adviser for Junior Civitans and has hosted the EC Prom for Wilkes County Schools for the last 6 years.  Justin is also an avid outdoors-man. He and his family enjoy camping and fishing trips across the US.


Dr. Elizabeth O. Crawford is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, specializes in global education at the elementary level. She has developed and field-tested units of study on global citizenship, peace education, and environmental sustainability for the Peace Corps World Wise Schools, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and the Institute for Humane Education. She was a 2017-2018 Global Teacher Education Fellow and currently serves as a HundrED Ambassador, a Helsinki-based non-profit that identifies and helps to spread scalable K12 education innovations around the world. Elizabeth collaborates with teachers, university faculty, and organizations throughout the world on shared efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Lynn Ditchfield has been an educator in urban and rural schools (including international), pre-school to university. She received the Arts/Learning Award for advocacy, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, served as a Fulbright Exchange teacher in Argentina, and has appeared in three editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Her first M.A. was based on the work of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator noted for his approach to critical and creative thinking. She received her second Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education focusing on arts-based approaches for at-risk youth. She founded Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) and served as Executive Director/Program Director. She also founded the theater group Nightmares and Dreams/ Immigrant Voices. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the European Graduate School: Arts, Health and Society Division. As a recipient of the MV Vision Fellowship award, she is the creator, writer, and editor of the book Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook and co-coordinator of the pilot program in the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. Lynn works as a writer, workshop facilitator, and adjunct professor of Education at Fitchburg State University.


Corin Zaragoza Estrera joined the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies as the Outreach Coordinator in 2019. Previously, Corin worked with K-12 students for eight years as an English as a Second Language teacher. Corin holds a B.A. in English with a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and her M.A.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in ESL and Multicultural Education from Virginia Tech.


Adam Furr has been a Social Studies teacher for 20yrs. He currently teaches at Wilkes Central High school in Wilkes County Schools. He is veteran of the NC National Guard. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006.


Lara Hamlet is an instructional coordinator who partners with teachers in designing curriculum and growing their individual teaching potential. After spending nearly a decade working in education, Lara knows firsthand the value of best teaching practices and it is not mastering the education buzzword of the moment. It’s how well you connect the children with the heartbeat of culture and communicate your understanding of civic engagement in the classroom. In her current role, Lara has garnered the support of community partners and educators to empower students as agents of change through the implementation of a valid and reliable service-learning program and authentic pedagogy of place. Lara is a licensed K-6 teacher in North Carolina and Virginia, as well as a certified Montessori educator ages 5-12. Lara holds a master’s degree in teaching from Hollins University.


Emma Harver is outreach and program coordinator for the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a collaboration of the UNC Chapel Hill Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. In her role, she works with K-12 and community college educators to increase understanding of the Middle East. She develops professional development programs and has created or co-created several curriculum units and classroom resources on the Middle East, including the multi-media Middle East Explained series. Harver has traveled to the region with educators and currently serves on the executive board of the Middle East Outreach Council as the co-chair of the national Middle East Book Award, as well as the University Advisory Board for Carolina Public Humanities. Harver holds a M.A. in International Education and B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Allison Haskins is the International Education Program coordinator for UNC’s Center for European Studies. Allison facilitates K-16 Educator programming. She also is the CES Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship Coordinator. Before coming to UNC, she interned with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C., as well in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium and the Atlantic Academy in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She received her M.A. in European-American Studies from the Universität Regensburg, and her B.A. in International Studies & German Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama.


Stan Lake is a film maker and a veteran of operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006. He currently works for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Stan is a wildlife photographer, writer, videographer and the founder of Catching Creation, a storytelling telling and filmmaking company. Stan started Catching Creation in 2010 and has been filming himself and others on camera since 2003. Stan grew up in Trinity, NC. When he wasn’t going to hardcore shows or skateboarding as a kid he was knee deep in swamps and creeks looking for all things wild. He has had a lifelong passion for reptiles, amphibians and wildlife in general. He studied Environmental Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro focusing on bats prior to his Iraq deployment with the Army. After his deployment, Stan changed his major and school, earning a BA in Biblical Studies with a focus in Youth Ministry from the School of Urban Missions Bible College and Theological Seminary.


Jenny Marvel develops and implements innovative, interdisciplinary museum education programs for K-12 students, pre-service and in-service educators, and for lifelong learners of all ages. Prior to her employment at the Ackland, Ms. Marvel worked in a variety of education departments including The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Museum of Flight (Seattle, WA), and the Dallas Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Art History at the University of North Texas and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University.


Juanita Ray is a retired educator of 32 years in the NC public schools. She holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in Speech Communication Education (K-12) and an MEd from UNC-Greensboro in Theatre Arts Education (K-12). She was also a National Board-certified teacher in Secondary Social Studies and served as an Instructional Lead Teacher in her last school. Juanita is a Museum Teacher Fellow with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and a fellow with The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights. She has also trained with Centropa and Facing History and Ourselves. She is a member of the NC Council on the Holocaust and serves as the Director of Teacher Workshops for western NC for the Council. She also presently works on Holocaust Education Teacher training seminars/trips with the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) and is an adjunct instructor at Greensboro College where she teaches classes in the Theatre Arts Department and serves as a University Supervisor for student teachers.


Fadia Thabet is a conflict analysis expert and peacebuilding initiatives designer. She is particularly interested in Countering Violent Extremism programs (CVE) in the MENA region focusing on al Qaeda and ISIS movement and gender-based violence prevention. She has provided consultancy services to international organizations (Danish Refugee Council, UNICEF, American Refugee Committee, Center for Victims of Torture, and Youthrive). She was a 2017 US State Department International Women of Courage Award Recipient. In 2018, Fadia was recognized for her work in peacebuilding by Nobel Peace Prize Forum. She also, shared the stage as panelist with The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2015. She was the keynote speaker for the Women Refugee Commission and Nobel Women’s Initiative and has appeared CNN and CBS news. Previously, she was responsible for designing and implementing countering violent extremism programs in schools in Yemen for four years and best practices in gender-based violence focused in the MENA region. Fadia has her master’s degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation. She is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Alumna. Her specialties include program implementation and design, training and facilitation, conflict mapping and assessment, monitoring & evaluation and leading humanitarian missions and peace initiatives design.


Nada Wafa is a doctoral student in Social Studies Education at North Carolina State University. She is also a research and teaching assistant in the Teacher Education and Learning Sciences department in the College of Education. Her research focuses on global education, inquiry-based learning, and technology-integration into curriculum and classroom instruction. She completed the New Literacies and Global Learning Master’s of Science program at North Carolina State University in 2019. Nada received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, concentration in Language Arts & Social Studies from North Carolina State University in 2011. She then worked at an International School before pursuing her master’s degree. Nada is the mother to three wonderful children and a youth coordinator at the Islamic Association of Raleigh, as well as an educator and leader in various volunteer opportunities that help enrich our youth learning. She continues to love learning, and enjoys spending her time with her husband, children, and family. She loves traveling, exploring, and learning about new cultures and people all around the world.


Concurrent Sessions

Saving Humanity: Perspective Through Service Learning is the Kryptonite of Global Conflict

Lara Hamlet, Instructional Coordinator, Island Montessori Charter School
Only one resource keeps Superman from saving humanity- kryptonite. Do you know the kryptonite of lessons in civic engagement designed to teach future youth how to save humanity from global conflict? Perspective. Maria Montessori said, “An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” With service-learning woven into the subject matter, children are given the tools of perspective needed to practice skills of cultural competence. The difference between teaching children about being a human and understanding how to be a kind human is perspective. Peace education is truly no small undertaking and not achieved by just scratching the surface, but through deep-rooted lessons with cross-cultural and cross-curricular content. In this session, educators will gain trust in implementing service-learning, while deepening their understanding of the experiential learning continuum, as it relates to the scope and sequence of peace education. Educators will explore learning opportunities that are solution-focused in the development of tolerance and embracing the appreciation of differences being navigated with respect – all while academically challenging students.
Peace-Building and Mindfulness Practice: A Multimodal Approach for a Sustainable Future

Dr. Elizabeth O. Crawford, Associate Professor, Watson School of Education, UNCW
Social-emotional learning, including the ability to manage emotions, feel empathy for others, experience positive relationships, and make responsible decisions, is considered critical to achieving a sustainable future for all. The integration of mind and body using mindfulness practice in the classroom is a promising approach to foster students’ wellbeing and sense of agency essential to addressing issues of local and global significance as underscored in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Applying theory to practice, this session explores teaching and learning applications of yoga and movement, mindfulness, and gratitude practice among children and adults. Attendees will discover how multimodalities engage emotions and cognition simultaneously, thereby, sparking empathy, investigation, solution-seeking, and reflection.
Rigoberta Menchú and the Fight for Indigenous Rights

Corin Zaragoza Estrera, Outreach Coordinator, UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Rigoberta Menchú is a K’iche’ Maya human rights activist from Guatemala who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. During the Guatemalan Civil War, Menchú fought for indigenous peoples’ rights, and she continues this work today. Participants in this session will learn about the peacebuilding work that earned Menchú the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as examine a variety of literature, nonfiction, and primary sources that can be used to teach about her in the classroom.
Resources for Teaching Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

Liz Bucrek, Carolina Navigators Program Manager, UNC Center for Global Initiatives
In this interactive session, you will learn how Carolina Navigators makes it easy for you to teach about global conflict and peace building in your classroom. An innovative service-learning program, Navigators works with UNC-Chapel Hill students with international expertise, to create FREE global education resources for K-14 educators and students across the state. Participants will go on a virtual and hands-on tour of available global education resources and participate in a model activity. Educators will have the opportunity to explore our Universal Human Rights and United Nations, African American History and Culture, World Religions, and Netherlands culture kits. In addition, you will become aware of playlists on the Navigators YouTube channel including Human Rights, Activism, Immigration and Refugees, World Religions, and Stereotypes and Single Stories, that you can use in your classroom. Finally, the presenter will share additional free online resources for sharing these important topics with your students such as Teaching Tolerance Film kits, Youth for Human Rights Education Package, Peace One Day, and the U.N. International Day of Peace.
Global C3 Inquiries Through Global Conflict and Peacebuilding

Nada Wafa, Doctoral Student/Research and Teaching Assistant, College of Education, North Carolina State University
This session will cover a range of topics about global education and inquiry-based learning. It will introduce a new Global C3 hub that has been established through the platform, a network that serves 14,000 teachers in the United States, and has expanded to serve teachers globally across the world with the aim to have more teachers join in developing new inquiries and using existing inquiries in their classroom. Global C3 hub is a workspace that intends to collaborate with teachers all around the world to develop globally-relevant internationally focused C3 framework instructional practices materials that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, this session will provide a sample inquiry example about fossil fuels that can be used in your classroom, and demonstrate how to utilize the hub and download inquiry blueprints for various topics. The Global C3 hub is committed to building a strong global community and strengthening global education in the world to empower global citizens to take actions to live in a more sustainable world.
Introduction to Peacebuilding- Case Study-Yemen

Fadia Thabet, Middle East and North Africa conflict analyst expert, focusing on al Qaeda and ISIS movement
This session will outline basic perspectives and approaches to frame conflict analysis for conflict transformation, using experiential activities and a global conflict and peacebuilding case study of Yemen. Through this interactive session, participants will learn how to apply conflict mapping/assessment and transformation lenses to a variety of conflicts.
Powerful Proponents of Peace: Women Engaged in Peacebuilding in the Middle East & North Africa

Emma Harver, Outreach Coordinator, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Data demonstrates that women’s participation in conflict resolution can improve outcomes before, during, and after conflict (Council on Foreign Relations, 2019). This session will focus on women in the Middle East and North Africa who are involved in peacebuilding efforts throughout the MENA region. Teachers will receive a brief overview about the power of women to build stable and resilient societies before exploring individuals and organizations active in peace work in the Middle East and North Africa. Teachers will receive a list of resources for teaching and learning about women peacebuilders in the Middle East, as well as other resources from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
Hammer Down

Adam Furr, Social Studies Teacher, Wilkes County Schools, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran

Daniel Charles, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran

Students spend much of their time on the computer. This session explores ways to move students away from the computer and back into the community. We will explore how students use their best resource – their community – as a teacher. Through primary research including observations, participation and interviews, students can create compelling essays through a qualitative approach to understanding their subjects. Students improve their communication, social, problem-solving and technology skills. And, yes, they do get to use their smartphones! We will have an opportunity to look at portions of the documentary At a Stranger’s Table: An In-Depth Introduction to the East Coast Migrant Farmworker in which some of my humanities students participated in the interview process.
Teaching About Global Conflict & Peace in a Discouraging World

Ann-Louise Colgan, Director of Public Education, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Today’s world often seems rife with violent conflict, and “peace” can feel like a more remote and elusive concept than ever—but peacebuilding is happening every day, in very practical ways, and even in the most difficult circumstances. Finding ways to unpack complex situations, to look behind the headlines, to develop new perspectives and skills can all help encourage young people to engage with the world and can help them see how peace can be possible. This session will encourage educators to: deepen their own understanding of core concepts related to global conflict and peace; explore approaches to teaching about complex current crises around the world in ways that can help students begin to understand and envision ways to build peace; and discover lessons, activities, and other practical resources to engage students on this key content.
Why Teach about the Holocaust in 2020?

Juanita Ray, Director of Teacher Workshops for Western NC, NC Council on the Holocaust
This session will ask participants to reflect on basic Holocaust history, understanding that it was a watershed event in the history of the world, while examining the choices that people, groups, and governments made during WWII. We will examine how democratic institutions are fragile and can be easily pulled apart by apathy and extremism. Best practice activities will include ways to help our students understand the ramifications of racism, stereotyping, and prejudice and why we continue to teach the lessons of the Holocaust in the twenty-first century.
Expected Outcomes:
1. Understand that the Holocaust was a watershed event in world history and it happened because people, groups, and governments made choices.
2. Help students see the ramifications of hate, prejudice, and stereotyping and that words and actions do matter.
3. Understand that democratic institutions are not automatically sustained and that extremism is dangerous to democratic institutions.
Exploring Economic and Political Conflict Through the Lens of Documentary Photography

Jenny Marvel, Head of School and Community Programs, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill
During this interactive session, participants will investigate select images by internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado and analyze some of the ways he has documented economic and political conflicts across the globe. Participants will discover teaching ideas to use with students in the classroom. Based upon the conversations and experiences with the works of art during the session, participants will consider more broadly the role works of art can play in classroom curriculum, whether relating to a specific discipline or multiple disciplines. Participants will also learn about Ackland Art Museum programs and resources available to K12 Educators and their students.
Borders to Bridges: Exploring Creativity-based Curriculum on Immigration, Cultural Competency and Social-Emotional Development

Lynn Ditchfield, Ph.D. candidate, Adjunct Professor, Fitchburg State University and Co-Coordinator Borders to Bridges pilot, Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools
Allison Haskins, International Education Program Coordinator, Center for European Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Our world is experiencing mass migration. An estimated 70.8 million people have left their homelands. War, violence, hunger, poverty, intolerance, unemployment, employment, climate changes, search for freedom, determination, longing, and hope for a better future have driven this exodus. Rather than seeing this solely as a problem, let us instead envision the dynamic fusion of energy in the world as potential enrichment of our communities, broadening of our perspectives, and deepening our understanding of ourselves and humanity. Currently in the U.S., we are experiencing a period when messages of hatred, violence, bullying and ethnic/racial prejudice are pervasive. As educators, we witness the crippling effects on students. It is essential to build awareness and resilience to empower all students – from the most vulnerable to the most privileged – to reach their potential and embrace new perspectives. Creative interactions in the classroom can transform attitudes to overcome fear and bring compassion, empathy, and hope for the future. This creativity-based immigration curriculum session is an interactive workshop. Participants will experience components of three hands-on lesson plans from Borders to Bridges: Creativity-Based Immigration Curriculum Guidebook showing how arts engagement leads to meaningful discussion and learning around critical issues for social-emotional development and cultural competency. Participants will be able to adapt these exercises for a variety of K-12 disciplines.
Historical and Modern Anti-Semitism

Juanita Ray, Director of Teacher Workshops for Western NC, NC Council on the Holocaust
This session will review the history of anti-Semitism and how it was a catalyst for the Holocaust. Participants will reflect upon historical anti-Semitic terms and images as well as those used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, increasing understanding of how those images and ideas are used to continue Holocaust denial and distortion in our world today. The session will support educators in helping students navigate through the rise of anti-Semitism using critical thinking and tolerance activities.
Getting Students Excited About Researching Global Issues

Matt Cone, Social Studies Teacher, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools

This session will explore strategies for engaging students in the study of a contemporary global issue and preparing them to present on facets of the issue that most interest them. Teachers who attend this session will gain an understanding of how to select issues that will particularly resonate with students, how to get students access to the most current and relevant news and scholarship on the issue, how to design a project that allows students to research a facet of the larger issue that interests them, how to assist students in arranging interviews with experts from around the world, how to guide students in synthesizing what they learned from their research, and how to present this research to an audience of community members.



Program Material

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Lodging & Directions

The Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020


Please be sure to park in the Friday Center Guest Parking Area and not the commuter lot, which is closest to Highway 54.


Courtyard by Marriott
(919) 883-0700
100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $129.00, guaranteed until February 23, 2020
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the “UNC World View” block or by following this link.


Hampton Inn & Suites
(919) 403-8700
6121 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – $114.00, guaranteed until February 29, 2020
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “GCP” or “K-12 Global Conflict & Peace Building” or by following this link.


Holiday Inn Express
(919) 489-7555
6119 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Rate – 104.00, guaranteed until February 29, 2020
Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the group code “GCP” or “K-12 Global Conflict & Peace Building” or by following this link.