Colombia Digital 2021

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Esther Duflo in conversation with Ana María Ibáñez (Spanish translation)

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Esther Duflo, (France) a former advisor to Barack Obama, is an MIT academic. In 2010 she received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most outstanding economist in the United States aged under 40. She was listed by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers and her books have been translated into over fifteen languages. She was a joint winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. Another of the winners was Abhijit Banerjee, with whom she has written her latest book, Good Economics for Hard Times (2020), a work that shows how understanding the economy and using this knowledge well can help to resolve some of the most acute social and political problems of our times: from migration to inequality, sluggish growth and accelerating climate change. In conversation with Ana María Ibáñez.

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Esther Duflo in conversation with Ana María Ibáñez (Spanish translation)

Event 21

Jacqueline Novogratz in conversation with Ricardo Ávila

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Jacqueline Novogratz (United States) is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a pioneering non-profit venture capital fund that uses business strategies to solve problems of poverty around the world. With a background in investment banking, Novogratz is also the author of The Blue Sweater, a book that looks at the idea of charity and proposes a kind of philanthropic investment she calls “patient capital”. In her new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, Novogratz talks about the new skills and values necessary to live together in this world. She will talk to Ricardo Ávila.

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Jacqueline Novogratz in conversation with Ricardo Ávila (Spanish translation)

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Jacqueline Novogratz (United States) is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, a pioneering non-profit venture capital fund that uses business strategies to solve problems of poverty around the world. With a background in investment banking, Novogratz is also the author of The Blue Sweater, a book that looks at the idea of charity and proposes a kind of philanthropic investment she calls “patient capital”. In her new book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, Novogratz talks about the new skills and values necessary to live together in this world. She will talk to Ricardo Ávila.

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Jacqueline Novogratz in conversation with Ricardo Ávila (Spanish translation)

Event 22

Hernando García and Mauricio Diazgranados in conversation with Mónica Fonseca

Eating, healing and creating: the power of plants and fungi of Colombia

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The journalist, blogger and United Nations Environmental Ambassador, Mónica Fonseca, talks to Hernando García, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, and to Mauricio Diazgranados, head of the research team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Colombia has the second richest biodiversity in the world, with around 26,000 registered plant species, of which 5,803 are reported to have possible uses. The diversity of fungi may be just as great, but not as explored. This biodiversity and its uses represent a great opportunity for the country’s green development. Taking some examples from the Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project run by Kew together with the Humboldt Institute, we will analyse how science, community work and technology can help to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. This event includes the the participation of the UK ambassador to Colombia, Colin Martin-Reynolds.

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Hernando García and Mauricio Diazgranados in conversation with Mónica Fonseca (English translation)

Eating, healing and creating: the power of plants and fungi of Colombia

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The journalist, blogger and United Nations Environmental Ambassador, Mónica Fonseca, talks to Hernando García, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, and to Mauricio Diazgranados, head of the research team at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. Colombia has the second richest biodiversity in the world, with around 26,000 registered plant species, of which 5,803 are reported to have possible uses. The diversity of fungi may be just as great, but not as explored. This biodiversity and its uses represent a great opportunity for the country’s green development. Taking some examples from the Useful Plants and Fungi of Colombia project run by Kew together with the Humboldt Institute, we will analyse how science, community work and technology can help to resolve some of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. This event includes the the participation of the UK ambassador to Colombia, Colin Martin-Reynolds.

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Hernando García and Mauricio Diazgranados in conversation with Mónica Fonseca (English translation)

Event 23

Jorge Drexler in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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Composer, singer-songwriter and the creator of songs that are loved and listened to all over the Spanish-speaking world, Jorge Drexler (Uruguay) has been making music for over thirty years, experimenting with genres including folk, pop and alternative rock. He has released 13 albums, has won five Latin Grammy awards in the categories of Record of the Year (2), Album of the Year (2) and Song of the Year (1), and in 2005 he won an Oscar for Best Original Song with “Al otro lado del río”, from the film The Motorcycle Diaries. In conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Event P7

Goyo in conversation with Roberto Pombo

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Goyo is a member and co-founder of the band ChocQuibTown, winner of a Latin Grammy for Best Alternative Song in 2010 for “De donde vengo yo”, and the Best Tropical Fusion Album of 2015 for El mismo. With ChocQuibTown, which also features her brother Slow Mike and her husband Tostao, Goyo has collaborated with artists such as Carlos Vives, Diego Torres and Ivete Sangalo. ChocQuibTown, currently one of the most important Latin music bands in the world, fuses rhythms such as funk, reggae and hip-hop with music typical of the Colombian Pacific. Goyo talks about her career as the ChocQuibTown vocalist with El Tiempo Editor, Roberto Pombo.

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Event P8

Isabel Allende in conversation with Jan Martínez Ahrens

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An event that pays homage to that great woman of letters, Isabel Allende, who received the 2020 Liber Prize for her career and her passion for communicating with readers. She has written works such as The House of the Spirits (1982), Forest of the Pygmies (2004) and Inés of My Soul (2006). This last novel was made into a television series by RTVE in 2020. That same year she published her latest book, Mujeres del alma mía. This memoire and essay is about the writer’s relationship with feminism and the fact of being a woman. With this book, Allende also calls for the need to live one’s old age to the full, "My story is told in every year I have lived and every wrinkle I have.” She will talk about her career, her experiences and her writing with the director of El País América Jan Martínez Ahrens.

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Event P9

Carlos Vives in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Back to an Amphibious Culture. Conversation and live concert

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This is the memory of a captain who navigated the great river and a vallenatero who discovered a lost world. In Cumbiana, relatos del mundo perdido (2020), Carlos Vives and Guillermo Barreto lead us to discover the origin of cumbia through a magical journey that weaves together the memory of the artist and the notes of the historian. This book is the portal to the reconstruction of an amazing amphibian nation that united its destiny in America with European culture and with African culture to leave a musical legacy that has marked history. This event includes a concert acoompanied by Yeison Landero on the accordion.

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Event 24

Irene Vallejo in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Hay Dialogues with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos

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The Hay Dialogues with Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos initiative aims to promote knowledge and exchange among writers of different generations and nationalities, united by a single language and a literary tradition enriched by authors of varied origins. The project consists of inviting an established author to talk to a younger one on the other side of the Atlantic. On this occasion we have Irene Vallejo (Spain), an award-winning writer and Doctor of Classical Philology, known for her research and educational work involving the ancient world and classical authors. In 2020, as well as being chosen for the AECID 10 de 30 initiative, a selection of ten Spanish writers aged between 30 and 40, she received the National Essay Prize for her latest book, El infinito en un junco. She will talk to the writer Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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Event 25

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld will talk about her book The Discomfort of Evening, winner of the 2020 Booker International Prize. This is the story of mourning and the terrible choice between overcoming it and succumbing to it. It is a girl’s struggle to understand death, never named but present in every corner, because this is the only way she will conquer it. This is a story told from the inside, in which it is impossible not to feel every chill, every blow, every wound. An uncomfortable, beautiful debut from one of the Netherlands’ most important new writers.

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (Spanish translation)

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld will talk about her book The Discomfort of Evening, winner of the 2020 Booker International Prize. This is the story of mourning and the terrible choice between overcoming it and succumbing to it. It is a girl’s struggle to understand death, never named but present in every corner, because this is the only way she will conquer it. This is a story told from the inside, in which it is impossible not to feel every chill, every blow, every wound. An uncomfortable, beautiful debut from one of the Netherlands’ most important new writers.

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld in conversation with Gloria Susana Esquivel (Spanish translation)

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David Quammen in conversation with Pablo Correa

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An expert on science and nature, the US writer David Quammen will talk about his latest book to be published in Spanish, Contagio (published in English as Spillover). Quammen has written 15 books about matters ranging from viruses and epidemics, to the relationship between humans and nature, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and natural processes. In Spillover, the author reports his conversations with scientists who specialize in viruses and epidemics, following their trail in some of the most sophisticated laboratories, as well as a cave in southern China, and what he finds is both terrifying and fascinating. We go around the world looking for viruses, explanations for what happens and animals suspected to be reservoir species. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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David Quammen in conversation with Pablo Correa (Spanish translation

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An expert on science and nature, the US writer David Quammen will talk about his latest book to be published in Spanish, Contagio (published in English as Spillover). Quammen has written 15 books about matters ranging from viruses and epidemics, to the relationship between humans and nature, Darwin’s theory of evolution, and natural processes. In Spillover, the author reports his conversations with scientists who specialize in viruses and epidemics, following their trail in some of the most sophisticated laboratories, as well as a cave in southern China, and what he finds is both terrifying and fascinating. We go around the world looking for viruses, explanations for what happens and animals suspected to be reservoir species. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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David Quammen in conversation with Pablo Correa (Spanish translation

Event 27

Juan Luis Arsuaga and Juan José Millás in conversation with Yolanda Ruiz

The origin of life and other questions

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In the collaborative book, La vida contada por un sapiens a un neandertal, the writer Juan José Millás and the paleoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga set out to understand life, its origins, why we are who we are, and what has brought us here. For two months, the two authors visited a variety of places, many of them common settings of everyday life, and others unique sites where it is still possible to find remains of what we once were, the place where we came from. Humanity’s traces over the millennia can be found around us, in places such as landscapes, caves, children’s parks and toy shops. In conversation with the journalist Yolanda Ruiz.

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Event 28

Robert Macfarlane in conversation with Pablo Correa

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey gives an account of a series of explorations under the surface of our planet. From the endless catacombs of Paris to painted caves, he talks about rituals and legends involved in everything connected to the world under the ground. Through his travels, Macfarlane invites us to rediscover our daily existence, involving us in the life that goes on beneath, hidden to gazes that tend to look up, rather than down. Underland won the Wainwright Prize, one of the most important awards for nature and travel writing. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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Robert Macfarlane in conversation with Pablo Correa (Spanish translation)

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey gives an account of a series of explorations under the surface of our planet. From the endless catacombs of Paris to painted caves, he talks about rituals and legends involved in everything connected to the world under the ground. Through his travels, Macfarlane invites us to rediscover our daily existence, involving us in the life that goes on beneath, hidden to gazes that tend to look up, rather than down. Underland won the Wainwright Prize, one of the most important awards for nature and travel writing. He will talk to the journalist Pablo Correa.

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Robert Macfarlane in conversation with Pablo Correa (Spanish translation)

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Giuseppe Caputo in conversation with David Lara

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Giuseppe Caputo studied Creative Writing at the universities of New York and Iowa. He is the author of the novel An Orphan World as well as of several poetry books. He was selected for the Bogotá39-2017 list of 39 most promising Latin American writers under 40. He was Cultural Director of the Bogota Book Fair and is currently an educator and coordinator of the Caro y Cuervo Institute’s Master’s Programme in Creative Writing. His second novel, Estrella madre (2020), tells the story of a man who lives awaiting the return of his mother. He will talk to the journalist David Lara.

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Richard Ford in conversation with Margarita Valencia

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Richard Ford (United States) is one of the major US writers of our time. 2016 Princess of Asturias Prize for Letters, he has published novels such as A Piece of My Heart, The Ultimate Good Luck and the Frank Bascombe series: The Sportswriter, Independence Day (Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner prizes), The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You; short stories and novellas, including Rock Springs, Women With Men and A Multitude of Sins; and the memoire Between Them: Remembering My Parents. His most recent book is Sorry For Your Trouble, in which the author shows all the skills that have made him one of North America’s outstanding writers. The reader will find here Fordian characters who wander the world in longing and discomfort. There are encounters between men and women, between parents and children, and between strangers. Past friends meet, and teenagers on the edge of adult life experience new things. He will talk to Margarita Valencia about his career and this book in particular.

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Leonardo Padura in conversation with Mábel Lara

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The Cuban journalist, fiction and screenplay writer, and literary critic Leonardo Padura is the author of around 20 short story collections and novels, and was awarded the 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for Letters. His most recent novel, Como polvo en el viento (2020), tells the story of a young New Yorker, Adela, and her relationship with her mother and her partner, a young Cuban named Marcos. Marcos tells her stories about his youth on the island and the friends he left there, and looking at some old photos Adela sees a face she recognizes. The novel takes place among the Cuban diaspora and deals with loyalty, love and links to the past. Padura will talk about this new novel with Mábel Lara.

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