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May 2016 

Current Opportunities

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The William Friday Teachers Institute: Carolina Voices: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina
Date & Location: July 17-19,2016; UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library
In collaboration with UNC’s Wilson Library. Generously supported by the North Caroliniana Society.

2016 Local Government Seminar
Date & Location: July 25-26; Blowing Rock, NC
Generously supported by the North Carolina City & County Management Association

Uncovering Carolina: Revolution and Resistance in 1700s America
Date & Location: August 16-17, 2016; North Carolina History Center & Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC
Funding for this event is provided by the Craven County Community Foundation, the North Carolina Community Foundation, the Kenan Charitable Trust (as part of the Hidden Histories series offered by the NC Museum of History and the NC Civic Education Consortium), and the Deborah Roach family


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.

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.

Celebrating 100 Years of Pulitzer Prizes
As part of Pulitzer NC, the NC Humanities Council’s statewide celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, they’re collaborating with Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors on a summer reading program for students K-12. The NC Humanities Council is still building the educational materials link to their Pulitzer NC website, but teachers can find the reading list, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and books here: When complete, this page will have free materials for educators to use, including videos, documents, documentary films, and two webinars to improve educator effectiveness and student achievement. Resources will be aligned to national teaching standards.

Please join the NC Humanities Council during Bookmarks’ Summer Reading Kick Off celebration on May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30pm in Winston-Salem, at the William G. White YMCA. There will be pizza and games and prizes. Books from the list will be available for purchase. Parents, teachers, and librarians are welcome to join. You can download the program’s flier here.

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.

For more information about this exhibit & related events, visit

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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