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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 2014 Trainings

1. “Hold These Truths”
Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II
April 25-26, 2014 ~ Chapel Hill Public Library
April 25, 11:30 AM-9:15 PM
(includes lunch, dinner& theatre performance of “Hold These Truths”)
April 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(an optional panel discussion will take place from Noon – 1 PM)
North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hold These Truths: Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II.”

Over one hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children—the majority of whom were American citizens—were removed from their homes and relocated to camps under the watchful eye of the government. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the many complicated issues that arose from this extralegal act by the US government throughout this unique two day event, which will include a mixture of lectures for expanding content knowledge as well as pedagogical exploration addressing ways to convey this period of history to middle and high school students.

Questions to be considered include: What happened to Japanese-American families and communities as a result of the detention? How would Japanese-American men react to the military draft? What did internment and exclusion mean for mixed-race couples?

In addition, teachers will receive free admittance PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 production of Jeanne Sakata’s critically acclaimed play, Hold These Truths, inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi.

During World War II, student Gordon Hirabayashi fought the US government’s orders to forcibly incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Struggling to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the Constitution, the play addresses his journey toward greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and confrontation with its failures.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore a seldom discussed aspect of controversial American history!


  • 1.2 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 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.
  • Admittance into Hold These Truths at Kenan Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Lunch & dinner on Friday
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.

For more information and to download the registration form, click here.

Hidden Histories:
What your NC history textbook left out
A professional development series to be held throughout the summer at the NC History Museum in Raleigh, NC
Colonization, Revolution and the New Nation – June 26-27, 2014
Civil War & Reconstruction – July 17-18, 2014
Civil Rights in the Modern Era – August 7-8, 2014
North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History ( and the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an exciting professional development series designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history. Middle and high school teachers interested in gaining a more comprehensive and multi-didactic understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, in order to better engage their students’ interest and curiosity in our state and nation’s past, do not want to miss these three summer workshops!
Each 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.
Workshop Topics & Dates
Teachers can sign up for one or more of the workshops within the Hidden Histories series. Further details are available in the registration form.
Colonization, Revolution and the New Nation – JUNE 26-27, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, June 13
  • Sample sessions will include
    • A Parallel Struggle for Freedom: African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Bloody North Carolina: Colonial Conflicts and Clashes, Dr. Wayne Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Native Ground: Indian Culture & the Impact of Colonization, Dr. Kathleen Duval, UNC-Chapel Hill
Civil War & Reconstruction – JULY 17-18, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Monday, July 7
  • Sample sessions will include
  • “As the War Turns” – Exploring the Drama of the Civil War, Dr. Margaret Humphries, Duke University
  • North Carolina’s Freed Black Communities, Dr. Freddie Parker, NC Central University
  • Quakers and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina, Dr. Gwen Ericson, Guilford College
Civil Rights in the Modern Century – AUGUST 7-8, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, July 25
  • Sample sessions will include:
    • Against their Will: North Carolina’s Eugenics Program, Professor Alfred Brophy, UNC School of Law
    • §  Right to Ride: The Fight for Civil Rights in the Early 1900s, Dr. Blair Kelley, NC State University
    • North Carolina & Latino Immigration, Paul Cuadros, UNC-Chapel Hill
PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE (for each individual workshop attended)
  • 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 Thursday 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 Wednesday evening as well.

To register, download and complete the registration form here.

Special thanks to the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
for providing the funding to make this series possible.

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!

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 for the remainder of the tuition (that is, the full tuition less the 50% discount) and optional meals. 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 PHHV’s general seminars also have the chance to win a travel stipend via the Daisy Edminster Fund!

The Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund, established by Mr. Russell Edmister, honors the memory of his mother, Daisy M. Edmister. The Fund offers a limited number of $50 awards to currently-employed, full-time, K-12 and community college teachers who attend our seminars. These stipends will be awarded expressly to help teachers defray their costs of travel, lodging, and the payment of substitute teachers. At each of the Program’s general seminars, one name of an attending educator will be randomly drawn to receive the $50 award. (Please note that awards are not offered at Civic Education Consortium events, since they are free of charge.) Educators and librarians are eligible for one stipend per semester. 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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