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Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
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Ideas and Ideals: Strong Female Voices III ONLINE EVENT  Albertine Bookstore/French Embassy 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075 
Sep 22
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When the Waves Have Come and Gone Plage des Catalans

Replay Event: Night of Ideas 2021 in the US

Every year, on the last Thursday of January, the Night of Ideas offers a worldwide audience a  virtual marathon of philosophical debate and artistic performances coordinated by the Institut Français, Paris. If you missed it, no worries: 15 videos co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States are available for you to watch again on the website of Les Nuits des idées.

This year’s theme, “Closing the distance” (“Proches” in French), spoke to our shared sense of isolation and seeked to explore new means of fostering community and togetherness. Evoking the new forms of solidarity that our economic and social crises call for; as well as our changing relationship to space and mobility; this theme prompted audiences to consider our relationship to today’s challenging world and those around us in thoughtful, creative, and engaging ways.


As a feast of the mind, and an ode to all the languages that were spoken during this 24-hour event,  the US segment of the night featured the great philosophers Barbara Cassin and Souleymane Bachir Diagne for a conversation on the role translation plays in bringing us closer, from the biblical episode of Babel to the Bandung conference of 1955 which promised to put an end to linguistic imperialism in favor of plurilingualism.

In downtown New Orleans, join Brandan “Bmike” Odums for a visit of Studio BE – a 35,000 square ft warehouse that this visual artist has transformed into a cultural and educational space.

 

 

The night allowed us to travel virtually across the United States and beyond! From Monterrey, Mexico and Houston, USA, sociologists Rubén Hernández León, Chad Richardson and Victor Zúñiga explored the question of borders. Pushing the question even further Dr. Candice Bedford discussed planetary exploration and how searching for answers to humanity’s long-standing questions bring us together as a society. Staying in outer space, astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Michael López-Alegría invited us to ponder the cosmos.

On the side of philosophy and education, Christia Mercer shared her rich experience teaching philosophy in prison through Columbia's Justice-in-Education program, and French philosopher Marie Robert explored philosophical topics on friendship with children from French-English dual language programs.

There were short moment of relaxation with the greatest imitator of bird songs, Jean Boucault, and a peaceful break with sound healer Jared Bistrong leading a beach-side meditation in Miami.

Art was also at the heart of the event: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden offered a serie of interviews with sculptor Huma Bhabha, Jeff Koons and Ruby, and a cello performance by David Schulman. Brandan “Bmike” Odums invited us for a visit of Studio BE – a 35,000 square ft warehouse transformed into a cultural and educational space in downtown New Orleans. Robert Barsky engaged  the artistic world, discussing with Curator Lauren Tate Baeza the symbolism of masks, and with Shanequa Gay her artistic practice.

In Chicago, architect Jeanne Gang showed off some of her favorite urban design projects, while in Boston Harvard professors Sylvaine Guyot and Nicolas Prevelakis discussed democracy as they strolled Boston's Freedom Trail. And in San Francisco, London Breed discusses recovery and the path forward for the city. 

You can watch the best of these events on the Night of Ideas website, and on our end, we sure hope to see you in person for our 2022 event--stay tuned for more!

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