Night of Ideas: Closing the Distance


United States

Jan 28, 2021

Night of ideas is a 24-hour virtual marathon event featuring philosophical debate and artistic performances produced in 75 countries around the world. It is coordinated by the Institut Français, Paris and co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

Explore the United States program and speakers on this website, plus discover satellite Night of Ideas events from coast to coast.

Closing the Distance

This year’s theme, “Closing the distance” (“Proches,” in French) speaks to our shared sense of isolation and seeks to explore new means of fostering community and togetherness. Evoking the new forms of solidarity that our economic and social crises call for, as well as our changing relationship with space and mobility, this theme prompts audiences and participants to consider our relationship to today’s challenging world and those around us in thoughtful, creative, and engaging ways.

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