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Hollywood: art or frivolityThe Colombian actor John Leguízamo will talk to Roberto Pombo, director of El Tiempo, about his life as an immigrant in the USA and his experiences in Hollywood. Actor, comedian and producer, John Leguízamo has received an Emmy Award, which he won in 1999 for the television programme Freak. He has worked in a number of films, such as Carlito’s Way by Brian de Palma, playing the nemesis of Carlito Brigante (Al Pacino), and he dramatised Toulouse Lautrec in the musical film Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. In 2010 he began an international tour with his play Ghetto Klown.Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English availableSponsored by El Tiempo
A world of possibilities: The adventures of a mathematician with symmetrySymmetry is all around us. Of great importance for our interpretation of the world, this unique phenomenon indicates a dynamic relationship between objects. In chemistry and physics, the concept of symmetry explains the structures of crystals and the theory of fundamental particles; in evolutionary biology, the natural world uses symmetry in the struggle for survival; symmetry (and the rupture of it) is central in art, architecture and music. This talk offers a very special view of the concept, seen from the point of view of a mathematician. Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and has been a visiting lecturer at institutions such as the Collège de France, the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute in Bonn and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. A regular contributor to both written and audiovisual media, he has published The Music of the Primes (2003) and Symmetry (2008).Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish availableWith the support of the British Council
Football and literatureFootball has always been linked to the spoken word, to radio commentary, to the sports newspapers. The game forms part of our culture and has played an important role in stories and novels. But can we consider sport to be culture? We propose a “match” of words with the following players: two Colombian writers (Daniel Samper Pizano and Juan Esteban Constaín) and a Spanish writer (Jordi Puntí). The referee will be Carlos Castillo.
Revolutions in the Arab worldAlejandro Padrón has written Yo fui embajador de Chávez en Libia about his experience as a diplomat in the Arab World. The Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is the author of I Killed Scheherazade, which examines what it means to be a woman, Arab and a writer, as well as to edit a magazine about body art. The Egyptian Khaled al-Berry works as a BBC journalist; he has published a number of works, including Life is More Beautiful than Paradise. They will talk to journalist and writer Sergio Dahbar about the current situation in the Arab world.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish availableWith the support of Doble - Vía
Literary careersThree very different writers from contemporary Spanish-language literature attend this event to talk about their literary lives. Mario Bellatin founded the Mexican Dynamic Writers’ School and is author of Disecado. Santiago Gamboa has received the La Otra Orilla Award for his latest novel, Necrópolis. The Peruvian Gustavo Rodríguez was shortlisted for the Herralde Prize with La risa de tu madre, is a regular contributor to the magazine Etiqueta Negra and is co-founder of Proyecto Recreo, an initiative to promote reading in the schools of Peru. They will talk to the editor Rodolfo Mendoza.
Claudio Naranjo is a world expert in Gestalt therapy and one of the pioneers of Transpersonal Psychology. In his discussion with Jorge Alberto Llano García, he will talk about the path taken in recent years as regards education. His goal is to train educators in self-knowledge and spiritual transformation as has been described in the great epics of both the East, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the West, like The Epic of Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. Claudio Naranjo is working to make education an engine for a wider transformation: that of society as a whole.
Leonor Esguerra went from being a monk and head teacher at one of Bogota’s most exclusive schools in the seventies, to being an ELN guerrilla. Written by Inés Clauz Carriguiry, La búsqueda, testimonio de Leonor Esguerra, took twenty-five years to be published. In the book, Leonor Esguerra examines the changes undergone by Colombian society and the world, as well as the revolutionary experiences that marked her life. She will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz.Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English available
Carmen Posadas is the author of five novels, two biographies, more than 15 children’s books and a number of film and television screenplays. She won the Planeta Prize in 1998 for Pequeñas infamias, and has just published, together with her brother, Hoy caviar, mañana sardinas, an amusing, enjoyable tale about diplomatic life and its gastronomic side. Boris Izaguirre, the well-known Spanish TV presenter, was shortlisted for the 2007 Planeta Prize for his novel Villa Diamante and has just published Dos monstruos juntos, a novel that portrays the end of an epoch when everything, from success to absolute impunity, seemed easy.With the support of Fundación Lara
Óscar Collazos, Ana Cristina Herreros, Pep Durán, Juan Esteban Constaín and Edmundo Paz Soldán in conversation with Juan Gossaín
RCN Ministry of Education story competition:How to tell a storyThe judge of the 5th RCN Ministry of Education story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.
Wojciech Jagielski, well known Polish journalist has published Torres de piedra, a brilliant documentary about the violent history of Chechnya. Jagielski is a specialist in Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa. He works at Gazeta Wyborcza, the most important newspaper in Poland and collaborates with BBC and Le Monde. He will talk to Jaime Abello.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Literary careersThree Bogotá39 authors bring us up to date with their latest projects: Rodrigo Hasbún was included on the Granta list as one of the best young Spanish-language writers and has just published Los días más felices; Daniel Alarcón, associate editor of the magazine Etiqueta Negra, has just released his latest work, El rey siempre está por encima del pueblo, and is working on a new project called Radio Ambulante; and lastly, the novelist, poet and educator Alejandro Zambra, whose first novel, Bonsai, has been made into a film (which was presented at the 2011 Canned Film Festival), has just published Formas de volver a casa. They will talk to the journalist Marta Ruiz.
El ruido de las cosas al caer begins with the bizarre scene of the escape and later entrapment of a hippopotamus, the last remnant of the zoo that Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his power. Juan Gabriel Vásquez, who obtained the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize for the work, is one of the Latin American novelists with the highest international profile. He is also author of The Informers, shortlisted for the UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and The Secret History of Costaguana. He will talk to Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante.
IndignadosAt the end of 2011, The New York Times published a survey that reflected the discontent and low morale of Americans, who feel better represented by groups like Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party than by Congress. This situation can be extrapolated to other countries, like the United Kingdom, where university fees are spiralling up, and “indignados” occupy St Paul’s Cathedral precincts, creating a climate of tension among the Church, the Government and the corporations, who own the land. Are they isolated groups, or the tip of a vast iceberg of social discontent? Are we facing a great economic and moral depression? Are we complicit in the current situation? The guests tackle these and other questions.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available
Nélida Piñon is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has received numerous awards during her long literary career, including the Juan Rulfo Literature Prize and the Rosalía de Castro Prize. She will discuss the memoir Corazón andariego, a work recalling the past with emotion, lyricism and humour. Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante, will talk to this great Brazilian writer and explore her literary creation.
Daniel Samper Pizano is a journalist, writer and member of the Colombian Academy of Language. Considered to be the father of investigative journalism for his work in the newspaper El Tiempo, his writings are full of sharp humour mixed with social criticism. He has won a range of prizes, including three Simón Bolívar Prizes for journalism and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University. He has also had an outstanding literary career, which includes more than 35 books published. He will talk to the writer Yolanda Reyes.
Literature and changeTwo of the literary voices that best represent contemporary culture in the Middle East are the Lebanese writer, editor and journalist, Joumana Haddad, author of the novel I Killed Scheherazade, described by Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the Arab world” and the Egyptian writer Khaled al-Berry, who is a BBC journalist working in London. He has published a number of works, as well as Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, an autobiography about his teenage years, which were spent in the service of the jihad. They will talk to Catalina Gómez about literature and change.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish availableWith the support of the IPAF
Cervantes Prize winner and honorary member of the Mexican Academy of the Language, Carlos Fuentes is a major figure in Latin American fiction. The Colombian writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Santiago Gamboa will interview the author.Sponsored by the BBVA
Epoch of changes or change of epoch?“In situations like the present, there should be no space for resignation or apathy,” states Stéphane Hessel in his book Time for Outrage!. It is clear that voices calling for a regeneration of the democratic and economic system, and more participative public policies, are growing. Governments, on their side, seem increasingly dependent on the markets, and further from social needs. There is more need than ever to discuss these burning issues once again.
One million German readers enjoyed Bad Karma, a hilarious novel about the secret of happiness, which brought David Safier to the forefront of the European literary scene. This German author is the winner of the German Grimme and TV prizes, as well as a US Emmy Award for his career as a television screenplay writer. He has also published Jesus Liebt Mich and Plötzlich Shakespeare, a humorous novel where the author brings a smile to the reader’s face with his particular philosophy about love. He will talk to Rosie Boycott.Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish availableWith the support of Fundación Lara
Morris Berman is a renowned and innovative cultural and social critic. He has given classes at universities in Europe and the United States, and in the year 2000 his book The Twilight of American Culture was designated a “Notable Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Other published works include Dark Ages America and a trilogy about the evolution of human consciousness. His last book, A Question of Values, is a compilation of essays connected to themes that are crucial to an understanding of the structural crisis in the contemporary world. He will talk about the current situation in the United Estates.
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