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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

Summer 2016 Workshops

Due to high demand, please apply for only the Carolina Voices workshop OR the Uncovering Carolina workshop.

This does not apply to the Local Government Seminar.

1. The 2016 William Friday Teachers Institute: Carolina Voices: Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State
Sunday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 19
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library

Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society


North Carolina history represents a tapestry of diverse and distinctive people & events, replete with rich heritage and resilient individuals who fought for a better way of life, showing courage and conviction, often in the face of extreme adversity. The NC Civic Education Consortium, in partnership with Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection, invite K-12 teachers to join us this summer on the beautiful campus of UNC-Chapel Hill to explore these themes and related state and national history at the 2016 William Friday Teachers Institute, “Carolina Voices: Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State.” From learning about the ways enslaved people resisted oppression and sought freedom throughout the state, to exploring the dramatic history of textile mills and labor strikes in rural North Carolina towns, to learning how the state’s unique dialects tell the story of our varied histories, teachers will enjoy a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most captivating events and people.

This dynamic two and a half day event will integrate:

  • Presentations on various compelling topics from North Carolina and American history from engaging scholars and authors
  • Primary sources and online resources from UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries, such as Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection and the Southern Oral History Program
  • Pedagogical exploration of coordinating lesson plans and teaching strategies so that teachers will begin the 2016-2017 school year with a multitude of ready-to-implement teaching resources and ideas

Our festivities will begin on Sunday afternoon (July 17) with Talkin’ Tar Heel co-author Walt Wolfram, who will kick off our exploration of North Carolina history by discussing how language & dialect provide a window into NC’s rich & diverse cultural & historical heritage. (Attendees will receive a copy of the book to be signed and an accompanying curriculum.) Teachers will then attend a performance by acclaimed gospel singer Mary D. Williams, who will take us through an aural African American history tour, as she presents songs from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement and present day. (Teachers will also receive a free copy of Williams’s CD, “Blood Done Sign My Name.”) We will end our first afternoon together with a group dinner in Chapel Hill, reveling in our new knowledge and new friends from around the state. And these treats are only the beginning!

Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society, teachers traveling more than 90 miles round-trip will also be treated to accommodations at the iconic Carolina Inn, located right on the Carolina campus in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill.

A draft agenda is coming soon. Activities will take place throughout:

  • Sunday, July 17: 2 PM – 8:30 PM (Includes reception, special performance by Mary D. Williams & dinner at the Carolina Inn)
  • Monday, July 18:  9 AM – 6:15 PM (includes breakfast, lunch & evening reception)
  • Tuesday, July 19:  9 AM – 4:00 (includes breakfast & lunch)

An event provided by the North Caroliniana Society to educate and equally appreciate our state’s hard working educators, teachers do not want to miss this unique deep dive into the history of the Tar Heel State! To apply for participation, fill out the application following.

Funding for this event is generously provided by the North Caroliniana Society.


  • 2.0 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts, university scholars, and authors; lesson plans, teaching ideas, and resources from the Civic Education Consortium and Wilson Library.
  • Special gifts, such as signed copies of the books Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina, A Day of Blood: The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, and the CD Blood Done Sign My Name. There will be chances to win additional resources and prizes as well!
  • Dinner in Chapel Hill on Sunday, July 17; Breakfast, lunch and snacks on July 18-19
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Sunday and Monday nights for teachers traveling more than 90 miles roundtrip. Accommodations will be at the historic Carolina Inn, located on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
    • 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 apply, download the application form here.

2. 2016 Local Government Seminar
July 25-26, 2016
Blowing Rock, NC

“I enjoyed the educational knowledge, the collaboration with other teachers, and the social activities.  This was a great experience.” – A 2012 Local Government Seminar Participant

Every day, local government touches the lives of North Carolinians and provides the services essential for functional communities, growing businesses, and healthy families.  It is local government that supplies water to our faucets, collects our trash, moves traffic through our downtowns, and cuts the grass in our parks and ball fields.  It is also local government that delivers care and counseling to those facing difficult times and responds with qualified personnel to life’s emergencies.

Participants in this seminar will learn first-hand the role of local government in North Carolina and then explore pedagogical strategies for teaching young people about how local government in North Carolina works.  Highlights of the Seminar will include: meeting with elected and appointed local government officials, “behind-the-scenes” field trips of various county and city departments, and MUCH MORE!!


  • Lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards
  • 1.5 renewal credits
  • A FREE, single occupancy hotel room for the evening of 7/25 (for participants residing more than 100 round-trip miles from the training location)
  • Meals – lunch on 7/25; lunch on 7/26; snacks throughout
  • One-on-one access to various elected and appointed officials and city and county staff.
  • “Special Access” field trips to various sites around the Town of Blowing Rock and Watauga County.

To apply, download the 2016 Local Government Seminar registration form.

3. Uncovering Carolina: Revolution and Resistance in 1700s America
August 16-17, 2016
North Carolina History Center & Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC

Tuesday, August 16 – 9 AM – 6 PM (includes breakfast, lunch and an evening reception)
Wednesday, August 17 – 8:30 AM – 4 PM (includes breakfast and lunch)

“What do We mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the People…before a drop of blood was drawn…” John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 24 August 1815

Eighteenth century history is rich with stories of revolution and resistance. The Revolutionary War is only one aspect of this compelling period of diverse people and dramatic events. Where better to spend two engaging days exploring the dynamic topics beyond the battles than a retreat at beautiful Tryon Palace? K-12 teachers are invited to join Tryon Palace, the NC Museum of History, and the Civic Education Consortium for “Uncovering Carolina: Revolution & Resistance in 1700s America.” This innovative program will integrate immersive experiences at one of North Carolina’s most famous historic sites, lectures from top scholars on various historical subjects related to revolution and resistance during the eighteenth century, and pedagogical exploration of lesson plans and strategies for bringing colonial history alive in the K-12 classroom. From learning about the diverse cultures and history of American Indians (often less prominent in our textbooks’ summaries of this period,) to the colonial Regulators and how they challenged Governor Tryon himself, to exploring the myriad of ways enslaved people sought freedom throughout the state during the Revolutionary period, teachers will get a snapshot of some of the most compelling historical events and people of the 1700s. All this while enjoying a beautiful, waterfront view in downtown New Bern! Teachers will be treated to a private tour of Tryon Palace, a performance and presentation by acclaimed gospel singer Mary D. Williams in which she traces the history of African American music from the Middle Passage through the 1700s and beyond, as well as a demonstration by Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps.

During the event you’ll be able to:

  • Deepen your own knowledge of North Carolina’s diverse 1700s history as a life-long learner
  • Explore new ideas and strategies for direct application in your classroom
  • Dialogue with scholars and fellow teachers from around the state
  • Reconnect with what you love about teaching in preparation for the new school year by spending two days with the Consortium and the NC History Museum at Tryon Palace!

(And, as a special treat to our hardworking teachers, accommodations will be provided at the DoubleTree New Bern Riverfront Hotel, located in the Downtown Historic District!)

Space is limited to 20 teachers, so register today for this deserved educators retreat!

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.


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts; experiential encounters throughout the grounds of Tryon Palace; and lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training from the Civic Education Consortium.
  • Breakfast, lunch & snacks both days, and a late afternoon reception on Tuesday
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Wednesday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from Tryon Palace in downtown New Bern. Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from Tryon Palace can request a single-occupancy room for Tuesday 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

Download the Uncovering Carolina application form here.

4. Shakespeare’s Text Demystified **This workshop is currently full, but applications are still being accepted for the waitlist**
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.


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

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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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