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IMG_9099Last October 20th, the IE Humanities Center hosted the first lecture of the Cycle of Conferences “India: Present and Future”, which focused on Economy. This year, the series of lectures will revolve around the largest democracy on earth, studying it from different angles: politically, culturally, socially, etc. Seven activities will be held to fulfil that goal on both campuses, Madrid and Segovia.

The cycle of conferences began with an institutional speech by the director of the cycle, Professor Susana Torres, who explained the reasons behind its organization and took the opportunity to thank everyone that has made it possible. The audience was composed by a mix of students from Madrid and Segovia, faculty, directors, future lecturers and external guests, including India’s Embassy Economic Secretary Mr. Saravanan Balasubramanian.

The opening lecture, “Economy: The Emergence of a New Player”, was chaired by MIM’s Vice Dean Kiron Ravindran who moderated theIMG_9173 conversation with Economic Environment Professor Patricia Gabaldón and CaixaBank India Chief Pradeep Bhargava.

For more than one hour the three members of the panel analysed the challenges that India will have to face during the coming decade, as well as the big leap forward that India has done in the past 25 years. All agreed that education and technology will play the key factor, as production costs are rising. Professor Gabaldón stressed the role of women, which in some cases are being left behind, since when they get married they become a member of their in-law family, thus causing parents lack of investment in a daughter’s education. This led to an interesting point, which for sure is going to be covered in more lectures in the future, namely, how to cope with tradition and social development.

Once the lecture was over all attendees were invited to a cocktail just outside the classroom where students, faculty, staff and guests chatted lively about the present and coming events.

Next conference will be on Politics and be held on November 24thIf you wish to attend please register here


Mary Beard, History as Dialogue

Written on October 28, 2016 by Susana Torres Prieto in Arts & Cultures & Societies

1127By Susana Torres Prieto, Professor of Humanities at IE University.

Last weekend, the awarding ceremony of the prizes Princess of Asturias took place in Oviedo. Among the wonderful winners in its several categories, the Cambridge Classics Professor Mary Beard (Much Wenlock, UK, 1955) received the prize on Social Sciences. In her speech, she underlined the need we have to establish a fruitful dialogue with history, and consequently, she said she was receiving the award not only on her name, but also on behalf of all “those teachers, scholars and writers who work hard to make our conversation with the Ancient world so live, so engaging and so rewarding”. Indeed, it was her capacity for making accessible her vast knowledge of the Ancient World to the general public one of the aspects that the Jury most appreciated in their awarding Prof. Beard the prize.

What Prof. Beard has done is something worth a great merit, because she has challenged academic conventions in order to fulfil a social task that the Humanities necessarily has to undertake. For many decades, academic circles have refused to enter into that necessary dialogue with society, arriving to such specialization of knowledge and attention to detail that render all efforts inane in terms of dialoguing with the past. To a certain extent, we don’t see the forest for the trees anymore. And that is tragic, because at the university we should have the social responsibility of taking care of transmitting, for present and future generations, everything we have been able to learn. Being a scholar of the Humanities without trying to reach the society in an ample sense is like being a doctor and treating only those patients that are going to be cured for sure. It doesn’t really make much sense.

As Prof. Beard explains in her latest book, SPQR, entire academic careers have been made and lost over tiny details that do not change the general picture of what we know and why is still relevant. It is imperative that we rethink what is the call and aim of the Humanities in the modern world in order to understand what is the task that we all as scholars have to undertake not before our colleagues or our institutions, or even before our students, but in a wider sense to the society in general. There isn’t much point, really, is preaching to the converted. Isolating ourselves in arcane departments, spending time and resources in endless navel-gazing exercises is not going to make our role in society more important, quite the contrary, and it is not going to bring students to our classes, because nobody is ready to devote the best years of their youth to study something they have not even heard about. The compromise of Prof. Beard and of many others who, due to their writing for the wider public are being accused sometimes of being “dilettantes” by their own colleagues, is indispensable to save the Humanities from being the instrument of self-centred ambitious scholars who refuse to share their impressive knowledge with the wider world. It is more than crucial that we descend from our own trees and start contemplating the forest.


Diversidad generacional

Written on October 26, 2016 by Rafael Puyol in Arts & Cultures & Societies

INSTITUTO DE EMPRESA.  PROFESORESPor Rafael Puyol, Vicepresidente de Fundación IE

El discurso sobre las personas mayores es ambiguo. Por un lado, nos felicitamos que haya cada vez más viejos que cumplen más años. Por otro, nos quejamos de que la población envejezca por las consecuencias (económicas, sociales y hasta políticas,…) que el proceso va a plantear. Quizás esa ambigüedad se deba a la confusión que mucha gente tiene entre longevidad y envejecimiento. Longevidad significa que las personas cumplen más años que nunca. Envejecimiento, que la proporción de población mayor de 65 años aumenta constantemente y llega a superar a los porcentajes de jóvenes. Y este hecho es interpretado por algunos en términos de conflicto intergeneracional, sobre todo en lo laboral.

Creo que es una visión equivocada y que esa relación intergeneracional hay que leerla, ante todo, bajo un prisma de colaboración. Los mayores dependen de las cotizaciones de los jóvenes y adultos para poder cobrar su pensión y hacer frente a los crecientes gastos sociales que generan y pueden ayudar a estos últimos a través de diferentes mecanismos de naturaleza familiar o social, sustituyendo muchas veces el insuficiente papel del Estado como protagonista de las prestaciones de la sociedad del bienestar. En los años de crisis, muchas familias han podido subsistir gracias a la (exigua) pensión del abuelo y en los de bonanza los abuelos  cuidadores se han ocupado de sus nietos con dedicación y eficacia.

En el terreno laboral, en un escenario de superación de la crisis y ante la delicada situación de insuficiencia demográfica que vamos a vivir, los jóvenes van a encontrar las oportunidades laborales que ahora el mercado les niega. Que los mayores se mantengan más años activos no va a ir en detrimento del trabajo juvenil. Ambos serán necesarios en una economía que va a demandar más manos y más cerebros. Lo que sí cambiará, probablemente, en el papel de los seniors, con tareas que exigirán otras ocupaciones, otras dedicaciones, distintos salarios. Y entre estas tareas destacará esa labor de formación que los trabajadores de edad pueden ejercer con sus homólogos menos experimentados en un ambiente de colaboración que será profundamente enriquecedor para las empresas.


56_8-740x480The eleventh edition of Hay Festival Segovia broke its own attendance record this year, with more than 25,000 people attending the 96 events of a festival in which IE University was one of the main partners, hosting some 50 activities. All 16 events held in the Aula Magna of the Santa Cruz La Real Campus of IE University, with a capacity for over 600 people, were sold out. Its Capitular and Refectorio spaces also attracted capacity attendance.

A wide variety of leading writers, artists, filmmakers, journalists and thinkers from around the world were present over the course of the festival: Dileep Padgaonkar, Namita Gokhale, Peter Florence, Fernando Fernandez, Jorge Habsburg, Ramon Perez Maura, Arpad Von Lazar, Jean-Paul Viguier, Martha Thorne, Benedetta Tagliabue, Adam Foulds, Deborah Levy, Michael Robinson, Julie Christie (Photo), Javier del Pino, Inigo Dominguez, Vicente Vallés, Péter Gárdos, Santiago Posteguillo, Fernando Savater, Guillermo de la Dehesa, Trapiello, Antonio Muñoz Molina, John Banville, Ángeles González-Sinde, César Antonio Molina, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Juan Luis Arsuaga, among others.

Journalist Juan Cruz and author Juan Jose Millas closed the festival with a conversation about literature and Millas’ latest novel, Desde la sombra (From the shadow) in the Aula Magna of IE University.

One of the highlights of the festival was the ABC-IE Workshop, which was streamed live. Organized by the digital edition of leading Spanish daily, Talking Points: New voices in Spanish Narrative saw journalists Jesús Calero, Agnes Martin Rodrigo and Marta Riego talk with some of the emerging figures in contemporary Spanish literature. The retransmission was carried out through the Media Lab of IE University in collaboration with students and teachers from the Communication department.

An equally popular event at this year’s Hay Festival Segovia was the”Workshop of Dreams project led by the Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design, Martha Thorne, which brought together leading figures from such diverse fields as literature, gastronomy, architecture and science to create a series of wood carvings from timber from US forests.


Below you can find a list of this year’s winners covering the length and breadth of our broad spectrum of nationalities. It clearly reflects the richness and plurality of interests and culture of IE students and alumni, in all IE schools, and at every level of our higher education programs.

The winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities for the 2015/16 academic year are:


Short story in Spanish

First prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Un hombre con el abrigo largo.

Second prize:

Elisa Carrara (Cuneo, Italy, 1987, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Una expresión sardónica.

Third prize:

Sofía Quetglas Diz (Madrid, Spain, 1992, Master in Management, 2016), for De vuelta a Barcelona.

Special mention:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Muerte en María de Molina.


Poem in Spanish

First prize:

Sofía Rondán González (Barcelona, Spain, 1992, Master in International Relations, 2016), for Nadie.

Second prize:

María Isabel Macías Núñez (Madrid, Spain, 1993, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for Primer round.

Third prize:

Jesús Arcenegui Méndez (Madrid, Spain, 1997, Bachelor in International Relations, 2019), for Quiero.


Short story in English

First prize:

Do Xuan Hoang (Hanoi, Vietnam, 1996, Bachelor in Architecture, 2020), for Aroma.

Second prize:

Alyssa Flora Najafi (Palo Alto, U.S.A., 1989, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Death Valley.

Third prize:

Marieke Elisah Lensvelt (Muscat, Oman, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for The Other Side.


Poem in English

First prize:

Joy Cierrea Archer Holmes (Daytona Beach, U.S.A., 1993, Bachelor of Laws, 2017), for Beautuful Imperfectiums [sic].

Second prize:

Sumedha Sharma (Kanpur, India, 1987, Master in Corporate Communication, 2016), for One Place – A Haiku.

Third prize:

Malak El Halabi (Baakline, Lebanon, 1992, Master in Market Research and Consumer Behavior, 2016), for 23.



First prize:

Nathalie Lagard (Bratislava, Slovakia, 1994, Bachelor in Architecture, 2017), for Rendez-vous.

Second prize:

Romain Odin Lepoutre (Manila, Philippines, 1993, Bachelor in Architecture, 2019), for Hangman.

Third prize:

Jazmin Cristina Harb Andrade (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1991, Master in Visual and Digital Media, 2016), for Dancejazz.



Sole winner:

Montserrat Gutiérrez Mesegue (San Diego, U.S.A., 1995, Bachelor in Architecture, 2018), for Apparently.

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