• Opening Event: Facing Our Time

    17:00-18:00 - Ciné Lumière
    Welcome Remarks by Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Ambassador 
    What Do We Mean by European Culture and Values? By Anthony Grayling 
    Imagining and Inhabiting the Earth by Nicolas Hulot 
    The 2019 Night of Ideas focuses on Europe and the environment, two issues central to our societies today. Launching the Night’s discussions are interviews with philosopher and public intellectual Anthony Grayling on What Do We Mean by European Culture and Values? and Former French Minister for the Environment Nicolas Hulot on Imagining and Inhabiting the Earth.

    Professor Anthony Grayling, Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities, interviewed by Agnès Poirier, Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster

    Nicolas Hulot, Former French Minister for the Environment; Founder and President, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, interviewed by Patricia Jolly, Senior reporter, Le Monde


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  • Remembering a Europe of Walls and Iron Curtains

    18:00-18:40 - Ciné Lumière
    The dismantling of the Berlin Wall remains one of the most potent political images of the 20th Century. Yet we may be too easily forgetting the history of Cold War division, and what it can teach us about European identity, the dangers of being divided, and the long struggle it took to unite the continent.


    • Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship
    • Thomas Serrier, Professor of Contemporary German history, University of Lille and fellow 2018-2019 at Nantes Institute for Advanced Study; Coordinator of Europa. Notre histoire

    Chaired by Anna Reading, Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Professor of Culture and Creative Industries, King’s College London
    With live drawing by Chris Riddell, Illustrator and political Cartoonist for The Observer


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  • The Earth in Virtual Reality

    18:00-20:30 - La Médiathèque
    Virtual Reality
    During the night, get a chance to experiment Virtual Reality and discover how this new technology can help people to get a deeper appreciation of the environmental challenges.

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