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 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 61

Carlos López-Otín in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar

The trilogy of life

 Centro de Convenciones (Sala Barahona)

Carlos López-Otín (Spain) is an award-winning Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Oviedo. He is an authority on the subject of cancer and aging thanks to his advanced studies into human genetics, and also the discoverer of more than 60 new genes, as well as of two accelerated aging syndromes and pro-longevity bacteria. His books La vida en cuatro letras (2019), El sueño del tiempo (2020) and Egoístas, inmortales y viajeras (2021) constitute his brilliant trilogy of life, in which he covers questions with both biological and philosophical perspectives including the relationship between genetics, disease and happiness; time, biology and technology; and the nature of a disease as complex as cancer. Carlos López-Otín shares his fascinating vision in conversation with Juan Camilo Maldonado Tovar.

With the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

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Event 69

Anne Boyer in conversation with Mariana H (Spanish version)

Imagine... well-being

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Among the many perversions of our current socioeconomic system is the fact that not only is access to health increasingly the privilege of a few, but there is an entire health industry organized around profit at the expense of the suffering of those afflicted by often serious diseases. The poet, essayist and lecturer Anne Boyer (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Undying in 2020. In this reflection on disease in a pitiless capitalist world she tells the story of her own experience as a survivor of an aggressive breast cancer that led her to reflect and understand these chilling realities first hand. Boyer is also the author of books such as The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), The 2000s (2009), Garments Against Women (2015) and A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018). In conversation with Mariana H.

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Event 69EN

Anne Boyer in conversation with Mariana H (English version)

Imagine... well-being

 Teatro Adolfo Mejía

Among the many perversions of our current socioeconomic system is the fact that not only is access to health increasingly the privilege of a few, but there is an entire health industry organized around profit at the expense of the suffering of those afflicted by often serious diseases. The poet, essayist and lecturer Anne Boyer (United States) won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Undying in 2020. In this reflection on disease in a pitiless capitalist world she tells the story of her own experience as a survivor of an aggressive breast cancer that led her to reflect and understand these chilling realities first hand. Boyer is also the author of books such as The Romance of Happy Workers (2008), The 2000s (2009), Garments Against Women (2015) and A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018). In conversation with Mariana H.

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