The Brooklyn Public Library is partnering with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to host their third annual edition of A Night of Philosophy and Ideas.
This year’s theme, “Facing the Present,” will explore “the most pressing issues in contemporary society.” “The keynote address on identity and freedom will be delivered by Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University.
The full schedule of events can be found here. Of note is the 11 pm discussion “What is Decency in an Indecent Present?” led by Dr. Todd May, professor of philosophy and philosophical advisor to NBC’s television series The Good Place. WNYC’s podcast “10 Things That Scare Me” will also host a special midnight program, inviting guests to share their fears, accompanied by a live cello performance. There will also be a live puppet show hosted by MIT called “Manufacturing Mischief,” featuring wood puppets of Noam Chomsky, Karl Marx, and Elon Musk, created by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. That, and so much more, can be found on the BPL website here.
When: Saturday, February 2, 7 pm—Sunday, February 3, 7 am
Where: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn