Teachers participate in the 2015 Local Study Tour, “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” (credit: Brandon Bieltz, UNC-CH)

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!

Updates for Teachers

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

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

Featured Resources & Programs

Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows Program

This intensive professional development opportunity features 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. Detailed information and our 15 selected Fellows can be found online here.

Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium

This program provides a unique opportunity for North Carolina world language students to showcase their language, research and presentation skills. Students from across North Carolina who study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at level III or higher are invited to participate. In teams of 2-3, students research current issues across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. In December, the students come to UNC for the symposium and network with UNC and Duke faculty, staff, students, and other high school language learners from throughout the state. Click here to learn more about the symposium and find out how your students can participate.

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!

K-12 Local Study Tours

The Consortium is pleased to offer local study tours for K-12 teachers. Tours are designed as meaningful immersion experiences for teachers to deepen their understanding of Islam and Middle Eastern cultures. Teachers learn through discussions with community experts and UNC-system and Duke University faculty. Tours enable North Carolina educators to participate in a global learning experience in their local communities.Visit our Past Tour pages (2015, 2016) to learn more.