The Editor of El Comercio newspaper, Aurelio Arévalo Miró Quesada, will talk to four teenagers, who will tell us about their experiences during the pandemic: what it has been like to live in confinement without contact with their friends, with their parents acting as teachers, with the presence of the disease, connectivity problems, the stress of restricted freedom, and the many changes, difficulties and learnings that they have had to face at a relatively early age, during these two years of the pandemic. This event also covers the El Comercio project, Corresponsales Escolares, an educational initiative that returns in the times of Covid after a nine-year hiatus, with the goal of giving a voice to the school community. These teenagers will participate in the first event and tell us about their experiences and what they have learned. With Edu Huamán, Irene Huamán and Jackson Pereyra.
Despite the fact that contemporary Latin American societies are formally secular from the socio-political point of view, religion continues to be one of the main forces that influences the region in many different ways. Unfortunately there continue to be cases in which terrible abuses are committed in the name of God, something that has been investigated by Martín López de Romaña, a photographer and writer with a background in Philosophy and Theology, for his work La jaula invisible (2012). This book is a collection of shocking testimony about the Sodalicio Catholic congregation, a religious institution that he belonged to for 14 years and which he, together with his brother Vicente, José Enrique Escardó Steck, Óscar Osterling Castillo and the journalist Pedro Salinas, denounced in 2016 for the physical, psychological and sexual abuses perpetrated by eight of its members. He will talk about this chilling case with Paola Ugaz.
The Peruvian journalist Marco Sifuentes (Peru), the presenter of the very popular virtual news programme, La encerrona, brought together for his book, Casi bicentenarios, a dozen Peruvian voices with the aim of offering an understanding of Peru’s place in history, taking as a basis two events that have left their mark on the country: the particular experience of Peru during the global emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the arrival of the much awaited bicentenary of the country’s independence. Three voices from the book, Juan Carlos Celis Salinas; Alberto de Belaúnde, a lawyer and Member of the Peruvian congress; Ana Lucía Mosquera Rosado, an Afro-Peruvian communicator and activist; and her publisher, Marcos Sifuentes; will talk to Jorge Turpo.
As has so often happened in its history, Latin America has been going through a period of great transformations and socio-political turbulence, something that has been made worse by the devastating effects on the region of the current pandemic. Although the territory has an incredible geographical, linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity, there are certain shared historical, social, political and cultural patterns that will be dealt with at this event and discussed by well-known experts on the situation of Latin America today. From social inequality, political and economic instability, forced disappearances and protests against the system, to the challenges of being a good journalist when faced with censorship and disinformation, Sandra Borda (Colombia), Glatzer Tuesta (Peru) and Daniela Rea (Mexico) will talk about the diverse and complex Latin American scene, in conversation with Gonzalo Banda.
Few regions of the world have undergone such political upheaval as Latin America in recent times. The continent has been the setting for numerous socio-political protests and movements, in which very different nations have experienced similar discontent and social agitation. It is possible that this is the result of the common colonial-historical background, which has resulted in most cases in very polarized societies, with high levels of poverty and inequality, which have only increased with the health emergency caused by the pandemic. The journalist and writer Martín Caparrós (Argentina), the journalist Moisés Naím (Venezuela), the historian Natalia Sobrevilla (Peru) and the journalist Michael Reid (United Kingdom) will talk to the journalist Jacqueline Fowks (Peru) with the goal of trying to understand and find common ground regarding the complexity of the social processes that are happening on our continent.
With the support of SURA
César Hildebrandt is considered to be Peru’s most influential journalist. Over the course of his career, he has featured in over ten television programmes, he is the author of five books and also edits the magazine Hildebrandt en sus trece, a weekly publication that disseminates confrontational, documented, secular journalism. In 2021 Hildebrandt published a memoir entitled Confesiones de un inquisidor, in which he recounts and reflects on his career and his private life, from his days as a secondary school pupil to the impact of his work on Peruvian public opinion, his analysis of politics, his relationship with television and the media, his experience as a Peruvian abroad, and his view of his country’s past and present. This outstanding writer, journalist and thinker will talk to the editor of El País América, Jan Martínez Ahrens.