Middle East News

Annual Learning Through Languages Symposium Kicks Off North Carolina Day of Multilingualism

December 11, 2017

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University will host the third annual Learning Through Languages Research Symposium at the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC on Dec. 13 from 10:45 to 2:30. The symposium will be the marquee event for the North Carolina Consular Corps’ inaugural statewide Day of Multilingualism, which focuses on the value of lifelong language learning.

Steiner and Kurzman Release Report, ‘Global Education for All?’

November 13, 2017

Two Carolina scholars recently issued a report, Global Education for All?, addressing the challenges of increasing access to global education and examining strategies the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has taken to address these challenges. The report is co-authored by Niklaus Steiner, director of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), and Charles Kurzman,… Read more »

Webinar on ‘The Art of Revolution in Tunisia, Egypt and Syria’ Explores Creativity in the Face of Conflict

Educators from around the U.S. tuned in on October 12, 2017 to learn about cultural geography and artistic expression in the midst of revolution. Organized by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies in partnership with the National Humanities Center, the webinar “The Art of Revolution: Tunisia, Egypt and Syria” explored the historical context leading… Read more »

‘Translating Islam’ Conference Celebrates Major Contributions of Carl Ernst to Islamic Studies

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held a conference in honor of Carl Ernst’s contributions to Islamic Studies on Oct. 6-7, 2017. Ernst is William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (CCSMEMC), and he has… Read more »

Jaff and Margolis Contribute Chapter to Book on ‘The Aftermath of Atrocity’

Two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members at the University of North Carolina are co-authors of a chapter in a new book, Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, edited by Dennis B. Klein. Dilshad Jaff, program coordinator for solutions to complex emergencies in the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions… Read more »

2017 UNC-IntraHealth Fellows Explored Wide Range of Health Topics in Summer Program

Graduates of the eighth annual UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program spent 10 weeks working side by side with global health professionals at IntraHealth International this summer, taking part in projects that dealt with a wide range of topics — from HIV-related stigma to sexual harassment and discrimination in the health workforce. Since 2010, the Gillings School… Read more »

K-12 Teachers ‘Taste’ the Middle East on Day-Long Study Tour

On August 15, 2017, teachers from across North Carolina sampled halva, ful medammas and baklava; spoke with a Palestinian restaurant owner; visited a Middle Eastern grocery store; and braided challah bread—all in the Triangle. The third annual “Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast” study tour, hosted by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies,… Read more »

Student Pawelski Wins Award for Paper Examining Documentation of Cultural History as a Human Rights Issue

Before Nicole Pawelski began contemplating a professional career in archives, she made a very personal connection with an online archive affiliated with the Near East Relief Society (NER), which helped rescue children, including Pawelski’s paternal grandfather, during the Armenian Genocide of 1915. “I have a photograph of him with a group of other boys, and… Read more »