Mon, 4 October 2021

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm GMT

Conway Hall, London

Bernard-Henri Lévy – Live On Stage In London

Dispatches from a World of Misery and Hope

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For fifty years philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy has reported on the world’s most urgent and overlooked humanitarian crises and human rights abuses.

Bernard-Henri Levy is one of the world’s most esteemed philosophers and public intellectuals; but his understanding of philosophy is anything but theoretical. A humanitarian activist of deep conviction, for fifty years he has reported from the sites of human rights abuses and humanitarian crises that fail to receive global attention or an active response, shedding light on urgent stories that Western media and governments have chosen to ignore.

Joining Hannah MacInnes live in central London, Bernard-Henri will share his investigative trips taken before and during the COVID pandemic, from the massacred Christian villages in Nigeria to a dangerously fragile Afghanistan on the eve of the Taliban talks, from an anti-Semitic ambush in Libya to the overrun refugee camp on the island of Lesbos.

Most important of all, he will argue that a truly humanist philosophy must necessarily lead to action in defence of the most vulnerable, issuing a stirring rebuke to indifference and an exhortation to level our gaze at those most hidden from us.

Praise for Bernard-Henri Levy’s The Will to See:

“This is a book born out of an extraordinary life, much of it spent plunging into the world’s most troubled and crucial places, a life committed to an internationalism that is not owned by the powerful, and to visions of France, Europe and liberty that can’t be understood by bureaucrats. A passionate, engaged book that combines philosophy, war reportage, and autobiography to explore the creation of a brilliant and brave mind.” – Salman Rushdie

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Bernard-Henri Lévy

Philosopher, Filmmaker and Activist

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, filmmaker, activist, and the author of over thirty books, including The Virus in the Age of Madness. He is widely regarded as one of the West’s most important public intellectuals.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.