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French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy visits the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh in a session on Philosophy and Commtiment

June 30, 2014

 

One of the first journalists who witnessed and reported on the birth of Bangladesh from the battlegrounds, Bernard-Henri Lévy is in Bangladesh for his first visit after 1971. On the occasion of his arrival in Bangladesh, the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (http://www.ulab.edu.bd) hosted a talk titled “Philosophy and Commitment: for a Philosophy of Action” on April 26 2014 on its campus in Dhanmondi.

 

Vice President of ULAB Board of Trustees and notable writer Dr. Kazi Anis Ahmed welcomed the audience in the session. Mr. Olivier Litvine, Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka introduced the famous and determined French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.

 

In his speech, Mr. Lévy discussed that his great feelings visiting Bangladesh again after 43 years. “Bangladesh has succeeded in such a short time. The young people sitting here know how rare it is. I do not know of any other such example in history,” he said. He called upon Bangladesh and the international community to investigate and properly set the exact number of victims in the Liberation War.

 

Born to a French Algerian family in 1948, Bernard-Henri Lévy graduated from the elite and highly selective École Normale Supérieure in 1968 with a degree in Philosophy. He became the young founder of New Philosophers School which brought him recognition as this group of young intellectuals fiercely and uncompromisingly. Inspired by André Malraux’s call for assistance, Bernard-Henri Lévy came to Bangladesh, working through the war, and later advising the fledgling administration.

 

Professor Imran Rahman, Vice Chancellor of ULAB, delivered a vote of thanks on behalf of ULAB.

 

Bernard-Henri Lévy visits the University of Liberal Arts in Bangladesh