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Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

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Margery H. Freeman
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Barred windows on the House of Inquisition

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The House of Inquisition museum has barred windows on the fist floor and a series of balconies above. The stone walls are painted white.

The Inquisition was an institution within Roman Catholicism charged with preserving the purity of Church doctrine. It was started in the 13th century, and reached its heights in the 16th century. In the early 16th century the kings of Portugal and Spain kicked out all people of Jewish faith from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and their colonial holdings in the New World and Asia. The Inquisition was used to root out Jews who hastily converted to Christianity in an attempt to avoid detection and oppression. These converted Jews, or conversos, suffered torture and even execution throughout Latin America. The House of Inquisition shown in this photo was the site of over five hundred religious executions and was only closed late in the 18th century. It is now a museum and memorial to the victims of the Inquisition.

Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia’s northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors and was an important seaport during the colonial period. More recently Cartagena has become increasingly industrialized, though its tropical climate and extremely high humidity ensures that the city will retain its lush vegetation.