A Night of Philosophy & Ideas

An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music.

Enter the library’s Grand Lobby to see the keynote speech by Achille Mbembe, followed by a unique listening experience: Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Skymap. Catch a screening of Laurie Anderson’s film Heart of a Dog, with discussion to follow. Then philosophy lectures begin throughout the space, punctuated by an assortment of happenings like a virtual reality experience, renowned actors reading from Alain Badiou’s Plato’s Republic, and philosophical yoga with Simon Critchley.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 5PM

Fireside Chat: What Is a Home?

Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
As part of A Night of Philosophy & Ideas, Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance present Fireside Chat, a community conversation set around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. The conversation will be facilitated by Casey Burke from Breaking Ground, a homeless services and housing advocacy organization, with performances by Vlada Tomova and Chris Rael.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 7PM

What Is the Future of Democracy?

Achille Mbembe
Grand Lobby | 7:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 8PM

Trisha Brown Dance Company: Skymap

Grand Lobby | 8pm

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, A Virtual Reality Experience

Peter Middleton & James Spinney (2016)
Trustees Room | 8:00pm – 12am | 30 min

Screening of Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson (2015)
Dweck Auditorium | 8:00pm | 75 min
Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, HEART OF A DOG is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Followed by a discussion with director Laurie Anderson.

Handwriting Station

Use materials provided to pen notes.
Grand Lobby | 8:00pm | Ongoing

Calligraphy classes

Grand Lobby | 8:00 – 10pm

8:30PM
Borders in Today’s World

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Language & Literature Division | 8:30pm

The Audience as Translator

Bryan Doerries
History, Biography, Religion Division | 8:30pm

Rituals as New Beginning

Mark Augé
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 8:30pm

NUIT DEBOUT: A FRENCH OCCUPY?

Frédéric Lordon
Balcony Conference Room | 8:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 9PM

Asylum in Crisis: A European Predicament

Didier Fassin
Balcony Conference Room | 9pm

Legacy of War Grandchildren

Sabine Bode
Language & Literature Division | 9pm

The Bamboo Acrobat: Interdependence of Self and Other

Andrew Olendzki
History, Biography, Religion Division | 9pm

Women of Color and Plunder Theory

Naomi Zack
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 9pm

Tokyo Reverse

Simon Bouisson & Ludovic Zuili (2014)
Info Commons Lab | 9pm | 9 h 10 m|

The Dilemma Series

Everyday ethical questions explored by 15 philosophers.
Info Commons Rooms 6 & 7 | 9pm | Ongoing

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 9pm

9:30PM
Eternally Separated Lovers

Nicole Hassoun
Balcony Conference Room | 9:30pm

Rhythm of Deliberation

Vincent Colapietro
Language & Literature Division | 9:30pm

You Can Be In Pain Without Knowing It

Jorge Morales
Info Commons Rm 4 | 9:30pm

Why Our Robots Are So Stupid and How to Fix Them

Lisa Miracchi
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 9:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 10PM

Ivanka at Colonus

William Baker
Balcony Conference Room | 10pm

Musical Performance

Roger Bonair-Agard // M is Black Enough
Grand Lobby | 10pm

Afro-European Philosophy in the Making

Nadia Yala Kisukidi
Language & Literature Division | 10pm

Reimagining Punishment

Didier Fassin
History, Biography, Religion Division | 10pm

On Animal Cognition

Bernd Heinrich
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 10pm

10:30PM
Agency and Imagination

Katja Maria Vogt
Balcony Conference Room | 10:30pm

How to Do Bad Things with Words

Anna Gotlib
Language & Literature Division | 10:30pm

Sick Bodies, Hysterical Pregnancies  ISIS Wives

Jamieson Webster
History, Biography, Religion Division | 10:30pm

New Limits, New Critique

Bernard Stiegler
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 10:30pm

Can a Robot Feel?

Susan Schneider
Info Commons Rm 4 | 10:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 11PM

The Next Big Step in Humanity’s Moral Progress: Animal Liberation

Anja Jauernig
Balcony Conference Room | 11pm

Emilie Lesbros

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 11pm

Tocqueville and the Colonization of Algeria

Julie Saada
Language & Literature Division | 11pm

The Politics of the Psyche

Camille Robcis
History, Biography, Religion Division | 11pm

Moral Objectivity

Paul Boghossian
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 11pm

11:30PM
What Would Socrates Do With Pornography?

Nancy Bauer
Balcony Conference Room | 11:30pm

Inhabiting Our Earth Together

Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Language & Literature Division | 11:30pm

Managers in Dark Times

Raphaële Chappe
History, Biography, Religion Division | 11:30pm

Taking Animals Seriously: What does it change for Politics

Corine Pelluchon
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 11:30pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 MIDNIGHT

IS TOLERATION ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

Julie Saada
Balcony Conference Room | 12am

Understanding Totalitarianism

Samantha Hill
Language & Literature Division | 12am

ON THE URGENT NEED FOR CRITICAL THINKING

Jeanne Proust
History, Biography, Religion Division | 12am

The Virtual and the Real

David Chalmers
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 12am

12:30AM
ON THE AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS

Samir Haddad
Balcony Conference Room | 12:30am

Homelessness and the Politics of Dys-Appearance

Chad Kautzer
Language & Literature Division | 12:30am

PRAISING INJUSTICE

Céline Spector
History, Biography, Religion Division | 12:30am

RESISTANCE TO UNJUST IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS

Javier Hidalgo
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 12:30am

Jen Shyu (徐秋雁)

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 12:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 1AM

ARCHETYPAL STORIES

Robin Rosendale
Language & Literature Division | 1am

NOESIS AND EXOSOMATIZATION

Bernard Stiegler
History, Biography, Religion Division | 1am

The Apocalypse, This Time: Political Crisis in the Anthropocene

Ajay Singh Chaudhary
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 1am

READING OF ALAIN BADIOU’S PLATO’S REPUBLIC

Trustees’ Room | 1am – 6am

YOGA & PHILOSOPHY

Grand Lobby | 1am

1:30AM
TO WHAT EXTENT SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS?

Virginie Tournay
Balcony Conference Room | 1:30am

WHAT IS ABSTRACTION? FROM THEORY TO POLITICS

Frédéric Neyrat
Language & Literature Division | 1:30am

REASONING AFTER TRUMP

Bhaskar Sunkara
History, Biography, Religion Division | 1:30am

THE “POST-TRUTH” ERA: MODERN POLITICS AND THE LINGUISTIC TURN

Laure Murat
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 1:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 2AM

ON MAINTENANCE

Alyssa Battistoni
Balcony Conference Room | 2am

MUSLIM AMERICAN POLITICAL DISENFRANCHISEMENT

Saba Fatima
History, Biography, Religion Division | 2am

On Hope & Despair

Michael Stevenson
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 2am

Latasha Alcindor (LA)

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 2am

2:30AM
TOXIC SPEECH

Lynne Tirrell
Balcony Conference Room | 2:30am

SERIOUSNESS: A TAXONOMY

Christy Wampole
Language & Literature Division | 2:30am

ON SLOWING DOWN

Peter Frase
History, Biography, Religion Division | 2:30am

OBJECT AND ATMOSPHERE

Bruce Bégout
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 2:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 3AM

SLOWING DOWN

Elisabeth Lloyd
Language & Literature Division | 3am

ESCAPE FROM HORROR

Frédéric Neyrat
History, Biography, Religion Division | 3am

WAYS OF OPINION-MAKING: OPINION POLL IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Virginie Tournay
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 3am

Glockabelle

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 3am

3:30AM
JUSTICE WITHOUT RETRIBUTION

Gregg D. Caruso
Language & Literature Division | 3:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 4AM

PHILOSOPHY OF THE NIGHT

Bruce Bégout
Language & Literature Division | 4am

4:30AM

Foucault’s Nietzsche at Daybreak

Bernard E. Harcourt
Language & Literature Division | 4:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 5AM

Our Tragedy

Simon Critchley
Language & Literature Division | 5am

TRISHA BROWN: IN PLAIN SITE

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 6:30am

5:30AM
Breakfast courtesy of Colson Patisserie in Grand Lobby

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 6AM

THE USES OF FORGETTING AND THE IMPERATIVE OF REMEMBERING

Vincent Colapietro
Language & Literature Division | 6:30am

The Dawning of the Age of Protagoras

Joseph S. Biehl

6:30AM
TRISHA BROWN: IN PLAIN SITE

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 6:30am

Food and drink are available throughout the night, from Bogota Latin Bistro, Miti Miti Modern Mexican, Sixpoint Brewery and Red Hook Winery.











When: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017 - Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 7:00 am
Where: Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
718-230-2100
Price: Free
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An all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music.

Enter the library’s Grand Lobby to see the keynote speech by Achille Mbembe, followed by a unique listening experience: Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Skymap. Catch a screening of Laurie Anderson’s film Heart of a Dog, with discussion to follow. Then philosophy lectures begin throughout the space, punctuated by an assortment of happenings like a virtual reality experience, renowned actors reading from Alain Badiou’s Plato’s Republic, and philosophical yoga with Simon Critchley.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 5PM

Fireside Chat: What Is a Home?

Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park | 5:30pm – 6:30pm
As part of A Night of Philosophy & Ideas, Brooklyn Public Library and Prospect Park Alliance present Fireside Chat, a community conversation set around an outdoor campfire at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. The conversation will be facilitated by Casey Burke from Breaking Ground, a homeless services and housing advocacy organization, with performances by Vlada Tomova and Chris Rael.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 7PM

What Is the Future of Democracy?

Achille Mbembe
Grand Lobby | 7:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 8PM

Trisha Brown Dance Company: Skymap

Grand Lobby | 8pm

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness, A Virtual Reality Experience

Peter Middleton & James Spinney (2016)
Trustees Room | 8:00pm – 12am | 30 min

Screening of Heart of a Dog

Laurie Anderson (2015)
Dweck Auditorium | 8:00pm | 75 min
Centering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, HEART OF A DOG is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Followed by a discussion with director Laurie Anderson.

Handwriting Station

Use materials provided to pen notes.
Grand Lobby | 8:00pm | Ongoing

Calligraphy classes

Grand Lobby | 8:00 – 10pm

8:30PM
Borders in Today’s World

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Language & Literature Division | 8:30pm

The Audience as Translator

Bryan Doerries
History, Biography, Religion Division | 8:30pm

Rituals as New Beginning

Mark Augé
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 8:30pm

NUIT DEBOUT: A FRENCH OCCUPY?

Frédéric Lordon
Balcony Conference Room | 8:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 9PM

Asylum in Crisis: A European Predicament

Didier Fassin
Balcony Conference Room | 9pm

Legacy of War Grandchildren

Sabine Bode
Language & Literature Division | 9pm

The Bamboo Acrobat: Interdependence of Self and Other

Andrew Olendzki
History, Biography, Religion Division | 9pm

Women of Color and Plunder Theory

Naomi Zack
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 9pm

Tokyo Reverse

Simon Bouisson & Ludovic Zuili (2014)
Info Commons Lab | 9pm | 9 h 10 m|

The Dilemma Series

Everyday ethical questions explored by 15 philosophers.
Info Commons Rooms 6 & 7 | 9pm | Ongoing

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 9pm

9:30PM
Eternally Separated Lovers

Nicole Hassoun
Balcony Conference Room | 9:30pm

Rhythm of Deliberation

Vincent Colapietro
Language & Literature Division | 9:30pm

You Can Be In Pain Without Knowing It

Jorge Morales
Info Commons Rm 4 | 9:30pm

Why Our Robots Are So Stupid and How to Fix Them

Lisa Miracchi
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 9:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 10PM

Ivanka at Colonus

William Baker
Balcony Conference Room | 10pm

Musical Performance

Roger Bonair-Agard // M is Black Enough
Grand Lobby | 10pm

Afro-European Philosophy in the Making

Nadia Yala Kisukidi
Language & Literature Division | 10pm

Reimagining Punishment

Didier Fassin
History, Biography, Religion Division | 10pm

On Animal Cognition

Bernd Heinrich
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 10pm

10:30PM
Agency and Imagination

Katja Maria Vogt
Balcony Conference Room | 10:30pm

How to Do Bad Things with Words

Anna Gotlib
Language & Literature Division | 10:30pm

Sick Bodies, Hysterical Pregnancies  ISIS Wives

Jamieson Webster
History, Biography, Religion Division | 10:30pm

New Limits, New Critique

Bernard Stiegler
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 10:30pm

Can a Robot Feel?

Susan Schneider
Info Commons Rm 4 | 10:30pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 11PM

The Next Big Step in Humanity’s Moral Progress: Animal Liberation

Anja Jauernig
Balcony Conference Room | 11pm

Emilie Lesbros

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 11pm

Tocqueville and the Colonization of Algeria

Julie Saada
Language & Literature Division | 11pm

The Politics of the Psyche

Camille Robcis
History, Biography, Religion Division | 11pm

Moral Objectivity

Paul Boghossian
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 11pm

11:30PM
What Would Socrates Do With Pornography?

Nancy Bauer
Balcony Conference Room | 11:30pm

Inhabiting Our Earth Together

Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Language & Literature Division | 11:30pm

Managers in Dark Times

Raphaële Chappe
History, Biography, Religion Division | 11:30pm

Taking Animals Seriously: What does it change for Politics

Corine Pelluchon
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 11:30pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 MIDNIGHT

IS TOLERATION ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?

Julie Saada
Balcony Conference Room | 12am

Understanding Totalitarianism

Samantha Hill
Language & Literature Division | 12am

ON THE URGENT NEED FOR CRITICAL THINKING

Jeanne Proust
History, Biography, Religion Division | 12am

The Virtual and the Real

David Chalmers
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 12am

12:30AM
ON THE AUTHORITY OF TEACHERS

Samir Haddad
Balcony Conference Room | 12:30am

Homelessness and the Politics of Dys-Appearance

Chad Kautzer
Language & Literature Division | 12:30am

PRAISING INJUSTICE

Céline Spector
History, Biography, Religion Division | 12:30am

RESISTANCE TO UNJUST IMMIGRATION RESTRICTIONS

Javier Hidalgo
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 12:30am

Jen Shyu (徐秋雁)

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 12:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 1AM

ARCHETYPAL STORIES

Robin Rosendale
Language & Literature Division | 1am

NOESIS AND EXOSOMATIZATION

Bernard Stiegler
History, Biography, Religion Division | 1am

The Apocalypse, This Time: Political Crisis in the Anthropocene

Ajay Singh Chaudhary
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 1am

READING OF ALAIN BADIOU’S PLATO’S REPUBLIC

Trustees’ Room | 1am – 6am

YOGA & PHILOSOPHY

Grand Lobby | 1am

1:30AM
TO WHAT EXTENT SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT FUTURE GENERATIONS?

Virginie Tournay
Balcony Conference Room | 1:30am

WHAT IS ABSTRACTION? FROM THEORY TO POLITICS

Frédéric Neyrat
Language & Literature Division | 1:30am

REASONING AFTER TRUMP

Bhaskar Sunkara
History, Biography, Religion Division | 1:30am

THE “POST-TRUTH” ERA: MODERN POLITICS AND THE LINGUISTIC TURN

Laure Murat
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 1:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 2AM

ON MAINTENANCE

Alyssa Battistoni
Balcony Conference Room | 2am

MUSLIM AMERICAN POLITICAL DISENFRANCHISEMENT

Saba Fatima
History, Biography, Religion Division | 2am

On Hope & Despair

Michael Stevenson
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 2am

Latasha Alcindor (LA)

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 2am

2:30AM
TOXIC SPEECH

Lynne Tirrell
Balcony Conference Room | 2:30am

SERIOUSNESS: A TAXONOMY

Christy Wampole
Language & Literature Division | 2:30am

ON SLOWING DOWN

Peter Frase
History, Biography, Religion Division | 2:30am

OBJECT AND ATMOSPHERE

Bruce Bégout
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 2:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 3AM

SLOWING DOWN

Elisabeth Lloyd
Language & Literature Division | 3am

ESCAPE FROM HORROR

Frédéric Neyrat
History, Biography, Religion Division | 3am

WAYS OF OPINION-MAKING: OPINION POLL IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Virginie Tournay
Social Sciences & Technology Division | 3am

Glockabelle

Music performance curated by National Sawdust
Grand Lobby | 3am

3:30AM
JUSTICE WITHOUT RETRIBUTION

Gregg D. Caruso
Language & Literature Division | 3:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 4AM

PHILOSOPHY OF THE NIGHT

Bruce Bégout
Language & Literature Division | 4am

4:30AM

Foucault’s Nietzsche at Daybreak

Bernard E. Harcourt
Language & Literature Division | 4:30am

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 5AM

Our Tragedy

Simon Critchley
Language & Literature Division | 5am

TRISHA BROWN: IN PLAIN SITE

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 6:30am

5:30AM
Breakfast courtesy of Colson Patisserie in Grand Lobby

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 6AM

THE USES OF FORGETTING AND THE IMPERATIVE OF REMEMBERING

Vincent Colapietro
Language & Literature Division | 6:30am

The Dawning of the Age of Protagoras

Joseph S. Biehl

6:30AM
TRISHA BROWN: IN PLAIN SITE

Central Library, Brooklyn, New York
Various | 6:30am

Food and drink are available throughout the night, from Bogota Latin Bistro, Miti Miti Modern Mexican, Sixpoint Brewery and Red Hook Winery.