Academic Focus Gallery


Faculty can work with the Nasher Museum’s academic program staff to design installations in the museum’s Academic Focus Gallery relevant to their upcoming courses. The gallery is located on the main floor near the University Classroom. Past departments utilizing the Academic Focus Gallery include: Classical Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Romance Studies; Eurasian Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies. The Academic Focus Gallery is a gift of Susan and Trent Carmichael and the Morrow Family.

For more information about using the Academic Focus Gallery, contact Molly Boarati, Academic Program Coordinator, at 919-684-9243 or

The Academic Focus Gallery is a gift of Susan and Trent Carmichael and the Morrow Family.



July 12 – October 12, 2014

This installation was inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah (2013), the 2014 Summer Reading book for incoming first-year students at Duke. Set in recent decades, this novel follows Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman, as she experiences school, work, and relationships in both Africa and America. Ifemelu, along with relatives and friends living abroad, navigates the complexities of being a stranger in a foreign land, as well as the frustration, joy, and relief of returning home after many years.


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The works on display reflect a variety of cultures and time periods and explore themes found throughout Americanah, including identity, race, immigration, and American and African cultures. We invite you to use the works to consider these themes visually. Members of the Duke community from a variety of academic and administrative departments have offered their personal reflections on some of the works, which are included in the installation booklet.

Copies of Americanah are available for sale in the Nasher Museum Store.

Find more works related to Americanah in the exhibition Sound Vision, on view at the Nasher Museum through August 3, 2014. Look for the Summer Reading Connection labels!

Summer Reading Connection


For more information about using the Academic Focus Gallery, contact Molly Boarati, Academic Program Coordinator, at 919-684-9243 or