Eating with Hedonism or Morals?: Aesthetics & Ethics From Vegetarianism to Cannibalism


Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lector, especially the television incarnation, is an expert chef, serving food at the triple Michelin Star level. He is also the consummate villain of the modern age, and the dishes he creates are the height of evil. 

Join me for this talk on the difficult position we are put in by one of the most charismatic villains ever created as we look at vegetarianism, ethical farming, locally sourced foods, New York City restaurant culture, 19th century painting, and ultimately the relationship between our natural impulses toward hedonism and a love of beauty on the one side -- and our desire to live a good life on the other. 


Recommended reading from Penguin Press:

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food.” —The Washington Post




Location: Blue Apron - Flatiron

40 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

"Blue Apron provides a lifestyle upgrade, granting subscribers access to well-balanced meals without the stress of meal planning. It's the joy of cooking distilled to its essence...Its team of recipe developers works with farms months in advance, creating a planting schedule that best suits their soil..." - Eater




Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors


Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


Learn about joining the Scenius for $10 / month



Other upcoming Olios


Jan 24

Living Room Salon | Tough Poetry in Dark Times

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

Sign Up - $15

Jan 31

The Dangerous Pleasure of Art

Taught by Geoff Klock
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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Feb 1

Feb 2

OlioHouse | Our Stories, Our Bodies: Rape Culture in American History

Taught by Jamie Warren
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

Sign Up - $150

Feb 6

Olio Seminar | Space, Time, & Work: Understanding Labor

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

Sign Up - $75

Feb 9

OlioHouse | The Love Symposium

Taught by Skye Cleary
noon at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Feb 15

A Good Friend is Hard to Find: Philosophy and Friendship

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 21

Living Room Salon | Music and Environmentalism

Taught by Kristy Barbacane
7 p.m. at Living Room

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Feb 22

The Circular Road: Art and the Religious Imagination

Taught by Michael Prettyman
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Feb 25

What Would Buffy Do? Radical Feminism and the Slayer

Taught by Jamie Warren
7:30 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

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Feb 28

Into the Mystic: Music & the Moving Image

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Blender Workspace

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May 17

Rethinking Refugee Trauma and Mental Health

Taught by Kim Nguyen
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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May 29

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

Taught by Jeanne Proust
7 p.m. at BAM Fisher

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