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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

 Fall 2014 Trainings

1. Hidden Histories: Is it FACT or FICTION? (Generously funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust)
Dates: November 7 – 8, 2014
Location: NC Museum of History, Raleigh

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History and the NC Civic Education Consortium for an exciting encore to our summer series, “Hidden Histories: What Your NC History Textbook Left Out.” This two-day session, “Hidden Histories: Is it FACT or FICTION?,” is designed to deepen our understanding of diverse history while examining topics in a new light to determine if what you’re teaching is fact—or possibly fiction. Middle and high school teachers interested in thinking critically about history and how it is taught, as well as gaining a more comprehensive and multi-didactic understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, do not want to miss this workshop!

This two-day program will focus on a different time period and dynamically integrate:

  • Lectures from university scholars – 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 discussions and presentations from professors, authors, and scholars of North Carolina and American history.
  •  Interaction with the NC History Museum’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit – More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components throughout this exhibit.
  •  Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to use art, theatre and primary sources to actively engage students in social studies, as well as participate in parts of lesson plans designed by the CEC for the middle and high school classroom.


  • Ancient Animosities of the Middle East: Fact or Fiction?, Dr. Charles Kurzman, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • African Americans & the Fight for Democracy During World War I, Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University
  • Myths of Modern Immigrants, Dr. José Villalba, Wake Forest University


  • 1.5 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be written with the middle and high school social studies classroom in mind, any interested educator who teaches the topics covered can attend, with the understanding that resources provided may need modified.
  • Special access to the exhibits and resources at the NC History Museum
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday evening for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC History Museum. Additionally, participants residing more than 375 round trip miles from the NC History Museum can request a Thursday evening as well.
Click to download the registration form.
(**Please note registrants who have not participated in another session in the Hidden Histories series will be given registration priority.)
This program is generously supported by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust


2. The People on the Bus: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides in North Carolina
November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room Bfreeriders

Imagine a time when traveling on a bus beside a person of a different race meant risking your life. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white “Freedom Riders” endured threats, beatings, and imprisonment, for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South. Inspired by the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation riders who traveled with the same goal – and made a historic stop in Chapel Hill – their courage to deliberately violate Jim Crow laws changed North Carolina and America forever.

Join the UNC Program in the Humanities and the Chapel Hill Public Library to explore these two tumultuous and impactful periods of history, with special attention paid to the ordinary people who did extraordinary things for our state and nation. William Chafe of Duke University will lead a discussion of these events as well as clips of the acclaimed film, “Freedom Riders.” Says filmmaker Stanley Nelson, “The lesson of the Freedom Rides is that great change can come from a few small steps taken by courageous people. And that sometimes to do any great thing, it’s important that we step out alone.” We hope you’ll step out to join us for this exciting event!

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free refreshments will be served.

This program is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It is co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill Public Library and the UNC Program in the Humanities and Human Values. For more information, contact the Program in the Humanities at 962-1544.

Additional events regarding civil rights will be held at the Chapel Hill public library throughout October and November. Click here for more information.

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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