Global Updates From World View
June 2011

Teaching the Global Economy

Preparing today's students for success and eventual leadership in the global economy is the single most important task facing U.S. education.
Stephanie Bell Rose, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Students making the best choices for the future require an understanding of how to manage personal finances, how personal finances fit into a big picture, and how finance and economy are related to other important global issues such as poverty, health, development, and equality.  This month’s Global Update focuses on information and resources for understand and teaching the global economy and economic globalization. Featured below are books, economic internet resources, videos and documentaries, general online curriculum resources, interactive websites, and lesson plans.

Global Economy: The international network of individuals, businesses, governments, and multilateral organizations which collectively make production and consumption decisions (

Economic Globalization: A process of closer economic integration of global markets: financial, product and labor (  

Glossaries of terms related the economy:

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A special thank you to Leslie Hodges, World View Program Associate, for authoring this issue of Global Updates.

Books and Articles

TWiFThe World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. (Editorial Review)

PAWThe Post-American World (Release 2.0)
by Fareed Zakaria

The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. Zakaria sees the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world.
( Book Review)

DGEDemystifying the Global Economy: A Guide for Students
by David E. O’Connor

This guide, written by a nationally known teacher of economics, provides a clearly explained, engagingly presented introduction to the global economy and a wealth of the most recent information, statistics, and primary materials on all aspects of the topic.
(Editorial Review)
stiglitzThe Stiglitz Report: Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Systems in the Wake of the Global Crisis
by Joseph Stiglitz

The Stiglitz Report
, released by the international panel of the United Nations General Assembly in late 2009, sees the recent financial crisis as the latest and most damaging of several concurrent crises—of food, water, energy, and sustainability — that are tightly interrelated. ( editorial review)

The Congressional Budget Office assists the House and Senate Budget Committees, and the Congress more generally, by preparing reports and analyses. In accordance with the CBO's mandate to provide objective and impartial analysis, CBO's reports contain no policy recommendations.  The analysis reflects CBO's best judgment about how the economy and other factors will affect federal revenues and spending under existing laws.

The Long-Term Budget Outlook

Federal Debt and Risk of Financial Crisis

Economics and Global Education:

Why Teach Globalization? from

Globalization 101: The Three Tensions of Global Education from

Teaching the Global Economy from  Asia Society

Websites and News Sources

bbc Global Economy
In depth coverage of the global economy from the, including news articles and videos, editorials, graphs and data.


Economix from
“Economics doesn't have to be complicated. It is the study of our lives — our jobs, our homes, our families and the little decisions we face every day. Economix analyzes the news and uses economics as a framework for thinking about the world.”


The Economist: Economics
In depth coverage of the global economy from The Economist, including news articles and videos, editorials, graphs and data.

Foreign Affairs Economics
Coverage of economics and the global economy from Foreign Affairs magazine online. For further reading on the global economy see


Financial Times
In depth coverage of the global economy from the Financial Times, including news articles and videos, editorials, graphs and data.

International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank provides low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.

Videos and Documentaries

Commanding Heights the Battle for the World Economy
Commanding Heights promotes better understanding of globalization, world trade and economic development, including the forces, values, events, and ideas that have shaped the present global economic system.   Along with a six-hour video narrative divided into short chapters, it includes extensive interviews, essays, charts, reports, an interactive atlas of history, and economic data related to the topics of globalization, economic development, and international trade.  Educator’s guide.

Global Public Square
Global Public Square is an TV program and online blog site hosted by CNN's Fareed Zakaria, leading journalists at TIME and CNN, and other international thinkers.  Get informed about global issues, exposed to unique stories, and engaged with diverse and original perspectives. Watch the GPS specials on America and the Global Economy: "Restoring the American Dream" and "Getting Back to #1"

How Ideas Trump Crisis
Economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.

I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.
I.O.U.S.A. examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens.  Interviews include Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O'Neill, Robert Rubin, and Paul Volcker.  This non-partisan documentary drives home the message that the only time for America's financial future is now.

Locally Grown Clothes Go from Dirt to Shirt
Watch and read about local production in North Carolina. See how businesses are reshaping themselves to adapt to changes in local and global economies. Get more information and resources for teaching the global economy at

The Post-Crisis Consumer
John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. He identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spending.

Young and Restless in China
As China’s economy has grown, its young people have become Westernized, savvy about today’s interconnected world, ambitious - and often torn between their culture and their aspirations. Their choices could have economic, social, and political consequences that affect us all. Young and Restless in China is an intimate look into the lives of nine young Chinese, coming of age in a society that’s changing at breathtaking speed. Teacher’s Guide

Online Curriculum Resources

The Choices Program provides teaching resources on historical and current international issues, such as the global economy.  Students examine the historical, cultural, and political circumstances leading up to that moment and then, taking on the roles of those who faced difficult choices then or must face them now, to make decisions.

 JumpStart’s online Clearinghouse is a  comprehensive collection of financial education resources suitable for students in pre-kindergarten through college.  All of the resources listing in the Clearinghouse have been reviewed for appropriateness, based on the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments.

  • EconEd Link
    EconEdLink is the leading source of online economic and personal finance lessons and resources for educators, students, and afterschool providers.
  • GATE: Global Association of Teachers of Economics
    GATE is a global membership organization sponsored by the Council for Economic Education exclusively for K-12 teachers and others who are interested in economic, financial and entrepreneurship education.

Economics University (Reffonomics)
This series of online economics lessons for classroom use is provided in slide presentation format. The lessons are ideal for personal review, as well as for use with students. There are also quizzes and ready-made essay tests to accompany the lessons.

Federal Reserve Lesson Plans
The Federal Reserve has a general commitment to deepen knowledge and provide context on subjects related to the Federal Reserve System, economics and personal finance. The Federal Reserve Education website features lesson plans, publications, activities, and programs for educators. Lesson plans can be viewed, printed and ordered from the Federal Reserve for classroom use.  Lesson plans are searchable by title, grade, topic and more. from the American Forum for Global Education is focused on giving young Americans a global perspective as an accepted part of their educational background. Register and search the Teacher Resource Database for free lesson plans. View publications and issues in global education., a free website of resources for teachers and students, strives to present a balanced view of globalization and its underlying values by including voices from the United States and other countries, perspectives of officials of international organizations and national governments, and opinions of activists at non-governmental organizations around the world.  Topics: Trade and Globalization, IMF + World Bank, Investment, and Development

Hands on Banking
The Hands on Banking online financial courses include free instructor guides with classroom lessons and activities that will help you guide students through real-life scenarios, group discussions, and other activities designed to teach valuable money management skills and help them take control of their finances. The Hands on Banking curriculum is designed for four age groups: Kids—4th and 5th grades, Teens—6th through 8th grades, Young Adults—ages 15 through 21, and Adults.

Learning Network Economics Lesson Plans
The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. Teachers can use or adapt lessons across subject areas and levels.

NCDPI Personal Financial Literacy
The purpose of the site is to provide teachers with resources and training to advance the understanding of personal finance in their classroom.  It includes links to support documents created by DPI, videos of master teachers showcasing best practices, contact information for potential educational partners, free curriculum offerings, and online training modules for teachers.

NC Council on Economic Education
The NCCEE provides powerful, engaging and educational curricula designed to support national and state learning standards and achieve economic and financial literacy for all North Carolinians.

NC in the Global Economy
This website presents and analyzes up-to-date information about how industrial restructuring in an era of globalization is impacting North Carolina's key industries.

The Southern Center for International Studies
The Southern Center for International Studies (SCIS) aims to internationalize thinking in the American south. The Southern Center publishes the World in Transition multimedia educational series, which provide a comprehensive view of 7 world regions; conducts conferences, briefings, and seminars with international experts and world leaders; and provides a timeline of current international events and reputable links to other web sites for current international information. Educator Materials.

Dynamic and Interactive Resources

AidData is a collaborative initiative to provide products and services that promote the dissemination, analysis, and understanding of development finance information.  AidData has developed a publicly-accessible interface that will enable researchers, field workers, and policy makers interested in development finance to access detailed project level data in order to increase transparency, accountability, and effectiveness.

Carolina Speakers:  Economics, Business, and Technology
UNC at Chapel Hill provides speakers on many different topics, free of cost.

Culture Kits from Carolina Navigators
Culture Kits, from Carolina Navigators at the Center for Global Initiatives (UNC at Chapel Hill), are a collection of tangible items from a country. Each item is accompanied by a description highlighting the item's use or significance.  These kits are especially practical for elementary students who have a greater need to touch and see items in order to learn, but are applicable to other grade levels.

Economy Related Widgets
Consider embedding these widgets on your class or school web site for quick access to economic terms, videos, lawmakers, activities, news features and PBS Teachers resources designed to explore issues and concepts related to economics.

Foreign Currency Kits from World View
World View’s Foreign Currency Kit contains currency, both bills and coins, from over 35 countries and may be borrowed by educators in North Carolina. It is designed for K-12 educators as a learning tool, using tangible items to teach about people and places, as well as a means for integrating global content across multiple subject areas. Interested higher education educators may also borrow the Kit. and Gapminder for teachers
The Gapminder Foundation is a non-profit venture that makes current data about the world freely available in a format that is accessible, meaningful and dynamic, a kind of modern 'museum' on the internet.  The website also has a downloads page with a wide range of engaging videos that illuminate the data and emphasize the fact-based world view.  Gapminder is accessible to students and teachers alike and is an invaluable resource for making sense of contested concepts like uneven development, inequality and change.
Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form.
Grades 6-12 Today’s Front Pages:

Oracle ThinkQuest: ThinkQuest is an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) provides ThinkQuest as a free service to K-12 schools globally.  The website also features the ThinkQuest Library, which is the world's largest online repository of student-developed learning projects, visited by millions of web learners each month.  From the ThinkQuest Library:
A Borderless World, InterEcon, World Trade: Lets T.R.A.D.E., The Smart Piggy: Making Money Count

Project –Based Economics from the Buck Institute for Education:
Project Based Economics features seven complete curriculum units that engage students in realistic problem-solving scenarios.  The key economic concepts of scarcity, tradeoffs, and opportunity cost are emphasized in all units. The World As You’ve Never Seen It Before
Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

Lesson Plans


A Basket of Bangles
In this lesson, students listen to a story and answer questions about lending in Bangladesh. Working as a class, they compare the similarities and differences between banks lending in the United States and the Grameen Bank lending in Bangladesh.

DPI Financial Literacy: Teaching Economics in the Elementary Classroom
This instruction helps even very young students learn to understand and value basic economic principles. This document was created to support teachers in their instruction of economic concepts and to help establish a
foundation of financial literacy in the elementary schools.

Earth Day—Hooray
In this lesson, students listen to the book Earth Day—Hooray! They learn how incentives change people’s behavior. In a classroom discussion of the story, students track the number of cans brought to school each day. Students evaluate scenarios to determine what behavior is being encouraged or discouraged and to identify whether the incentives are rewards or penalties.

How the economy works (Scholastic)
This lesson helps students understand both general economic terms and the roots of the current crisis. Students will
understand important terminology related to the American economic system, including credit, debt, and bailout bill, and
distinguish between a healthy and weak economy. Scholastic News Online Special Report: Economy for Kids

For Me, For You, For Later. First steps to spending, sharing, and saving.
This guide offers simple, fun activities that can easily fit into your daily routines. The activities emphasize the key financial concepts that children can make good choices; children can understand that people, things, and money have value; and children can begin to learn about spending, saving, and sharing.


Econ Explorers
Econ Explorers offers four experiential projects designed to raise awareness of the role of money in childrens' lives.  The projects are grounded in fundamental economic building block concepts such as needs vs. wants and scarcity.  Rather than classroom lessons, these projects are intended for use either as springboards or applications for a distinct unit in economics, or for integrating economics into an appropriate subject area (e.g., mathematics, communication arts, or social studies). The lesson includes a workbook for students and a teacher’s guide.

DPI Building Financial Literacy: Activities for Middle Grades Social Studies
These middle grades Financial Literacy lessons are designed to demonstrate to students the role of economic concepts in the daily lives of people throughout the world and over historic time periods. They do not solely focus on the “nuts and bolts” of balancing a checkbook. Instead these lesson plans provide
students with real world examples of how government policies, international trade, and technological opportunities have affected the economic conditions of individuals and their communities.

Engaging Students Through Global Issues is an activity-based lesson book that contains 40 inspiring lessons. These lesson plans are designed to help students understand complex global issues and sustainable solutions. Each lesson offers creative tools for students to take action in their local and global communities.

Food, Inc.: U.S. Agricultural Subsidies and Nutrition
This lesson plan utilizes the film and POV’s website resources for Food, Inc., a documentary that examines food in the United States and the industry that produces it. Classrooms can use these materials to investigate how agricultural subsidies influence food choices, health and the economy.

Great Minds Think
A free activity book that makes finances fun. Great Minds Think: A Kid’s Guide to Money is filled with engaging exercises to help middle-school-aged kids make thoughtful decisions about money.

How the Economy Works (Scholastic)
This lesson helps students understand both general economic terms and the roots of the current crisis. Students will be able to understand important terminology related to the American economic system, including credit, debt, and Bailout Bill, and recognize the impact the current economic crisis is having on families, investors, and others.

GRADES 9-12 

Access, Analyze, Act: From  Economic Theory to Financial Reality
Each lesson plan flows in a way that builds in multimedia content from PBS partners and follows a framework in which students access economic information, process and analyze what they learn, and then act on it in authentic ways.

Activities and Teaching Strategies for Secondary Social Studies
Educators will find lessons and units of study which will enhance student understanding of key economic concepts. This document includes lessons on economic basics,taxing and spending, money management, savings and investment, credit, insurance, and banking. Teachers are encouraged to utilize the educational resources which are provided at the end of this document, as they continue to prepare students with life skills for the 21st century.

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy
Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy.

Economic Lesson Plans from PBS NewsHour
NewsHour Extra provides unique current events resources for busy teachers: news stories, pictures, maps, videos, in-depth lesson plans, stories written by students and more!

A Global Perspective on Fast Food History
These seven activities use food to help students understand global connections in both historical and present settings. The food products commonly eaten by adolescents in the United States, cheeseburgers and colas, can be considered principal symbols of 20th century America. They have had profound effects on political and economic affairs here and throughout the world, and will likely continue to influence the work for the foreseeable future.

High School Economics Web-Based Curriculum
This curriculum contains 15 chapters that are further divided into over 40 individual lessons around which a high school teacher can design and deliver a high school economics course.  Each chapter cites references to lessons contained in one of the nation’s top teacher resources in economics education, Virtual Economics 3.0, a CD produced by the National Council on Economic Education containing over 1200 lessons in topics in basic concepts, macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, and personal finance. A teacher is able to download each lesson into a PDF file for distribution to students.

Is Wal-Mart Good for America?
"Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" provides an examination of the impact Wal-Mart has had on the U.S. economy.  The documentary highlights the changing relationship between manufacturers and the so-called "big-box" retailers, exemplified by Wal-Mart.

It All Adds Up
It All Adds Up is a web site for teens who want to get a head start on their financial futures. The web site contains online games and simulations to help students learn about credit management, buying a car, paying for college, budgeting, saving, and investing.

North Carolina’s Role in the Global Economy (Kenan lesson)
Using contemporary research and real life examples, students will explore and investigate the impact of economic decisions that North Carolina businesses, consumers, and laborers make. Students will discuss economic issues of concern to North Carolina, debate the merit of certain decisions made, and propose alternatives for workers in North Carolina’s dying industries. The inquiry based research and application will allow students to broaden their understanding of North Carolina’s role in the global economy as well as their own role in the economy.

A Supplement for Teachers of Civics and Economics
This Personal Financial Literacy supplement is intended to provide Civics and Economics teachers with resources in which to focus on four primary areas: budgeting, banking, credit, and savings and investing. In the document, teachers will find lessons that will enhance students’ development as a financially literate citizen.

Sustainable Economics Curriculum:  A Supplementary Curriculum for HS economics courses
The curriculum functions as a supplement to any standard high school economics text. Its aim is not to replace the task of teaching standard economic concepts, but to create a framework for examining the ethical implications of these concepts and the possibilities for reform.

Thinking Globally: Effective Lessons for Teaching About the Interdependent World Economy (Free CD rom)
The CD-ROM, distributed through the NCEE, contains eight classroom-tested lessons designed to teach the basics of international economics to high school students, with the emphasis on active learning. This project was developed in conjunction with the IMF Center, a public venue for economics education.

Disclaimer: All resources and lesson plans are credited to their original sources through a link to the organization’s website and original document.


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World View’s 2011 Symposiums explore the ten years post September 11 and how this significant 21st century event has shaped global perspectives in geopolitics, East-West relations, and educational discourse. We also will look at the nature and causes of international conflict, human rights, peace resolutions, and more. These symposiums offer general sessions, concurrent sessions, and support for school and college-based teams in creating an Action Plan for globalizing schools and colleges. These programs are designed for administrators and teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, and provide current information and unique strategies for helping students learn about the world.

Location: The Friday Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cost ( North Carolina Educators): Registration is $175 per person. A team of 4 is $600 (save $100). A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals organized from the same school, district, college. Only $150 for each additional team member.
Cost (Out-of-State Educators): Registration is $275 per person.

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Foreign Currency Kits Available

Borrow Money from World View today!


The Foreign Currency Kit contains currency, both bills and coins, from over 35 countries and may be borrowed by educators in North Carolina. It is designed for K-12 educators as a learning tool, using tangible items to teach about people and places, as well as a means for integrating global content across multiple subject areas. Interested higher education educators may also borrow the Kit.

How can I borrow a Kit?
Any North Carolina educator may borrow an available Kit for up to three weeks. To borrow a Kit, please download and read the lending policies and complete a "Lending Agreement".

What's in the Box?
Money!  In each Currency Kit there are coins and bills from over 35 countries or territories. The Foreign Currency Kit also contains useful reference books, a map, an inventory of coins and bills included and their country or territory of origin, as well as suggested educator activities.


European K-12 Lesson Plans:
Free downloads and $100 for accepted submissions


U.S. teachers looking to expand and deepen their classroom coverage of the European Union can now download cutting-edge lesson plans created by teachers for teachers. Bring your European view into the 21st century with curriculum guides focused on environmental policy, immigration issues, economic integration, and contemporary society.

The European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill welcomes lesson plan submissions from K-12 teachers as well as community college lecturers.  Submit a lesson plan that incorporates content on the EU and/or multiple European nations. Please follow the standardized template to the extent possible, making sure to include references to state and/or national educational standards where appropriate. (Teachers who have access to Word 2007 may instead submit a completed form template with the same information.)

Authors of lesson plans accepted to the site will receive a $100 stipend for permission to publish the lesson plan on the website. Lessons should be submitted via email to For more information, please visit

Summer International Events in North Carolina

Museum Exhibits

DE-NATURED: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger
Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, through July 10, 2011

DE-NATURED includes works from German artists Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Hanne Barboven, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Martin Kippenberger.  For these artists, representation, authenticity, and history are all fractured, problematic, and “de-natured.”  The nearly 40 works in DE-NATURED present a complex and compelling introduction to the notable efflorescence of art in post-war Germany.

LIVING KIBERA: The Exploration of Work, Play, Home, Dream and Self in a Slum of Nairobi
FedEx Global Education Center,
UNC-Chapel Hill, through July 15, 2011

LIVING KIBERA brings the community of Kibera, one of East Africa’s largest slums, located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, to Chapel Hill.  The featured art was created by Kenyans living in Kibera from 2005-2011.  The interactive exhibit features art through a variety of mediums including photography, drawings, poetry, paintings, textiles, hand-made objects, and video.  The goal of the exhibit is to bring Kibera to life and open a dialogue around perceptions, misconceptions, and realities of life in dense urban communities.

The Transformed Self: Performance Masks of Mexico
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, through December 31, 2011

Public performances of epic tales, historical events and religious narratives are a key part of modern life in Mexico. Dance dramas, presented in city streets and church plazas, embody a community’s essential beliefs and common human problems while imparting moral lessons. The works presented here come from the primary mask-producing regions of Mexico where dance performances commonly accompany religious rituals and civic events. Particularly rich in pageant traditions and variety of performance masks are the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Sonora, Sinaloa, Michoacán, Hidalgo, and Guerrero.


Folkmoot USA

Western North Carolina (various sites),
July 21-31, 2011

Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official international festival, is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance.  Held each summer across the mountains of western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, parades, and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen countries.  Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through original reproduction costumes, dance, and music.  During its 27-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at Folkmoot USA.  Visit for a complete schedule, ticket information, and directions to the venues. 

Waldensian Festival
Valdese, August 12-13, 2011

Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts an annual festival to celebrate the “Glorious Return” of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native valleys in the Cottian Alps of Italy in 1689.  The 2011 Waldensian Festival will feature live entertainment, over 150 art/food/craft vendors, and children’s rides.

Ritmo Latino Music, Art, & Dance Festival
Cary, August 5, 7pm and August 7, 12-6pm

Diamante Inc. and the Town of Cary invite you to the 7th Annual Free Ritmo Latino Arts, Music, & Dance Festival at the Fred Bond Park.  Salsa, Batchata, Nortena, art, dancing, book fair, Latin food, soccer, games, dance lessons, face painting, arts and crafts, and much more.

YMI Culture Center, Asheville,
August 26-28, 2011

The YMI Cultural Center’s “Goombay!” Festival brings a variety of entertainment that delights every festival-goer.  From steel drums, dancers, local gospel groups, and contemporary rhythm bands, the activities are geared for families.  The festival-goer can enjoy an authentic Caribbean meal at “Island of Delight” Café and see vendors line the streets with everything from ice cream to crafts.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Near Linville, MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, July 7-10, 2011

Enjoy traditional dancing, piping, drumming, athletics, music, and Gaelic culture.  Proceeds help to establish scholarship funds for Avery County High School students to study at American colleges and universities.

City of King POW WOW
King Fairgrounds, King, August 19-21, 2011

Participants are members of over 30 different Indigenous Nations, Bands & Tribes and travel from 16 different territories to attend.  Native drumming, singing, dancing, guest performers and educators, artisans and craftsmen, demonstrations, children’s activities, food, shopping, raffles, and more.

Music, Dance, and Other

American Dance Festival: TAO Dance Theater
Reynolds Industries Theater, Durham,
June 20-22, 2011, 8pm

TAO has rapidly become China’s most sought after dance company.  With the highest level of technical virtuosity, these dancers challenge all previous conceptions of modern dance.

Adult African Drumming
The Arts Center, Carrboro,
June 7-July 12, 2011, 5:30pm

Interested in West African rhythms? Join Diali Keba Cissokho, “griot” from Senegal, and his wife and fellow drummer Hilary, for African drumming this summer.  This course will focus on building a strong foundation of rhythm and technique upon which to build a basic repertoire of traditional West African rhythms and chants.  Come join the fun!

Culture Quest Summer Camps
World in Motion, Morrisville, June-August, 2011

Your children will travel around the world in a week at World in Motion’s summer camps!  We’ll be learning about the rhythms and dances of Africa and the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Polynesia.  We’ll be finding out what money they use in other parts of the world, what people wear, what games they play, and more!  These camps are perfect for adventurous 6-10 year olds.

Eastern Music Festival
Various Locations, Greensboro,
June 25-July 30, 2011

Each summer, for five glorious weeks, the North Carolina Piedmont Triad is transformed for music enthusiasts of all ages whose tastes range from classical to jazz to bluegrass to rock and everything in between.  Concerts and events happen daily.  The Eastern Music Festival also offers many exciting opportunities for young children, including summer day camps and concerts.  Each experience is uniquely designed to foster a love and knowledge for classical and non-classical music. 

Mark Your Calendars:


The 26th International Festival of Raleigh
September 30-October 2, 2011
Raleigh Convention Center

Bring the whole family for a 3-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe. Watch authentic ethnic dances from over 30 different cultures performed on the Main Stage. Stroll through the many Cultural Exhibits to learn about the rich history and traditions of different cultures. Shop the World Bazaars for crafts and taste your way around the globe with delicious food from the Sidewalk Cafes. Learn about traditional arts, crafts, and cooking from international teachers at the Demonstration Booth. Bring the kids to Sophia's Corner for face-painting, storytelling, games, and other fun activities.

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