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Night of Ideas, Chicago

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The Field Museum and the Consulate General of France in Chicago are thrilled to present Chicago’s first ever Night of Ideas.

Free and open to the public, this global celebration of thought will welcome bright minds from academic, artistic, scientific, and civic communities for a six-hour marathon of ideas on this year’s theme “Alive!”.

Explore the museum after hours while engaging in intellectual talks, panels, and workshops on topics like climate change and biodiversity, urban sustainability, humans and technology, sex positivity, disability leadership and more.

The Night of Ideas program convenes a range of inspiring voices, including Franco-Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou; economist and former advisor under President Obama, Michael Greenstone; visual artist Amanda Williams; WBEZ’s South Side reporter Natalie Moore; philosopher and member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Barbara Stiegler; and French anthropologist Joëlle Vailly.

It will also feature thinkers and specialists from the University of Chicago, a proud thought partner for Chicago's Night of Ideas.

Throughout the evening, museum spaces will also come to life with pop-up performances by French juggler Jérôme Thomas, Chicago’s ERA Footwork Crew, French harpist Isabelle Olivier and American guitarist Rez Abbasi, and interactive happenings including live music, poetry, motion capture, tai chi, yoga, and meditation classes, a philosophy corner led by students, and more.

Diverse voices and talents from University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, Black Thread Agency, Science Riot, WBEZ, ADA25 Advancing Leadership, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Core Power Yoga, Poems While You Wait, and more will be present.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Field Bistro. All guests are invited to use code ALIVE2020 for a 25% discount on Lyft rides to and from the Field Museum for the Night of Ideas.

This event is free and open to the public.

Full program available soon.

Night of Ideas is co-presented by the Consulate General of France in Chicago and Field Museum.

The event is made possible by the support of FACE in Chicago, the Open Society Foundations, the France Chicago Center at University of Chicago, Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, Institut Français, the Cultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the US, Savencia Fromage and Dairy, and Barton & Guestier.

Chicago’s Night of Ideas is part of La Nuit des Idées, a global series of intellectual marathons coordinated worldwide by the Institut Français, which will take place this year (Jan 25-Feb 2) at more than 120 locations around the world, including 7 major cities in the US.

The Field Museum strives to be accessible for everyone. To request other accommodations, please contact angela.lorenzo@diplomatie.gouv.fr. Requesting accommodations at least 3 business days in advance will help ensure availability.

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