When you think of an all-night party in Brooklyn, a bunch of philosophy nerds digging into Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what’s going down at the Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch later this month.
At 7pm on Saturday, January 27, the library will kick off a 12-hour marathon dubbed A Night of Philosophy and Ideas. The event, which is completely free and open to the public, will include musical performances, talks from academics on a variety of philosophical disciplines and a keynote lecture from George Yancy, a professor at Emory University and editor of the Philosophy of Race book series.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the night, though you might want to pack some trail mix to keep you going through the dozens of lectures. The night caps off at 6:30am with a presentation by Vincent Colapietro titled “The Witness of Poetry and the Poetics of Attention,” which is fitting considering that even the most ardent philosophy nerd’s attention span will be completely shot by the end of this gauntlet.