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Join us at the 2021 Night of Ideas – A Virtual Global Celebration of the Arts, Humanities, & Ideas

Please join us at the annual Night of Ideas, a virtual global celebration of the arts, humanities, and ideas from 7-9 pm on Thursday, January 28. Your mind and senses will be dazzled by multiple short performances, keynote talks, youth poetry readings, conversations, and reflections on “Closing the Distance”, this year’s theme, at a time when we are looking for connection.

As part of the spectacle, we are pleased to offer a virtual journey from the city to the Central Valley to hear artist/farmer/writer Nikiko Masumoto, speaking to us in the fog from her family farm, share her ideas about history and place.

With additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, California Humanities is also supporting Truckee Library’s event, Voices from the Mountains: Latinx Students Closing the Distance, and the Exeter Branch of the Tulare County Library’s An Evening with Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, as they offer virtual programming in their communities as part of the Night of Ideas.

You can learn more about the free Bay Area event and register here.

Night of Ideas is co-presented by KQED, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Public Library, and Villa San Francisco, and California Humanities.

Since 2015, the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States have organized a series of popular cultural events: The Night of Ideas and the Night of Philosophy and Ideas. These marathon events provide a lively arena for talks and debates, reading/screening and discussion events, and other humanities happenings. Last year, over 100 cities in 70 countries featuring lectures, performances, screenings, and more took part in this global happening on February 1, 2020. In the United States, events took place in New York, LA, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Norfolk, and Washington D.C., gathering more than 20,000 people.

A photo resembling different moon phases in blue and yellow with the event's date and time and photos of presenters and performers.

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