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The Rector of the University of the Andes and member of the Lancet Covid-19 Commission, created to help develop global solutions to the pandemic, has written a book of essays that undertakes to recover the philosophical and artistic legacy of the great thinker Aldous Huxley, author of the influential novel Brave New World, while reflecting on matters related to progress, life, health and medicine, drugs and their prohibition, education and the climate emergency. Juan Luis Mejía (Colombia) was the Rector of the EAFIT University for 16 years. A lawyer by education, his career has been in cultural management and he has also worked as a diplomat. They will talk to María del Rosario Escobar, Director of the Museum of Antioquia.
Daniel Christian Wahl is a writer and consultant who specializes in innovation and sustainability. In his book Designing Regenerative Cultures he set out the path to follow to undo the past and correct many things that we have been doing wrong. In conversation with the environmentalist Juan Manuel Restrepo.
At this event we will share a lovely Jerico-style coffee with Melba Escobar and we will talk about her most recent book, Cuando éramos felices pero no lo sabíamos, a work about the complex relationship between Colombia and Venezuela, a work given depth by the author’s travels to the country next door in 2019 and 2020. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Guido Tamayo.
Marta Orrantia will talk about her most recent book, Cipriano, a reflection on aging told through the eyes of Cipriano, an octogenarian who has been widowed for three years when he receives the news of his daughter’s death. As well as her long career as a journalist working for Colombian media, Orrantia has also written the non-fiction book Todopoderosos de Colombia and the novels Orejas de pescado and Mañana no te presentes. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Guido Tamayo.
Winston Churchill once said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” How is it possible to ensure that democratic systems work as well as they can? What role does the separation of powers play? What is the real value of the vote for citizens? Camilo Arango will talk to the political scientist Sandra Borda (Colombia) and the academic Jorge Giraldo (Colombia) about this political system, which is still imperfect yet guarantees its people greater liberties.
At this event we will share a lovely Jerico-style coffee with Juan Gabriel Vásquez and we will talk about his most recent book, Volver la vista atrás. Vásquez has won the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize, the IMPAC Prize for The Sound of Things Falling, and the 6th Biblioteca Prize for Colombian Fiction for Canciones para el incendio. His novels and short stories have been translated into dozens of languages. An intimate encounter between readers and the author, moderated by Ana Cristina Restrepo.
Tomás González, one of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, will talk about his new book, El fin del Océano Pacífico. González is the author of a dozen novels, several short story collections and a poetry book. The book he presents at the festival acts as a reminder, expressed using characters and language, that life and death are consubstantial: just as there could be no ocean without coast, there cannot be a beginning if there is no end. In conversation with Juan David Correa.
The environmentalist Mariana Matija (Colombia) offers a guide for children about how to be responsible consumers committed to sustainability. Author of 10 pasos para alinear la cabeza y el corazón y salvar el planeta, Matija creates and shares educational content on a range of crucial and interconnected matters, making them accessible and comprehensible to all. She will talk to about her teaching and her learnings with Clara Robledo.
The exceptional Carlos Vives, a multi-award winning musician of international fame, acclaimed around the world, is also a great expert on the Colombian musical tradition, which he has paid homage to and also contributed to with his own work. Vives will talk to Juancho Valencia about Cumbiana: Relatos de un mundo perdido, his book about the style that is most closely identified with Colombia: cumbia.
A celebration of music, culture and art with the great Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín, a professional orchestra with 37 years of experience, who's highest purpose is to transform the local and national territories through symphonic music.
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