Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East

Contributed By: Jill
Organizing Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Contact Name: Emma Harver
Contact email: harver@email.unc.edu
Start Date: February 24, 2018
End Date: February 24, 2018
Cost: Free
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005

UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina United States
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K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then explore how music and the arts can be an avenue to engage students in cross-cultural learning with Pierce Freelon, Durham-based professor, musician and social entrepreneur. Teachers will also learn about resources offered by Carolina K-12 and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies related to these themes and more. The workshop will end with teachers attending a performance by Omar Offendum at UNC Chapel Hill. His poetry and music build on American hip-hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues of identity, belonging, and diaspora.

This workshop is free; spaces are available for 40 participants on a first come, first served basis. To register, please fill out the form below.

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