Nuit des Idées, or the Night of Philosophy and Ideas, is returning to the Brooklyn Library this year on Saturday, February 1. The event, co-produced by the cultural services of the French Embassy, attracts thousands of people each year who come to think and philosophize from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
This year, this intellectual marathon will welcome Esther Duflo, the recent Nobel Prize winner in economics, who will kick off the evening with a half-hour inaugural speech. There will be speeches, performances, discussions, screenings, and readings during the course of the night, all of which will be free to attend.
Among the discussions, Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) and Andrew Revkin will discuss the ethics of climate change at 8 p.m., Raphaël Liogier will muse over if male domination is “natural” at 10:30 p.m., and Jonathan Kirschenfeld will talk about “living in the space between,” meaning housing on irregular sites, at 1 a.m.