The first Washington, D.C., edition of the Night of Ideas will activate La Maison Française - Embassy of France with talks and performances by today’s leading thinkers and creators, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 6:30 p.m.–12 midnight. For one night only, guests will have the unique opportunity to hear from philosophers, sociologists, economists, musicians, artists and authors from the Washington, D.C., area and around the world while exploring the museum during special extended hours.


The Night of Ideas will explore the theme “Facing Our Time” through a diverse range of topics, including civil rights, digital privacy, art and advocacy, economics, feminist philosophy, art history and more. Participants will enjoy thought-provoking insights through short talks punctuated by dynamic music, dance, and spoken word performances.

2018  Edition

A Night Of Philosophy & Ideas

in New York

The Night of Ideas is an annual global marathon of debates, lectures, performances, screenings, readings and music organized by the Institut Français – Paris. In 2018, it took place in over 100 cities worldwide.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States has co-produced intellectual marathons in New York City since 2015 and in Los Angeles since 2017. In 2019, events will take place in Washington and four other U.S. cities: Houston (Jan. 26 at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts), Los Angeles (Feb. 1 at The Museum of Natural History), San Francisco (Feb. 2 at the San Francisco Public Library) and New York City (Feb. 2 at the Brooklyn Public Library).