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Night of Ideas 2022: Three Multidisciplinary Artists Lead Evening of Discussion and Performance in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Villa Albertine, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans, and the Consulate General of France in Louisiana today announced the 2022 Night of Ideas, an annual nocturnal marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings, and more, coordinated worldwide by the Institut français. Registration is live at

This year Night of Ideas returns in person, across an unprecedented 19 US cities and more than 100 countries worldwide. The nighttime gatherings will enable the public to engage with leading thinkers, scientists, novelists, activists, and artists around the theme Where Are We Going?, celebrating our resilience, uplifting democracy, and interrogating the path forward for a world in crisis.

In New Orleans, Night of Ideas kicks off May 18, 2022 at 7:30pm at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint, with panelists from France and Louisiana: 

L. Kasimu Harris, Writer/Photographer

Benjamin Hickey, Curator at the Hilliard Art Museum (Moderator)

James Michalopoulous, Painter

Sélène Saint-Aimé, Musician

Night of Ideas 2022 is the first major public event of Villa Albertine, a new kind of cultural institution across 10 US cities, with the mission to create international community through a shared exploration of arts and ideas. Launched in fall 2021, Villa Albertine coordinates over 60 exploratory residencies and 15 professional programs annually, curates local and national events, and publishes a magazine—each aimed at deepening engagement with the greatest issues of our time.

Mark your calendar for Night of Ideas New Orleans on May 18, 2022, and visit for the latest news and programming announcements.

Night of Ideas is made possible with major support from the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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