Hay Festival Querétaro 2022 – Hay Joven

We invite you to browse the programme of the seventh edition of the Hay Festival Queretaro, to be celebrated from 1-4 of September 2022. This year, we return with in person activities in the Hay Joven, Hay Festivalito, and Hay Delegaciones sections, and for the first time we present talks in the municipalities of Bernal, Corregidora, and Tequisquiapan.

Hay Joven is the 100% free programme for university students that seeks to create a space for close and assertive conversations, working together with public and private universities of Querétaro. The Hay Joven aims to generate debates between local students and thinkers from around the world, crossing borders with in person and hybrid events. In this edition, we will bring together writers, journalists and thinkers from seven countries with young people in gatherings that motivate the exploration of themes such as literature, science, technology, human rights, current affairs and gender.

All Hay Festival events are free for university students. To get free tickets for the general programme, students can request them at tickets@hayfestival.org. Hay Joven is the exclusive programme for university students.

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Cecilia Barría and Juan Carlos Pérez

BBC journalism workshop

UAQ, explanada de Rectoría, Auditorio Fernando Díaz Ramírez
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We present the now traditional and much awaited journalism workshop, designed for journalism and communications students, with Cecilia Barría and Juan Carlos Pérez, members of the BBC Mundo team. They will explain the working methods of one of the most highly respected media organizations for its rigour and news quality.
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Marta Peirano in conversation with Arturo Marcial Padrón Hernández

Technological Sovereignty, Democracy and the Environment

UAQ, explanada de Rectoría, Auditorio Fernando Díaz Ramírez
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We live in an age of information, and the Internet, affordable for many, is one of the key elements in this society. However, behind the freedom and democratization of information that is seemingly offered by telecommunications, things are not so simple. Marta Peirano is the author of the books El rival de Prometeo: Vidas de Autómatas Ilustres, El pequeño libro rojo del activista en la red, El enemigo conoce el sistema and Contra el futuro. The last of these was written to help us face the climate crisis with citizen action tools that challenge was the author calls “climate feudalism”. Peirano was involved in founding the Culture sections of ADN and eldiario.es, has been a director of the Copyfight initiative and is co-founder of the Hacks/Hackers Berlin and Cryptoparty Berlin groups. Her TED talk ¿Por qué me vigilan, si no soy nadie? has been seen over four million times on YouTube. At this event, we will discuss technological sovereignty, democracy and a healthy environment with Marta Peirano. In conversation with Arturo Marcial Padrón Hernández.
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Carlos Briones in conversation with Criseida Ruiz Aguilar

Are we alone? In search of other lives in the cosmos

Teatro Auditorio Dr. Flavio M. Mena Jara. Centro Académico Cultural UNAM Campus Juriquilla
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There are questions that have been in the minds of humans since we emerged as enquiring beings: are the stars inhabited? Or are we alone in the universe? The guest who will discuss this matter with us is Carlos Briones (Spain), a doctor of science, a specialist in biochemistry and molecular biology and a researcher at the Council of Scientific Research’s Astrobiology Centre in Spain, an organization affiliated with NASA. Briones is the author of the book ¿Estamos solos? En busca de otras vidas en el cosmos, in which he takes up this question from an interdisciplinary viewpoint, looking at the history of how humans have reflected on extraterrestrial life not only from a scientific perspective, but also through art, literature, philosophy, music and science fiction. Briones is a dedicated Third Culture advocate, supporting the integration of the sciences, humanities and the arts. He will talk to Criseida Ruiz Aguilar.

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Literature workshop with Mónica Lavín

UAQ, explanada de Rectoría, Auditorio Fernando Díaz Ramírez
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The writer Mónica Lavín is considered to be one of the most interesting voices on the contemporary Mexican cultural scene. A prolific author of over 20 books, including novels, short story collections and four books of non-fiction. She has won a number of awards, including a Canadian Governor General’s Award and the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Prize for her powerful and iconic novel Yo, la peor, about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. She is a columnist for El Universal newspaper and presents programmes for channels Once and 22 that feature interviews with writers. In her most recent book, Últimos días de mis padres, the author deals with the death of her father, followed by the death of her mother. At this event, Lavín will offer a literary workshop at which the participants will create an exquisite corpse in order to cover the issue of narrative elements, and then do a short story writing challenge.

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Andrés Cota Hiriart in conversation with Julieta Díaz Barrón

Tec de Monterrey, Punto Blanco
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The zoologist, educator and communicator Andrés Cota Hiriart (Mexico) presents his very special Fieras familiares, inviting us to think about and celebrate biodiversity with a collection of personal essays in which he talks about his interactions and experiences with very different animals in different parts of the world. A collaborator with media outlets such as Vice, Letras Libres and Gatopardo, coordinator of the Sociedad de Científicos Anónimos, lecturer in Literature at the Escuela Superior de Cine film school and creator of the podcast Masaje Cerebral, he studied Biology at UNAM and did a Master’s in Communications at Imperial College, London. He is also the author of the novel Cabeza ajena (2017) and of the non-fiction publications Faunologías (2015) and El ajolote: Biología del anfibio más sobresaliente del mundo (2016). He will talk to Julieta Díaz Barrón.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Biblioteca Campus Centro Histórico UAQ
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The writer and academic Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam/United States) has recently published The Committed, the highly awaited sequel to his literary debut, The Sympathizer. He will talk about this extraordinary book, a perceptive reflection on racism, immigration, consumer society and hangovers from the Vietnam War. Born in Vietnam, his family emigrated to the United States, where Nguyen currently lives and lectures English, American Studies and Ethnicity. In 2015 he published his first book, The Sympathizer, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and plaudits from the critics. In this session, the author will give a talk and workshop for university students interested in great literature and creative writing.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Antonio Martínez Ron in conversation with Karla Vázquez Parra

Something new in the skies

UAQ, explanada de Rectoría, Auditorio Fernando Díaz Ramírez
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Some of the simplest questions are also some of the most profound, taking us into both the history of human development and the very workings of nature. Why does it rain? Where does space begin? It is questions like these that form the starting point for Algo nuevo en los cielos, a book that leads us on a personal and scientific journey into the secrets of the atmosphere, while also covering the ascent of humankind into the skies, expanding our view of the universe. Its author, Antonio Martínez Ron (Spain), is a journalist, scientist and writer. He has worked as a scientific educator for different print, radio and television media outlets and has received major awards, such as the Ondas Prize and the Concha García Campoy Prize. This event will introduce us to meteorologists, pilots, poets and storm hunters to tell us the story of what Martínez Ron believes to be one of the most fascinating adventures that humans have ever undertaken. En conversation with Karla Vázquez Parra.

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Lucía Lijtmaer in conversation with María José Vázquez de la Mora

Tec de Monterrey, Punto Blanco
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Two lives lived four centuries apart cross over in the latest novel by Lucía Lijtmaer (Argentina/Spain). Cauterio (2022) tells the story of two women who feel the need to flee: one from 17th-century London, where her ideals make her a threat, to the New World; another from Barcelona to Madrid, tormented by a recent breakup and her conviction that an apocalypse is coming. The critic and writer Lucía Lijtmaer offers two stories that shed light on and ask questions of gender roles in two very different eras; it also shows us a decadent world, one ready to be delivered to the flames: the fire will cauterize everything. In conversation with María José Vázquez de la Mora.

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Francisco Carrillo

Rulfo in five readings

Universidad Anáhuac, Aula Magna Edificio C
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Despite the fact that Juan Rulfo is one of the most studied and commented on writers of recent decades, his work seems to be an endless source, always open to new interpretations and points of view. The academic, Doctor in Latin American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and writer Francisco Carrillo (Spain) is the author of the book of essays Fuera de foco. Cinco derivas por la obra de Juan Rulfo, which give a new approach to the life and work of one of the most universal, iconic and influential Mexican writers. For those who think they know everything about Rulfo.

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Caitlin Moran in conversation with Paulina Macías

Tec de Monterrey, Punto Blanco
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Caitlin Moran (United Kingdom) won a British Press Award for Best Columnist of the Year in 2010 and two more for Best Critic and Best Interviewer in 2011. She is the author of the award-winning book of non-fiction How To Be a Woman (2014), a testimony that has been considered essential reading for our times. She now presents More Than a Woman (2022), which takes up the concerns of the previous book from the perspective of a woman aged over forty and deals with the new issues that arise with age: sexuality, changes in one’s body, professional life, motherhood, domestic life, relations with teenagers and older people… Caitlin Moran has written a brave and intimate manifesto about the life experiences of a middle-aged woman in the 21st century. In conversation with Paulina Macías.

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Tawakkol Karman in conversation with Lorena Alcalá Cabrera

Imagine: Equalities. Education and information

UAQ, explanada de Rectoría, Auditorio Fernando Díaz Ramírez
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The Nobel prize-winner Tawakkol Karman will talk about the importance of access to quality public education and information as essential tools for creating a free, critical public that can contribute to transforming the world. Tawakkol Karman (Yemen) is a human rights activist, journalist and politician. Known as “the mother of the revolution”, “the iron woman” and “the lady of the Arab spring”, Karman played a key role in the 2011 pro-democracy youth uprising in Yemen. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Ellen John Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, in recognition of her leadership in the non-violent struggle and her work against authoritarianism, corruption and oppression. Karman is the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win the Peace Prize and when she received the award she was the youngest ever winner, aged just 32. She will talk to Lorena Alcalá Cabrera.

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Lydiette Carrión in conversation with Iliana Padilla y Anabel Montserrat Pineda Rangel

Centro Cultural de la UNAM en el Centro Histórico
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The multiple award-winning Lydiette Carrión is committed to investigating and documenting violence against women in Mexico. The outstanding book La fosa de agua is a record of her work, dealing with femicides in Ecatepec and Tecámac. Carrión won the 2012 Gender and Justice Prize, awarded by the Mexican Supreme Court, in the Written Report category; and the 2019 Gabo Prize in the Innovation category, for the collective project Mujeres en la Vitrina. In conversation with Iliana Padilla and Anabel Montserrat Pineda Rangel.

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George Makari in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Teatro Auditorio Dr. Flavio M. Mena Jara. Centro Académico Cultural UNAM Campus Juriquilla
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The “hard problem of consciousness” is one that we must return to again and again. The award-winning historian, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst George Makari explores this in his outstanding work of non-fiction, Soul Machine (2015). The author teases out the history of concepts such as “soul” and “mind”, and how one term came to replace the other along with advances in philosophy, science and psychology. The book tackles the relationship between body and mind, between brain and consciousness, the transition from religious paradigms to rationalist views on such matters, and the philosophical, political and ethical implications of these processes, resulting in the nuances of current thought in this area. In conversation with Eduardo Rabasa, who translated the book into Spanish.

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