Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event D1

Carissa Véliz in conversation with Luis Carlos Vélez

 Sede Digital Hay Festival Colombia

How do large corporations and governments use our data to manipulate our behaviour? How do we regulate these practices that end up influencing the health of our democracies? Carissa Véliz (United Kingdom) is Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at Oxford University and contributes to media outlets such as El País, The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman and The Independent. In her book Privacy is Power (2020, chosen as a Book of the Year by The Economist) she analyses these and other issues that are among the most urgent debates of our time, arguing, for example, in favour of prohibiting the sale of personal data. In conversation with Luis Carlos Vélez.

With the support of British Council

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Event 13

Adela Cortina in conversation with Adolfo Eslava

 Auditorio Fundadores - Universidad EAFIT

This event is about a complex and urgent question: the challenge of building a sustainable world after Covid-19. Adela Cortina (Spain) has honorary doctorates from a number of universities in Spain and across Europe and Latin America, she is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, has been on the jury of the Princess of Asturias Awards for Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences and is also the author of over thirty publications, including her book Aporofobia. El rechazo al pobre. In her most recent work, Ética cosmopolita. Una apuesta por la cordura en tiempos de pandemia (2021), the writer and philosopher reflects on some of the crucial questions of our times: how will we overcome the chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic? What will the future bring? Cortina will talk about these vital matters with Adolfo Eslava.

With the support of SURA

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Event 1

El País event: Sergio Ramírez in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

 Sede Digital Hay Colombia

Sergio Ramírez (Nicaragua) is one of the most outstanding voices in Latin American literature. He has received, among other awards, the 1998 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the 2000 José María Arguedas Latin American Prize for Margarita, está linda la mar, the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Prize for Literature, the 2014 Carlos Fuentes International Prize and the 2017 Cervantes Prize. He was Vice-president of Nicaragua between 1985 and 1990 under President Daniel Ortega and is the founder of the Centroamérica Cuenta literary event. His latest work is entitled Tongolele no sabía bailar (2021), a book that concludes the trilogy of crime novels featuring Inspector Dolores Morales, set in the turbulent Nicaragua of the 21st century. He will talk to the editor of El País América, Jan Martínez Ahrens.

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Event 2

Katherin Gil and Leyner Palacios in conversation with Vanessa Rosales

Imagine... equalities: From the Pacific

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Vanessa Rosales will talk to two citizens from the Pacific region who is committed to building community and communicating culture and knowledge. Katherin Gil, director and founder of the Jóvenes Creadores del Chocó group, an initiative that has made an extraordinary contribution to local cultural development. Leyner Palacios is a surviving Chocoano leader of the Bojayá massacre. Awarded with the Premio Global por el Pluralismo 2017, he is characterized by being a peace manager with a trajectory of more than 20 years of working with communities in Chocó and different areas of the Colombian Pacific. He is the current commissioner of the Truth Commission.

With the support of the Truth Comission

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Event 3

Cecilia Kang in conversation with Veronica Smink (Spanish version)

Facebook: dangerous liaisons

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Facebook is not only the world’s largest social networking service, but also the one that has been involved in most controversy, from the dissemination of fake news to its impact on the outcomes of elections, such as the one that brought Donald Trump to power. The award-winning New York Times journalist Cecilia Kang, who has been investigating the subjects of technology and cybersecurity for over ten years, is the co-author of The Ugly Truth, a book that reveals some of the dark secrets of the social media company, whose stated aim is to create links of friendship among thousands of millions of people around the world. However, as the book finds, Facebook systematically resorts to questionable practices such as selling user data, disinformation and the proliferation of hate speech. In conversation with Veronica Smink.

Supported by ISA

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Event 4

Mauricio Diazgranados and Aida Vasco in conversation with Brigitte Baptiste

Imagine... well-being: The power of fungi, an overview of wonderful Colombian fungi

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

This event will offer a look at one of the richest and most unexplored of nature’s domains: fungus. The team at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew has worked in Colombia together with the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Research into Biological Resources, with the collaboration of ASCOLMICOL, studying the territory’s great diversity of fungi and their potential. The goals have been to promote knowledge about native species and the value of the products that can be produced from them, as well as to motivate sustainable use and to rescue traditional knowledge about them that exists among local populations. The researcher and biologist, Mauricio Diazgranados, and the mycologist and Chair of the Colombian Mycology Association, Aida Vasco, will talk to the biologist and Rector of the EAN University, Brigitte Baptiste, about the fascinating kingdom of fungus in the Colombian context.

With the support of Royal Botanics Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom

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Event 3-EN

Cecilia Kang in conversation with Veronica Smink (English version)

Facebook: dangerous liaisons

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Facebook is not only the world’s largest social networking service, but also the one that has been involved in most controversy, from the dissemination of fake news to its impact on the outcomes of elections, such as the one that brought Donald Trump to power. The award-winning New York Times journalist Cecilia Kang, who has been investigating the subjects of technology and cybersecurity for over ten years, is the co-author of The Ugly Truth, a book that reveals some of the dark secrets of the social media company, whose stated aim is to create links of friendship among thousands of millions of people around the world. However, as the book finds, Facebook systematically resorts to questionable practices such as selling user data, disinformation and the proliferation of hate speech. In conversation with Veronica Smink.

Supported by ISA

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Event 12

Julia Cagé in conversation with Daniel Pardo (Spanish version)

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

Democracy represents the great promise of liberty and justice in the world today; it is however, a system that is continuously threatened by political and economic forces that prioritize other interests. This event offers the chance to explore this essential matter with Julia Cagé (France), Associate Lecturer in Economics at the Parisian Institute for Political Studies and researcher at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); she is also a co-director of the Evaluation of Democracy research group run by the Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) and a member of the Governing Board of the press agency Agence France-Presse. Her latest work of non-fiction, Le prix de la démocratie (2020), analyses contemporary democracy and proposes new and radical solutions for political funding. In conversation with Daniel Pardo.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 12EN

Julia Cagé in conversation with Daniel Pardo (English version)

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

Democracy represents the great promise of liberty and justice in the world today; it is however, a system that is continuously threatened by political and economic forces that prioritize other interests. This event offers the chance to explore this essential matter with Julia Cagé (France), Associate Lecturer in Economics at the Parisian Institute for Political Studies and researcher at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); she is also a co-director of the Evaluation of Democracy research group run by the Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) and a member of the Governing Board of the press agency Agence France-Presse. Her latest work of non-fiction, Le prix de la démocratie (2020), analyses contemporary democracy and proposes new and radical solutions for political funding. In conversation with Daniel Pardo.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 14

Manuel Vilas in conversation with Amalia Londoño

 Sala Teatro Parque Explora

The Spanish writer Manuel Vilas is the author of the publishing successes Ordesa (2018) and Alegría (2019), winner of the Planeta Prize, as well as several collections of poetry and essays. At this event he will present Los besos (2020), a novel about idealized, romantic love, of how in the middle of a universal crisis two human beings try to return to the biological homeland of eros. The author explores the place in which women and men find the deepest meaning in life, but also covering matters such as consumer society, politics and context, a theme present in all the author’s novels. He will talk to Amalia Londoño.

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Event 5

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (Spanish version)

Impery of pain

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Rosie Boycott.

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Event 6

Juan Carlos Flórez and Ricardo Silva in conversation with Ana Bejarano

Imagine... democracy: protests

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

At this event, two thinkers who have dedicated themselves to closely observing the climate of social tension in Colombia will talk about the movements that are facing up to the system. Juan Carlos Flórez (Colombia) is a historian, journalist, former councillor and civic leader from Bogota; he was an advisor to the National Constituent Assembly in 1991, Director of the History Department of the University of the Andes and is a columnist for Semana magazine. In his book Los que sobran (2021), he makes a critical analysis of the history of capitalism. Ricardo Silva (Colombia), winner of the 5th Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana Prize, is a writer, journalist, screenwriter and the author of novels, short stories, essay and poetry, as well as a columnist for various media outlets including Semana, SoHo, El Malpensante and El Tiempo. The two authors talk to the lawyer Ana Bejarano.

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Event 7

Rodrigo García Barcha in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

In praise of the Gabos

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Rodrigo García Barcha is a film and television director. He was born in Bogotá but grew up in Barcelona and Mexico City, close some of the most important figures in Spanish-language literature, such as Carlos Fuentes, Julio Cortázar, Pablo Neruda and Luis Buñuel. In Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida (2021), he recounts the last moments of one of the most beloved and respected writers in Colombia and the world, Gabriel García Márquez, and his death in 2014. These pages express the relationship of a son with his father, but also with his mother, in this case, Mercedes Barcha, the partner of García Márquez for more than fifty years, who died in 2020. In conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Rodrigo García presents a close look at this iconic couple and also one of the most human faces we have seen of the great writer and Nobel prize-winner.

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Event 5EN

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (English version)

Impery of pain

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Rosie Boycott.

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Event 15

Thomas Piketty in conversetion with Thomas Goda (Spanish version)

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

The acclaimed economist and academic, Thomas Piketty (France), is an expert in matters of inequality and poverty, and has won numerous accolades including the European Economics Association Award. He has a doctorate from the prestigious London School of Economics and he lectured both there and at the MIT in the United States. He is currently the director of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and lectures at the Paris School of Economics (PSE). He is the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a text that has sold over two million copies. His most recent book is Time for Socialism, a compilation of articles written for Le Monde between 2016 and 2020 that offers consideration on the social and economic crises that face the world. In conversation with Thomas Goda, professor Thomas Goda.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Event 16

Irene Vallejo in conversation with Juan Diego Mejía

 Auditorio Fundadores - Universidad EAFIT

This event takes us on a journey into the world of literature and books, taking us back to the very beginnings of writing. Irene Vallejo (Spain) is an award-winning writer and doctor of Classical Philology, known for her studies into and educational work about the ancient world and classical authors. In 2020 she was chosen for AECID’s 10 de 30 project, a selection of ten Spanish writers in their 30s; she also received the National Essay Award for her latest book, El infinito en un junco (2019). This outstanding work examines the history of books and reading, covering over 30 centuries of writing and books, dealing with the different technologies and methods of manufacture, printing presses, libraries and bookshops around the world, as well as the secrets, prohibitions and traditions that have surrounded reading. Vallejo will talk about this fascinating book with Juan Diego Mejía.

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Event 15EN

Thomas Piketty in conversetion with Thomas Goda (English version)

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

The acclaimed economist and academic, Thomas Piketty (France), is an expert in matters of inequality and poverty, and has won numerous accolades including the European Economics Association Award. He has a doctorate from the prestigious London School of Economics and he lectured both there and at the MIT in the United States. He is currently the director of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and lectures at the Paris School of Economics (PSE). He is the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a text that has sold over two million copies. His most recent book is Time for Socialism, a compilation of articles written for Le Monde between 2016 and 2020 that offers consideration on the social and economic crises that face the world. In conversation with Thomas Goda, professor Thomas Goda.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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