Night of Ideas: Being Alive

Friday, January 31, 5:30 - 11 pm
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Friday, January 31, 5:30 - 11 pm

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Night of Ideas, a French embassy program, has multi-city participation around the world, and it will converge at NHM, home to First Fridays, for a dynamic all-night program designed to complement and resonate with the 2020 worldwide theme "Being Alive." The emphasis of the program, which has participation from around the world, will celebrate the concept of what it means to be alive and “be well” as an individual, as a member of a community and as an ecosystemexpressed through talks, films, performances, music and interactive discussions around the intersections of science, philosophy, art, nature and culture.

Night of Ideas is co-organized by the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. Learn more about Nuit des Idées.

Discussions

North American Mammal Hall, Level 2, 45-60 minutes each

Moderated by Patt Morrison
Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. 

6:30 pm: Rainforests – They're Not Just About the Trees with NHM Curator of Entomology, Dr. Brian Brown, co-founder of Pacific Wild, award-winning photographer and author, Ian McAllister, and Executive Director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE, Dr. Jyotika Virmani

8 pm: An RX for the Seven Seas with Long distance swimmer, Ben Lecomte, oceanographer Dr. Bethanie Edwards, NHM Curator of Fish, Dr. William Ludt

9:30 pm: Be Alive – Be Outdoors with executive coach, sophrologist and author, Alain Lancelot and cross country cyclist, Evens Stievenart

More information on our moderator and panelists
Headshot of Patt Morrison

Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. 

Headshot of Brian Brown of  NHM

Dr. Brian Brown is Head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology.  Dr. Brown received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Guelph in Ontario, and then earned his doctorate at the University of Alberta. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the museum staff in 1993. Brown's research centers on the systematics, evolution, and natural history of phorid flies, especially the parasitoid species known as "ant-decapitating flies" and "bee-killing flies."

Headshot of Ian McAllister from Pacific Wild

Ian McAllister is a co-founder of Pacific Wild. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine amongst “Leaders of the 21st Century” for their efforts to protect British Columbia’s endangered rainforest.

Headshot of  Jyotika Virmani, XPRIZE

Dr. Jyotika Virmani is Executive Director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE and the Executive Director for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, to incentivize deep-sea technology to map the sea floor rapidly, accurately, and at a higher resolution. Before joining XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani served as the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and as a Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office. She has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, with partial funding from NASA, she earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY at Stony Brook. She also has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Headshot of Ben Lecomte, long distance swimmer

Ben Lecomte is a marathon swimmer. In 1998, Ben became the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard.  In 2019, Ben swims the Great Pacific Garbage Patch equivalent to the total size of two states of Texas. Upon swimming this nightmare of plastic pollution, Ben made it his passion to become a voice of the ocean for his children and future generations of ALL children.

Headshot of Bethanie Edwards, oceanographer

Bethanie Edwards is a professor at UC-Berkeley and a sea-going oceanographer who hails from rural Arkansas. Dr. Edwards’ expertise is in lipidomics, which allows her to listen in on their molecular conversations and gain insight into the complex web of microbial interactions.

Headshot of Bill Ludt, NHM

Bill Ludt is a fish fanatic, researcher, and Assistant Curator of Ichthyology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Research focuses on evolutionary biology, historical biogeography, and ichthyology. More specifically interested in using genomic and morphological approaches to understand the evolutionary history of the world’s fishes.

Headshot of Alain Lancelot, sophrologist and author

Alain Lancelot is an author, coach, sophrologist and lecturer specializing in stress management and Burnout prevention. Previously a journalist and TV presenter for more than 20 years, he was very interested in the work on the conscious and the unconscious, as well as on the ability of man to slow himself down or, on the contrary, give himself the opportunity to succeed his life. Today he organizes "disconnection / reconnection paths" in the tropical forest combining the benefits of forest bathing with those of sophrology, meditation and visualization.

Headshot of Evens Stievenart, cross  country cyclist

Evens Stievenart, French Race Car Driver, Entrepreneur and Ultra-Cyclist. Currently lives in the south bay of Los Angeles. All his life he’s been driven by embracing challenges as a professional race car driver, entrepreneur or ultra-cyclist. He feels alive only when he is pushing further the mental and physical limits.

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Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles writer and newspaper columnist who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She has won six Emmys and eleven Golden Mike awards for her work hosting public television and radio programs. She also hosted the nationally syndicated television program “The Book Show with Patt Morrison,” and her seminal nonfiction book “Rio LA, Tales from the Los Angeles River” was a best-seller. Her writing appears in both fiction and nonfiction anthologies. 

Dr. Brian Brown is Head of the Natural History Museum's Entomology Department and Curator of Entomology.  Dr. Brown received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Guelph in Ontario, and then earned his doctorate at the University of Alberta. After receiving his Ph.D., he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., prior to joining the museum staff in 1993. Brown's research centers on the systematics, evolution, and natural history of phorid flies, especially the parasitoid species known as "ant-decapitating flies" and "bee-killing flies."

Ian McAllister is a co-founder of Pacific Wild. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine amongst “Leaders of the 21st Century” for their efforts to protect British Columbia’s endangered rainforest.

Dr. Jyotika Virmani is Executive Director of Planet and Environment at XPRIZE and the Executive Director for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, to incentivize deep-sea technology to map the sea floor rapidly, accurately, and at a higher resolution. Before joining XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani served as the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and as a Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office. She has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, with partial funding from NASA, she earned a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY at Stony Brook. She also has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Ben Lecomte is a marathon swimmer. In 1998, Ben became the first person to swim the Atlantic Ocean without a kickboard.  In 2019, Ben swims the Great Pacific Garbage Patch equivalent to the total size of two states of Texas. Upon swimming this nightmare of plastic pollution, Ben made it his passion to become a voice of the ocean for his children and future generations of ALL children.

Bethanie Edwards is a professor at UC-Berkeley and a sea-going oceanographer who hails from rural Arkansas. Dr. Edwards’ expertise is in lipidomics, which allows her to listen in on their molecular conversations and gain insight into the complex web of microbial interactions.

Bill Ludt is a fish fanatic, researcher, and Assistant Curator of Ichthyology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Research focuses on evolutionary biology, historical biogeography, and ichthyology. More specifically interested in using genomic and morphological approaches to understand the evolutionary history of the world’s fishes.

Alain Lancelot is an author, coach, sophrologist and lecturer specializing in stress management and Burnout prevention. Previously a journalist and TV presenter for more than 20 years, he was very interested in the work on the conscious and the unconscious, as well as on the ability of man to slow himself down or, on the contrary, give himself the opportunity to succeed his life. Today he organizes "disconnection / reconnection paths" in the tropical forest combining the benefits of forest bathing with those of sophrology, meditation and visualization.

Evens Stievenart, French Race Car Driver, Entrepreneur and Ultra-Cyclist. Currently lives in the south bay of Los Angeles. All his life he’s been driven by embracing challenges as a professional race car driver, entrepreneur or ultra-cyclist. He feels alive only when he is pushing further the mental and physical limits.

Mini Lectures

Age of Mammals Gallery, 20-25 minutes each, 50-75 capacity

6 pm: Future of Toxic Waste Clean-Up with NHM Curator of Mineral Sciences, Dr. Aaron Celestian

7:30 pm: Mental and Physical Endurance with cross country cyclist, Evens Stievenart

8:15 pm: Mindfulness with Director of Mindfulness Education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, Diana Winston

10:15 pm: Radical Botany with authors, Natania Meeker and Antónia Szabari 

More information on our lecturers
Headshot of Aaron Celestian, NHM

Dr. Aaron Celestian currently researches how minerals interact with their environments and with living things, and how those minerals can be used to solve problems like climate change, pollution, and disease. His biggest impact has been in understanding the molecular processes that allow for the use of nano-crystalline minerals in remediation applications in high-level radioactive waste tanks. Dr. Celestian holds adjunct teaching and research faculty positions at the University of Southern California and is an Affiliate Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Headshot of Evens Stievenart, cross  country cyclist

Evens Stievenart, French Race Car Driver, Entrepreneur and Ultra-Cyclist. Currently lives in the south bay of Los Angeles. All his life he’s been driven by embracing challenges as a professional race car driver, entrepreneur or ultra-cyclist. He feels alive only when he is pushing further the mental and physical limits.

Headshot of Diana Winston, UCLA

Diana Winston is Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). She is the author of The Little Book of Being and the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. She has taught mindfulness for health and well-being since 1999 in a range of settings including in healthcare, universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools. She created the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs) and UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation. You can find her on both the UCLA Mindful and Ten Percent Happier apps.

Headshot  of Natania Meeker, USC

Natania Meeker is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment. Research and teaching interests include animated and animating plants, vegetal ontologies, plant art and media, materialisms old and new, feminist theory and thought, and the Enlightenment, broadly conceived. Co-authored book with Antónia Szabari entitled Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction from Early to Late Modernity on Fordham University Press. 

Headshot of Antónia Szabari , USC

Antónia Szabari is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature. Research and teaching interests include political theologies and the fragility and contestability of the public sphere in early modern Europe. Antónia’s book, Less Rightly Said: Scandals and Readers in Sixteenth-Century France was published by Stanford University Press in 2010. In recent years Antónia has worked collaboratively with colleague Natania Meeker on the materialist tradition of botany and its intersections with gender, sexuality, and media. Together they co-authored Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction from Early to Late Modernity.

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Dr. Aaron Celestian currently researches how minerals interact with their environments and with living things, and how those minerals can be used to solve problems like climate change, pollution, and disease. His biggest impact has been in understanding the molecular processes that allow for the use of nano-crystalline minerals in remediation applications in high-level radioactive waste tanks. Dr. Celestian holds adjunct teaching and research faculty positions at the University of Southern California and is an Affiliate Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Evens Stievenart, French Race Car Driver, Entrepreneur and Ultra-Cyclist. Currently lives in the south bay of Los Angeles. All his life he’s been driven by embracing challenges as a professional race car driver, entrepreneur or ultra-cyclist. He feels alive only when he is pushing further the mental and physical limits.

Diana Winston is Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). She is the author of The Little Book of Being and the co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. She has taught mindfulness for health and well-being since 1999 in a range of settings including in healthcare, universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools. She created the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices Program (MAPs) and UCLA’s Training in Mindfulness Facilitation. You can find her on both the UCLA Mindful and Ten Percent Happier apps.

Natania Meeker is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment. Research and teaching interests include animated and animating plants, vegetal ontologies, plant art and media, materialisms old and new, feminist theory and thought, and the Enlightenment, broadly conceived. Co-authored book with Antónia Szabari entitled Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction from Early to Late Modernity on Fordham University Press. 

Antónia Szabari is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature. Research and teaching interests include political theologies and the fragility and contestability of the public sphere in early modern Europe. Antónia’s book, Less Rightly Said: Scandals and Readers in Sixteenth-Century France was published by Stanford University Press in 2010. In recent years Antónia has worked collaboratively with colleague Natania Meeker on the materialist tradition of botany and its intersections with gender, sexuality, and media. Together they co-authored Radical Botany: Plants and Speculative Fiction from Early to Late Modernity.

Film Screenings

3D Theater, 100 seat capacity

6 pm: The Salt of the Earth (2014) Directed by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders /110min

8:15 pm: Demain/Tomorrow (2017) Directed by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion /120min

Community Speed Date

Rotunda, (2) 90 minute sessions, speed date format

6 pm-7:30 pm:

Amigos de Los Rios  Amigos de Los Rios is a 503(c)3 Legacy Design & Build nonprofit that has been working on a landscape-scale conservation effort entitled - "The Emerald Necklace Vision for Los Angeles County," that calls for an interconnected system of green infrastructure, community open space, and habitat enhancements alongside our regional rivers that flow through the Los Angeles Basin.

Black Girls Trekkin Los Angeles based outdoor recreation group that promotes diversity, inclusion, and environmental education. Created by co-founders Tiffany Tharpe and Michelle Race, BGT is a community that shows the world that women of color are a strong and present force in the outdoors.

Boyle Heights Bridge Runners A community-based running crew who take back their streets through weekly runs and provide a family-based approach to running. We begin and end as one. We are the Boyle Heights Bridge Runners. Our intent/goal/purpose is to empower the community through running. We are community-sponsored, community-led and community dedicated. Our runs are dedicated to bridging the gap between residents and their streets. With every run we provide support, unity and family. 

Chia Café Collective Our mission is to communicate the importance of cultural identity; protect and restore California native plant communities; reconnect California native plants as foods, medicines, and utilitarian purposes; provide information and education on plant resources; provide opportunities for mentoring youth leadership

Tree People California based nonprofit environmental advocacy group located in Los Angeles. TreePeople promotes sustainable urban ecosystems in the Greater Los Angeles area through education, support for volunteer community-based action, and advocacy. It focuses on increasing the region's urban forest.

8:30 pm-10 pm:

Active SGV Greener streets, bike parks, multi-city ciclovias, free community events, and advocacy for a more sustainable SGV. Just a few of the things the team at #ActiveSGV works on from its headquarters in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. ActiveSGV's small team of staff and volunteers does a lot.

FOLAR (Friends of the LA River) Founded in 1986, FOLAR is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to ensure a publicly accessible and ecologically sustainable Los Angeles River by inspiring River stewardship through community engagement, education, advocacy, and thought leadership. With your help, the Los Angeles River ten years from now is a public gathering place for all Angelenos where recreation and wildlife coexist. FOLAR is a leading powerful force guiding River policy and connecting communities to the River, nationally respected as a leader in urban river revitalization with a membership of 100,000.

LA Neighborhood Land Trust Founded in 2002 to grow healthier, safer, and stronger communities by creating parks and gardens that remedy the critical lack of green and recreational spaces in greater Los Angeles's underserved neighborhoods. We work with residents to increase access to green space, while organizing to change local policies to develop more equitable park and food systems for generations to come. Over the past 18 years, we have added over 13 acres of greenspace to LA County through 28 park and garden sites.

Latino Outdoors  Latino Outdoors is a unique Latino-led organization working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. Our focus is on providing greater opportunities for leadership, mentorship, professional opportunities and serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives.

Nature for All Our mission is to build a diverse base of support to ensure that everyone in the Los Angeles area has equitable access to the wide range of benefits which nature provides. Nature For All advocates for policies and programs that will: Protect the mountains and rivers in our area, to conserve resources and be more climate-resilient. Create more natural spaces such as parks and bike paths in our historically underserved neighborhoods.

Performances

African Mammal Hall, DJ Lounge 5:30pm-11pm

5:30 pm-7 pm, 9:30 pm-11 pm: Novena Carmel  (KCRW DJ)

7 pm-9:30 pm: DJ Bobby French

North American Mammal Hall, Level 1

7 pm: Jessica Fichot Quartet  

8 pm: Welcome Remarks by Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga and Nathalie Soirat, Deputy Consul General of France in Los Angeles

8:30 pm:  Heidi Duckler Dance Company

10 pm:  Gavin Turek 

More information on our performers
Headshot of Gavin Turek, music artists

LA Native, Gavin Turek, is always clad in a hand-made 70s fringe dress (designed herself in every color) and armed with the best dance moves you’ve ever seen. It’s easy to draw comparisons anywhere from Tina Turner to Beyoncé but really, Gavin is her own force to be reckoned with. Gavin has performed with TOKiMONSTA and Mayer Hawthorne.  In 2017, Gavin released her first solo EP Good Look for You via her own label Madame Gold Records. The EP garnered attention and praise from Stereogum, Nylon, Okayplayer, NPR, KCRW, Billboard, Beats 1 and many more.

Photo of  Heidi Duckler Dance Company

Heidi Duckler Dance was founded in 1985, a pioneer in producing interdisciplinary performances. HDD advances social equity in under-resourced communities by providing opportunities and access to interact with meaningful spaces and circumstances. Over the past 35 years, Artistic Director, Heidi Duckler, has created over 350 original works locally in LA neighborhoods such as: Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, San Pedro and most recently in residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook, CA.  HDD produces over 25 productions and over 6,000 diverse residents are served annually.

Headshot of Jessica Fichot Quartet, band

Jessica Fichot Quartet, accompanied by her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band, the Los Angeles-based chanteuse and songwriter draws from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American heritage to create an intoxicating multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk. Jessica’s music has been hailed as “enchantingly original” by the LA Weekly, and “a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturism” by the L.A. Times.

Headshot of Novena Carmel, DJ

If you find yourself in a room with Novena Carmel, you’re in the right place. With music royalty in her blood, Novena is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area raised, LA-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. You can catch Novena live regularly throughout LA, as the resident DJ for First Fridays at Natural History Museum, Los Angeles and on air at KCRW.

Headshot of DJ Bobby French

Bobby French is a fixture at top LA venues including Warwick, Hyde, Doheny Room, Bootsy Bellows, Poppy, Avenue, and Highlight Room.  He also frequently supplies the soundtrack for special events from brands such as Netflix, Fox Motion Pictures, HBO, Vevo, Samsung, Verizon, and Spotify.  Whether he's playing for global luxury icons like Louis Vuitton or tech titans such as Apple, Tesla, and SpaceX, he remains true to the turntable techniques that shaped him. He plays a cross-section of styles that effortlessly incorporates a little bit of everything—from old-school hip-hop/ R&B to 80s, Funk, Soul and Oldies. 

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LA Native, Gavin Turek, is always clad in a hand-made 70s fringe dress (designed herself in every color) and armed with the best dance moves you’ve ever seen. It’s easy to draw comparisons anywhere from Tina Turner to Beyoncé but really, Gavin is her own force to be reckoned with. Gavin has performed with TOKiMONSTA and Mayer Hawthorne.  In 2017, Gavin released her first solo EP Good Look for You via her own label Madame Gold Records. The EP garnered attention and praise from Stereogum, Nylon, Okayplayer, NPR, KCRW, Billboard, Beats 1 and many more.

Heidi Duckler Dance was founded in 1985, a pioneer in producing interdisciplinary performances. HDD advances social equity in under-resourced communities by providing opportunities and access to interact with meaningful spaces and circumstances. Over the past 35 years, Artistic Director, Heidi Duckler, has created over 350 original works locally in LA neighborhoods such as: Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, San Pedro and most recently in residence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook, CA.  HDD produces over 25 productions and over 6,000 diverse residents are served annually.

Jessica Fichot Quartet, accompanied by her accordion, toy piano, and fiery band, the Los Angeles-based chanteuse and songwriter draws from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American heritage to create an intoxicating multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing and international folk. Jessica’s music has been hailed as “enchantingly original” by the LA Weekly, and “a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturism” by the L.A. Times.

If you find yourself in a room with Novena Carmel, you’re in the right place. With music royalty in her blood, Novena is an eclectic and energetic Bay Area raised, LA-based DJ, singer, host, and curator known to lure a crowd and turn the party out. As a DJ, her love for music shines through in her wide range of selection, big smile and dance moves. You can catch Novena live regularly throughout LA, as the resident DJ for First Fridays at Natural History Museum, Los Angeles and on air at KCRW.

Bobby French is a fixture at top LA venues including Warwick, Hyde, Doheny Room, Bootsy Bellows, Poppy, Avenue, and Highlight Room.  He also frequently supplies the soundtrack for special events from brands such as Netflix, Fox Motion Pictures, HBO, Vevo, Samsung, Verizon, and Spotify.  Whether he's playing for global luxury icons like Louis Vuitton or tech titans such as Apple, Tesla, and SpaceX, he remains true to the turntable techniques that shaped him. He plays a cross-section of styles that effortlessly incorporates a little bit of everything—from old-school hip-hop/ R&B to 80s, Funk, Soul and Oldies. 

VR Experience

Gem and Mineral Hall

5:30 pm-11 pm: Wild Immersion Virtual Reality 

Wild Immersion produces virtual reality entertainment, creating immersive footage of wild animals and natural habitats. Wild Immersion is an educational, ethical, and ecological initiative. Wild Immersion is committed to preserving nature, safeguarding biodiversity and making a positive impact on society. Via exclusive 360° virtual reality films, visitors are immersed in an amazing close-up encounter with wildlife and nature, offering an intensely vivid experience.

Family Activities

Nature Lab, Ground Floor – 5:30 pm-8 pm

5:30 pm-8 pm: Discover French via Ecology and Biodiversity with the Alliance Française de Pasadena  Join the Alliance Française de Pasadena and learn to say some colors and animal names in French. Guests of all ages are invited to expand their language skills.

The Alliance Française de Pasadena is a language school specialized in the learning of French, an exam center, and a French cultural center. The Alliance welcomes children, teenagers, and adults. It has a professional team of native French-speaking teachers who have an innovative way of teaching.

5:30 pm- 8 pm: “Mixed & United” Community Mural with Valerie Daval, Visual Artist  Leave your mark during Night of Ideas by contributing to a community mural. From hand prints to plant prints, this interactive art piece will celebrate our coexistence with nature.

6.30 pm-8.30 pm: Animal Meet and Greet with Leslie Gordon, Manager, Vertebrate Live Animals at NHM, will present an animal ambassador from the museum’s collection.

Nature Gardens at the Pond Deck

7:30 pm:  Moonlight Meditation with Alain Lancelot

See highlights from last year’s event
DJ playing in Diorama Hall at Night of Ideas 2019
Two men trying out the view master classic at NHM's Night of IDeas
Group sketching in Nature Lab during Night of Ideas
Panel discussion at Night of Ideas 2019

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