If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night among the stacks at Brooklyn Public Library, you’re in luck.
During “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas,” the library will stay open all night, free of charge, for an evening of open discussion with “top philosophers from around the world” and food and drink sponsored by local Brooklyn brands like Sixpoint Brewery and Red Hook Winery.
A number of presentations center on the current political and philosophical climates, including discussions on democracy, immigration, and policy.
Questions to be considered include “What Is the Future of Democracy?” with post-colonial theorist Achille Mbembe and “Why Our Robots Are So Stupid and How to Fix Them” with Penn philosophy professor Lisa Miracchi.
In addition to discussions, there will also be live performances and film screenings all throughout the night. You’re also free to wander amongst the books.
Presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City, the event is part of a worldwide happening called La Nuit des Idées. First held in 2016, the “thinking party” brings together the public, artists, creators and researchers to discover their work and share their analyses, according to the l’Institut Français.
The program will run from 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, to 7 a.m. on Sunday, January 29. For more information, please visit the Brooklyn Public Library’s A Night of Philosophy and Ideas page.
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