Book & discussions
Fall 2017 book selection
This fall we are partnering with My Sister’s Keeper to read Americanah, a powerful story of race, love, and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
From the author’s website:
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
Getting the book
The MIT Libraries has multiple copies of Americanah. See the Libraries’ catalog record to check availability and be added to the waiting list — we have the audiobook version too. You can also get the book from a non-MIT library if our copies are not available.
Additionally, the MIT Press Bookstore is offering this book at a steep discount to the MIT community, just show your MIT ID when purchasing.
Discussions are open to the entire MIT community; pre-registration is recommended, but not required.
“Gender, Race, and Place: Perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah” with the following panelists:
- Kimberly Juanita Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor and Martin Luther King Fellow
- Nneka Dennie, Visiting Scholar, Women’s and Gender Studies
- Amah Edoh, Assistant Professor, Global Studies and Languages
- Helen Elaine Lee, Professor, Comparative Media Studies / Writing
When: 5:30-7pm, Thursday, November 2, 2017
We will also be hosting two small group discussion events. Feel free to bring your lunch; desserts will be provided. And if you haven’t quite finished the book, please come anyway!
When: 12-1pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
When: 12-1pm, Friday, November 17, 2017