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K-12 and Community College Virtual Program

June 22-24, 2021

10:00am-12:00pm via Zoom

1 CEU or 10 PDCH


Musicians and poets, artists and dancers have played and written, painted and danced their way around the world through centuries – illuminating the time and the interplay of peoples and societies. In this program, UNC World View provides a professional development opportunity for all K-12 and community college educators to explore examples of the ways different cultures use the arts to celebrate, reflect, document and heal their societies. The arts have a unique ability to open new dialogues and stimulate ideas which leads to a deeper understanding of our global connectivity.

UNC World View participants will be introduced to a variety of cultures and explore ways in which culture and the arts can be integrated across disciplines and grade levels. University professors and performing artists will share their expertise and their craft. Global education resources will be provided, offering practical solutions for classroom use and equipping participants with knowledge to prepare students to engage in our interconnected and diverse world.

The UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers are pleased to offer a limited number of registration scholarships to participants of this workshop. Scholarship recipients are expected to submit a 2-paragraph reflection following the event, detailing how the program increased their understanding of the specific world region (connected to the center that underwrites their scholarship) and how they intend to include information on the cultures and arts of that region into their classroom as a result of the program. Scholarship recipients consent to the publication or dissemination of this deliverable for the centers’ promotional use. Scholarship recipients will also be contacted by the chosen area studies center to discuss ongoing support of their global engagement. To apply, please sent an email to

Schedule | Speakers | Program Materials | Support


Tuesday, June 22nd
10:00-10:05 a.m. Welcome

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View

10:05-10:30 a.m. Listening to Jerusalem: Music, Sound, Politics

Michael Figueroa, Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Music

10:30-10:45 a.m. Q & A with Professor Figueroa

Resources from the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

Emma Harver, Director of Outreach

10:45-10:50 a.m. Break
10:50-11:15 a.m. From Shrine to Screen: the Mystical Roots of Bollywood Song

Afroz Taj, Associate Professor, UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

John Caldwell, Teaching Associate Professor in Hindi-Urdu, UNC Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

11:15-11:30 a.m. Q & A with Professors Taj and Caldwell

Resources from the Carolina Asia Center

Kevin W. Fogg, Associate Director

11:30-11:45 a.m. Break out group discussions
11:45-11:55 a.m. Group reconvenes
11:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View

Wednesday, June 23rd
10:00-10:05 a.m. Opening

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View

10:05-10:30 a.m. Culture & Social Change: The French Museum of Immigration History

Daniel Sherman, Lineberger Distinguished Professor, UNC Departments of Art History and History

10:30-10:45 a.m. Q & A with Professor Sherman

Resources from the Center for European Studies

Allison Haskins, International Education Program Coordinator

10:45-10:50 a.m. Break
10:50-11:15 a.m. Movement Fundamentals and Ancestral Roots of Bomba:
Afro-Puerto Rican Dance and Music
Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera, New York-based Bomba and Plena Performing Artist CultureWorks & Movement ProductionsNelson “Matthew” González, drummerCamilo Molina, drummer
11:15-11:30 a.m. Q & A

Resources from the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Corin Zaragoza, Outreach Coordinator

11:30-11:45 a.m. Break out group discussions
11:45-11:55 a.m. Group reconvenes
11:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View

Thursday, June 24th
10:00-10:05 a.m. Opening

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View

10:05-10:30 a.m. Giwayen Mata

African dance and drums

Adiellah “Adi” Bates

Gail Vernon Zuri Sami Ra Maati Jordan

Tambra Omiyale Harris

Valarie S. Peek (Olalokun)

10:30-10:45 a.m. Q & A

Resources from the African Studies Center

Ada Umenwaliri, Associate Director; FLAS Coordinator (Acting Director Spring/Summer 2021)

10:45-10:50 a.m. Break
10:50-11:50 a.m. Global Perspectives Through the Lens of Poetry

Trapeta B. Mayson, Philadelphia’s 2020-2021 Poet Laureate

11:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Closing

Charlé LaMonica, Director, UNC World View


  John Caldwell is a teaching associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Musicology at UNC-Chapel Hill and his dissertation is titled “Songs from the Other Side: Listening to Pakistani Voices in India.” In 2017 Caldwell spent seven months in India on a Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship. Caldwell’s other research interests include South Asian film and media culture, comparative musicology and music analysis, second language learning, and poetry and poetics. He is fluent in Hindi-Urdu and teaches both languages at the University of North Carolina.  He has co-directed the annual UNC Summer in India Study Abroad Program since 1999. In his spare time he directs the UNC Gamelan Ensemble, plays principal bassoon in the Raleigh and Durham Symphonies, and translates the ghazals of Ghalib into English. Caldwell received masters degree from both the University of Michigan and Yale University.
  Michael A. Figueroa is an assistant professor, soon to be associate professor, in the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He specializes in music and politics in the SWANA region (South West Asia and North Africa) and its diasporas. The first phase of his career has focused on music in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, culminating in his first book, City of Song: Music and the Making of Modern Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021). Figueroa has recently embarked on a second major project, “Music and Racial Awakening in Arab America,” a study of post-9/11 Arab American race consciousness through an expansive study of musical life across genres and geographical boundaries. Figueroa earned a B.A. in Musicology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the American Musicological Society, a Fulbright-IIE fellowship, and a Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for Arts and Humanities. He currently serves as Associate Director for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, Coordinator of the Faculty of Color and Indigenous Faculty Group, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Asian Studies.

Giwayen Mata  



Adiellah “Adi” Bates was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. As the oldest of 5 children, she and her siblings were first introduced to African dance and drum as members of Watoto Uhuru. After over a decade away Adi returned to the Uhuru Dancers and became a member of the company in 2011. She has since performed and studied African Dance in Atlanta and throughout the southeast. Adi is a graduate of the University of Georgia with Bachelors degree in Studio Art. She also has a Masters Degree in Marketing from Georgia State University. She is an entrepreneur, operating two independent businesses; a handmade African inspired clothing line, Aya Donna, and is an independent marketing advisor. She is dedicated to constantly learning and growing in every aspect of her life.

  Gail Vernon Zuri Sami Ra Maati Jordan‘s association with Giwayen Mata is that of co-founder, board president, percussionist, vocalist, and writer. Her days of drumming are rooted in her childhood when she’d play on walls with her hands or flick light switches on and off, off and on, percussively agitating her mom. The seed planted then was nurtured during her high school years as she attended Arts High, a performance arts and college prep school in Newark, New Jersey and during her college years at Howard University where she marched in the band of the Mighty Bisons. That nurtured seed sprouted to embrace a communion of Giwa sistahs, a communion that she is grateful to be a part. Gail V. was introduced to the djembe by Chinyelu Lumumba who graciously exposed her to his collection of drums and instruction on how to properly play the instruments. Gail is a graduate of Rutgers University and a retired Atlanta Public Schools teacher.

Tambra Omiyale Harris is a native of Oakland, California and is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. She is currently a choreographer, musician, teacher, dancer, and the Artistic Director with GIWAYEN MATA as well as a teacher of dance at Price Middle School in Atlanta, GA. Omiyale began her training in contemporary dance at Skyline High School, a distinguished performing arts institution under the tutelage of Dawn James. She continued her training during her college years at Clark Atlanta University as a member of Spelman College Dance Ensemble and Ayoluwa African Dance Company while beginning her professional career with the Harry Bryce African American Dance Theatre. Omiyale has enjoyed the opportunities to perform with world-renowned artists such as Dionne Farris, Laurnea, Nadira Shakoor, and The SOS Band. She performed in the opening cast of Busch Garden’s Broadway style production “KATONGA” and TLS’s music video “Girl Talk.” Omiyale believes that dance will save lives by providing fitness, fun, and freedom of mind, body, and spirit.


Valarie S. Peek (Olalokun) values the artistic lifestyle and Afrocentric expression imprinted early in her life by way of Duke Ellington High School of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, as well as the proliferation of drum circles that called for response back to rhythmic consciousness. Inspired by the women leaders of Giwayen Mata and mentoring supporters lends itself to this contemporary troubadour. Experiencing the realities and exploring the possibilities of traditional and contemporary performance drum concepts that serve the dance and sharing in the process of cultural preservation, subsequently making herstory, have proven tantamount towards the rewards of collective UNITY. Striving to be an empowering example for women who enter into non-traditional arenas is her motivation.

  Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera (Julia Loíza), was weaned as a child on Bomba & Plena as the youngest daughter of Juan Gutiérrez, the founder/director NYC’s vanguard Bomba and Plena ensemble, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21). Over the years, she’s developed her own style combining both traditional influences and an urban swag, telling a story of complex DiaspoRican identity and experience and pushing the envelope in traditional dance expression. She is now regarded as one of today’s most respected and premiere Bomba & Plena performers, dancers, educators and advocates. Teaching professionally since 2003, with several ensembles and as an individual artist, Julia has engaged thousands of people from all walks of life and across the globe. Part of today’s next generation of Latinx Cultural Arts practitioners, Julia bridges her passion for dance, music and culture with community and arts advocacy. Julia has worked in leadership development, organizational sustainability, and community engagement with several cultural groups, arts institutions and peer Bomba and Plena ensembles. In the advent of COVID-19, Julia produced, programmed and participated in several digital events and Festivals including programs for LP21, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Richmond Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall. Julia is a Board Member of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and a member of the National Folklife Network; and was on the advisory council member for New York Foundation for the Arts.  Julia holds an M.S. from Milano, the New School in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy.
  Charlé LaMonica has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has significantly expanded UNC World View’s support of educators, influencing 100,000 students in North Carolina in 2019-2020 alone; and increasing partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits through UNC World View, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. These educational destinations have included Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Germany, South Africa, China, Dominican Republic, Moldova and Ireland. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.
  Trapeta B. Mayson is the 2020-2021 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Literature, an Aspen Word Fellowship, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. She is the author of She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Mayson also released two music and poetry projects, SCAT and This Is How We Get Through, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, Monnette Sudler. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Mayson is a native of Liberia. She is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. Currently working in the social services field, Mayson is a member of several local organizations where she uses the arts to mobilize, build community and create change. 
  Daniel J. Sherman is the Lineberger Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Art History and History at UNC-Chapel Hill. He specializes in modern art and French cultural history. Sherman received his B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard and his Ph.D. in History from Yale. He is the author of three books and has received three national awards. His most recent work, French Primitivism and the Ends of Empire, 1945-1975 (University of Chicago Press, French translation 2018 Les presses du Réel), received the 2011 David H. Pinkney Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies as the best book published by a citizen of the U.S. or Canada on any aspect of French history and the 2012 Alf Andrew Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Historical Review, Art History, French Historical Studies, and Oxford Art Journal, and have been anthologized in German and Slovak translation as well as in English. Sherman has received numerous research awards and fellowships, and in 2004 he was a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Sherman’s current research explores the connections between archaeology, empire, and the media in France in the first half of the twentieth century. At Carolina he teaches courses on modern art (1850-1960); the history and theory of museums; monuments and public art; and the arts and French culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  Afroz Taj is a professor of South Asian culture, literature and media in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Taj’s research interests include Urdu poetry and poetics, South Asian theater, cinema, and media. He is the author of The Court of Indar and the Rebirth of North Indian Drama (2006) and Urdu Through Hindi (1997) as well as many ghazals, geet, dohe, and short stories.  His two current book projects concern the Parsi Theater and the Urdu magazine “Shama.” After studying at Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Taj came to the United States in 1981 to continue his studies. His Ph.D. thesis was on South Asian poetic drama. In 1995 Afroz Taj was recruited by the University of North Carolina to establish a pioneering program of teaching Hindi-Urdu on multiple campuses through distance education using live, interactive videoconferencing. He is the creator of the popular language learning websites “A Door Into Hindi” and “Darvazah: A Door Into Urdu.” Taj also serves as director of the UNC Summer in India Study Abroad Program which has been running annually for over twenty years, and will resume after the pandemic.  Taj is a leader in public scholarship. He founded the Triangle Urdu Literary Society which meets monthly, he organizes film and concert series on campus featuring the arts of South Asia, and for over twenty years he has been the host and curator of the Geet Bazaar Radio show which airs live every Sunday morning from 10 am to 12 noon on WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1.

UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers Representatives

Kevin W. Fogg is the Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center at UNC-Chapel Hill where he leads the center’s work on events, outreach, and Title VI-funded projects. Kevin came to UNC from Oxford, where he taught in the Faculty of History, Brasenose College, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s and doctorate from Yale. He is a historian of Southeast Asia, specializing in Islamic societies and post-colonial Indonesia. In addition to a smattering of articles and book chapters, his first monograph, Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution, was published by Cambridge University Press, and he co-translated into English a collection of short stories by Indonesian author A.A. Navis that has been published by Lontar. When not engaged in academic work or Carolina Asia Center business, Kevin watches college basketball and misses good Minangkabau food.

Emma Harver is the Director of Outreach for the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. In her role, she works with K-12 and community college educators to increase understanding of the Middle East and North Africa. She develops professional development programs and has created several classroom resources on the region 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 Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society, the National Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, as well as the University Advisory Board for Carolina Public Humanities. Prior to joining the Consortium in 2015, she worked in global arts education at LEAF Global Arts, a non-profit organization in Asheville, North Carolina. 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 studied abroad as an undergrad at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, in Giessen, Germany and returned to Germany to complete her Master’s in European-American Studies at Universität Regensburg, in Regensburg, Germany. She’s an avid Model European Union (MEU) participant and organizer. She participated in MEU Mainz 2017, the inaugural MEU Scotland 2017, MEU Brussels 2018, and was part of the organizing team for the inaugural MEU Paris 2018. In addition, Allison has interned with the Atlantic Academy in Kaiserslautern, Germany, volunteered for the Federation of German-American Clubs, and interned with the European Parliament Liaison Office in Washington D.C., and the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. She speaks fluent German and beginner Turkish.

Ada Umenwaliri is the Associate Director and FLAS Coordinator of the African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also the current acting director in spring and summer 2021. Prior to joining UNC-Chapel Hill, for 15 years, she worked on several development projects for the US Agency for International Development and the UK Department for International Development. Ada is a graduate of the University of London and Duke University. Outside work, Ada is busy mothering three girls, leveling up at Krav Maga and supporting various development efforts in Nigeria and Africa.

Corin Zaragoza joined the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies as the Outreach Coordinator in 2019. In this role, she coordinates outreach programs and events for the educational community and the general public. Previously, Corin worked with Latino students for nine years as an English as a Second Language teacher. She also provided professional development to teachers about working with English language learners. 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.

Program Materials

Instructions: To receive 1.0 CEUs/10 PDCH you must attend the virtual program on June 22, 23, and 24 and turn in a completed study guide. DOWNLOAD THE STUDY GUIDE HERE. Please return a completed study guide by Thursday, July 15th, 2021 to Nick Allen, World View Program Coordinator at NICKA@UNC.EDU.

Support provided by:

Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

General support provided by: