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A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates


Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

February 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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UNC Asheville welcomes award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation in the Sherrill Center’s Kimmel Arena on Tuesday, February 28. The event, which will include a reading and question-and-answer session, is free and open to all but requires advanced registration through Eventbrite. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

To register, visit the event page on Eventbrite.

Coates is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me, which received the National Book Award in 2015. Over his two-decade career, Coates has written for The New York Times and The Atlantic, where he penned the National Magazine Award-winning 2012 essay, Fear of a Black President.

Outside of his work as a novelist and journalist, Coates has enjoyed a successful career as a writer for Marvel’s Black Panther (2016-2021) and Captain America (2018-2021) comic series.

Coates’s work also includes an on-screen adaptation of The Water Dancer, set to be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. He is also the screenwriter for DC’s newest Superman film, as well as Wrong Answer, which will feature Michael B. Jordan and be produced by Ryan Coogler.

In the fall of 2022, Coates joined the faculty of Howard University as a writer-in-residence and the Sterling Brown Chair in the Department of English.

This event is part of the Equity & Arts series at UNC Asheville and is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Key Center, the Humanities Program, University Athletics, and the Office of Africana Studies.


UNC Asheville is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. If you have any questions about access or to request reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event, please contact the Event Organizer (see below). Advance notice is necessary to arrange for accessibility needs.

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February 28, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Office of Multicultural Affairs
Office of Institutional Equity
Chancellor’s Office
Center for Teaching and Learning
Key Center for Community Engaged Learning
Humanities Program
University Athletics
Office of Africana Studies


Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena