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April 2016

FEATURED Resources: The Equal Protection Clause & Romer v. Evans

Students will learn about the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution through a documentary
about Romer v. Evans. Students will consider the constitutionality of special legal protections that are
afforded members of some minority groups in an effort to achieve equality. They will also learn about the
mechanics of state politics, including the interactions between governors, special interest groups, state citizens, and the judiciary.

Purchase the Romer v. Evans Voices of American Law DVD here.

Current Opportunities

1. Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows
Application Deadline: April 15, 2016.

We invite currently practicing K-12 teachers and curriculum coordinators across North Carolina to participate in 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.

A dozen Fellows will be selected. Fellows will first attend an orientation workshop August 4-5, 2016 at UNC-Chapel Hill and featuring sessions led by Teaching Tolerance, and then attend a minimum of 5 performances throughout the 2016-2017 season while engaging with readings, scholars and artists. Fellows will develop at least one instructional resource on Muslim cultures to be utilized in classrooms across North Carolina, and will present their work at a culminating workshop in June 2017.

Fellows will receive:

  • Intensive and ongoing professional development throughout the year-long program
  • Free tickets to Carolina Performing Arts 2016-2017 season performances related to this program (minimum attendance of 5 performances/discussions required)
  • Access to scholars and artists specializing in Global Islam, Sufism and related topics
  • Free meals before each performance, and at the orientation and culminating workshop
  • Travel reimbursement (depending upon your distance from UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Substitute reimbursement (if you must miss part of the school day in order to arrive at UNC-Chapel Hill in time for programming and your school can not cover the cost of a substitute, Fellows can request a substitute scholarship)
  • Up to 5.0 CEUs (upon completion of all program requirements)
  • A $500 stipend (upon completion of all program requirements)

While we encourage teachers and curriculum coordinators from any North Carolina school to apply, please note that applicants must be able to travel to UNC-Chapel Hill for at least 5 out of 6 identified performances with corresponding discussion sessions throughout the 2016-2017 season/school year (in addition to the August 2016 and June 2017 workshops). Fellows will complete pre-reading assignments and meet for dinner and discussion before each performance (estimated 5:30pm start time). Performances will typically end by 9pm. Performance dates will be provided by April 2016, and will fall on weekdays and possibly weekends.

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.

CLICK HERE to download the application for the Global Islam and the Arts Teaching Fellows

2. Shakespeare’s Text Demystified
May 20-21, 2016; NC Museum of History, Raleigh

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” William Shakespeare

Four hundred years after his death, the words of William Shakespeare are still read, performed, and revered in many circles. Yet, for many K-12 educators, motivating student interest in and understanding of Shakespeare’s texts remains a challenge. Join the NC Museum of History and the NC Civic Education Consortium, in special collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library, for an exciting two-day exploration of Shakespeare’s works and how to unlock their rich language with your students.

Through interaction with Shakespeare scholars, theatre professionals, curriculum specialists, and other teachers from around the state, participants will delve into some of the most commonly taught Shakespearean texts in order to feel more familiar with the language, meanings and undertones, as well as explore various skills and resources for becoming more confident and capable teaching Shakespeare to high school students. From exploring some of the most dramatic aspects and hidden meanings in Shakespeare’s texts that students will most enjoy, to learning strategies for getting students on their feet and excited about these complex texts with performers from the Raleigh Little Theatre, teachers will leave with deeper knowledge and active, language-based techniques and instructional resources.

Participants will also have time to explore the NC Museum of History’s special exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The exhibit features the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare, on national tour for the first time with only 52 stops — one in each U.S. state, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. — and the only stop in North Carolina.

“We know what we are…” [great teachers] “but know not what we may be…” [even better teachers with new knowledge and strategies for making Shakespeare more engaging!] Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to Shakespearean experts, theatre artists, and private access to the exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave us Shakespeare
  • Teaching ideas, classroom resources and pedagogical training
  • Breakfast and lunch both days
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested on Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.  Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from the NC Museum of History can request a single-occupancy room for Thursday evening as well.
    • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at

Substitute scholarships are available for teachers whose schools lack substitute funding. To request a substitute, follow the procedure described on the registration form.

Click here to download the Shakespeare’s Text Demystified registration form.

3. Save the Date for the CEC’s Summer Workshops
Our summer schedule is starting to come together. Save the date for two CEC summer workshops:

  • The Bill Friday Teachers’ Seminar: Carolina Voices – July 17-19; UNC-CH
  • 2016 Local Government Seminar – July 25 & 26; Blowing Rock, NC

We’ll have more information about these two workshops in the coming weeks, but for now mark your calendars!!

4. Europe Week at Carolina
Dates: April 18-26

Europe Week at Carolina is a brand-new initiative from the Center for European Studies at UNC-CH which will celebrate contemporary Europe and Europeans. In spite of the ‘pivot’ to Asia and the focus on emerging regions in global studies, Europe finds itself more relevant than ever. This (more than) a week-long series of events aims to bring students, academics, and community members together to examine, eat, drink, debate, and share knowledge on contemporary Europe, a multifaceted and complex continent. All events are free and open to the public. Funded in part by generous grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union.Here are a few highlights:

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the UNC Center for European Studies’ website.

5. Take a Trip with Teachers2Teachers-International
Teachers2Teachers-International pairs educators from the United States with local teachers in Central and South America. Through a graduated co-teaching sequence (and with the support of volunteer interpreters as needed), T2T-I team members are given the opportunity to observe and conduct lessons in their partners’ classrooms. After each school day is completed, T2T-I team members take part in one-on-one meetings, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

The T2T-I team’s visit abroad both begins and ends with one or two full days of culture-based exploration in the host country. Upon their return to the US, T2T-I teachers are encouraged to maintain virtual relationships with their partner teacher! Click here to learn about the 2016 trips to Guatemala and Ecuador.

6. The Bard at the Barre
Date & Location: April 29 – 30; UNC-CH

The enduring appeal of the work of William Shakespeare is evident in the number of different ways it has been revived, adapted, and reimagined over the centuries. Ballet has long been a natural medium through which performers capture the drama of Shakespeare and translate it in innovative ways. This seminar partners with the Carolina Ballet’s Spring 2016 tribute to Shakespeare by featuring creative director Robert Weiss and composer J. Mark Scearce as they discuss the creation of the libretto and original score for Macbeth. Mary Floyd-Wilson will take an historical approach toward reading this classic text, while Megan Matchinske will explore the myriad ways Shakespeare’s works have been adapted in various media. Duane Cyrus will then delve more deeply into the ways that dance is being used to interpret Shakespeare, and how ballet in particular can help us understand the Bard in new ways. A roundtable discussion will bring these varied scholars into conversation on adaptation and innovation of classic literature.

Teachers receive a 50% tuition discount, 1 CEU, & a $75 stipend from the Daisy Edmister Fund. Please note that teachers are only eligible for one stipend per semester.

For more information, visit the UNC Program in the Humanities website.

7. Travel to Morocco with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Dates: June 28-July 12, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016

Looking for an awesome summer adventure? In conjunction with GEEO (Global Exploration for Educators), a non-profit teacher-travel organization, the Consortium is sponsoring a trip to Morocco from June 28-July 12, 2016. Click here for all of the details and the itinerary! Click here for the poster! All educators are welcome: full-time, part-time, retired, or support staff. You are also welcome to bring a non-teaching adult with you. Travel, adventure, and earn professional development credit! The cost of the trip is just $1519 plus airfare. Email Emma Harver at with any questions.

8. Faith in Action: in the Footsteps of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Dates & Location: March 19 – July 24; Duke University Perkins Library in the Mary Duke Biddle Room

Abraham Joshua Heschel grew up in Poland, began his career in Germany and became one of the most influential Jewish theologians of the 20th century in the United States. Heschel dedicated his life to the study of traditional Jewish sources and the application of those sources to the situations faced by Modern Jews. Heschel modeled socially engaged Judaism throughout his life. He represented American Jews at the Second Vatican Council, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and protested the Vietnam War. This exhibit showcases Heschel’s life and work as a rabbi, philosopher, writer, professor, ecumenist and social activist. Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

  • Visiting Scholar Anat Biletzki, “Heschel on Religion, Politics, and Civil Rights in Israel-Palestine”; March 29, 12pm noon, Holsti Assembly Room (Rubenstein 153)

Despite the current popularity of, and toleration for, religion in political contexts, there is a constant, essential tension between religion and human rights. Biletzki presents an exploration of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Papers at Duke’s Rubinstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library with the goal of ascertaining, beyond Heschel’s well-known symbiosis (“I prayed with my feet”), points of uncertainty – or self-contradiction – regarding the feasibility of civil rights in Israel-Palestine.  More information available at the FSP wepsite. Sponsored by the Human Rights Archive, The Duke Human Rights Center, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

  • Screening of “From Swastika to Jim Crow”; April 19, 2016, 7:00pm, Holsti Assembly Room (Rubenstein 153)

From Swastika to Jim Crow” is a fascinating and moving one-hour documentary that tells the previously untold story of the many German Jewish professors who, expelled from their homeland by the Nazis, found new lives and careers at all-Black colleges and universities in the South. Through in-depth interviews with many of the surviving professors as well as their former students, “From Swastika to Jim Crow” uncovers a remarkable moment in American history and offers a fresh perspective on the complex history of race relations in America.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Leonard Rogoff, research historian of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina and author of “Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina”.

This film screening is a part of the 2015-2016 Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center @ FHI, the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, and Humanities Writ Large.

Contact: Patrick Stawski, Human Rights Archivist,

For more information about this exhibit & related events, visit

9. 2016 Law Week Contests from the NC Bar Association

Dates: May 2 – 6, 2016

The NC Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Law Week Committee invites your school to participate in the annual student contests in honor of the 59th annual observation of Law Day. The NCBAYLD sponsors five separate student contests for students from elementary to high school. These contests can provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, get creative, and win prizes for both students and your school. This program can be incorporated into a curriculum, offered for extra credit, or just done for fun.

Please see the materials posted below for further information. Contact information is included in the materials below if you have questions about Law Day or any of these contests.

Law Week Student Contests 
Grades 3-5: Poster
Grades 6-8: Photo Essay, Essay
Grades 9-12: Essay, Moot Court

Theme: MIRANDA: more than words
Eligibility: All North Carolina Students, grades 3-12
Entry Deadline: See Contest Packets varies, read each contest packet

Recognition and Awards: Awards will be made in elementary, middle and high school categories. Student winners in each category will receive monetary awards.  The winning students schools receive a prize check (first place $300, second place $150, third place $75).  Winners, their families, and teachers will also be invited to Raleigh to participate in the Law Day Awards Luncheon Ceremony, and will have an opportunity to meet state Supreme Court justices, appellate court judges, attorneys, North Carolina Bar Association leaders, and members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Perhaps more than any other document in human history, Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. In the eight centuries that have elapsed since Magna Carta was sealed in 1215, it has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law and as an inspiration for many basic rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel. As we mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, join us on Law Day, May 6, 2016, to commemorate this “Great Charter of Liberties,” and rededicate ourselves to advancing the principle of rule of law here and abroad.

History of Law Day

In 1958, President Eisenhower promulgated the first Law Day, U.S.A. as “a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law.” Every year since, the President has officially promulgated Law Day as a celebration of our commitment to the rule of law, “an occasion for rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under the law.” That great commitment is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, and has been reaffirmed by the words and deeds of great Americans throughout our Nation’s history.

The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, through a formal proclamation by the Governor of North Carolina, celebrate Law Day on the first Friday in May.

The Law Week Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (“NCBA YLD”), is a committee comprised of North Carolina attorneys whose primary objective is to establish and promote programs and activities designed to educate the general public of North Carolina about the law and its processes. The primary target audience of our committee is the young people of our state.

To that end, the NCBA YLD is sponsoring the 2016 North Carolina Law Week Student Contests. These contests are intended to be both a fun experience and a challenge for students. We sincerely hope your students will participate.

Send Questions to NCBA Young Lawyers Division Staff Liaison Jacquelyn Terrell

Contest Link:

9. Free Webinars for Teachers from the National Humanities Center
Looking for engaging webinars from a quality institution? The Consortium’s friends at the National Humanities Center are offering a special offer to you to participate in their live, interactive professional development webinars for FREE! Enter the code HHV15 to waive the webinar fee! The NHC provides teachers with materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. Their online lesson plans include key questions, essential understandings, and primary sources with context, background, and discussion excerpts for classroom teaching. Additional resources such as collections of historical documents, literary texts, and works of art thematically organized with notes and discussion questions, annotated and excerpted for classroom use can be found on their site.

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