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Villa Albertine, Instituto Francés de América Latina – IFAL, the Consulates General of France in Houston and Monterrey, the McAllen Public Library and the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) today announced the full program for McAllen’s 2024 Night of Ideas on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Villa Albertine’s annual marathon of philosophical debates, performances, readings, and more, invites experts and the public to engage together in late-night discussions addressing major global issues.

This year, Night of Ideas returns across 20 U.S. cities. Leading thinkers, scientists, novelists, activists, and artists will engage with the theme “Outside the Lines” centering on urban life and development, and raising questions about the impact of climate change, new technologies, gentrification, and social and cultural activism.

In McAllen, Night of Ideas kicks off on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), 1900 West Nolana Avenue and the McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St., with experts and artists from border towns, the Latin-American diaspora, and France.

“The City of McAllen is proud to be an international event, that looks at different issues across our country, with the ultimate goal to not only understand the unique aspects of our community, but also, to celebrate them,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. “As an international city, we continue to expand our horizons and set our sights on new neighbors and communities around the world and welcome Villa Albertine, Instituto Francés de América Latina, the French Consulates General of Houston and Monterrey and our entire Rio Grande Valley region to be a part of this special night.”

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. at IMAS and continue from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the McAllen Public Library, tackling the theme of “Borderlands,” with the aim to reveal the complexities and strengths of border communities.

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