Evening of Philosophy

A Celebration of Art and Ideas

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 — 5:00 to 11:00 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)


Celebrate art and ideas at a mini-festival of philosophical discussion, performance, poetry, art, music, and film. Free and open to all, and featuring more than forty sessions for curious minds of all ages, Evening of Philosophy is designed to engage the greater Madison community in a lively exchange of ideas on topics both timely and timeless.

Located at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA), the event aims to promote the public humanities by bringing together, in a single evening, philosophy, art, and everyday life.

Additional information — including the full program of public discussions, music, poetry, dance, film, childrens’ activities, interactive installations, and more — will be posted in late February.



  • Philosophy discussions led by world-class thinkers
  • Diverse topics — perennial questions, as well as those related to current affairs
  • Poetry, music, dance, and other performances by renowned local artists
  • Interactive dramatizations of philosophical problems
  • Philosophy/art projects for children and teens
  • Environmentally-themed sessions in honor of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary
  • Free and open to all!



  • The Anonymous Fund
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Institute for Research in the Humanities
  • Center for Humanities
  • Charles Winter Philosophical Events Fund
  • Minorities and Philosophy
  • Madison Public Philosophy
  • Undergraduate Association of Philosophy


Organizer: John Bengson (Associate Professor of Philosophy, UW-Madison)

Questions about the event can be sent to madisoneveningofphilosophy@gmail.com.