Tickets for Hay Festival Segovia, 20–23 September 2018, on sale now.
In an ever-changing world, what can we expect to have to deal with tomorrow? EL PAÍS brings together three experts from the worlds of science, geopolitics and change management to take part in the FREE SPEECH debate, moderated by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla
Cristina Manzano, director of ES GLOBAL and an expert in international relations.
Amador Menéndez, scientist and author of Historia del futuro. Tecnologías que cambiarán nuestras vidas (The History of the Future. Technologies that will change our lifes).
Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of International Relations, a professor at Harvard University and an expert in the role of change and the challenges it presents for society today.
The evening will be opened by Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University, Clara Luquero, Mayoress of Segovia, and Ramón Azuara, Director General of Renfe Viajeros. With the special participation of Fernando Benzo, Secretary of State for Culture, and Simon Manley, the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Spain.
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.
Joaquín Almunia, one of Spain’s foremost politicians on the international stage and a former vice president of the European Commission, talks to Guillermo de la Dehesa, economist, entrepreneur and president of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research.
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.
Join Mark Muller Stuart QC, founder of Beyond Borders and Senior Mediation Advisor to the UN Department of Political Affairs and the Special Envoy to Syria, as he talks to Timothy Phillips about peacemaking and conflict transformation in the 21st Century and his new book Storm in the Desert: Britain’s Intervention in Libya and the Arab Spring. While Tim talks about his work with Beyond Conflict, the Club of Madrid and the role that both neuroscience and former political leaders can play in dealing with political transition and conflict.
Since 1990, Marta Williams has been working with hundreds of leaders in Spain and Europe. She talks about her experiences with Juan Cambiaso, a lawyer and art collector, who has being occupying leading posts in the corporate, educational and art world in Argentina. The conversation is moderated by Teresa Lizaranzu, Spain’s permanent ambassador to UNESCO.
Jordi Évole, one of Spain’s most popular television journalists and the presenter of interview and documentary program Salvados, discusses reporting on current affairs in Spain with veteran reporter Javier del Pino, presenter of one of Spain’s most popular radio programs, A Vivir, que son dos días. Moderated by Aurelio Martín.
José María Lassalle, Spanish Secretary of State for the Digital Agenda, has just published Contra el populismo, an attack against the rise of populism on the right and left throughout Europe. Spanish journalist Enric Juliana, critic and novelist Juan Cruz discuss the role of populism in politics today.
Luis Cueto, General Coordintor of Madrid City Hall and President of IFEMA has worked in just about every aspect of government and administration: he discusses the changes underway in the Spanish capital with Luis Alemany of El Mundo.
Human rights lawyer and writer Philippe Sands is the author of the acclaimed East West Street, part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, which explores the links he uncovered between the impact of the holocaust on his family during the Second World War and the Nuremberg Trial, an inquiry that also informs the way contemporary history is developing. He talks to Guillermo Altares of El País about the journey behind East West Street.