Misha Glenny interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokno (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her partner in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. She was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred, and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Canada, where she continues to work as a human rights activist.
We are all dressed. But how often do we pause to think about the place of our clothes in our lives? What unconscious thoughts do we express when we dress every day? Can memories, meaning and ideas be wrapped up in a winter coat? A conversation about fashion. Bari is author of Dressed: The Secret Life of Clothes. Murphy is Fashion Director of The Times and author of How Not to Wear Black: Find your Style, Create your Forever Wardrobe.
For the first time in recorded history viruses, bacteria and other infectious diseases are not the leading cause of death or disability in any region of the world. People are living longer, and fewer mothers are giving birth to many children in the hope that some might survive. And yet, the news is not all good. Recent reductions in infectious disease have not been accompanied by the same improvements in income, job opportunities and governance that occurred with these changes in wealthier countries decades ago. There have also been unintended consequences. Whether the peril or promise of that progress prevails, Bollyky explains, depends on what we do next. Bollyky is the Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Chaired by Isaac Florence.
Covering everything from the pros and cons of labels to coming out and the joys of sexual fluidity, the award-winning comedian ponders all the stuff we get hung up about – and then a bit more. Mae’s mission is to ensure that in a world full of things to worry about, who we choose to kiss should not be one of them.
Nixey tells the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately subjected and annihilated the teachings of the classical world, and opened the way to centuries of unconditional adherence to "a single true faith”. The Roman Empire had been generous in welcoming new beliefs, but the arrival of Christianity changed everything. This new religion, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and decidedly intolerant. Catherine Nixey studied Classical History in Cambridge, worked for many years as a teacher before turning to journalism. She talks to the journalist Guillermo Altares.
One of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists who has performed around the world introduces his new book about a girl called Marcie and her imaginary friend, Thor Baker. Join this discussion and creative session revolving around imaginary friends and the role they play in our lives.
The panel of experts talk about a changing Europe, its relationship with phenomena such as populism and its relationship and coexistence with other major players at a geopolitical level such as the US or China. Stefan Baron is a German journalist, ex-World Communication Director of Deutsche Bank, ex-Chief Editor of WirtschaftsWoche and expert on China with his new book The Chinese – Psychological Profile of a World Power. Fernando Fernández is ex-Analyst of the International Monetary Fund. Sam Wilkin is a geopolitical expert, analyst and advisor at the international consultancy Oxford Analytic, professor at the Watson Institute of Brown University, and author of several books including History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall. They talk to Cristina Manzano, journalist and Director of Esglobal.
IN COLLABORATION WITH BROWN UNIVERSITY AND IE FOUNDATION
Who or what determines what we eat? The Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience at Cambridge University will outline the brain processes involved in responding to environmental stimuli and determining our food choices.