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Event 3

History and Current Affairs

– Venue: Biblioteca Municipal, Casa de la Lectura, Sala segunda

6pm: Presentation of issue num. 111 of Telos magazine, dedicated to The Voice The voice, which has been decisive in human evolution, it is today in the development of artificial intelligence as well, in the relationship human-machine, and a key element in the future of literature and creativity. Participants will be Juliana Rueda (music teacher and sound engineer, front page and main interview in the current issue of Telos) and Juan Zafra (journalist and director of Telos magazine) among other speaker to be confirmed. The issue of the magazine can be downloaded here.

7.05pm: Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero in conversation with Carlos Aganzo

Don Juan contra Franco comes from the research carried out by ABC journalists Juan Fernández Miranda and Jesús García Calero, who had exclusive access to spying reports from 1948, with handwritten annotations by the dictator himself, shedding new light upon a key moment in our recent history.

8.05pm: 10-minute break

8.15pm: Lara Siscar and Pedro Zuazua. "Aquí hay gato encerrado”

Journalist and novelist Lara Siscar talks about living with cats and her shared feline weaknesses with Pedro Zuazua, author of En mi casa no entra un gato. The author of La vigilante del Louvre and Flores negras shares the session with the journalist and communication manager of PRISA News, whose book based on his daily life with his cat, Mia, has been a publishing success.

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Event 15

Mukul Kesavan in conversation with Llàtzer Moix and Laura Ventura

Gandhi’s Legacy and the New Wave of Nationalism

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

The Indian historian Mukul Kesavan reviews the manner in which peaceful revolution, non-violent initiatives and the message of Mahatma Gandhi are reinterpreted in the 21st century in various contexts by separatist and/or nationalist movements. Kesavan is an essayist, political commentator, author and screenwriter, when his work as a professor at the national university Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi allows him. His work examines the constitution of a radical plural republic and the consequent erosion of majority policies. Kesavan shares the stage with the deputy director of La Vanguardia and cultural journalist and critic of design and architecture Llàtzer Moix, and with the Doctor in Hispanic Philology Laura Ventura, Professor of History of Journalism at Carlos III University and journalist for Argentine newspaper La Nación. Presented by the Honorable Ambassador for India in Spain, Sanjay Verma.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish and Spanish into English.
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Event 26

Violet Moller and Wolfram Eilenberger in conversation with Miguel Aguilar

Wisemen and Wizards: The revolution of knowledge, from the classical world to today

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Aula Magna

In her first publication, young historian Violet Moller outlines the path traversed by the ideas of three great wise men from the ancient world – Euclides the mathematician, Ptolomeus the astronomer and Galen the surgeon – in a long, never-ending transformation through seven cities across more than one thousand years. Moller reveals the links between the Islamic world and Christianity that would preserve and transform science from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Some centuries later, when the First World War ended, a decade of exceptional creativity started, which changed the course of ideas in Europe forever.

In his latest work Zeit de Zauberer (‘A Time of Magicians’) Wolfram Eilenberger concludes that Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer and Heidegger, four giants, shape our contemporary thought and are the true origin of our modern relationship with the world. Eilenberger is editor-in-chief of the German edition of Philosophie magazine. He and Moller talk to editor Miguel Aguilar about the transmission and revolution of knowledge and the new way of writing essays.

Photo ©: Paula Jayne
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English
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Event 30

Elvira Lindo in conversation with Manuel Jabois

Subtle gesture, bold defiance

– Venue: La Alhóndiga

Elvira Lindo, the much-loved voice and creator of the character Manolito Gafotas, a classic of Spanish children’s literature on Saturday morning radio, shows her mettle as an insightful essayist with a keen eye for the subtleties of social change. Sometimes gestures that seem small are loaded with bold statements and thus have a big impact. In her latest collection of essays, 30 maneras de quitarse el sombrero (‘30 ways to take off your hat’), Elvira Lindo pays homage to the struggle of many women who changed history, for example the gesture made by three Spanish artists in the 1920s right in the centre of Madrid, defying the establishment. Elvira Lindo provides a portrait of, among others, American writers Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker and Joan Didion and British professor Mary Beard. These women broke moulds in their own way. She will talk with writer and journalist for El País, Manuel Jabois.

Event in Spanish
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Event 41

Jerónimo Saavedra and Paolo Santini in conversation with Lorenzo de’ Medici

Leonardo 500

– Venue: Campus de Santa Cruz la Real, IE University, Refectorio

Leonardo da Vinci may be known as one of the most influential artists of the Italian Renaissance but in his lifetime he stood out, among other métiers, as an engineer, urban planner, scientist, inventor, musician and philosopher. Leonardo had the support of the statesman, diplomat and patron Lorenzo de’ Medici, the most influential figure in Florence. 2019 marks half a millennium since the death of the great polymath and to celebrate his achievements the descendant of his sponsor, Prince Don Lorenzo de’ Medici ­– author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his family – shares the stage with Paolo Santini, Medieval and Renaissance art historian and coordinator of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist, expert in his legacy and advisor to the House of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo; and Jerónimo Saavedra, a prominent Spanish politician and connoisseur of the Medici family at the time of Florence’s splendour. The editor of El Adelantado de Segovia, Teresa Herranz, presents the event.

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish and from Spanish to Italian
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