Muslim journeys: Islam and its many roads

The North Carolina Humanities Council will present their 2013 Teachers Institute Summer Seminar, entitled “Muslim Journeys: Islam and Its Many Roads,” from June 16th through the 22nd at the Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Islam, as religion and culture, is expressed in a great range of ways – from long-bearded men and veiled women to cell-phone carrying hip-hop artists, software executives, and Miss America. The 2013 Teachers Institute Summer Seminar will explore the multiple histories, cultures, and arts of Muslims from the religion’s seventh-century origins in the Middle East to its growth and development across the Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds today. Scholars of Islam from a variety of disciplines will engage with teachers through primary source documents, paintings, literature, poetry, and music. Encompassing Muslims in Arabia, Persia, South Asia, North Africa, Europe, West Africa, South America, and the United States, scholars and participants will explore such questions as: What does Islam have in common with “The West”? Who are Muslim Americans? What is the role of women in Islam? Why is Islam treated in monolithic fashion? And what are some of its current developments? The Summer Seminar will help shed light on Islam and the many roads taken by its adherents across time and the world through personal narratives, documentary film, and seminar presentations and readings.

Lead scholars for the program are Dr. Omar Ali and Dr. Alyssa Gabbay from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Dr. Darlene May from Wake Forest University.

The Teachers Institute, an interdisciplinary professional development program, brings educators from across the state together to study the history, literature, music, and art of North Carolina’s diverse communities. The Teachers Institute provides access to continued intellectual growth for participants and creates the rigorous, stimulating environment found in the best graduate education.

Any currently teaching North Carolina K-12 public school educators with two or more years of experience are eligible to apply. This includes classroom teachers as well as media specialists, curriculum facilitators, reading coordinators, guidance counselors, computer/technology specialists, school social workers, etc. Food, double-occupancy lodging, and all texts and other reading materials are provided for participants.

Participating educators will receive a certificate for up to 4 CEUs. Prior reading and study is required of all participants. Materials will be shipped to participants at least six weeks prior to the start of the seminar.

To apply for this wonderful opportunity, please visit the Humanities Council website. The application deadline is March 20, 2013. The seminar is free.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lynn Wright-Kernodle, Director of the Teachers Institute or call 336-334-4769.


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