night of ideas: facing the present

Land. Water. Climate Change.

Each year the Institut Français, which links the Alliance française network, holds a global "Nuit des idées," or "Night of Ideas." This is a celebration of thought and an opportunity to renew intellectual debate "à la française." It is an evening of dynamic and engaging exchanges that highlight contemporary debates in a creative and multidisciplinary way. This year's theme is "Face au present," or "Facing the present."

In Manitoba, Canada, and the world, we cannot speak of "Facing the Present" without addressing climate change and the ongoing realities of colonialism. Join activists, artists, academics, and filmmakers for a multidisciplinary exploration of local perspectives on, and resistance to, environmental degradation. Exchange ideas amidst art installations, film screenings, live music and a cash bar.


Ramona Neckoway- Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro Impacted Communities / University College of the North
Laura Cameron- Prairie Climate Centre / The University of Winnipeg
Geraldine McManus- Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition
Janelle Delorme - Coop Vélo-Cité
Étienne-Marie Lassi - French Literature Department / University of Manitoba
Geneviève Pelletier- Théâtre Cercle Molière

Moderation by Arnaud Decroix & Nicole Jowett
Art Installations by Laura St.Pierre & Marc Beaudry
Films by Laura Cameron/ Prairie Climate Centre
Book Fair by Arbeiter Ring Publishing, Red Rising Magazine and Éditions du Blé
Music by DJ Rhayne Vermette and Kurt Tittlemier (The Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society)

We thank France Canada Culture and the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS. Cover image from Laura St. Pierre. Free event. Presentations in English and French. Wheelchair access and gender neutral washrooms available.