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K-12 International Education Week Webinar: “Understanding Racism in the Arab World and Beyond” with Shreya Parikh (UNC Chapel Hill)

November 16, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Increase awareness of social justice and human rights around the world in this week-long professional development webinar series. In celebration of International Education Week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the area studies centers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University will host an interactive webinar every evening between November 16-20, 2020. Each webinar will focus on content and resources related to a specific world region: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. Sessions will address the complexity of challenges faced in the world, introduce issues from multiple viewpoints, and illustrate solutionary thinking. By addressing human rights and social justice, these webinars will provide educators the opportunity to engage in examination of our world and think critically about the underlying causes of embedded and interconnected problems, preparing teachers to address issues of global significance in the classroom.

Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 PD hours for each event attended.

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“Understanding Racism in the Arab World and Beyond” will provide a discussion of racism and discrimination in global contexts. We will counter stereotypes related to the definitions of “Arabness” and “Muslimness” by locating the contestation of these identities in the Middle East and North Africa region. Addressing issues of racism in the Arab world with specific examples from Lebanon and Tunisia, we will make contemporary connections to movements for racial justice in the United States.


UNC-Chapel Hill


November 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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