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Brooklyn Public Library | Central Library

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022




NIGHT OF IDEAS is A FREE LATE-NIGHT EVENT featuring top public intellectuals and performers from the U.S., France and around the world, Night of Ideas is co-presented by Villa Albertine and Brooklyn Public Library.

New this year: Start your Night of Ideas with a bus journey from Villa Albertine headquarters in Manhattan to Brooklyn Public Library where you’ll enjoy a private 1:1 discussion with a Night of Ideas artist or speaker sitting next to you. RSVP HERE beginning in early May.

Then, join us for the beloved marathon of philosophical debates, musical performances, screenings, and lively forums at Brooklyn Public Library, headlined by a performance from Patti Smith. Programming includes Goncourt Prize-winning novelist Leila Slimani, public interest lawyer Kathryn Kolbert will speak on the end of Roe and what we must do to save reproductive rights, Chief AI Scientist at Meta Yann LeCun, political scientist Claire Sagan, Koa Beck, Alissa Quart, Kathryn Todrys and more.

The mobile app for Night of Ideas, Brooklyn is an easy and convenient way to navigate the event on your Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. It contains all the event information you’ll need to make the most out of your experience. We encourage you to download from the App Store or Google Play prior to arriving at the event!

See the full program at and by downloading the app.

Safety Protocols:

For everyone’s health and safety, this year’s Night of Ideas will be presented to a limited capacity audience. Registration is required. Admission will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis and guests will be admitted on a rolling basis until we’ve reached capacity. Please note that your registration does not guarantee admission.

All participants must present proof of vaccination to enter. Masks are required to attend and must be worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Negative Covid test results (PCR or rapid antigen tests) will not be accepted and cannot be shown instead of proof of vaccination.

We also ask that you conduct a self-assessment before arriving and again onsite to ensure that you are not feeling unwell and have not experienced any symptoms attributable to COVID-19, nor had contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

Please keep a responsible physical distance when possible and remember to wash your hands/use hand sanitizer frequently.

Presented by:

Brooklyn Public Library
Villa Albertine
Face Foundation
Night of Ideas

National Support:

The Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Local Support:

Villa Albertine, Brooklyn Public Library, The Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, FACE Foundation, Institut français, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, 1014, Consulate General of Estonia in New York, Czech Center, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations - New York, Goethe-Institut New York, FIAF – French Institute Alliance Française, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Romanian Cultural Institute and Ukrainian institute of America.

Media Sponsors:

Night of Ideas is coordinated by the Institut Français and being presented in 100 countries worldwide, including the United States. The event was first introduced to the U.S. in 2015 by the French Embassy, and has now become a nationwide phenomenon, drawing tens of thousands of people to events across the country. Night of Ideas is produced nationwide by Villa Albertine, a new kind of cultural institution whose mission is to create a community that links France and the United States in a shared exploration of arts and ideas.