Past News Articles

  • April 26, 2022

    Mosul, Iraq, 2018; Donation by Noor Ghazi, 2022 For more than 800 years, the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah defined a neighborhood in Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. It was a site of worship, a source of local pride, an important landmark – especially its tall minaret, [...]

  • March 23, 2022

      On Tuesday, February 15, the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, and the North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies hosted NPR International Correspondent Daniel Estrin, who presented on “Reporting from Jerusalem: Behind the Headlines”. This virtual discussion with Estrin highlighted [...]

  • January 18, 2022

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs (OVPGA) has appointed Sharmila Udyavar as associate director of global education. Udyavar previously served as interim director for international programs at Fayetteville State University (FSU).    As associate director, Udyavar will expand global learning opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill students through on-campus curriculum. Partnering with and supporting UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, Udyavar will be [...]

  • January 3, 2022

      The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is coordinated by the UNC Area Studies Centers. (Graphic by Rawan Abbasi) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate teams from the seventh annual Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium on Dec. 8. This year, world language students from 12 [...]

  • December 13, 2021

    Food, water, and sustainability are crucial issues around the world—and right here in North Carolina. This fall, the UNC-Duke Area Studies Centers and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) provided teacher education on these vital and interconnected issues in celebration of International Education Week (IEW). Held annually in [...]

  • December 10, 2021

    Attendees received a conference program, NCATC sticker, and tote bag from the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. Arabic greetings of marhaba (hello), sabah al kheir (good morning), and ahlan wa sahlan (welcome) were shared as attendees gathered for the inaugural conference of the emerging North Carolina Arabic Teacher Council (NCATC), November 13-14, 2021. “Come Together: The Future of Arabic Language in North Carolina” was [...]

  • December 10, 2021

    Recently I interviewed our wonderful professor, Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, about her appointment as the new inaugural Director of Persian Studies here at UNC. This was the multilayered question I asked her: In your appointment letter, which I was given to read by Lori prior to this interview, [our dean] stated [...]

  • December 10, 2021

      The FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photo by Dan Sears/UNC-Chapel Hill   The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was named the Platinum winner of the 2021 Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement from the [...]

  • December 7, 2021

    A special issue of the journal, Iran Namag, where some of the series' papers are being published. The cover features an original painting by Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi titled, "non-borders." During academic year 2021-2022, the Persian Studies program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hosting [...]

  • December 2, 2021

    Professor Sarah Shields Dr. Sarah Shields, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the 2021 winner of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Undergraduate Education Award. Established in 2012, the MESA Undergraduate Education Award recognizes outstanding scholarship on teaching or other material [...]

  • November 23, 2021

    In Fall 2021, dozens of K-12 teachers from across the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) participated in two virtual Educator Dialogues, gaining strategies and resources to support newcomer students and globalize STEM education.  The dialogues, organized by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the University of Arizona’s [...]

  • November 22, 2021

    UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologists are working with a diverse coalition to develop an accessible trail network, uncover the region’s history and spur equitable economic growth in the small western North Carolina town of Old Fort. The project is supported by the Southern Futures initiative. UNC archaeologist Jennifer Gates-Foster (pictured in [...]