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York Night of Ideas

Marketview Arts •37 W Philadelphia St •York PA

YCP’s Department of The Arts and Humanities is excited to participate in the 2022 edition of the Night of Philosophy and Ideas. This annual celebration of the importance of thought began in 2015 as a partnership between the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and New York City. It has grown to a world-wide phenomenon with events occurring in over 230 locations in 100 countries. The world-wide theme this year is “(Re)Building Together ((Re)construire ensemble)”.

York’s version of the event will occur on Saturday, May 7th at Marketview Arts (address), and will last from 7pm to Midnight.

Beginning at 7, attendees will experience live jazz while exploring the artwork displayed in Gallery Hall. At 7:30 we will begin a series of presentations and discussions by experts from YCP and the region. Come for an hour, stay for the night! Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. We are encouraging attendees to wear masks indoors if not actively consuming food.

Norfolk Night of Ideas

Join us for Norfolk’s 3rd Annual Night of Philosophy and Ideas. This year’s theme is “Where Are We Going/What’s Next?”

A cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available throughout the program.

Film (5:30-6)

La Jetee. Chris Marker’s 1960s French masterpiece about love, Paris and time travel after a worldwide plague devastates the planet.

Opening Remarks (6-6:10)

Environmental Resiliency Panel “Resiliency…Overcoming Ecological Challenges and Disasters” (6:10-6:55)

Panelists will explore coastal resilience and rebuilding at multiple scales but incorporate time scales (short-term/disaster recovery; medium-term; long-term) and geographic/community scales (home, neighborhood, locality, etc.) to give a comprehensive vision of what can and will be done in our area in the near and long term future.

Chair- Dr. Jessica Whitehead, Joan P. Brock Endowed Executive Director, Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience (ICAR), Old Dominion University

Panelists: Jessica Whitehead, Mr. Matthew Simons, Coastal Resilience Program Manager, City of Norfolk, Dr. Wie Yusuf, ICAR; School of Public Service, Old Dominion University

Poetry (6:55-7:25)

Kindra Greene Elizabeth River Trail Foundation. She will discuss what the ERT is doing to improve our city and she will also read from her own ecological poetry

Workforce Development Panel “Preparing the Workers of Tomorrow, Today” (7:25-8:10)

Chair- Adale Martin

Kenyetta Goshen will talk about the NPS Career and Technical Education curricula in our schools.

Dance (8:10-8:40)

BeatHunter Dance, created by Joél Casanova, performs a piece about isolation and unity. We have all experienced the sting of isolation but unity makes us stronger.

City Planning Panel “Visions For a Changing City” (8:40-9:25)

Chair- Amanda Lloyd

Closing remarks(9:25-9:30)


Night of Ideas – Denver

Monday, May 9, 2022, 10:00 am

Online Lecture: Art During the Plague


The Alliance Française of Denver will present a two-part lecture by French artist Frederick Pichon. The first part will illustrate the artistic representations of medieval Europe up until the outbreak of the Plague, while the second will analyze the changes produced by the epidemic on the artists of the time and the way they influenced generations following the tragedy. 


Location: Online


  • 6pm-8pm (French time, CET) 
  • 10am-11:30am (Denver time, MDT)

Night of Ideas – Phoenix

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:00 pm

Between Dreams and Realities…Where Are We Going?


The Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix, in partnership with International School of Arizona and Arizona State University, is organizing a literary meeting with three young French-speaking authors; Joseph Kochmann (Franco-American author and screenwriter), Cécile Cognet (writer and French teacher), and Billy Pierre (Haitian writer who has just published his first novel: “A l’autre bout d’un rêve”). Through the exploration of the work of these three writers, immersed between dreams and realities, we will try to sketch an answer to the theme of the Night of ideas…where are we going? 

Mark Cruse, literature profesor at Arizona State University, moderates the conversation. 

Some of the paintings of the artist Teresa Derbez-Brown (Franco-Mexican and American) will be exhibited on this occasion.  


Location: International School of Arizona, Campus 9522 E San Salvador Dr, Scottsdale   

Time: 6pm-8pm 



Night of Ideas – Tucson

Monday, May 9, 2022, 4:00 pm

Arizona, a Laboratory for the World: Conference-Debate on Contemporary Social and Environmental Challenges

Arizona is a state where contemporary ecological and social issues are at stake: climate change, water management, agricultural needs, but also the relationship of citizens to the world and to the community. The University of Arizona is a world-renowned institution for its environmental research and has a developped a long-standing collaboration history with French universities and research institutes such as CNRS. This has resulted in the iGLOBES International Research Laboratory and in the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges, focusing on environmental and spatial research and data sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. 


Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center (University of Arizona) will participate in a roundtable discussion with Sébastien Roux, sociologist, Deputy Director of iGLOBES (CNRS, Paris Sciences et Lettres, University of Arizona), Joaquin Ruiz, geochemist, Director of the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges (CNRS, University of Arizona) and Andrew Curley, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and specialist of the everyday incorporation of Indigenous nations issues in an era of energy transition and climate change.  


Location: University of Arizona, 1306 E. University Blvd. S107 in ENR2, Tucson , AZ

Time: 4pm 


Night of Ideas – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6:00 pm

The Alliance Française de Puerto Rico (APFR) will present for the first time the Night of Ideas, a night of debates as part of the United States “Where are we going?” edition. The APFR team and its partners are specifically looking at how to re-build together.


After the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017, the earthquakes of January 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic and in a degraded socio-economic context, community initiatives are trying, all over Puerto Rico, to provide innovative answers for a promising future that respects the environment and the specific wealth of the Caribbean region.


To encourage dialogue between Puerto Rico, the United States, the Caribbean and France, AFPR met with committed specialists in the world of agriculture, art and education:


– María Benedetti is an author, researcher and educator in ethnobotany. Today, she is the director of BotaniCultura.

– Carite 3.0 is an association in the rural region of Guayama. Its objective is to train new farmers to optimize the management of their micro-enterprise.

– Casa Pueblo is a community center that aims to protect natural and human resources. It focuses on solar energy production and coffee cultivation.

– Vainilla Castañer is an agricultural project whose mission is to revitalize the vanilla crop, which still flourished in Puerto Rico in the 1940s and 1950s.

– Yaucromatic is an initiative of the association Arte Para Unir. This urban art project attracts local and international artists and visitors around its murals.


The AFPR, known for its European Film Festival, has produced a documentary that will fuel a debate expected around the world, especially by young people.

On May 12, 2022, the public will have the opportunity to see the documentary, interact with the protagonists and participate in workshops for reflection. The project will also be available on the AFPR website.


Trailer: La Nuit des Idées (La Noche de las Ideas) – YouTube

Location: Allianza Francesa de Puerto Rico, 206 Calle Rosario, San Juan, PR 00911

Time: TBA

Night of Ideas – Minneapolis

Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6:00 pm

The Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis: Where are we going?


In this period of intense geopolitical upheaval in Europe and around the world, La Nuit des Idées, or the Night of Ideas, will invite researchers, writers, artists and community leaders to question the theme Where Are We Going? Coordinated by the Institut Français, Night of Ideas is being presented in 100 countries worldwide, including the United States. The event was first introduced to the US in 2015 by the French Embassy, and has now become a nationwide phenomenon, drawing tens of thousands of people to events across the country.The murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed during his arrest by a white police officer on May 25, 2020, caused the emotion and anger of millions of people in Minneapolis, across the United States, and around the world. His death has become a rallying cry against police brutality and a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. While reinventing its forms of action, its activists continue the long history of the struggle for racial equality. Where are we going? What is the future of this movement which has become one of the most influential in the defense of civil rights? The Alliance Française of Minneapolis invites several speakers to consider the subject.

Confirmed speakers: Toussaint Morrison and Debra L. HurstonThe mission of the Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul is to serve our community by promoting the use and appreciation of the French language and cultures through language classes, cultural programs, social events and educational resources. Our vision is to build a community of people who are passionate about Francophone culture in all its global diversity and who want to become – through high quality education as well as authentic and exciting cultural activities and social events – the go-to destination for everything that is French!


Location: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul, The Joly Family Center for International Understanding, 227 Colfax Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405


Time: 6pm


Nuit des Idées – Saint-Louis

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 7:00 pm

Where Is the Lou Headed: Between the Pandemic and the War
Co-organized by the St. Louis Alliance Française and Webster’s Centre Francophone 


The concept of St. Louis’ Nuit des idées aligns with those organized in different cities across the United States. Participants such as Isabelle Heidbreder (Honorary Consul of France in St. Louis) and Julian Schuster (President of Webster University) would answer the following question: “Where are we headed?” All participants will tackle this question according to their respective field of expertise and in no more than 5 minutes. The idea is to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of St. Louis, from different angles and perspectives, all in light of ongoing events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Each participant will have to answer questions and interact with the audience for about 10 minutes after their presentations. 


Location: Browning Hall – ISB 160 Auditorium at Webster University, 470 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 


Time: 7pm-9:30pm


Nuit des Idées – Milwaukee

Friday, May 13, 2022, 5:30 pm

The Night of Ideas in Milwaukee – The Cleanest Water Ever: Urban Rivers to Receiving Waters during COVID Closure in Lake Michigan USA, 2020 AD

The Alliance Française de Milwaukee in collaboration with UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences & Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene presents its first Nuit des Idées (Night of Ideas): Water Studies during COVID, presented by:
Russell Cuhel and Carmen Aguilar, Senior Scientists at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, will describe the only aquatic ecosystem measurements taken in riverine and nearshore waters of SW Lake Michigan during COVID closure of 2020: chemical characteristics (Dr. Cuhel) and a highly favorable outcome of COVID closure featuring algae, productivity, and fisheries recruitment.
Adélaïde Roguet, scientist at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, will describe the wastewaterbased epidemiology surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 implemented in Wisconsin to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the communities.

Location:UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Ballroom and ZOOM
600 E Greenfield Ave. (East end of street), Milwaukee WI 53204


Time: Friday, May 13th at 5:30 p.m.





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