About the Event

Originally from France, a night of philosophy and ideas is a marathon of philosophical debate, performances, readings, and music happening overnight.

Boston’s first Night of Philosophy & Ideas at Harvard University will bring together academics from various disciplines, as well as artists, activists, and public intellectuals to address a variety of timely questions around this year’s central theme: Being Alive. What is the good life? What does life mean for us but also for other living creatures? What do we owe to each other? How have recent technological changes affected the ways in which we understand ourselves? By diving into topics as diverse as physics, sex, greek heroes, police shootings, Darwinism, zombies, gender equality, migration, subjectivity, slavery, and pull-ups, we will explore life in the 21st century. The event will also feature an art exhibition, a magic performance, poetry reading, dance shows, art classes, meditation, screenings and a book swap. 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

A Night of Philosophy & Ideas in Boston is co-presented by: Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston, Harvard University (Center for Hellenic Studies, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, the Department of Philosophy, and the Department of the Classics).

This event is made possible with major support from the French Consulate, the Institut Français and the Open Society Foundations.

Date and Time

January 31, 2020


William James Hall 33 Kirkland Street Cambridge MA 02138

This event is organized by : 

Latifa Bentiri, Cultural Attachée, Cultural services of the French Embassy / Boston 
Claire Boine, Research Scholar, School of Public Health, Boston University 
Nicolas Prevelakis, Center for Hellenic Studies and Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University

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