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San Francisco’s 2020 Night of Ideas adapts this year’s central theme, “Être vivant,” The event will bring together the academic, artistic, tech, and science communities to explore the sources of tension that pervade contemporary society and preoccupy its members as well as to explore what it means to live together. More than 30 topics relating to "Living on the Edge" will be explored over the course of the evening, on all seven floors of the Library, with each floor devoted to one of the following themes: chaos + creation, wonder + worry, exclusion + belonging, truth + doubt, and circulation + borders.

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Night of Ideas in San Francisco is presented by the San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, KQED, and the French Consulate. Main partners: City of San Francisco, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, 836M and Microsoft.