The event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1968 student protests around the country.
From sunrise to sunset, participants at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza took in various lectures, performances and screenings reflecting on the resonance of the protest movements around the world today.
“In our second year of collaboration with BPL on “Night of Philosophy and Ideas,” we will revisit the spirit of the ’60s in all of its facets, from revolution and social activism to love, religion, and compassion, with lectures tackling topics from feminism to race, gender and spirituality,” said Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States.
Throughout the night and into the early morning, philosophers presented topics and debated ideas on a wide range of issues such as the everyday philosophical quandaries we all face.
Participants also enjoyed live music and interactive performance artworks including a special show by the team members of Compagnie XY, a renowned French artistic acrobatic troupe who performed a dramatic show in the Central Library’s Grand Lobby throughout the night.
This year’s event drew more than 7,000 people from across New York and around the world.
(Photos by Elizabeth Leitzell, courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library)