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Reflections on Japanese Internment with the Broadway Musical Allegiance
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Chapel Hill Public Library | 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

And it seems to me important for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements, but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again. George Takei

In 1942, over 127,000 Japanese-American 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 American government. K-12 teachers are invited to join Carolina K-12 for a special event to explore this complicated history through the unique lens of the new Broadway musical, Allegiance, which teachers will have the rare opportunity to view.

Teachers will begin this special evening at the Chapel Hill Public Library with a catered dinner and lecture with Dr. Heidi Kim, Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, who will provide a foundational overview of Japanese Internment, including historical context for how this forced relocation was decided, enforced and executed. We will also examine the impact on (both during and after) and individual experiences of those interned, as well as the response from the American public.

Following dinner, teachers head 4 minutes down the road to to attend a showing of the Broadway musical, Allegiance, at Chapel Hill’s premier movie theatre, Silverspot Cinema. With this unique and innovative set up, teachers will enjoy a live stream of the New York City based musical from the Silverspot’s leather recliners in Chapel Hill! Set during Japanese American internment (with a framing story set in the present day) the musical follows the Kimura family in the years following the attack on Pearl Harbor, as they are forced to leave their farm in Salinas, California and are sent to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming. Staring George Takei, the show brings to life this family’s extraordinary journey in this untold American story. Their loyalty was questioned, their freedom taken away, but their spirit could never be broken.

Prior to the start of Allegiance, Eric Muller, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Law, will offer some context regarding the story line of the musical, and also encourage the audience to think critically about the challenges of placing a complex story into the format of musical theater.

Teachers don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn about this often under told history, not only through dynamic presentations from Carolina scholars, but through a special live theatre screening of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Allegiance.

4:00 – 4:30 PM     Registration, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A (100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

4:30 – 5:00 PM     Opening and Introductions, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A

5:00 – 5:15 PM      Break

5:15 – 6:15 PM       Dinner and Historical Overview of Japanese Internment, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A, Dr. Heidi Kim, Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill

6:20 – 7:00 PM     Break and travel to Silverspot Cinema (University Place, 201 S Estes Dr #100, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

7:00 –7:30 PM      An Introduction to Allegiance, Silverspot Cinema Eric Muller, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Law

7:30 – 10:00 PM   Allegiance, Silverspot Cinema

Teachers will receive dinner & free admission into Silverspot’s showing of Allegiance, as well as 1.0 CEUs (with completion of pre-readings.)

Please note funding is not available for substitute reimbursements or hotel accommodations for this event. (For teachers who would like to book hotel accommodations on their own, we are happy to make local recommendations upon request.)

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Cancellation for Carolina K-12 Events

Carolina K-12 is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. Carolina K-12 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 waiting lists from participating and leads to material waste.

The Daisy Edmister Fund: Attend the Program in the Humanities’ General Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by Carolina K-12, 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 Carolina K-12, 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

Carolina K-12 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 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, Carolina K-12 (formerly 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.