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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Upcoming Trainings

If you have questions regarding the posted training’s, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or

Spring 2016 Workshops

1. Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows

CLICK HERE to download the application.
The deadline for applications is 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.

If you have questions regarding the program or application process, contact:
Emma Harver, Program/Outreach Coordinator, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at 919-962-6732 or

2. Witnessing the Witnesses: Teaching the Holocaust in North Carolina *This workshop is currently full, but applications are still being accepted for the waitlist*
March 4-5, 2016
Chapel Hill Public Library – Meeting Room A
In partnership with the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education of North Carolina
Click here to view the workshop agenda

The systematic cruelty, hatred, and apathy at play during the Holocaust resulted in incomprehensible numbers of victims. While we must continue to study and learn from this past, historical recounting and massive statistics can often be overwhelming, to the point of disempowering, to our middle and high school students. Join the NC Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education and the UNC Civic Education Consortium for this free program in which we learn about the Holocaust as we “witness the witnesses,” focusing on the diverse experiences of local individuals – the people behind the statistics – from hidden children to Auschwitz survivors. Holocaust historians and scholars will also share in depth knowledge to help us process related history, as well as examine current topics that resonate with this past. Topics will include parallels between Nazi policies and the denial of civil rights in America, immigration policies during World War II, connections to current refugee situations, and more. Teachers will also have the opportunity to learn about Jewish culture as guests at a local synagogue’s Shabbat service.

Open to any currently practicing middle or high school teacher who teaches about the Holocaust, our two-day agenda will uniquely integrate:

  • Lectures from scholars & legal experts - As part of the agenda, teachers will be provided the opportunity to return to the role of students themselves as they expand their content knowledge in high level presentations from professors, scholars and legal experts who specialize in Holocaust studies, many of whom are the children of Holocaust survivors themselves.
  • Bearing witness- No one can speak to the history of the Holocaust, the role of fear, prejudice, and anti-Semitism, and the connections to our modern day world more than the brave survivors of the Holocaust. We will be joined by several North Carolina based Holocaust survivors in order to learn from their incredible stories first hand. Additionally, we will be joined by modern day refugees, who will assist us with the crucial task of connecting the past to the present.
  • Interaction with survivor films – In addition to the first-hand experiences with North Carolina based survivors, teachers will also learn about the Center’s short documentaries of North Carolina Holocaust survivors and the Consortium’s accompanying lesson plans available for immediate implementation in middle and high school classrooms. This means that teachers who live outside of the Triangle and who may not have access to a survivor to visit their classroom can still expose their students to the crucial experience of witnessing the witnesses.
  • Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to use various strategies to engage students in Holocaust history and related themes in safe and responsible ways. Lesson plans will be provided that integrate film, Power Point presentations, technology, in depth class discussion, art, literature, and more, all designed to guide students to connect the past to the present and understand our responsibility today in fighting the societal problems of intolerance and hate. Attending educators will participate in brief lesson simulations, learning how to tailor them for their own classroom needs. They will also have time to dialogue about various challenges they have experienced in the past when covering the Holocaust in order to gain strategies for addressing such issues

“Witnessing the Witnesses: Teaching the Holocaust in North Carolina” will diversify participant understanding of Holocaust history, providing them with skills to help their students think deeply about the lives and experiences of individuals, and the ways various people acted or did not act. The Holocaust was not inevitable, and teachers can help students learn from this horrible history in active and engaged ways that not only highlight modern day connections, but also inspire students to counter hate, intolerance, and apathy. As Joshua Bolten said of society today, “…we summon the strength to meet our solemn pledge: Never again. Not in our moment of history and responsibility.”

This workshop is generously funded by an anonymous donor.


  • 1.8 Renewal Credits (includes completion of pre-readings)
  • Access to Holocaust survivors, 2Gs (children of survivors), and historical and legal experts
  • Lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training
  • Breakfast, lunch & snacks on March 4-5; dinner on March 4
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from the Chapel Hill Public Library 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 who lack substitute funding. To request a substitute, you must submit a request from your principal for the substitute teacher scholarship (via e-mail or fax.) Upon notification of acceptance to the training, you will also receive notification of scholarship award. Teachers are eligible for up to two substitute scholarships per calendar year.

To register, download the registration form here

3. North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
February 25-26, 2016; Greensboro, NC

Join the Consortium for our presentations at the annual NCCSS conference, February 25-26, 2016! The CEC will be presenting 3 sessions:

Songs from the Struggle: Teaching African American History Through Music
Thursday Feb. 25, 10:50 AM – 11:50 AM (Session C); Auditorium III
Join the UNC Civic Education Consortium in a special session with acclaimed gospel singer Mary D. Williams as we explore the power of utilizing music when teaching African American history.  Mrs. Williams, recognized as one of the best gospel singers in the country, will sing protest songs from the Civil Rights Era and examine their connections to slavery and spirituals of that time. Learn about the Consortium’s ready-to-implement lesson plans for utilizing this content your classroom.

 Teaching APUSH with Technology and the Library of Congress
Thursday Feb 25th, 10:50-11:50 AM (session C); Tanglewood
This session will model the instructional curation of Library of Congress primary sources, alignment with APUSH curriculum, and use of interactive technology to promote inquiry and mastery.The Library of Congress has a wealth of primary sources, but how do you collect and visualize these documents to align with curriculum? This session will feature pre-selected sets of documents that match the APUSH curriculum, share models for analysis and inquiry, and introduce interactive uses of technology to support student inquiry.

Truth About Terrorism
Friday, February 26, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM; Auditorium III
Join the NC Civic Ed Consortium & the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East as they share information, answer questions, and share free curriculum about terrorism in the US & abroad.

For more information about the conference and to register, click here.

4.) Whose ‘More Perfect Union?’ Choices, Conflicts & Controversies in 18th Century America **This workshop is currently full, but applications are still being accepted for the waitlist**
Friday, February 19:  9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday, February 20:  8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
NC Museum of History, Raleigh
Part of the Hidden Histories: What Your Textbook Left Out series

Made possible by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

“‘We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…’ And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part…to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.” ~President Barack Obama

War, revolution, enslavement, debates over human rights, clashes of political ideologies – 18th Century America was no stranger to conflict and controversy, and many choices and decisions made throughout the 1700s had profound implications for the type of country America was, and would become. Join the NC Museum of History and the UNC Civic Education Consortium, in a special collaboration with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, for a critical examination of issues that confronted not only the framers of the Constitution, but Indigenous People, those enslaved, women, and other equally important voices.

Throughout the agenda, teachers will be provided the opportunity to return to the role of students themselves as they expand their content knowledge in discussions and presentations from visiting scholars, local professors, authors, and other content experts who will cover topics from the French and Indian War, to controversies in the making of the Constitution, to the complicated fight for freedom from slavery.

Participants will receive a copy of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution and enjoy a special session with the book’s author, Dr. Kathleen DuVal. “In Independence Lost, [Dr. DuVal] recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.” Time will also be provided to make crucial connections to modern society as we focus on Thomas Jefferson’s belief that “Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.”

Teachers will also have practical opportunities to explore interactive strategies and lesson plans from the George Washington Teacher Institute and the Civic Education Consortium, designed to encourage critical thinking and interactive participation among all levels of students.

Whose “More Perfect Union?” will provide attendees a more comprehensive understanding of the issues that challenged diverse individuals as they chose various paths both for their own lives, and for a burgeoning nation as a whole. Middle and high school social studies teachers don’t want miss this newest installment of the acclaimed Hidden Histories series on February 19-20, 2016!

To review the exciting one-day agenda, click here.


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • A copy of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
  • Lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training
  • Lunch on Feb. 19; breakfast & lunch on Feb. 20
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for 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.

To register, download the registration form here.


 Save the Date for the Following Upcoming Training’s & Events

1. The NCMLE Annual Conference – Witnessing the Witnesses: Teaching the Holocaust through Individual Stories
March 7-8, Greensboro, NC
Auditorium I – 11 am – Noon

The incomprehensible numbers of victims in the Holocaust can make its study overwhelming. Join the Holocaust Speaker’s Bureau and the Civic Education Consortium to learn how to teach about the individuals behind the statistics using their FREE short films and curriculum. We are honored to also be joined by Holocaust survivor Esther Lederman, who teachers will have the chance to meet and interview. Esther was 15 years old when World War II started in Poland (September 1939.) Esther’s family suffered the indignities of ghetto life, painful discrimination, and the imprisonment of her father in a labor camp. Esther survived after being hidden by a Catholic family for 22 months. While her father was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp, her mother and sister were killed in Treblinka. Esther will join us to discuss the brave actions of the family who saved her life and answer participant questions about her experiences. Teachers can take Esther’s story back to their classrooms by utilizing her filmed testimony here. An accompanying lesson plan by the Consortium is also available. Click here to register for the conference.

Cancellation for Consortium Trainings

The NC Civic Education Consortium is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. The Consortium does not require a deposit or fee to attend our trainings; therefore, we ask that registered participants needing to cancel do so at least one week prior to the training date. Please understand that participants who do not cancel their spot in a timely fashion prevent teachers on the waiting list from participating.

Attend the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ General Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by the Consortium, educators can also register to attend the numerous seminars offered by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (the Program.) While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners.

Scholarships covering 50% of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. These teacher scholarships for general seminars are made possible by generous donors to the Humanities Program. Check out the listing of general programs offered by the Program in the Humanities & Human Values here.

If you see a general program you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • If filling out the paper registration form, complete and sign the “Attention Teachers” portion of the form and enclose payment (the full tuition less the 50% discount.) Optional meals are also served for a fee; should you choose to participate in the optional meal, you’ll add that amount to your discounted tuition amount.  If registering online, please follow the instructions listed on our registration page.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. The Program’s “first time participant’s discount” or a “three or more discount” may not be combined with a teacher scholarship.
  • Should you need to cancel your participation, $30 is non-refundable. Reservations for optional meals may be cancelled up to noon two business days before a seminar.
  • Applications without a signature or payment cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Please note that scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by the Program’s Civic Education Consortium, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ general programs.

Teachers who attend the Humanities Program’s Adventures in Ideas seminars can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund!

The Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund, established by Mr. Russell Edmister, honors the memory of his mother, Daisy M. Edmister. The Fund offers an award of $75 to currently-employed, full-time, K-12 and community college teachers who attend Adventures in Ideas seminars. Attending educators will receive an application at the event to submit at the end of the program in order to receive the $75 award. (A check will be mailed to the participant post-seminar.) Teachers can receive one stipend per semester and must attend all hours of the seminar in order to receive the stipend. (Please note that awards are not offered at Civic Education Consortium events, since they are free of charge.) For more information, please call 919.962.1544.

NEW: Scholarships for Teachers at Raleigh Charter High School

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Custom Trainings

The Consortium also offers customized trainings for individual schools, school districts, and extra-curricular programs (i.e., 4-H, Youth Councils, etc.) We can also organize a professional development retreat for your group at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Costs vary. To learn more about our customization options, as well as our trainings for after school and youth leadership programs, please contact Christie Hinson Norris at 919.843.9387  or

Professional Development Spotlight

From Segregation to Civil Rights: A Journey through North Carolina’s History

On January 14th, 2008, the NC Civic Education Consortium hosted a training for North Carolina history educators on teaching about our state’s diverse past.

  • Check out this video for an inside look at our teacher workshops!
  • To access the curriculum from this workshop, click here.


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