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510 | Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Genius of Judaism
510 | Bernard-Henri Lévy: The Genius of Judaism
Saturday, November 4 | 5 - 6 PM
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Thorne Auditorium
375 E Chicago Ave | Chicago, IL | 60611
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“Lévy's message is essentially uplifting: that the brilliant scholars of Judaism, the authors of the Talmud, provide elucidation into 'the great questions that have stirred humanity since the dawn of time.'” — Kirkus Review

France's preeminent contemporary philosopher, Bernard-Henri Lévy, confronts his spiritual roots and the religion that has always inspired and shaped him. In his latest work The Genius of Judaism, Lévy offers a new vision of what it means to be a Jew, one rooted not in blind observance but in the Talmudic traditions of argument and conflict and borne out in struggle and study. Always a challenging thinker, Lévy provides a surprising critique of the rise of a new form of anti–Semitism and a provocative defense of Israel from the left.

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A book signing will follow this program.


Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, journalist, activist, and filmmaker. Among his dozens of books are American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications throughout Europe and the United States. His films include the documentaries Bosna! and A Day in the Death of Sarajevo. Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.

Laurance Haim, former Spokesperson for Emmanuel Macron's presidential campaign, is a Fall 2017 Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. A former foreign correspondent for Capa Press Agency, Haim created the first office for Canal Plus Group, covered the war in Iraq and the situation in the Near East for CBS News, and served as President of the White House Foreign Press Association. She is the only French journalist who has done three exclusive interviews with Barack Obama. In 2015 Haim was also the only French journalist who obtained an interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the war in Gaza. Haim was awarded the Chevalier of La Legion D Honneur in 2015 for her work dedicated to serious journalism.

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  • The Genius of Judaism
  • 09-05-2017