Villa Albertine, in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library and KQED, has unveiled the theme for the eagerly anticipated San Francisco 2024 Night of Ideas, scheduled for March 2nd.

This event, renowned for its stimulating philosophical dialogues and eclectic performances, aims to foster engagement and exploration of pressing global issues. Under the overarching theme “Fault Lines – Outside the Lines,” the event will delve into topics such as urban development, climate change, technological advancements, gentrification, and social activism, featuring prominent figures from various fields including science, literature, activism, and art.

This 4th edition is set to captivate attendees with a diverse array of intellectual discussions and performances, including a keynote by renowned AI expert Luc Julia. Julia’s panel on the emergence and pitfalls of AI promises to be enlightening, shedding light on the technological advancements shaping our world. French speakers continue to play a prominent role in the event, with Villa Albertine’s artist-in-residence Corentin Poirier engaging in a discussion about French pastry alongside local culinary talents.

Additionally, the program offers a platform for global discourse on pressing issues such as climate change and urban development, with renowned French journalist and documentary filmmaker Guillaume Pitron contributing to discussions on climate change alongside other experts.

Amidst the intellectual discussions, the Night of Ideas will also feature captivating performances amongst which the San Francisco Ballet, adding a touch of elegance and artistry to the event.

French influences permeate various aspects of the program, highlighting the rich cultural exchange that defines the Night of Ideas. As attendees explore the event’s offerings, they will have the opportunity to engage with local businesses at a marketplace, further celebrating the city’s vibrant culture and entrepreneurial spirit

The event, which will take place at the San Francisco Public Library, is free to the public and will run from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., occupying all seven floors of the Main Library.

In addition to the main event, there will be for the first time this year an Afternoon of Ideas tailored for families, offering younger generations a platform for dialogue and reflection on societal progress from 4pm to 6pm at the SF Public Library ahead of the general event. 

Presented by Villa Albertine and the Albertine Foundation, and coordinated worldwide by the French Institute, Night of Ideas 2024 promises to be an enlightening celebration of intellectual exchange and cultural enrichment.

Date: March 2nd, 2024 – 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m
(New this year Afternoon of Ideas : a family program from 4pm to 6pm)
Address: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street – San Francisco
Free with registration, click here



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