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The Night of Ideas, originally scheduled for the Hirshhorn Museum on Jan. 31, will  be moved to La Maison Française, Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road NW), due to the government shutdown. Reservations can be made at www.nightofideasdc.com/info-tickets.

This event is free and open to the public.

Don’t miss the first Washington, D.C. edition of the Night of Ideas, a global marathon of ideas that will activate the Embassy of France with talks and performances by today’s leading thinkers and creators. Co-organized by the Hirshhorn and the French Embassy, the Night of Ideas offers guests the unique opportunity to hear from over 50 philosophers, sociologists, economists, musicians, artists, and authors from the D.C. area and around the world while exploring the museum during special extended hours.

For its D.C. debut, 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, music history, and more. Participants will enjoy thought-provoking insights through short talks punctuated by dynamic music, dance, and spoken word performances. The evening will feature a keynote address by renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose internationally acclaimed books, including Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013), We Should All Be Feminists (2014) and most recently, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017), have been credited for starting a worldwide conversation about feminism.

In Washington, D.C., the Night of Ideas is co-organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Embassy of France in the United States, and is made possible by presenting sponsor the Judy and Peter Blum-Kovler Foundation and funding partner Institut Français. Additional program support is provided by the Halcyon Foundation—Halcyon Arts Lab and the George Washington University Debate & Literary Society.


January 31, 2019 | 6:30 pm
February 1, 2019 | 12:00 am
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La Maison Française – Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC United States


Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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