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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Be Inspired! Night of Ideas 2022

On May 17, join us in person or online for the annual Night of Ideas, the global evening of thought-provoking talks and inspiring performances. Coordinated by the Institut Français in 19 cities and more than 100 countries, the Bay Area version will take place on May 17 starting at 6:30 pm PST at KQED’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in San Francisco’s Mission District. Local partners include Villa Albertine San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library, KQED, SFMOMA, and California Humanities. 

The public will join leading thinkers, authors, activists, 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.  

We are thrilled to support the participation of filmmaker Debbie Lum (TRY HARDER) and Rachael Schmidt, one of the students in Lum’s award-winning documentary about Lowell High School in San Francisco.  

“This year’s edition of Night of Ideas is especially important as we reconnect with our partners and communities, finally reunited in person,” says Frédéric Jung, Consul General of France in San Francisco. “Together, we will spark a promising dialogue between France, the European Union and the United States by addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our times: democracy, freedom of speech and health. By innovating, (re)building together, using art as a visionary tool, we aim to contribute to paving the way to our common future.” 

You can get free tickets for this intimate evening at KQED here. Dare to be inspired! 
Read the full press release here. 

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