Night of Ideas [La Nuit des idées]

Date: 03 Mar 2023, 6:00pm - 10:00pm (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Night of Ideas, Villa Albertine’s flagship nocturnal marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings and more is returning to more than 20 cities in 2023 from February 25 through March 4, 2023.  The event invites thought leaders, activists, performers, authors, and academics to engage the public in discussion around a central question that addresses major, contemporary global issues. #NightofIdeas

This is a free event taking place at our Seattle location. RSVP is not mandatory, but would help us greatly to anticipate our logistical needs.

Full program available soon! 

Guests & Speakers

Shin Yu Pai: Writer, Poet, and Visual Artist

Shin Yu Pai is the author of 11 books, including most recently Virga (Empty Bowl, 2021). She is the recipient of awards from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, and The Awesome Foundation. She is a 2022 Artist Trust Fellow, a Hope Corps grantee, and was shortlisted in 2014 for a Stranger Genius Award in Literature. From 2015 to 2017, Shin Yu served as the fourth Poet Laureate for The City of Redmond. Her personal essays have appeared in Atlas Obscura,Tricycle Magazine, YES! Magazine, NYTimes, Zocalo Public Square, Seattle Met, ParentMap, Seattle’s Child, International Examiner, and South Seattle Emerald. She has been published throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, the UK, and Canada.

Shin Yu is the writer, host, and producer of The Blue Suit, a podcast on Asian American stories for KUOW Public Radio, Seattle’s NPR affiliate station. The Blue Suit launched in July 2022 and is currently in production for a second season, which will begin releasing episodes in May 2023. New books are forthcoming in 2023 from Empty Bowl Press and Blue Cactus Press.


Maya Angela Smith: Sociolinguist, Associate Professor of French, Visual Artist and Songwriter

Maya Angela Smith is a sociolinguist and associate professor in the French and Italian Studies department at the University of Washington. She is Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, and Inclusion in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington. Her qualitative research on multilingualism analyzes attitudes about language in multicultural contexts.

She is particularly interested in how language is expressed through different types of cultural production such as literature, music, and art. This focus allows her to mix her scholarly and creative interests, because in addition to being a scholar, she is a visual artist who has shown her work in New York City, Paris, Liverpool, Oakland, Houston, and Seattle as well as an aspiring songwriter who is currently completing a certificate in songwriting from Berklee College of Music.


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