Ideas 2022

These interactive events and conversations with vital thinkers delve into the most pressing topics in New Haven’s community and beyond. Ideas talks are FREE and open to the public. Ensure your seat with an Ideas fast pass–$20 per event or $100 for the full series. More info on fast passes to be added soon!

The History of Graffiti

Virtual Event

FREE. A film screening of "Black Book Graffiti: Word Write Large(The Birth of the Black Book)" and a talk back with James Top, CEO of The Odd Partners Graffiti Crew.

Women Navigating the New Normal: Exploring Prison Re-Entry

Virtual Event

FREE. An honest discussion about the difficulties women face when returning home after prison, between Babz Rawls-Ivy and Tiheba Bain, who have been through the experience.

Un(Re)solved Talk

Virtual Event

FREE. In this virtual event, director and immersive artist Tamara Shogaolu, the creator of Un(re)solved, will discuss the installation in conversation with artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris.

Communities of Care: Love & Social Justice

Andrea Jenkins in Conversation

FREE. Hear from Andrea Jenkins, the nation's first out Black trans person elected to office, on love, social justice, and activism.

New Haven Pride Center Day of Action on Racial Justice

In partnership with the New Haven Pride Center

FREE. This mini-conference will directly combat racism in the LGBTQ+ community through discussion, group learning, performances, and artistic perspectives that address the diverse needs and struggles of LGBTQ+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

The Passage: A Research Podcast Project on Identity, Dreams, Age & Race

With Yale China Fellow Hollis Ngai

FREE. A 2022 Yale-China Fellow at the Festival, Hollis Ngai interweaves interviews, stories, and memories into a podcast that presents a fresh perspective on cultural identities, the American dream, hopes, and race in New Haven.

Cultivating Community through Business Entrepreneurship

FREE. Business entrepreneurs Alisha Crutchfield-McLean, founder and owner of BLOOM, Jason Sobocinski, founder and owner of Black Hog Brewing Company, and  New Haven’s newest lifestyle hub, unite for a seminar on how to build a brand and connect with community.

The Pursuit of Happiness: How to Reconnect with Yourself

FREE. Yale professor, psychologist, and creator of The Happiness Lab podcast Laurie Santos speaks with Yale philosophy and psychology professor & dean Tamar Gendler about how we can reconnect to our inner selves and create happiness from within.

The Age of Humans

FREE. Learn how humans, art, and biology intersect in this talk with pioneering bio artist Suzanne Anker.

The Power of Fandom for Radical Change

FREE. American troubadour Shawn Taylor draws from his expertise in mythology, theater, and pop culture to discuss fandom that radicalizes for change.

The Wisdom of Fashion

Film Screening & Talkback

FREE. A film screening with Jamaican designer Neville Wisdom, whose self-titled clothing boutique in New Haven has become a local favorite.

Designing Looks & Wearing Culture

A Conversation with Neville Wisdom and Prajje Oscar

FREE. A panel with Neville Wisdom and Prajje Oscar in conversation with Aaron Peirano Garrison on fashion and identity. 

Afro–Vegan Cooking with Bryant Terry

FREE. Critically acclaimed author, chef, and food justice activist Bryant Terry discusses his book Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora.

Beyond the Surface: Art & Medical Observation

FREE. Alexa Miller of Arts Practice teaches medical practitioners to look at art as a means through which to listen and observe patients without making preconceived judgments. Dr. AJ Eckert, founder of Anchor Health, offers queer-affirming healthcare by and for queer people.

The Power of Choice in Climate Change

FREE. Paul Greenberg will be talking about the future of our oceans and how we can make changes to help the environment.

Laughing Matters with Funny Asian Women Kollective

FREE. Funny Asian Women Kollective (FAWK) combats the invisibility and dehumanization of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) women using humor and comedy.

The Category Is: BALLROOM

A history of Ballroom

FREE. Strike a pose! Drag performer and Beyoncé impersonator Miss Shalae and ball performer Aishah “Spyder” Murray discuss the roots of ball culture.

El pueblo unido: Voces en activismo latino

Voices in latinx activism

GRATIS. Aprende acerca de las voces del activismo latino de la mano de la consumada activista de derechos civiles y organizadora comunitaria Dolores Huerta, fundadora y presidenta de la Dolores Huerta Foundation, en El Pueblo Unido en conversación con Camila Güiza-Chavez, co-directora ejecutiva de Heavenly Treats y miembro de Semilla Collective.

El Hogar que Cargamos: Inmigración y Cultura

GRATIS. Se parte de un seminario en español sobre inmigración narrado a través de la música en The Home We Carry: Immigration and Culture, presentado por la banda Las Cafeteras y la vicepresidenta de iniciativas del Vera Institute of Justice Kica Matos.