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Night of Ideas

A large print hangs side-by-side with two video monitors in a museum exhibition

Night of Ideas is a public event where UChicago students are invited to give short talks about any idea they feel passionate about followed by a public Q&A.

To kick off the New Year, the Smart Museum of Art is hosting this feast of ideas within the Calling on the Past exhibition. The evening features a live performance by UChicago alumnus and artist Conor Krane entitled Sonic Fragments. Join us for an evening of reflection, conversation, and performance.

FREE. Advanced registration encouraged, as space may be limited.

Presented by the Department of Philosophy, Night of Ideas, and Smart Museum of Art. 


Doors open at 5:30 pm for exhibition walkthroughs and refreshments. Talks begin promptly at 6:00 pm.


  • Ross Shapiro (Class of 2024, Philosophy and Statistics)

Sound Artist

  • Conor Krane (Class of 2020, Fundamentals and German), Sonic Fragments


  • Nevin Hall (Class of 2026, Economics and Political Science), “Why Change is Bad”
  • Leo Kupperman (Class of 2026, Mathematics), “Sports are Theatre”
  • Marcus Longo (Class of 2025, Computational and Applied Mathematics), “Storytelling is Rhetoric is Storytelling”
  • Lauren Rooney (Class of 2024, Art History and Romance Languages and Literatures), “Do Artworks Die?”

Image: Installation view, Calling on the Past, Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, showing the engraving Rape of the Sabines after Nicolas Poussin paired with Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation, Tempelhof Tks 5 & 7, 2007. Photo by Bob.