Night of Ideas

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Monterrey, Mexico: More Resilience?

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:00 pm

How can Monterrey and Houston remain sustainable and welcoming while experiencing strong population growth? Please join us for a conversation on how the two cities are becoming major reception hubs for immigrants, with implications for the environment, urban planning, sustainable and commercial development, as well as the resilience of populations.


Co-presented by Villa Albertine in Texas, the Consulate of France in Monterrey (Mexico), the IFAL – Instituto francés de América latina, and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) through the Secretary of Extension and Culture.


New Orleans, Louisiana: More Land?

Monday, February 27, 2023, 7:00 pm

The evening will explore the various private and public sector initiatives to combat coastal erosion which destroys the environment (scarcity of species, salinization of bayous water, disappearance of land) and weakens the most exposed communities, among which are fishermen and the French-speaking Pointe-aux-Chiens tribe. In Louisiana, the fight against the effects of climate change and in favor of biodiversity is directly linked to the protection of cultural diversity. Can humans and science reclaim land from climate change?


Venue: The Alliance Française of New Orleans, 1519 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115


Scottsdale, AZ: Once You Know… Conversation in an Age of Climate Change and Water Challenges.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 6:00 pm

For years, people around the world have been facing and discussing global warming and climate change. Here in Arizona, one of the biggest issues is the diminishing quantity of water in rivers, dams, and aquifers.


Join us for a broader conversation, Tuesday, February 28 from 6pm to 8:30pm for the viewing of the documentary “Once you Know”, by Emmanuel Cappelin which will focus on the issues of climate change.


After the film, there will be an open discussion with the support of specialists, scholars and authors, moderated by Markus Cruse. It will be followed by a light reception.


Venue: International School of Arizona (ISA, 9522 E. San Salvador Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258)


This screening is organized in partnership with the Alliance Française of Phoenix, ISA, Global Ties AZ, and Arizona State University.

Dallas, TX: Food Sustainability Panel

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 6:30 pm

Please join the Alliance Française of Dallas for a discussion on the topic of “Food Sustainability”, where we will discuss ramifications and implications in our day-to-day lives. Four experts will be sharing insights on this complex yet exciting topic.

What does “More?” mean in a context of climate change and increasingly scarce and costly resources? What investments, innovations, and/or mindset shifts will be necessary in order to address looming food challenges in Dallas, in Texas, and beyond? What do we need “More” of?

San Juan, Puerto Rico: More and More Plastic. What’s Going On?

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 3:00 pm

In keeping with this year’s international theme of More?, AFPR and its special guests will explore the question “More and More Plastic: What’s Going On?”. Not only will this topic address plastic’s impact on shorelines, rivers, and other marine habitats in Puerto Rico, but also investigate the possible link between plastic and climate change.


To facilitate dialogue and explore solutions and courses of action, this free event will offer roundtable discussions with scientists, environmental experts, and community organizers from both Puerto Rico and France. A presentation of short films will provide deeper insight on related environmental issues. Moreover, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy an open-air market with local artisanal and agricultural products throughout the evening.


Venue: Alliance Française of Puerto Rico, 206 C. Rosario, San Juan, 00911, Puerto Rico


Pasadena, CA: “Fighting Harder for a Better World”

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 7:00 pm

In partnership with the French consulate general in Los Angeles and Villa Albertine, the Alliance Française of Pasadena will organize a screening of Louis Garrel’s recent movie “La Croisade” (2021) on March 1, 2023.


This movie touches on youth involvement in the fight against climate change, with tenderness and laughter shining throughout.  The film with be shown in French with English subtitles and will be followed by a Q&A.


Where: The Alliance Française of Pasadena (232 N Lake Ave #105, Pasadena, CA 91101)


What: Abel and Marianne live happily with their 13-year-old son, Joseph. One day, they discover that Joseph has stolen their most precious objects from the house to sell them. At first struck by the situation, they try to understand. They will then discover that Joseph is not the only teenager to have acted in this way. There are hundreds of them, all over the world, trying to collect money by any means possible to finance a mysterious project. Their mission: to save the planet…



San Diego, CA: Less Is More ! Documentary Screening and Debate

Thursday, March 2, 2023, 5:30 pm

Please join us for a screening of Emmanuel Cappellin’s film “Once You Know” on March 2, 2023. The movie will be shown in French with English subtitles and will be followed by a moderated discussion.


The climate emergency is of major concern today, but it can be difficult to measure our impact on the environment. Through this documentary, we invite you to deepen your understanding of the topic and explore possible solutions. If you are interested in environmentalism, this is the event for you!


Venue: San Diego French American School (6550 Soledad Mountain Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037)


This event is organized by the Alliance Française of San Diego in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, San Diego French American School, and the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club.



Seattle, Washington: More Transformative Spaces?

Friday, March 3, 2023, 6:30 pm

Transformative, liminal spaces build bridges across disciplines, generations, various identity discourses and representations of who we are and how we see ourselves in the world. They trigger change and transformation, representing a dynamic, performative “in-betweenness”, across modes of artistic creativity, activism, urbanism, societal behaviors, and global citizenry.


During three hours of installations, transmedia presentations, and panel discussions, we will address questions about architectural transformations and reuse; storytelling and dance; poetry and image; music composition, and the intersection between scholarly work and artistic creation.


Venue: Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103


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