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Night of Ideas 2023


Night of Ideas 2023

February 25 - March 5, 2023


Night of Ideas, Villa Albertine’s flagship nocturnal marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings and more is returning to more than 20 cities across the US from February 25 through March 5, 2023.

Night of Ideas invites thought leaders, activists, performers, authors, and academics to engage the public in discussion around a central question that addresses major, contemporary global issues.

Night of Ideas 2023 focuses on the theme More?, with each event approaching the challenge of building a more sustainable and equitable society from the vantage point of local issues, debates, and opportunities. From how to reach a point of more justice in Atlanta; to what ‘more’ really means in a growth-driven society in San Francisco; to looking at our uncertain future through young peoples’ eyes in New York; to climate change in Pasadena and Phoenix; to exploring the limits of our universe through astronomy in Kansas City, Night of Ideas, taking place in more than 20 U.S. cities this year, asks attendees to consider how our world has been challenged by excess in all areas, and how ideas and collaboration could light the way to a more stable and peaceful tomorrow.

Participants include economist and musician and writer Felwine Sarr, artist Anne Plaisance, professor of African-American and Black/African diaspora studies Maboula Soumahoro, director, National Center for Civil and Human Rights Jill Savitt, Nobel prize winners Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, podcast host Léa Hirshfeld, director of the École Urbaine de Lyon, Michel Lussault, philosophers Nicolas Prévélakis, Barbara Cassin and Baptiste Morizot, architect and co-director of Z4A Ophélia Mantz, and jazz musicians Jack Sorel Music Trio, and Kim Clarke Trio among other high-profile speakers and Villa Albertine residents. 

Outside of New York, 2023 Night of Ideas events will take place at a record-breaking venues around the US and in Mexico:

  • Kansas City: Powell Observatory, Alliance Française – February 25, 2023 
  • Milwaukee: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Alliance Française – February 28, 2023 
  • New Orleans, Alliance Française – February 27, 2023
  • Minneapolis: Alliance Française – February 28, 2023 
  • Pasadena: Alliance Française – March 1, 2023
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico: Alliance Française – March 1, 2023
  • Los Angeles: Alliance Française – March 2, 2023
  • Los Angeles: University of Southern California – March 2, 2023
  • St. Louis: Webster University, Alliance Française – March 2, 2023  
  • Monterrey, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León à Monterrey, (in partnership with the French Consulate in Houston) – March 2, 2023 
  • San Diego, Alliance Française – March 2, 2023   
  • Seattle: Alliance Française – March 3, 2023   
  • Boston: Harvard University – March 3, 2023  
  • Atlanta: National Center for Civil and Human Rights – March 4, 2023           
  • San Francisco: SF Public Library – March 4, 2023
  • Detroit: Alliance Française – March 5, 2023

More information can be found at

Night of Ideas 2023 is presented by Villa Albertine, in partnership with FACE Foundation and the Institut français.  

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


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The Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

The Foundation’s work has included underwriting of such public spaces as Washington’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Holocaust Museum; and in New York the new Statue of Liberty Museum. In connection to French culture and history, it has underwritten efforts at Notre Dame restoration, the Louvre Endowment, and to Holocaust studies including the 1988 Academy Award winning documentary, Hotel Terminus, the Life and Times of Klaus Barbie. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities. Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and arts are essential to human understanding. The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants, we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive.

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York is one of America’s oldest grantmaking foundations, established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. 

Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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