The Center provides resources for K-14 mmaducators through the outreach program coordinated by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Since January, 2011, we have connected with more than 4,000 educators and community members through workshops, conferences, curriculum consultation, classroom visits, and public events.

Featured Resources:


ReOrienting the Veil

The Consortium’s ReOrienting the Veil conference in February gathered presenters for discussion of one of the most visible symbols of Islam, the veil or hijab. Video of the presentations will be available soon. The ReOrienting the Veil web site offers educators and the public resources for learning and teaching about the veil and its many meanings.
teachingoutreachTeaching the Modern Middle East In  Teaching the Modern Middle East,  UNC Professor Sarah Shields reports on her teaching of a large (200+) lecture class.  Over the course of months, she shares her collaboration with students in a truly interactive exploration of Middle East history, and reflects on changing teaching practices in a digital age.
 dailylifeoutreachDaily Life in Cairo Culture Kit The Daily Life in Cairo Culture Kit was collected in Egypt’s capital by UNC Middle East librarian Mohamed Abou El Seoud.  It offers toys, games, books, DVDs, clothes, and school supplies Cairene children use in their daily lives.  Borrowing the kit is free for North Carolina teachers, and the Consortium will pay for shipping both ways.  For more information, contact Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at harver@email.unc.edu.
pinesoutreachCedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina The Consortium is proud to have sponsored a screening of Cedars in the Pines, a documentary on the Lebanese in North Carolina produced by Professor Akram Khater of NC State University.  The Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies offers more information about the production and the continuing project on the Lebanese in North Carolina. Teachers can find lesson plans to accompany the film here.


On the Consortium website, you may find the following outreach resources
General Resources
Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans
Professional Development Resources
Books and Films
Speakers Bureau

Please feel free to get in touch with Emma Harver (harver@email.unc.edu), the Program/Outreach CoordinatorYou can also be added to our listserv to stay updated on events and opportunities.

Updates for Teachers:

Some new additions to our faculty presentations. For links to more faculty presentations, click here.

A New Iran?

Leading Iran scholars at UNC and Duke discuss the history of US-Iran relations at length and offered insight into the “new politics” of Iran.

Where the Light Enters: Discovering the Poetry Rumi with Prof. Omid Safi

UNC Prof. Omid Safi discusses the poetry of the 13th century Persian poet and mystic, Rumi, as part of the “Muslim Journeys” program at Southwest Regional Library, Durham.

Global Protests in Context

Panel discussion by UNC and Duke faculty on protests in Gezi Park, Tahrir Square, and Raleigh, NC (Moral Mondays) 

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