Professors Recommend

Carolina professors are experts in everything from human behavior to single-celled organisms to musical performance. They also know the best way to spend a day in Chapel Hill.

Group of people standing behind table with sign that reads B3 coffee

get coffee with A purpose

B3 Coffee

“We have so many values-driven people, businesses, and organizations in Chapel Hill. If I have to choose one, I recently experienced B3 Coffee, a nonprofit mobile coffee shop that provides work opportunities for people of all abilities. Students can enjoy amazing coffee served with thoughtfulness and friendliness, or if they want a deeper engagement, they can volunteer to support the business.”

Professor jeffrey mittelstadt

kenan-flagler business school
Chapel Hill Public Library

find a new favorite book

Chapel Hill Public Library

“There is no better place than the Chapel Hill Public Library. When you sit in their main reading room, it’s like being in the forest or on the porch of a great mountain lodge! And then when you need a break, you can wander downstairs to their bookstore and find a used book you didn’t even realize until that minute you desperately needed!”

Professor Hilary Lithgow

Department of English & Comparative Literature
Bhangra dance team dancing on stage

step outside yourself

Dance Groups

“I recommend Bhangra Elite, the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Homecoming Step Show, and UNC Kamikazi, a hip-hop group. They offer high-energy, highly entertaining performances with the added bonus of allowing you to sample some of the best of other cultures!”

Professor Jeannie Loeb

Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Smoothies outside of local restaurant The Purple Bowl

explore franklin street

Tar Heel Escapes, Purple Bowl, and Epilogue Books

“I have been wanting to use Tar Heel Escapes on Franklin Street with my class for team building. It’s an escape room that some former students of mine started. Outside of class, I spend a lot of time at the Purple Bowl, an acai and smoothie place that’s really welcoming, sustainable, and part-owned by a business professor! I also spend a lot time at Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews. It’s such an open place for people of color and manages to signal this through their food and book selection.”

Professor Shimul Melwani

kenan-flagler business
sunset over Jordan Lake

revel in nature

Jordan Lake

“I’m a big nature lover so it’s either running or hiking or kayaking at Jordan Lake. This is my medication. This is where I design my class and design the new curriculum – it’s in the kayak.”

Professor Gidi Shemer

Department of biology
entrance to Cat's Cradle

rOCK OUT

Cat’s Cradle

“Cat’s Cradle has many wonderful shows of different genres. My rock star cousin and her band always perform there when they come to NC as part of their tour.”

Professor Clara Yang

Department of music

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