The Center provides resources for K-12 and Community College educators through the outreach program coordinated by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Since January 2011, we have connected with more than 8,000 educators through workshops, conferences, curriculum consultation, classroom visits, and public events.

Visit our Outreach Website HERE!

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Featured Resources & Programs:

Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program

GlobalIslamFellowsFlyerWe are pleased to announce the Global Islam & the Arts Teacher Fellows program! This intensive professional development opportunity will feature a year-long exploration of Muslim cultures through music, dance, and dramatic performances during the 2016-17 Carolina Performing Arts season, integrated with readings, scholarship, discussion, and pedagogy. This project aims to deepen teachers’ understanding of global Islam through a cultural arts perspective while dispelling misconceptions and encouraging culturally responsible teaching in the K-12 classroom. Fellows will earn up to 5.0 CEUs and a $500 stipend upon completion of all program requirements. Detailed information and our 15 selected Fellows can be found online here.

The Global Islam & the Arts Teacher Fellows Program is a collaboration between the UNC African Studies Center, Carolina Performing Arts, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. This program is funded by the Warren A. Nord Endowment for Teachers and the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund (UNC Global and the College of Arts & Sciences), with additional support from a Title VI Grant from the Department of Education.

ReOrienting the Veil

veiloutreachThe 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.



Middle East & North Africa Film Database

The Consortium has created a list of films suggested for classroom use by Duke and UNC Faculty. Film postings include related NCSOS Essential Standards, when applicable. Please search by tags or filter with categories in the film database. Categories include Free Online Streaming, History, Non-Violence/Activism, Religion and more!


Daily Life in Cairo Culture Kit

dailylifeoutreachThe Daily Life in Cairo Kit was collected in Egypt’s capital by UNC Middle East librarian Mohamed Hamed.  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



On the Consortium website, you will find the following  resources, free of charge!

  Teaching Resources
  Professional Development
  Speakers Bureau
  Study Tours
  Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program


Updates for Teachers

Feel free to contact Emma Harver (, Program/Outreach Coordinator with any questions and/or specific resource requests. You can also request to be added to our listserv to stay updated on events and opportunities by emailing Emma.
Below, please find 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)