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May 2016 

Current Workshops

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The William Friday Teachers Institute: Carolina Voices: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina
Date & Location: July 17-19,2016; UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library
In collaboration with UNC’s Wilson Library. Generously supported by the North Caroliniana Society.

2016 Local Government Seminar
Date & Location: July 25-26; Blowing Rock, NC
Generously supported by the North Carolina City & County Management Association

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

Current Opportunities

1. Teachers Can Attend the “Young Authors, Young Artists” Talk for Free
Date & Time: June 14; 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill

The UNC Program in the Humanities would like to invite 10 lucky teachers to attend a talk by superstar English professor, Dr. Laurie Langbauer at Flyleaf Books for FREE. “Young Authors, Young Artists,” will explore the history of important art and writings by teenagers around the turn of the twentieth century. This engaging talk is a must for any English or Art teachers who teach about Modernism, but anyone working with teenagers is sure to be fascinated.

The first 10 teachers who email Paul Bonnici ( can attend “Young Authors, Young Artists” Spotlight on Scholars lecture at Flyleaf Books for free! 

2. UNC Program in the Humanities Announces its Summer Schedule
Join our parent program – the UNC Program in the Humanities – this summer for one of our fantastic programs. Teacher discounts and stipends are available thanks to the generosity of the Daisy Edmister Fund. Click the titles below to learn more about each program:

3. Take a Trip with Teachers2Teachers-International
Teachers2Teachers-International pairs educators from the United States with local teachers in Central and South America. Through a graduated co-teaching sequence (and with the support of volunteer interpreters as needed), T2T-I team members are given the opportunity to observe and conduct lessons in their partners’ classrooms. After each school day is completed, T2T-I team members take part in one-on-one meetings, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.

The T2T-I team’s visit abroad both begins and ends with one or two full days of culture-based exploration in the host country. Upon their return to the US, T2T-I teachers are encouraged to maintain virtual relationships with their partner teacher! Click here to learn about the 2016 trips to Guatemala and Ecuador.

4. Travel to Morocco with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies
Dates: June 28-July 12, 2016
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2016

Looking for an awesome summer adventure? In conjunction with GEEO (Global Exploration for Educators), a non-profit teacher-travel organization, the Consortium is sponsoring a trip to Morocco from June 28-July 12, 2016. Click here for all of the details and the itinerary! Click here for the poster! All educators are welcome: full-time, part-time, retired, or support staff. You are also welcome to bring a non-teaching adult with you. Travel, adventure, and earn professional development credit! The cost of the trip is just $1519 plus airfare. Email Emma Harver at with any questions.

5. The Inaugural Poetry Project Institute
Date & Location: July 29-30; Greensboro College

The Poetry Project is pleased to announce the first ever Poetry Project Institute will be held this July at Greensboro College. The institute is a series of professional development workshops designed to train teachers how to effectively use poetry and the art of spoken word to engage students in the areas of literacy, Service-Learning, character development, and more!

Over the course of the institute teachers will be taken through various exercises and activities as well as provided with tools to assist them in getting their students to grasp new concepts and see poetry and literacy from a new point of view. Teachers will learn how this art form can be used for positive change in their classrooms and communities to address problems, formulate solutions, battle peer pressure and expand the message of tolerance of diversity.

Registration is now open. Hurry up and register because there are only 100 slots available! Teachers will leave with resources and knowledge to make literacy and character development second nature in the classroom.  More information, here:

6. The Judicial Branch’s New Speakers Bureau Needs YOU 
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Judicial Branch will soon launch a Speakers Bureau as part of its court anniversary celebrations. Chief Justice Mark Martin is calling on representatives from throughout North Carolina’s legal and judicial community to become a speaker. All judicial officials and court staff as well as private attorneys are invited to become a speaker.

The Speakers Bureau will directly support the civics education work that currently is underway under the leadership of Justice Paul Newby and Justice Sam Ervin, IV.

“Our citizens must understand the vital role that courts perform in protecting our democracy,” said Chief Justice Mark Martin. “I challenge all judicial system stakeholders to sign up today and join a united effort for this critical public awareness effort.”

The Speakers Bureau will be a free, public service with hopes of reaching into every county of North Carolina. Speakers may be requested from groups such as schools or community civic groups. Speaking events are expected to be no longer than 30 minutes. Presentation and handout material will be made available for speakers to use. Material also will be made available for event hosts to promote the speaking event.

Sign up to become a speaker

7. Celebrating 100 Years of Pulitzer Prizes
As part of Pulitzer NC, the NC Humanities Council’s statewide celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, they’re collaborating with Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors on a summer reading program for students K-12. The NC Humanities Council is still building the educational materials link to their Pulitzer NC website, but teachers can find the reading list, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and books here: When complete, this page will have free materials for educators to use, including videos, documents, documentary films, and two webinars to improve educator effectiveness and student achievement. Resources will be aligned to national teaching standards.

Please join the NC Humanities Council during Bookmarks’ Summer Reading Kick Off celebration on May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30pm in Winston-Salem, at the William G. White YMCA. There will be pizza and games and prizes. Books from the list will be available for purchase. Parents, teachers, and librarians are welcome to join. You can download the program’s flier here.

8. Faith in Action: in the Footsteps of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Dates & Location: March 19 – July 24; Duke University Perkins Library in the Mary Duke Biddle Room

Abraham Joshua Heschel grew up in Poland, began his career in Germany and became one of the most influential Jewish theologians of the 20th century in the United States. Heschel dedicated his life to the study of traditional Jewish sources and the application of those sources to the situations faced by Modern Jews. Heschel modeled socially engaged Judaism throughout his life. He represented American Jews at the Second Vatican Council, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and protested the Vietnam War. This exhibit showcases Heschel’s life and work as a rabbi, philosopher, writer, professor, ecumenist and social activist. Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Jewish Studies.

For more information about this exhibit & related events, visit

9. Free Webinars for Teachers from the National Humanities Center
Looking for engaging webinars from a quality institution? The Consortium’s friends at the National Humanities Center are offering a special offer to you to participate in their live, interactive professional development webinars for FREE! Enter the code HHV15 to waive the webinar fee! The NHC provides teachers with materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach. Their online lesson plans include key questions, essential understandings, and primary sources with context, background, and discussion excerpts for classroom teaching. Additional resources such as collections of historical documents, literary texts, and works of art thematically organized with notes and discussion questions, annotated and excerpted for classroom use can be found on their site.

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