Our imaginations make us human, argues the zoologist and anthropologist who has been exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, primates, for decades. Fuentes, a National Geographic explorer, will talk about his latest book, The Creative Spark, which traces the origins of creativity and collaboration in order to explain human nature. He will talk to the journalist Hassan Nassar.
In Mexico, a person’s gender might expose a person to a series of risks and threats linked to a culture of violence related to a complex context. The journalist and writer Anabel Hernández, he writer Fernanda Melchor and the activist Aleida Quintana will talk to the journalist Guillermo Osorno about the risks of being a woman in Mexico.
This talk reflects upon contemporary Colombia, contextualized through the gaze of two journalists who have written extensively about the social, political, economic and cultural history of the country. Antonio Caballero, a columnist for the magazine Semana, has worked at the BBC in London, has worked for national and international newspapers and magazines such as The Economist, Cambio 16, Alternativa, El Tiempo, El Espectador and Diario 16, and has published, among other books, Historia de Colombia y sus oligarquías (2018). Enrique Santos Calderón was an author for forty years of the column Contraescape, of El Tiempo, a magazine he directed for a decade. A close witness of the political life of the country, in 2018 he published a book that is an account of over seventy years of life in Colombia, El país que me tocó, his autobiography. They will be in conversation with the journalist María Jimena Duzán.
Antony Beevor is renowned as one of the world’s most important historians of World War II. He has had access to a huge amount of secret information about the war, which allowed him to describe meticulously in his books the stories of the most important battles of the war. His award-winning histories include Arnhem, Ardennes, D-Day – the Battle for Normandy and Stalingrad. Chaired by journalist Miguel Mora.
This event is within this year’s education framework for encouraging reading among the youth.
Science and fiction are two very different ways of understanding life, but sometimes making the distinction can be difficult. Wade Davis (United States), anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer who works with different indigenous cultures; and Miguel Pita, a Doctor of Genetics and Cellular Biology from UAM (Spain) and also director of a number of short films and documentaries, will talk about the situations and stories in which science seems stranger than fiction. In conversation with Gabrielle Walker.