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Simon Schama

Obama and History

Cartagena 2010, 
Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, Simon Schama is a celebrated historian who combines academic rigour with a more personal approach to historic analysis. After lecturing at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, he moved to New York; since 1995, he has been writing about art for The New Yorker and has directed with success several programmes on art and history for the BBC. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Three writers discuss their own visions of Berlin, based on their experiences and their works; a look at the past, the present and the future of a city which is part of our shared memories. With Olivier Guez, journalist and writer, and co-author of La caída del Muro; Chloe Aridjis, author of The Book of Clouds, and Raul Zelik, writer and journalist and author of Situaciones Berlinesas. Chaired by Michael Jacobs, journalist, writer and traveller. 

This event is in French. Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available.

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Helena Kennedy

In Defence of Democracy

Cartagena 2010, 
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister and a member of the House of Lords, where she is in charge of matters related to human rights, civil rights, social justice and culture. Conscious of the importance of education, she has founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a trust that provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society. She is author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Michael Reid and Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Alejandro Santos

Latin America, A Forgotten Continent?

Cartagena 2010, 
The writer and editor of The Economist for the Americas, Mike Reid, and the New Yorker journalist, specialist on Latin America Jon Lee Anderson talk to the director of Semana, Alejandro Santos.

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Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Talking about their favourite books: Alfredo Gómez Cerdá (Spain), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Simon Schama (UK), Juan Cruz (Spain), Chloe Aridjis (USA / Mexico), Joanna Coles (UK), Gillian Beer (UK) and Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Spain). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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The nickname of one of the characters in Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez, comes from a verse by Leandro Díaz. This popular master of the Vallenato genre, a blind jester – like Homer – comes from a family of musicians. Some of them will accompany him in his debut at the Hay Festival. The journalist Daniel Samper Pizano talks to him about his life and career.

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Chris Hope

Cambridge Series: Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
Chris Hope of Cambridge University, contributor to the Stern review and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, tackles the current climate change issues and sets out where the priorities should be.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

What Have the Greens Got Wrong?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Has ideology blinded the mainstream environmental movement to solutions for some of the major problems facing the world? Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees and High Tide, discusses why he has changed his views on the big issues including nuclear power, GMOs and organic food with Andy Fryers.

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Will Anderson and Sunand Prasad talk to Alok Jha

Designing Sustainable Homes and Buildings

Hay Festival 2010, 
Is it possible to build homes and workplaces that are environmentally sound, affordable and a pleasure to live and work in? The former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Partner of Penoyre & Prasad LLP, and the author of Homes for a Changing Climate are in conversation with Alok Jha of the Guardian.

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Hay Writers Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
New writing from the local creative writing group. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Spencer Wells and Tristram Stuart talk to John Vidal

Food for Thought

Hay Festival 2010, 
It is time for a change in attitudes towards food production and consumption, in the industry and in our own homes. The author of Pandora’s Seed looks to a historical examination of our cultural inheritance for the solutions while the author of Waste spotlights the wastefulness of modern societies. In conversation with the Guardian’s Environment Editor.

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Annie Leonard talks to Jo Fox

The Story of Stuff

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist and film-maker tracks the life of the stuff we use every day, revealing the often hidden impacts of our production and consumption patterns. In conversation with Jo Fox, Deputy Director of The Bigger Picture at Sky.

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Aged to Perfection

New Writing by Older People

Hay Festival 2010, 
An anthology of new work by older writers as part of the Gwanwyn Festival organized by Age Cymru. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Douglas Wilson, Cllr David Jones

Powys Schools Seminar

Hay Festival 2010, 
An introduction to Powys County Council’s ambitious plans to modernise all its schools. The Portfolio Holder and Officers from the Schools Service will set out the national picture, describing the work already underway and providing information on the Authority’s most significant investment programme for schools for 30 years. 

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There will be a collection at the event for the Gwernyfed–Timbuktu schools twinning project and Storymoja, Nairobi.

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Jesse Norman, John Hopkins, David Jones, Kirsty Williams, Mary Compton

Powys Schools Question Time Debate

Hay Festival 2010, 
The politician and education strategist hosts a panel responding to the Powys Seminar, featuring the headteacher of Gwernyfed High School, the Powys Education Portfolio holder, the local AM and the founder of PACE who is also a past president of the NUT. With questions from the audience.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

There will be a collection at the event for the Gwernyfed–Timbuktu schools twinning project and Storymoja, Nairobi.

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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Noel Kingsbury

Hybrid: The History and the Science of Plant Breeding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The colourful story of plant breeding brings together traditional farmers, tribal shamans, eccentric entrepreneurs, dedicated scientists, faceless corporations, bold visionaries, obsessive nerds and the occasional charlatan.

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Roger Hiorns, Phoebe Unwin, Mick Peter

The British Art Show Prelude

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three of Britain’s most exciting emerging artists, the Turner Prize-nominated artist, the painter and the sculptor use Northrop Frye’s model of seasons/genre to explore some issues in contemporary British art. Chaired by Tom Morton and Lisa Lefeuvre, Curators of British Art Show 7.

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Charles Freeman

A New History of Early Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
From marginal beginnings in Judea Christianity grew into a global, state-sanctioned religion, as vibrant and incredibly diverse movements were brought into orthodox order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality

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Christopher Lloyd

What on Earth Evolved: 100 Species That Changed the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans?

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Chris Stephens

Tate at Hay 1: Henry Moore

Hay Festival 2010, 
The curator of Tate Britain’s current exhibition of Henry Moore reveals a darker, edgier side to one of Britain’s most enduringly popular artists.

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Professor Howard Williamson CBE, Karen Doherty, Hilary Hodgeson, Derek Browne and Dan Sutch

UK Youth Debate: Vision, Not Division

Hay Festival 2010, 
What young people need, but schools can’t deliver. Chaired by Susanna Reid.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Hay Festival 2010, 
Consciousness, memory and identity are explored through the mutual disciplines of zen practice and scientific theory.

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Peter Lord

The Meaning of Pictures: Personal, Social and National Identity

Hay Festival 2010, 
The distinguished critic examines C18th, C19th and C20th Welsh paintings and how the pictures are understood by the people who use them – patrons, museum curators, and the general public.

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Adam Boulton and Guests

The RTS Careers Panel: Breaking Into Television

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Sky News anchor explores the opportunities for young people to start careers in broadcasting with the news and sports presenter Frances Donovan, the C4 Commissioning Editor Adam Gee, Saint John Walker, Skillset’s Computer Games, Animation and Facilities honcho, and the BBC’s John Denton, Managing Editor of TV Platforms. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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