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Winston Churchill is attributed with saying that democracy is the “worst form of government, except for all those other forms.” But recent electoral upsets, notably Theresa May’s 2017 election shambles Brexit and Donald Trump’s election in the United States point to potential problems with the West’s representative system. A.C. Grayling, who has explored the problem in his new book Democracy and its Crisis, discusses how democracy has failed, and how to repair it with Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University.
Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina and philosopher A.C. Grayling meet again in Segovia after a two-year absence, that has brought with it many changes to the world, to talk to Hay Festival founder and director Peter Florence about ethics in today’s world. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Protestant rebellion, the three explore the huge impact of the Protestant Reformation and the way it has changed society, the arts and politics in many countries in the West.
Three Spanish writers who have written about the dark arts: Enrique Bocanegra is the author of prize-winning book Un espía en la trinchera. Kim Philby en la guerra civil española. Álvaro Colomer’s Aunque caminen por el valle de la muerte, is about the battle for Najaf, while José María Beneyto has written a second novel, El espía que engaño a Hitler, set in Nazi Germany. Moderated by Marta del Riego.
Paul Preston (The Spanish Holocaust, The Spanish Civil War, Franco, Juan Carlos) is one of the world’s leading experts on modern Spanish history. In this conversation with Spanish journalist and publisher Miguel Aguilar, he discusses the future of Hispanic studies, the pending topics in Spanish historiography, and the use of new medium such as the graphic novel to reach a wider public.
Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair, talks to Spanish journalist Natalia Escalada about her book, A Family Life Revealed, a fascinating journey through the history of Scotland and the Jacobite rebellions through letters and documents exchanged with the Spanish Monarchy over the centuries kept by the Traquair household. Both will read fragments from these documents in English and Spanish.
Colombian writer Azriel Bibliowitz has researched the Jewish diaspora in Latin America. He talks to Carlos Aganzo, poet and the editor of El Norte de Castilla about his latest book, Las migas de pan, as well as reflecting on the importance of literature in his life.