Friday, December 10, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize 2010--The Missing Laureate

Here's where Liu Xiaobo would have appeared onstage to the receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  During the presentation ceremony in Oslo today, Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland placed the Peace Prize on the empty chair. 

In the Laureate's absence, Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullman read aloud a statement written by Liu shortly before his imprisonment.  You can read the full text here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fully Funded Teacher Trip to South Africa

Thanks to the NC Council for the Social Studies for passing along this exciting news--

The Toyota International Teacher Program will be traveling to South Africa for the first time next year.  The trip is scheduled for July 24 – August 10, 2011, and is fully funded.  Deadline for applying is January 23, 2011.  

Do you qualify?  "Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship; be employed full time as a secondary classroom teacher or teacher-librarian (grades 7 – 12) in one of the 50 State or the District of Columbia; and have a least three years of full-time teaching experience."

If this sounds like you, please do look into this great opportunity.

The Toyota International Teacher Program already travels to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador.  The focus is on supporting teachers in including more global and environmental learning in their classrooms and communities.  

Read more about these great (and fully funded!) programs here.  And get your application together over the winter break!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Geography Awareness Week

Get ready for Geography Awareness Week (November 14-20). The theme this year is freshwater. 

You can look into some fun ways to celebrate in the My Wonderful World blog post.   And you can download  projects focused on U.S. rivers and North Carolina river basins at the website of our own NC Geographic Alliance here.

Let's hear it for freshwater!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nobel Prize Week--Economics

The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded jointly to Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides "for their analysis of markets with search frictions." 

"Frictions" sounds as if we're in the realm of physics.  But in an economic context, "frictions" refer to the inefficiencies that slow down a process (think finding a job or a buyer for your house).  Read more about the Laureates' work here.  (The Popular Information links on the site offer very clear and well-written explanations of all the Laureates' research.)

As I've mentioned, all the Laureates we've heard about this week are global heroes.  Use their stories and their work to connect students globally across the curriculum. offers ideas for teaching here.

If you've got your own lesson plan or a strategy for using the Nobel Prize and the Laureates' work in your classroom, let me know.  Email me at higginsteachingatgmaildotcom, and  I'll feature your idea in a future post. 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Nobel Prize Week--Peace

"For his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010.  

But chances are he won't be publicly accepting the award and delivering the traditional speech in Oslo.  He's currently serving an eleven-year prison term in China for "inciting subversion of state power."  (Liu Xiaobo has insisted that "Opposition is not equivalent to subversion.")

China's leadership has been described as "livid."  The spokesperson for China's foreign office called the selection "an obscenity."

Liu Xiaobo is the first Chinese citizen to be awarded a Nobel Prize, and the third Laureate to be awarded the Peace Prize while incarcerated.  (The others are Carl von Ossietzky and Aung San Suu Kyi.)

Read more about Liu Xiaobo here.  And follow this evolving story with your students.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nobel Prize Week--Literature

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."

In his novels, Llosa explores the theme of power in Latin America, especially the effect of political power (and corruption) on the lives of ordinary people.  And he certainly hasn't avoided controversy.  In fact, his first published novel (La ciudad y los perros, published in English as The Time of the Hero) was publicly burned in Lima.   

Llosa's fiction has long been acclaimed, and he's a popular writer both in Spanish and in translation. (Take a look at the congratulations from readers around the world.)

Read more about Llosa here.  And stand by for some well deserved media attention for a great writer.  NPR is already offering commentary on what's bound to be a very popular choice for the Prize.

Update:  Hear Llosa's response to the Prize here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Nobel Prize Week--Chemistry

Carbon is Nobel's star this year.

Yesterday Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won the Nobel Prize for Physics for isolating graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon substance with unique properties.  Today the Nobel Prize for Chemistry goes to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis." 

Or, in simpler terms, "for developing new, more efficient ways of linking carbon atoms together to build the complex molecules that are improving our everyday lives."  (Thanks,!)

Read more about the Laureates here and their accomplishments here.   And stay tuned for Literature!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nobel Prize Week--Physics

What's the strongest, thinnest material?  The best heat conductor?  As good a conductor of electricity as copper?  And is completely transparent?

If you're a physicist, you've known the answer for several years.  But the rest of us learned today about the new wonder material graphene, a form of carbon that's just one atom thick.   The structure of graphene is a lot like chicken wire (see above).  Applications for the new material are still in the planning and testing stage, but its strength and unique properties may revolutionize electronics.  We may be using graphene chips instead of silicon chips one day soon.

Russian physicists Andre Geim and  Konstantin Novoselov have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene."  

We'll be hearing and learning much more about graphene in the weeks and months ahead.  For now, take a look at the background information about graphene on the Nobel Prize site.

If you have any students who think science is boring and that there isn't anything more to discover, here's the perfect answer.  Even carbon, it seems, still has a few surprises for us!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nobel Prize Week 2010

It's Nobel Prize Week, when the Nobel Foundation will be honoring those leaders who have made a world impact in Medicine, Economics, Chemistry, Literature, Physics, and Peace.

Each day will bring the announcement of a new winner, and the opportunity to introduce students to global heroes and their extraordinary work.  You can follow along on

Here's the schedule

Monday: Medicine
Robert G. Edwards, developer of in vitro fertilization, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.  Learn more about the laureate and his work here.

Tuesday: Physics

Wednesday: Chemistry

Thursday: Literature

Friday: Peace

Monday:  Economic Sciences

Follow along with your class this week, and learn more about the Laureates and their world-class contributions to global life.  Who knows?  You may inspire a future Nobel Laureate.

Update:  Great ideas for discussion about in vitro fertilization at NY Times Learning Network

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Going to the Movies

Well, it's Saturday. Are you thinking about movies, too?

If you're looking for films that combine fun and a fundamentally sound view of our global environment, go to My Wonderful World's blog post Five Favorite Environmentally Conscious Movies.  A great line-up here (think up your own before you look!), and well worth passing along to parents who ask, "what can I do to enrich learning at home?"  Good opportunity for watch-and-discuss.

And while you're on the My Wonderful World site, check out what's ahead for Geography Awareness Week. Mark November 14-20 on your calendar.  More on that later.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The World on a (Violin) String

You learn the parts of a violin, and then you get a violin.
Sounds too good to be true?

It's the truth, alright.  Each of these young children from Durham Public Schools is about to receive his or her very own violin from KidZNotes, a not-for-profit organization promoting classical music training for children in East Durham's poorest neighorhoods. The violins and lessons--four lessons a week after school, and rehearsal on Saturdays--are all free.

KidZNotes Director Katie Wyatt (pictured here) leads the Durham initiative.  And the global connection?  This educational music movement comes from Venezuela. 

Conceived and directed by Jose Antonio Abreu (an economist, as well as a composer, and conductor),  El Sistema has touched and improved the lives of over 800,000 children living in poverty in the past thirty-five years.   Its success has been re-created all over the world.  Wyatt studied the curriculum in Venezuela as an Abreu Fellow and determined to bring it to Durham.  You can read about the program here.  

The long term plan is to replicate the East Durham project in other parts of the city and the state. (Maybe in your school district!)  You can read more about KidZNotes and the big launch here.  And keep up with KidZNotes with Katie's blog

Congratulations to KidZNotes and East Durham's budding musicians on a wonderful start.  When you start posting your concerts on YouTube, we'll post the link here!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Images of Global Cities

I love these photos of global cities, and the captions explaining why each is unique in its global character, on the web site of Foreign Policy.  (That's Singapore on the left.)

 London's one of the big global stars, of course, and has been since the Roman Empire.  And Hong Kong has long been an important international center for business.  But Taipei is in the global league, too, along with Jakarta and Lagos.

Share the photos with students, and challenge them to research and report on a global metropolis.  You could make it a year-long group project, with regular updates on each city. 

Take a look into local business connections to a global city.  You may be able to find someone in your community who's lived and worked there.  Who knows?  Across the world may be closer than you think!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Social Studies Conference 2011

It's official.  The NCCSS conference is set for February 24-25, 2011, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The theme is "Vistas, Visions, and Voices." 

Registration deadline is January 31 (but don't wait!  Get your plans in gear now!)  Deadline for proposals is November 1.  (See above!)

This is the highlight of the social studies year, if you ask me.  Don't miss it.  I'll see you there!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Free Teaching Resources from Facing the Future

More free stuff! 

Facing the Future is offering free download of a teaching unit for high school classes on production and consumption.  Buy, Use, Toss? offers ten lessons, and is linked to National Standards for Social Studies and Science.  The unit comes with a downloadable twenty-minute video, The Story of Stuff. 

Studying production, consumption, and disposal a great way to open a discussion on culture and globalization.  Download the unit now, and work it into your plans for the year. 

As an introduction, take a look at these BBC videos on how people take out the trash in Italy, Belgium, South Korea, and the US. 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Free Online Course for Teachers on East Asia

Flash from my good friends Björn Hennings at the Carolina Center for Educational Excellence and Bogdan Leja of the NC Teaching Asia Network.    

Columbia University and Teachers College have put together an On-line, Asynchronous Mini-Course Series on East Asia as part of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for NC teachers to participate for free and upon completion of the course be eligible for a highly subsidized educational travel tour of East Asia.  

Wonderful opportunity is right.  For more information go here.  And hurry, because the course begins September 9th.  Participants may earn two CEUs for completing the course. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Bogdan Leja at lejaATemailDOTuncDOTedu  

ePals For the New School Year

One of the most exciting ways to include global connections in your teaching is literally to connect your class with a class in another world region. 

I"ve mentioned ePals in another posting, but it's well worth mentioning again, now that the new school year is underway.  If you're worried about how you're going to find another class on the other side of the world, you can select and one easily on ePals.  If you're worried about what project you might work on together, you can find one (dozens!) to choose from on ePals.  And, as I've mentioned before, it's free.

So there you go.  No more excuses.

If you still need convincing, listen to some young people talk about communicating globally.  These could be your students.  Click on the ePals site here and scroll down.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hurricanes Are Global

Updated 8/20/10

Just around this time every year, I start remembering Floyd.  You probably do, too, if you were a North Carolinian in 1999. 

Hurricane Floyd wreaked havoc, especially in the eastern part of our state, and it is (still) the greatest natural disaster North Carolina has ever experienced. 

No one can forget Floyd.  But I also remember his older sister Hurricane Fran.  The night Fran raged inland was wild and windy, with torrents of rain falling, at time, sideways.  I remember the streetlights blinking on and off, buffeted by the storm.  My neighbor recalled the scent of salt water and pine sawdust.  The ocean was passing over us, and it carried the aroma of the trees it had torn to shreds on the way. 

For those of you thinking about the hurricane season (and who among us isn't?), here's a link to WRAL's Storm Tracker.  Let's hope we don't have to consult it too often.

I love this interactive map, because it makes abundantly clear that the hurricanes that sometimes sweep over our coast (and inland, as well) are global weather phenomena.  "Our" hurricanes begin as storms off the coast of West Africa, and, if they last, make their way westward across the Atlantic. 

The WRAL map can show us these storms from quite a bit out there in the Atlantic, and tracks their path (and landfalls) along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the north coast of South America (Venezuela and Colombia).  So while we're planning locally (school closings?), we can also see globally.  Share with students during hurricane season to increase understanding of global weather patterns and reinforce geographic knowledge. 

Bonus:  Learn more about how we can study coastal flooding in this YouTube video on CI-FLOW.  Great images of Floyd's aftermath here, as well as commentary by former Governor Jim Hunt.  (Thanks to Terry Kirby Hathaway of NC Sea Grant for the link.)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

The EU on NPR

If you're teaching Europe next year, refresh your knowledge and understanding of the EU.  Here's an NPR series well worth listening to.  Thanks to Gali Beeri of UNC's Center for European Studies for the links.

You can receive regular updates on events and resources for teaching Europe and the EU by subscribing to the CES/EUCE listserv.  Send an email to galiATuncDOTedu with the subject "Please subscribe me to your newsletter."  

Monday, July 12, 2010

Professional Development: AP for Social Studies--Deadline July 30th

Free professional development opportunity in August for NC K-12 social studies teachers.  Read below, follow the link, and act fast--deadline is July 30th.

To support the mission of the NC State Board, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is providing a two-day professional development opportunity for K-12 Social Studies teachers. This two-day training will focus on preparing social studies teachers for the rigors of advanced placement courses as well as building capacity for social studies teacher to add rigor to their honors and standard classes.

Date: August 3-4, 2010
Location: Peace College, Raleigh, North Carolina
Cost: FREE!
The goals of the institute are to:
  • Build teachers’ capacity for teaching AP courses
  • Build teachers’ capacity to add appropriate rigor to their instruction and assignments
  • Build capacity for K-8 teachers who could help prepare students to take AP courses upon entering high school
  • Provide on-going dialogue about AP courses, teaching strategies, and teaching resources through the use of an on-line medium 
To learn more, click here.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Nineteenth-century poet Walt Whitman had something to say about American education when he spoke at the dedication of a new school in Camden, New Jersey, in 1874.

Only a lot of boys and girls?
Only the tiresome spelling, writing, ciphering classes?
Only a public school?

Ah! more—infinitely more . . . . 

And you, America,
Cast you the real reckoning for your present?
The lights and shadows of your future—good or evil?
This Union multiform, with all its dazzling hopes and terrible fears?
Look deeper, nearer, earlier far—provide ahead—counsel in time;
Not to your verdicts of election days—not to your voters look,
To girlhood, boyhood look—the teacher and the school.

You can read the entire poem, "An Old Man's Thought of School," here.

Happy Fourth of July! 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ideas for Summer Teaching

Some of us are teaching this summer.  For the summertime teachers, here are these ideas from the NY Times for classroom activities and research.

(And those of us who are out of the classroom for now might take a look for ideas to use in August.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Exploring Exchange Along the Silk Road Teacher Workshop

I know, I know.  You've just sat down for the first time this summer.  No sooner do you do that, but a great opportunity to learn comes along.  And it's free.  Here it is--

Exploring Exchange along the Silk Road Teacher Workshop 

June 29, 30, and July 1, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Explore cultural exchange as represented in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese art in the Ackland Art Museum. Area scholars will discuss geography, art history, intercultural education, and more through the exhibition "Art and Cultural Exchange along the Silk Road."

K12 teachers will examine selected works deeply, experience interdisciplinary teaching in the galleries, and develop new activities for the classroom.  Space is limited. Preregistration required. $30 registration fee will be returned to all participants at the conclusion of the program. Participants receive books and teaching resources and are eligible for 1.8 CEUs dependent upon prior approval from their school system or principal.

To register, contact Beth Shaw McGuire at or call 919-962-0479.

This program is made possible through a grant from the North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN), the Freeman Foundation, and the Ackland Art Museum.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Later this week, I'll begin a summer series of global resources to think about for next year.  But first I had to celebrate this family milestone with you. 

Tomorrow our son (our youngest child) will graduate from middle school.  Next stop--high school.  As my husband says, "the journey begins now." 

Our son's journey is already in progress, of course.  And yet the move from middle school to high school is huge. So much more independence and focus and hard work lie ahead for him.  But he's excited, and we are, too.

The big world lies ahead.  We're filled with pride and hope. Thanks to all our son's teachers for their wonderful support and challenge!  

Monday, May 17, 2010

Global Teaching Articles on LEARN NC

Exciting to have my articles on global teaching featured on LEARN NC's home page.

For more information and links to the best practices articles, go to New on the Website.

More articles to come.  Watch here, and on LEARN NC.  

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Europe Day

Coming up next week (May 9th, to be exact) is Europe Day, commemorating the occasion when Robert Schuman proposed the idea for a supranational European organization that would ultimately result in the creation of the European Union.

Are you teaching the European Union?  UNC's European Union Center of Excellence offers classroom resources for teaching the EU here.

You can also go to LEARN NC to learn more about Teaching the European Union and Using EUROPA to Teach the European Union , and  Teaching Contemporary Europe .

Bonne anniversaire, l'union européenne!

Monday, April 19, 2010

"My Role in Creating a Peaceful World"

Looking for a great creative challenge for the end of the school year? 

The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO are sponsoring a student writing contest on the topic "My Role in Creating a Peaceful World."  Students up to age 25 may submit an 800 word essay on the theme.  (There are separate sections for entrants up to 14, and from 15-25.)  Top prize is $1,000 and a trip to Japan to accept the award.  Deadline is June 30, 2010.  More information here.

And please note:  Students can write and submit their essays in English, Spanish, French, German, or Japanese.   Get them started now!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcanic Ash Plume

So a volcano in Iceland blows its top and airports all over Europe shut down.  The tiny grit of volcanic ash, we've learned, can destroy plane engines in flight.  (Here's NASA's photo from yesterday, showing the plume headed toward northern Scotland.)

You can track the plume here.  Great integrated lesson on earth science, geography, and engineering!

And, by the way, the name of the volcano is Eyjafjallajökull.  That's pronounced "AYA-fyatla-jo-kutl."

(Or you can just say "the volcano in Iceland.")

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

EOCs and EOGs are coming

Those tests are coming up fast.  Pencils ready?

Are you just a little worried that you should have spent less time on global teaching and more time teaching to the test?  Don't be.  If you've been conscientious about opening the world to your class, chances are you've been more than conscientious about preparing them to show their skills on the test.

Remember that many non-fiction reading selections on language arts tests are drawn from social studies (particularly themes on world regions).  This goes for the ACT and SAT, too.

Remember that global learning goes across the curriculum, and is an ideal curriculum integrator.  Yes, you can teach math and science and global awareness.  (And you do.)

Remember that global learning enhances literacy, critical thinking, and technology skills that are crucial for success in the 21st century (as well as for the test). 

And remember you still have time to do some old fashioned test prep, if you want.  Just don't forget global connections!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Teaching Latin America through Film

Some people might see showing a film in class as a break.  But if you're doing it right, it can be a real breakthrough in understanding cultures. 

If you're a North Carolina teacher, the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill and Duke University will lend you films free.  They've got everything from fun, short pieces on Cinco de Mayo to full-length feature films by leading Latin American filmmakers. 

Read more about the film library and how to use film in your class here.  Then go here and choose a film.  And get ready for a breakthrough!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

First Day of Spring

Today, March 20, is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  And after the very unusual winter weather we've endured, I think it came just in time. 

March 20 is, of course, the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.   And tomorrow, March 21, is Harmony Day in Australia, a time to celebrate cultural diversity.

My Australian friend The Book Chook offers some background on the holiday, and great ways to celebrate the differences that make our community, our country, and our world so beautiful and fascinating.  Read more on The Book Chook's blog post here

To all my Northern Hemisphere friends, happy spring!  And to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, happy autumn!  (We hope you'll have a better winter than we did!)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Images of Africa

How many photos of Africa in your textbook offer your students positive images of family and the modern work world, and people in the midst of their everyday lives? 

The African Studies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill offers "How Do We Represent Africa?" as a helpful balance to photos  in books and in the media that emphasize poverty or include only the most exotic images.  These are the photos of ordinary life in Africa that seldom make it into our textbooks or our living rooms.  All the photos were taken by UNC students and faculty, and include brief descriptions of the scenes and people.

Show your students these photos and have a discussion about their reactions.  What do they find surprising?  And why are they surprised?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Resources for Teaching World Regions


Thanks to all who came to my session on "Resources for Teaching World Regions" at the NC Social Studies Conference.  You were the liveliest and most focused group I've ever worked with! 

I've sent the handouts by email to all the participants.  If you didn't attend, but want information about university programs with free resources for NC social studies teachers, email me at higginsteachingatgmaildotcom  (Remember to transform the "at" and "dot" into their symbols.)  I'll send them along to you.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaching World Cultures

According to the new NC Professional Teaching Standards, all teachers will be required to "promote global awareness and its relevance" in classroom instruction. To support educators in the transition, LEARN NC is aligning all their professional development resources to the new standards.

You're a past master of global learning, of course. But if you have any colleagues who are a little uneasy about teaching globally, steer them to LEARN NC's new best practices article Teaching World Cultures for some general guidelines, specific strategies, and resources. Come to think of it, take look at it yourself, and post your comments and ideas here. There'll be more articles and resources on global teaching to come on LEARN NC.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chinese New Year

The year of the Tiger begins on February 14th. For resources and ideas to celebrate the new year with global learning, I'm linking to the Book Chook.

The Book Chook is an Australian blogger whose work (in and out of the blogosphere) I admire greatly. She's a former kindergarten teacher, a writer, and a passionate advocate for literacy. (And she loved living in China for a year.) Wonderful ideas here!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making the Most of Culture Kits

If you're planning to use culture kits any time this term, it's not too early to start planning.

Carolina Navigators will soon be offering standards-based lesson plans with their culture kits. You can also borrow culture kits from the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the African Studies Center. All are available without charge (postage both ways included) to North Carolina teachers.

Find programs lending culture kits to teachers, and learn more about making the most of them here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti

As global teachers, how should we respond to the earthquake in Haiti? Depending on students' ages, you can share information and support discussion at appropriate levels.

Very young students, with "tender hearts" (a phrase I heard used by a insightful principal) may need to know simply that there was a big disaster, people need help, and that help is on the way. Older students may be more curious about the challenging logistics of disaster relief. For all ages, this is an opportunity to learn yet again the truth that we're all one people, and that we can and must help one another.

And what about contributing for relief? If you choose to make contributions as a class, it's a good idea to begin by researching how those organizations with which you're already connected are involved in earthquake relief. The American Red Cross, UNICEF, and Heifer International all have launched relief projects for Haiti. Additional relief organizations appear here. In discussing your decisions, make clear to students that it's always important to check to see if the organization is established and dependable in delivering aid.

Take some time to explore how people from all over the world, with all kinds of talents and resources, are working together in response to the disaster. Point out the important part social media has played in getting information in and out of the earthquake zone. Who knows? You may be inspiring a future leader in humanitarian relief.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Legacy of Timbuktu

January brings a great opportunity to explore the history of West Africa. Come to Cameron Village Library in Raleigh, from January 23-29, and view the medieval manuscripts that made Timbuktu famous.

Read more about how you can deepen your understanding of West Africa and earn CEUs at no charge.

From the African Studies Center, UNC-Chapel Hill:

For centuries largely unknown by Europeans (and later Americans!), Timbuktu in present-day Mali was once a center of scholarship known throughout West Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East. From January 23-29, 2010, there will be an important exhibit on manuscripts from Timbuktu, "The Legacy of Timbuktu," at Cameron Village Regional Library in Raleigh. More Details on the Exhibit

In collaboration with this exhibit, the African Studies Center is providing professional development opportunities for North Carolina teachers.

On January 26, Barbara Anderson will introduce a documentary on Timbuktu and Renaissance-era Africa, entitled "Caravans of Gold." 7:00-8:30pm at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh.

Teachers can earn up to 3 CEUs by participating in all or part of an online professional development opportunity on the Legacy of Timbuktu created by the African Studies Center. For details and materials click on "Distance Learning Teacher Training" at

In January the Center will also make available a Learning Box in support of the exhibit, "Timbuktu and the Sudanic Kingdoms of West Africa." The box includes books, maps, pictures, a video, and music. Teachers may borrow this box, free of cost, with free shipping both directions, by contacting Stacey Sewall at

For more information, please contact Barbara Anderson or Stacey Sewall in the African Studies Center.

-- Barbara Shaw Anderson
Associate Director, African Studies Center
Lecturer, Department of African and Afro-American Studies
African Studies Center, CB#7582
3027 FedEx Global Education Center
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7582
(919) 962-1406 office
(919) 843-2102 fax