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5:15 PM Lecture Hall doors open
5:30 PM
John Hope Franklin Lecture by Sir David Adjaye OBE
6:30 PM
7 – 9 PM

The Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University (FHI) presents its Annual John Hope Franklin Lecture, delivered by Sir David Adjaye OBE. The principal and founder of Adjaye Associates, Sir David Adjaye is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the $540 million Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in fall of 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times. He worked on this project with the Freelon Group, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroup. In 2017, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine. In addition to his worldwide architectural projects, Sir David has worked with many artists on their installation projects and on their studios, and maintains research and theoretical investigation at the core of his practice.

Featuring prominent writers, thinkers and artists with bodies of work that resonate within and beyond the university, the John Hope Franklin Lecture pays tribute to the remarkable career of John Hope Franklin, Ph.D., as a scholar and in public service, as well as his wide-ranging influence in the study of history, law, African-American life and culture and global intellectual exchange. In 2018, the inaugural John Hope Franklin Lecture featured two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey.

Sir David Adjaye’s lecture is also part of FHI’s theme series for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years, “World Arts,” which will explore, in the broadest sense, the world-making potential of the arts and the ways in which worlds are imagined within them. Additionally, these events will examine the manner in which the arts have been and are currently being conceptualized in expanded terms: as world literature, the global novel, international style, world music and dance and in proliferating art and architecture biennials and music and film festivals. Sir David Adjaye will speak to the idea of architecture as a world art.

While this event is free and open to the public, seating is limited and individual registration is required. The registration portal for this event will open on Monday, August 26, at 10 AM at To receive an email reminder when registration opens, please sign up for the Franklin Humanities Institute News & Events mailing list here.

Event Details

Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:15–7:30 PM
Franklin Humanities Institute, John Hope Franklin Lecture, Sir David Adjaye
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States