This year Night of Ideas returns in person, on May 17th, 2022 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, community leaders, 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.

Resized for the circumstances, the program will seat 200 in KQED’s new theater called The Commons and will be streamed online in real-time in parallel. The event will also feature soap box pencil car 2022a sampling of SFMOMA’s Soapbox Derby cars created by local artists and a bar in the station’s lobby for those who want to watch on the lobby media wall and imbibe at the same time.

Before the main program, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., join Creativity Explored for tours of artwork installed at KQED featuring neurodiverse and disabled artists working in their San Francisco studios.

The full program is available here but here is a glimpse of it:

PRESENTERS AND SPONSORS – 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 support the 2022 Night of Ideas, the annual evening of philosophical talks, performances and more.

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