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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 trainings, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or

 Spring 2015 Trainings

1) An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, The 2015 Warren A. Nord Teacher Seminar
March 27-28, NC Museum of History, Raleigh

James Loewen, in his book Lies My Teacher Told Me, said that “historically, American Indians have been the most lied-about subset of our population…In learning about Native Americans, ‘One does not start from point zero, but from minus ten.’” Join the NC Civic Education Consortium ( and the NC Museum of History for “An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States,” a dynamic two-day seminar for K-12 social studies teachers who are interested in broadening their content knowledge and pedagogical skills for teaching about American Indians in a more comprehensive and culturally sensitive way.        This teacher-centered, two-day program will dynamically integrate:

  •  Lectures from university scholars fluent in American Indian history and current issues. Scheduled sessions include (but are not limited to):
    • Race to the Truth: Transforming the Teaching of American Indian History, Dr. Priscilla Maynor, imaginED Partners
    • American Indians During the Civil War Period, Dr. Susanna Lee, NC State University
    • The Miseducation of American Indians, Dr. Jane Haladay, UNC-Pembroke
    • Colonization, Cooperation, & Resistance: Anglo-Indian Conflicts from Lost Colony to Colonial Wars, Dr. Wayne Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Jim Crow, Segregation and American Indians, Dr. Olivia Oxendine, UNC-Pembroke
  •  Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to ensure culturally responsive instruction in their classroom in regards to teaching about American Indians. The NC Civic Education Consortium and the NC Museum of History will also lead participants in exploring their resources for actively engaging students in various historical topics and events concerning American Indians.

Teachers interested in gaining a more comprehensive and true understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, in order to better engage their students’ interest, curiosity and understanding of American Indians, do not want to miss this exciting opportunity.

  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be aligned to middle and high school Essential Standards, any social studies teachers (including elementary teachers) are welcome to attend with the understanding that materials will need modification.
  • Lunch on Friday; breakfast  & lunch on Saturday; refreshments throughout both days
  • 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 downtown 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
To register for this workshop, click here.


2) The Modern Origins of Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East
March 20-21, 2015 – Chapel Hill Public Library & UNC-Chapel Hill
*This workshop is currently full, but we are accepting applications for the waitlist*

The phrase “Middle East” often conjures images of conflict.  Whether it’s recent events in Syria, Israel and Palestine, or Iraq, the sources these conflicts are usually attributed to some ancient animosity between religious or ethnic groups. In reality, the roots of these conflicts are actually quite modern. Join the CEC and the UNC Program in the Humanities as we explore the modern origins of turmoil in the Middle East. During this two-day event, teachers will have the chance to engage with UNC scholars, expanding their own content knowledge regarding the history of the Middle East, as well as explore interactive curriculum and strategies for translating this material to the K-12 classroom.On day-one, teachers will get a chance to explore engaging, ready-to-implement, student-centered curriculum dealing with the modern origins of Middle East conflicts, including lessons on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the role of colonialism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Middle East and the Cold War, and more.  Time will also be set aside so that teachers can share resources with one mapIn addition to curriculum trainings, teachers will have an opportunity bolster their content knowledge and get the chance to be a student again by attending lectures from three of UNC’s most esteemed faculty as they discuss the contemporary events in the Middle East within a broad context that goes back to World War I. Lecture topics include:

  • The Breakup of the Ottoman Empire and its Consequences and Decolonization and the Cold War: American and Soviet Interventions in the Middle East with Dr. Cemil Aydin
  • The Legacy of the British and French Mandates in Post-Colonial States with Dr. Sarah Shields
  • Between Modernism and Revivalism: Islamic Responses to Colonial Empires with Dr. Eren Tasar

For more information about the lecture portion of the program, visit


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lunch & dinner on Friday; continental breakfast on Saturday; refreshments throughout both days
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Additionally, participants residing more than 375 round trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill can request a Thursday evening as well.
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be written with the social studies classroom in mind, language arts teachers are also welcome to attend, with the understanding that materials may need modification for use in the LA classroom.

To register for this workshop, click here.

3) North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Statewide Conference (click to register)
February 12-13, 2015Koury Convention Center, Greensboro
Christie & Paul will be presenting the following sessions as part of the conference’s civil rights strand.
  • Teaching About 1898 Wilmington in the Middle and High School Classroom: The events occurring in 1898 Wilmington, perhaps better referred to as a coup than a riot, had a grave impact on North Carolina society and politics, yet many students are unaware of the events and their lasting repercussions. This session will provide information regarding what took place in 1898 Wilmington, various resources for teaching about this controversial time period, as well as resources for teaching about related themes such as slavery, Jim Crow, and more.
  • Civil Rights and Immigration: Throughout US history, immigration has played a vital role in American life and politics. As we see immigration issues play out in the news today, and even though our schools are becoming more diverse with immigrants, we often leave the human lives behind the headlines out of the curriculum. Join the Consortium to learn aboutengaging lesson plans and strategies for teaching about immigration in your middle and high school classroom.
  • American Indians and Civil Rights: When discussing civil rights, American Indians are often absent from the conversation, despite a long history of persecution, denial of basic rights, and Indian perseverance against such adversity.  Join us to learn about one brave example – The Battle of Hayes Pond – when the Lumbee fought back against the KKK in 1958 Maxton, NC. Learn also how to access the Consortium’s lessons for teaching American Indian history.
4) North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference (click to register)
March 15-17, 2015 – Koury Convention Center, Greensboro

Christie will be presenting the following session:

  • From Chaos to Community: Creating a Classroom Conducive to Interactive Learning: Do you enter your classroom with visions of group work and interactive learning, only to be thwarted by ensuing chaos? Do you feel like you spend more time correcting behavior than correcting homework? Are you working harder than your students? Join the Civic Education Consortium in an interactive exploration of techniques for transforming your middle school classroom into a self-managing, respectful environment where students not only enjoy learning, but where high performance is eminent.


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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