The French Consulate of San Francisco, SFMOMA, San Francisco Public Library and KQED partnered for the second edition of the Night of Ideas.

For its second edition in San Francisco, the Night of Ideas will embrace the six floors of the San Francisco Main Library! Designed to spur dialogue and creative participation amongst panelists and attendees on the theme Living on the Edge, the evening will ask participants to consider a world balanced on immense challenges and even grander possibilities – how will we reckon these tensions and use them to create new visions for how we live together going forward?

Experimenting a new format this year, each floor of the Main Library will be devoted to a separate theme exploring the different edges on which contemporary life balances:

CHAOS + CREATION: Lower Level  – How do we cope with disorder and disruption to fashion new ways to think and be?

SIGHTS + SOUNDS: 1st Floor and beyond –Be on the lookout for pop-up performances and experiences!

WONDER + WORRY: 2nd Floor  – What anxieties about the future weight on us most, and what fascinations will transform the way we live?

 EXCLUSION + BELONGING: 3rd Floor – How do we find belonging and identity while making space for differences of lived experience?

TRUTH + DOUBT: 4th Floor  – With consensus about history and facts increasingly fractured, what narratives should we afraid?

CIRCULATION + BORDERS: 5th Floor – How do we transcend limits on movement for a healthy economy and a just society?

FRIENDS LOUNGE: 6th Floor   – Mix and mingle, drink and dance with the Friends of the SFPL!

Detailed program here. Subject to change


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