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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 bonnici@unc.edu.

 Spring 2015 Trainings

1. Talkin’ Tar Heel: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina
Date & Location: July 15-16; Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC
Registration Deadline: July 1, 2015
Funding for this event is generously provided by Russel Edmister and the Daisty Edmister Teachers Fund. content

North Carolina’s history is rich with diverse people and dramatic events, and where better to spend two engaging days exploring such dynamic topics than a retreat at beautiful Tryon Palace? K-12 teachers are invited to join the Civic Education Consortium and Tryon Palace for Talkin’ Tar Heel: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina. This innovative program will integrate immersive experiences at North Carolina’s most famous historic site, scholar lectures on various historical subjects related to North Carolina’s past, and pedagogical exploration of lesson plans and strategies for bringing history alive in the K-12 classroom. From learning about the colonial Regulators and how they challenged Governor Tryon himself, to exploring the myriad of ways enslaved people sought freedom throughout the state, teachers will get a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most compelling historical events and people, all while enjoying a beautiful, waterfront view in downtown New Bern! Teachers will be treated to a private tour of Tryon Palace and a Jonkonnu performance, a traditional 19th century African American celebration that is a fusion of music and dancing. Teachers will also receive a free copy of the book, Talkin’ Tar Heel during a special session with the book’s two authors. Deepen your own knowledge of North Carolina’s diverse 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, and reconnect with what you love about teaching by spending two days with the Consortium at Tryon Palace!

Teachers Receive:

  • 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.
  • A signed copy of Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
  • Lunch & an late afternoon reception on Friday; breakfast  & lunch on Saturday
  • 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 bonnici@unc.edu.

To access the workshop’s tentative agenda, click here.

To access the registration form, click here.

2. Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II
Part of the Hidden Histories: What Your Textbook Left Out Series
Date & Location: August 6 & 7; NC Museum of History in Raleigh
Funding generously provided by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

While World War II may have pulled the American economy out of depression, it didn’t remedy the many social problems of the time. The tensions and fears ignited byWAR & CONFLICT BOOK ERA:  WORLD WAR II/THE HOME FRONT/RELOCATION the conflicts between nations materialized in many ways across the nation and world. From the one hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children who were removed from their homes and relocated to internment camps by the American government, to the 7,600 people who were sterilized as part of North Carolina’s state sponsored eugenics program, fear and prejudice took root and spread in many forms. Meanwhile, African Americans and American Indians fought two wars: one against the enemy, and the other against Jim Crow. Join the NC Civic Education Consortium and the NC Museum of History for its next installment of their acclaimed Hidden Histories series to explore these complicated issues and more. “Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II” will examine the war years with the goal of gaining a more comprehensive understanding of neglected people and events that were occurring simultaneously during this tumultuous time. Participating teachers will have the unique opportunity to engage with scholars, writers and Holocaust survivors as they highlight the various ways that concern over national security, wartime rhetoric, fear, and prejudice exacerbated racial, ethnic, and class-based tensions at home and abroad.

“Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II” will dynamically integrate:

  • Lectures from university scholars, authors & journalists – 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 from area universities.
  • “Witnessing the witnesses”- No one can speak to the role of fear, prejudice, and Anti-Semitism more than the brave survivors of the Holocaust. We will be joined by several Holocaust survivors in order to learn from their incredible stories first hand.
  • Interaction with the NC History Museum’s “A Call to Arms” exhibit –This exhibit provides an overview of North Carolina’s military heritage, including North Carolina’s role in World War II
  • Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to use various interactive strategies to 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. Teachers will also learn about the new C3 Framework, designed specifically for helping students build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills.

Deepen and diversify your own knowledge as a life-long learner, explore new ideas and strategies for direct application in your classroom and dialogue with scholars and fellow teachers from around the state at this not-to-be-missed event!

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE

  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training
  • Lunch on Aug. 6; breakfast & lunch on Aug. 7
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Thursday 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 Wednesday 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 bonnici@unc.edu.

     

To download the “Beyond the Battlefield” registration, click here.

To view the tentative agenda, click here.  Please note agenda is subject to change.

3. 2015 Local Government Seminar
The Local Government Seminar will take place in Greensboro this year!  Keep checking this page, we’ll be posting more details as they are confirmed.

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 cnorris@unc.edu.

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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