Night of Ideas





KQED, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco


San Francisco’s Favorite Evening of Talks and Performances, Night of Ideas, is Back In-Person for the 2022 Edition

Anuradha Mittal, Bruce E. Cain, Community Music Center, Deanna Van Buren, Debbie Lum, Jacqueline Fabius, Jeff Chang, Julie Owono, Lil Milagro Henriquez, Mathieu de Fayet, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Sharaya Souza, Bay Area Theatre Cypher

San Francisco Public Library, KQED, SFMOMA and California Humanities partner with Villa Albertine for annual in-person event May 17

Villa Albertine San Francisco, a new cultural institution dedicated to the exchange of arts and ideas between France and the US, and local partners San Francisco Public Library, KQED, California Humanities and SFMOMA today announced the 2022 Night of Ideas, an annual evening of philosophical talks, performances and more. Registration is live at

This year Night of Ideas returns in person, across a record-breaking 19 US cities and more than 100 countries, coordinated worldwide by the Institut Français. The public will join leading thinkers, authors, activists and artists around the theme (Re)building Together: Where Are We Going? The evening’s program celebrates our collective resilience while interrogating the path forward for a world in crisis.

San Francisco’s Night of Ideas takes place May 17, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at KQED’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in the Mission District. Designed to spur dialogue on this year’s theme, the evening will invite participants to consider a world that is still reeling from the disruptions wrought by the global pandemic and to find hope in the future. How do we heal ourselves and our communities from this collective trauma? How can we dismantle systems of oppression and (re)build our institutions to meet the pressing challenges of our time? How do we fortify our democracies and stave off authoritarianism? What ideas will carry us forward to a brighter tomorrow? Join us for this unforgettable evening of talks, art, music and community featuring great presenters.

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