Sustainable LA Grand Challenge proudly co-sponsors the Night of Ideas, co-presented by The French Consulate in Los Angeles and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, in collaboration with The UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies

January 16, 2019

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is hosting an event called “Night of Ideas” on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00 PM to midnight. Its theme, “Facing Our Time,” explores the struggles we face around ecological and climate change through the lenses of science, nature, and art. 

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) is serving as co-sponsor and developing programming for the event in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles. UCLA faculty will be represented on the following panels focused on biodiversity and human adaptation to extreme environments.

There’s no place that’s home: Humans in Extreme-Climate Places

Featuring UCLA’s Shane Campbell-Staton (assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the Institute of Society and Genetics) and French scientist and explorer Christian Clot.

Panel begins at 7:45 pm

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, No More: Animals and the current biodiversity crisis

From the perspectives of Ursula K. Heise (professor of English at UCLA); Mark Gold (UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability) and Yves Frénot (counselor for science and technology at Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the U.S.).

Panel begins at 10:15 pm

Each panel joins moderator Patt Morrison, L.A. Times journalist, author and Emmy-winning television and radio host.

The museum will be filled with live music, artists, intellectuals, researchers that will address the current ecological and climate movement. And, visit the SLA GC booth for a closer look at what the future of LA. You won’t want to miss what we have in store.


The Night of Ideas is co-organized by the Consulate and the NHM. Shout out to the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA which is also co-sponsoring the event. To learn more and register for the event, visit the event page.