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Emily Grace Faw on Randall Kenan

October 5, 2020

Professor Kenan was a light in a school that made me feel so lost. My first semester of my freshman year, I was struggling. As an honors student from a rural area, I had no idea what I was in … Continued

Zachary Schwartz on Randall Kenan

October 5, 2020

What a professor. To be fair, he taught a subject I enjoyed, but every day I was excited to be in his creative writing class. He brought such knowledge and expertise to the subject, along with a calm and pleasant … Continued

Leslie Frost on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

Dr. James Coleman ripped apart the first paper I wrote for him. It was a deeply labored effort to write critical theory, a language I neither understood nor particularly appreciated. Such a terrible paper—oh, it still makes me cringe to … Continued

Linda Wagner-Martin on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

James Coleman seldom said No to grad students. It seemed unusual that so productive a scholar, a teacher who cared so much for his undergraduate students, would willingly accept the responsibility of serving on countless grad students’ MA and PhD … Continued

Isobel Gough on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

I am a student at the University of Manchester in England, but I had the pleasure of taking a class with Dr. Coleman last semester during my study abroad at Chapel Hill. He was a wonderful man and I am … Continued

Laura Nelson on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

Last semester, my best friend Maria talked me into taking an American Literature course with her so we’d have more classes together. It was in that class that I had the privilege of meeting and learning from Dr. James Coleman, … Continued

Katharine Henry on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

“Race, Racism, and Gender in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel” with Dr. Coleman was my very first class here at UNC in August of 2015. I loved this seminar and looked forward to it every week! While I felt very … Continued

Geraldine Taylor on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

I would like to contribute a testimonial that provides insight into his humorous side. Dr. Coleman and I talked regularly about his class materials, sports and funny moments about our families.  Occasionally we would shake our fists at one another … Continued

Marc Cohen on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

James Coleman and I shared several classrooms, which we handed off to each other three days a week. I so much enjoyed our warm, friendly exchanges. He was a wonderful colleague for whom I feel great respect, and I will … Continued

GerShun Avilez on James Coleman

November 25, 2019

James Coleman was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He welcomed me into the UNC family and became a model of hard work and care. I always marveled at his productivity. A pioneering scholar of twentieth-century African … Continued