Global Updates From World View
October 2007

International Education: Fostering Global Citizenship and Respect
Celebrate International Education Week
November 12-16, 2007
International Education Programs in North Carolina

By studying the history, culture, and languages of other countries, students gain invaluable insights into how others live and learn important lessons about respecting their fellow citizens of the world.

Margaret Spelling, Secretary of Education

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This initiative helps to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange, as well as encourage the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. International education prepares U.S. citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Take the Global IQ Quiz, submit your International Education Week events, and find out more information about IEW by visiting:

Suggested IEW Activities for K-12 Schools
  • Incorporate information on a country or culture into your regular lesson plan, even if you don't teach social studies.
  • Explore international aspects of the arts - music, film, theatre, visual arts, literature, dance - by creating, performing, or studying artworks with an international component. This could include a field trip to a museum or concert or showing a foreign film in class.
  • Read newspapers from around the world and compare large global issues that affect various regions of the world differently like the global economy, global health, elections, etc.
  • Study global climate change and environmental issues worldwide.
  • Adopt a school in a developing country and donate school supplies, reference materials, and other items.
  • Trade questions and answers with students from another country through the Internet, pen pal clubs, or a Digital Video Conference.
  • Encourage cultural understanding for students using the online resource One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms.
  • Organize a cross-cultural potluck lunch in which students bring in or make foods from their homeland or ancestors' homeland.
  • Ask students to write essays on countries they would like to visit and why they chose those countries.
  • Feature local international experts as speakers: Fulbright Students and Scholars, former diplomats or Peace Corps volunteers, business leaders working for multi-national corporations, or journalists.
  • Participate in a Model UN.
  • Assign students to produce a video or website about their cross-cultural experiences.
  • Hold a geography, foreign language, or world history bee for your students.

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Plan ahead! The dates for IEW 2008 are November 17 – 21 and IEW 2009 are November 16 – 20.

International Education Programs in North Carolina

University-based International Programs

Ackland Art Museum

African Studies Center

Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI)

Carolina Asia Center

Carolina Center for the Study of Middle East & Muslim Civilizations

Carolina Population Center

Carolina Speakers

Center for Diversity Education

Center for European Studies

Center for Global Initiatives

Center for International Understanding / NC in the World /

Center for New North Carolinians

Global Health Center

International & Area Studies Curriculum

International Business Education Center
(CIBER – Business School )

International Student & Scholar Services

International Social Studies Project

Institute of Latin American Studies

Program in the Humanities

Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies

South Asia Studies Center

Study Abroad

Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS)

UNC University Libraries

Non-University-based International Programs

El Pueblo, Inc.


Heifer International

Hispanic/Latino Affairs Office / NC Senate / President Pro Tempore

International Affairs Council

Rotary International

United Nations Association
Wake County Chapter :
Western North Carolina Chapter:
West Triangle Chapter:
Coastal Carolina Chapter:
Central Piedmont Chapter:
National Organization:

Visiting International Faculty

World Affairs Council of Charlotte




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Explore Senegal with World View
June 15-26, 2008

Join a group of your peers on a 12-day study visit to Senegal, West Africa. Travelers will visit cultural, historical, religious, and educational institutions. World View Partner schools, school systems, and colleges are given priority. For an application packet and more information please visit: or contact Regina Higgins at


African Studies Center
Events for Teachers

Did you know that nearly 20% of the Africans who were brought to the Americas as slaves in the 16th through 19th centuries were Muslim or from Muslim areas of West Africa? 

2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the enslavement of Omar Ibn Sayyid (ca.1770-1864), a West African Muslim scholar who lived over 50 years as a slave in North Carolina.  In the growing literature on African Muslim slaves in the Americas, Omar Ibn Sayyid is considered an important example.  Sayyid’s autobiography, published in 1831, is the oldest surviving Muslim manuscript in North America, and samples of his Arabic manuscripts, often of Koranic verse, are preserved in collections at Davidson College and UNC-CH. Learn more by participating in one or more of the following events.

October 21 - November 4
Exhibit of "Forgotten Roots: Muslims of the African American Diaspora 1312-1890”.
Click here for more information.
Cameron Village Public Library
1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh, NC.  919.856.6710

October 27, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Teacher Workshop:
The World They Came From

Cameron Village Public Library

Presentations and discussions with Dr. Sulayman Nyang of Howard University, and Barbara Anderson, from the UNC African Studies Center on 18th and 19th Century Islamic West Africa and  African Muslims in America in the 17th through 19th centuries, using Omar Ibn Said as an example, and commenting on aspects of the exhibit.
No fee, but registration required; please contact 

November 1, 4:15 - 5:00pm
History Corner: Who Was Omar Ibn Sayyid?  (For Ages 5-8) FREE!
Cameron Village Public Library

November 3, 2:00 - 4:00pm
"Prince Among Slaves" Premier
(PBS Documentary)
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham
Admission for this event is $10

For more information on any of the events listed above, please contact Barbara Anderson, Associate Director, UNC African Studies Center at 919/962-1406 or


Sounds of St. Petersburg:
A Workshop for Music Educators

October 26, 2007
3 - 5:30 PM
FedEx Global Ed Center
UNC-Chapel Hill

The UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) is proud to sponsor a FREE pre-concert workshop for North Carolina music educators in celebration of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s performance at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Discounted tickets available for workshop participants to attend the 8pm St. Petersburg Philharmonic’s evening concert at UNC-Chapel Hill. Visit for ticket information.

Suitable for K16 educators, the workshop will stimulate teachers and provide them with lesson plans and teaching resources. Themes will include: Russia’s cultural heritage; the history of St. Petersburg; and, most notably, the music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

For more information, or to register, contact CSEEES Associate Director, Jacqueline Olich, at


Youth Exchange Program

The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX). Eligible organizations may submit proposals to facilitate educational exchanges between American and German high school students and young professionals. Application deadline: November 8, 2007.

The CBYX program supports the exchange of American and German young people in order to sustain and strengthen German-American friendship based on common values of democracy, and to convey lasting personal and institutional relationships to the successor generation. The program provides a full scholarship for an academic year experience of living and studying in the host country.

For more information, click here.



The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program, sponsored by the Government of Japan, provides teachers and administrators with fully-funded three-week study tours of Japan. The program is designed to increase understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S. by inviting U.S. elementary and secondary educators to visit Japan and share their experiences with fellow Americans upon their return. JFMF participants travel to Japan, learn about Japanese culture and education, and return to implement a self-designed plan to share their knowledge and experience with their students, colleagues, and community. Participants travel in one of two cycles:  Spring cycle: June 8 − June 26, 2008; Fall cycle: Oct 12 − Oct 30. The 2008 online application is available at:
Application Deadline: December 10, 2007.