The Night of Ideas Comes to Durham on Feb. 29

Night of Ideas

Registration is NOT required, but it will help us get an estimate of how many people will attend. Use the link below!

Shuttles from Duke East Campus to the Library will leave at 6:30pm and 6:50pm (pick-up by West Duke Building), and from the Library to East at 11pm and 11:25pm!

The Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke University, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and Villa Albertine are gathering on Duke’s centennial, to host the first Night of Ideas in Durham that will be held at the Durham Main County Library on February 29 from 7p.m to 11p.m.

Present in 100 countries worldwide, the Night of Ideas has become a nationwide phenomenon in the U.S. with more than 20 cities involved, drawing tens of thousands of people. This year’s theme is “Outside the Lines”, which we propose to address specifically through the lens of urban mutations and climate change, as they strongly echo Durham’s own rapid transformation.   

"The Shadows are All Mine," the words of Julian F. Abele, West Campus’ Black chief designer under segregation, shine a light on forgotten legacies that shaped our cities and communities.

Artists such as T.I.E, scholars such as Sébastien Marot, and philosophers such as Felwine Sarr, as well as members of the extended Durham community will come together to address environmental, technological, and political challenges to social justice and exploring the limits of urbanity and urban metabolisms, in a call to repopulate liminal spaces of thought.

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