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Questioning Alterity

The American Institute for Levinassian Studies presents its lecture, “How Tasty was my little French man: Questioning Alterity,” the first of its 2017-2018 lecture series, on October 17th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Alliance Française of Los Angeles.

The discussion will be led by Jean-Claude Carron who is a Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA and the Scientific Director of the American Institute for Levinassian Studies. "Questioning Alterity” is influenced by the 1971 film of almost the same name, “How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman,” directed by Brazilian director, Nelson Pereira dos Santos. The film tells a story of a 16th century explorer who encountered a tribe of cannibals. As exploration of the New World and new civilizations often led explorers to similar situations, Carron will focus on one encounter that occurred between French Catholics and Protestants, and the Tupinamba people, a cannibalistic tribe living in the bay of Rio de Janeiro. According to Carron, these new encounters with those who show alterity, or “otherness,” helped early writers and philosophers see a new side of the world, one that tested their moral outlook on humankind. This discussion will delve into the questions of morality, cannibalism, exploration, and civilization, with a Q&A and reception to follow.

Don’t miss out on this educational opportunity!