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Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s English department in 1965, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award at this year’s University Day ceremonies. The University Day ceremonies were held on Thursday, October 12th at 11 a.m. 

James Clark has distinguished himself in the humanities by combining exceptional knowledge of North Carolina’s literary and cultural history with a commitment to public service and scholarship. A native of Warren County, North Carolina, he majored in English at Carolina before earning a doctorate from Duke University. During his 38 years as a faculty member at North Carolina State University, Clark led the Humanities Extension and Publications Program, which helped generations of public school students learn about North Carolina’s multicultural history, writers and conflicts.

Dr. Clark is also a recipient of the 2020 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence, and the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement.

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