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Night of Ideas 2022: Goncourt-Winner Leïla Slimani and Lenape Center Director Joe Baker Highlight Nocturnal Marathon of Public Debate, Programs, and Performances in 19 US Cities

Villa Albertine partners with 50+ cultural institutions across the country for its annual in-person mega-event in May

Night of Ideas

Villa Albertine today announced the 2022 Night of Ideas, its annual nocturnal marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings and more, being mounted this May in an unprecedented 19 cities across the US. Developed and hosted in partnership with 50+ institutions, the nighttime gatherings will enable the public to engage with leading thinkers, scientists, novelists, activists, and artists around the theme Where Are We Going?. Featuring diverse and bespoke programs, Night of Ideas 2022 provides a community-wide exploration of myriad paths forward for a world in crisis: from local movements for climate action, to global perspectives on decolonization, to a reimagination of our democratic institutions, and much, much more.  

Night of Ideas is being presented in 100 countries worldwide, including the United States, coordinated by the Institut français and produced by Villa Albertine, a newly launched cultural institution dedicated to deepening relationships between French and American communities through a shared exchange of art and ideas. 

The national program in the US is made possible with major philanthropic support from the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Among this year’s 200+ artists, philosophers, researchers, performers, and more are Goncourt Prize-winning novelist Leïla Slimani, indigenous leaders Joe Baker and Sharaya Souza, and Rama Yade – director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center. The events will also feature creatives participating in the inaugural season (2021-22) of Villa Albertine’s artists’ residency program, in which 60 global artists, thinkers, and culture professionals are embedded across 10 US cities. Speakers include Chayma Drira, a journalist focusing on the impact of gentrification, Afro-Caribbean musician and composer Sélène Saint-Aimé, and Eloïse Bouton and D’de Kabal, authors and activists whose project is aimed at raising awareness of sexual violence and consent.  

Night of Ideas was first introduced to the US in 2015 by the French Embassy, and further developed through an ongoing partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library. Today, Night of Ideas is a nationwide phenomenon, drawing tens of thousands of people to events across the country. Night of Ideas 2022 will take place in:  

·       St. Louis – May 3rd

Co-presenters: Alliance Française St. Louis and Webster University

  • Houston – May 5th

Co-presenters: Consulate of France in Monterrey (Mexico), IFAL – Instituto Francés de América Latina

  • Boston – May 6th

Co-presenters: Harvard University, Bunker Hill Community College, and International School of Boston

  • York, PA – May 7th

Co-presenter: York College of Pennsylvania

  • Denver – May 9th

Co-presenter: Alliance Française of Denver

  • Los Angeles – May 9th 
  • Phoenix – May 9th
    Co-presenters: International School of Arizona, Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix, Arizona State University  
  • Tucson – May 9th
    Co-presenter: University of Arizona, iGLOBES
  • Washington, D.C. – May 11th

Co-presenter: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

  • Chicago – May 12th

Co-presenters: Chicago History Museum, France Chicago Center, Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University, and Alliance Française Chicago

  • Milwaukee – May 12th

Co-presenter: Alliance Française Milwaukee

  • Minneapolis – May 12th

Co-presenter: Alliance Française Minneapolis

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico – May 12th

Co-presenter: Alliance Française Puerto Rico

  • Atlanta – May 14th

Co-presenters: City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, The Woodruff Arts Center and Science Gallery at Emory University

  • Norfolk, VA – May 14th

Co-presenters: Slover Library and Old Dominion University

  • San Francisco – May 17th

Co-presenters: KQED, San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and California Humanities

  • New Orleans – May 18th

Co-presenters: New Orleans Jazz Museum, Alliance Française of New Orleans and Consulate General of France in Louisiana

  • Miami – May 19th

Co-presenters:  FilmGate Miami, Letra Urbana, Books and Books, Center for Subtropical Affairs

  • New York City – May 21st

Co-presenters: Brooklyn Public Library, 1014, Consulat général d’Estonie à New York, Czech Center, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations - New York, FIAF – French Institute Alliance Française, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Romanian Cultural Institute and Ukrainian institute of America

“Night of Ideas is returning in-person on an unprecedented scale. This is a true testament to the urgency of our theme, and to the vibrant community that we have built with our partners over the past seven years,” said Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the US and Director of Villa Albertine, “Night of Ideas is also the first major public event of Villa Albertine. The diversity of this year’s presenters, partners, and geographies perfectly reflects our mission to strengthen international dialogue and engagement around the most pressing issues of our time.” 

Registrations will open in April. Mark your calendar for the Night of Ideas in May, and visit for the latest news and programming announcements in your city.