Spend All Night With Philosophers at the Brooklyn Public Library

2017 Night of Philosophy and Ideas. Photo by Gregg Richards

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    Have you ever wanted to spend the night at a library?

    Now you have the chance with the Brooklyn Public Library’s second annual “Night of Philosophy and Ideas,” an all-night event organized with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy that begins on Saturday, January 27 at 7 p.m. and ends the next morning at 7 a.m.

    It will all be hosted at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza.

    2017 Night of Philosophy and Ideas. Photo by Gregg Richards

    2017 Night of Philosophy and Ideas. Photo by Gregg Richards

    The theme this year is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the student-led protests of 1968, and will include lectures by the American Zen Buddhist teacher Roshi Joan Halifax on “Radical Compassion,” French philosopher and psychoanalyst Cynthia Fleury on “Tackling Democratic Entropy,” and the political theorist Margaret Kohn on “The Life and Death of Public Space,” among many others.

    Peter Catapano and Simon Critchley will also lead a flash philosophy workshop, there will be a screening of the Claude Lanzmann’s 10-plus-hour Holocaust documentary “Shoah” as well as Gilles Deleuze’s “Abécédaire,” a live music program hosted by National Sawdust, and a performance by the Women’s March Resistance Revival Chorus.

    2017 Night of Philosophy and Ideas. Photo by Gregg Richards

    2017 Night of Philosophy and Ideas. Photo by Gregg Richards

    Doors open at 7 p.m. and RSVPs are not required. More than 7,000 people came to the inaugural event last year, so expect it to be packed once again. For more information, click here.

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