27
Oct

Velo islámico. Derechos y deberes.

Written on October 27, 2007 by DeansTalk in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Fernando Fontes

Muslim_hijab

En las últimas semanas se ha reproducido en España la polémica sobre si se debe autorizar o no la asistencia a colegios públicos de niñas llevando el velo islámico. Esta polémica, como todos sabemos, no es única en España sino que existe en todos los países europeos, habiéndose resuelto de diferentes maneras.

Mi opinión, vaya por delante, es que no se debe autorizar la asistencia a clase con el velo islámico. Y ahora voy a tratar de justificarlo en base a los siguientes argumentos:

1.-  Laicidad del Estado, entendida como separación absoluta entre Iglesia (religión) y Estado. Este es uno de los mayores avances de las sociedades occidentales y responsable del desarrollo, en todos los órdenes, científicos, tecnológicos, morales, culturales, etc. de estas sociedades frente a las que no han conseguido esa separación entre religión y Estado. En las instituciones públicas de los Estados laicos  no debería haber ningún símbolo religioso, sea de la creencia que sea.

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26
Oct

The Fall

Written on October 26, 2007 by Felicia Appenteng in Literature, Philosophy

Paradise Felicia Appenteng

In light of recent posts about Lost Paradises, I thought that it might be interesting to listen to a discussion about the original loss of Paradise and the fall of mankind.  An examination of the nature of sin is necessary to understand lost Paradises because perfect places and imperfect beings are inextricably bound to each other. 

In this line of thought, I found this idea to be a perfect introduction to one of my favorite programmes, the BBC Radio show, In Our Time, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.  On April 8th, 2004, he held a discussion called "The Fall"

How would you characterize man’s relationship to Paradise throughout history?  Could you frame history as an attempt to achieve the impossible Paradise?

26
Oct

IE Business School Annual Alumni Conference

Written on October 26, 2007 by DeansTalk in Arts & Cultures & Societies



25% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION
WILL BE OVER 60 YEARS OLD BY 2050 AND THERE WILL BE 9,200 MILLION PEOPLE
IN THE WORLD

THE DEMAND FOR ENERGY WILL
GROW BY 50% OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS

OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS THE
WORLD WILL SEE EXTRAORDINARY CHANGES WITH REGARD TO WATER

What implications does all
this have for business? On November 16th IE’s Annual Alumni
Conference will hold an open debate on the key challenges currently
facing the world with the help of Asit Biswas, “2006 Stockholm Award”
known as the Nobel Water Prize, Haniz Zlotnik, Population Division Director
at the United Nations, and Michel Camdessus, former Director of the
IMF.

IE is always at the forefront
of major trends and constantly anticipating the future. That’s why
we invite experts to think about new paradigms for businesses, knowing
that the rules of the game are constantly changing and that only companies
that know how to incorporate the new scenario into their corporate DNA
will prevail.

We are seeing changes in production,
changes in consumer patterns, changes in how people travel, sell, communicate,
lead, finance…In short not only economic and social changes, but also
in the world of business.

The Annual IE Alumni Conference
also includes the burning issue of climate change. Apart from the controversy
about how real the phenomenon is, there is no doubt that this debate
is resulting in changes in political decisionmaking and that it will
have a marked impact on business organisations. Hence, we will be joined
by Felix Hernández, a Researcher at CSIC and Spanish representative
of Al Gore’s Climate project, both of which received the 2007 Noble
Peace Prize.

The Annual IE Alumni Conference
is a platform where alumni, current students, professors and professionals
from all fields of business meet to take part in a major training and
networking exercise against a markedly international backdrop. An extraordinary
event that you can’t afford to miss. 

26
Oct

The Booker’s Celebration of Bleak

Written on October 26, 2007 by Rolf Strom-Olsen in Literature

Rolf Strom-Olsen

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Last week, as Felicia has posted below, the Man Booker Prize was awarded to Irish author Anne Enright for her novel The Gathering. I have long felt the Man Booker to be the world’s most important prize for fiction, despite its strictures: it is awarded annually to a book written in English by a subject of the Commonwealth. Still, that means almost a third of the globe’s population is eligible. In theory at least, since even a cursory review of the Prize’s shortlist makes it readily apparent that the same names tend to recur: Iris Murdoch (6 nominations), Margaret Atwood (5 nominations), Salman Rushdie, etc….  Still, the scope of the prize is vast compared to other such recognitions. (If the prize was at one point a largely British affair, it is no longer: only two Brits have won the prize in the last decade.)

This internationalism is much of what gives the Booker its significance, I think. This year’s shortlist featured authors from Pakistan, New Zealand and India as well as England (including dreary prize perennial Ian McEwan). Compare that to the Prix Goncourt (nominally open to any work published in French). Last year, the prize was awarded to Jonathan Littell. This caused something of a stir since the author is *gasp* American (although he was brought up in France, wrote the book in French, and was widely expected to win). Amusingly, the author, who had previously been unsuccessful in his bid to gain French citizenship, was apparently fast-tracked for French citizenship once he had the Goncourt in his pocket – an incidental reminder that the Goncourt, like such prizes elsewhere, remains largely a national affair. 

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24
Oct

Julián Montaño

Eliot

Coriolano es el título que T.S. Eliot le dio al conjunto de dos poemas suyos Marcha triunfal y Dificultades de un estadista. Están compuestos en 1931 y son un mosaico de citas, guiños y bromas secretas con un ritmo fascinante. Very much a Modernist poem. Coriolano es la imagen, el correlato objetivo de la experiencia personal del poder fuera de la ley, de la conducta fuera de la norma, del deseo insatisfecho que se convierte en ley para sí mismo y deserta de la ciudad, del nomos, de la urbe. Con la tragedia de Coriolano Roma, la Inglaterra renacentista o la Inglaterra moderna se contó a sí misma el desastre del poder sin la norma que lo trasciende. Eliot mezcla en su particular homenaje a Coriolano la parafernalia del ejército moderno, la jerga de la administración pública y el lenguaje solemne de la antigua épica, como si Coriolano también fuera el correlato objetivo, la imagen, también de la experiencia moderna y contemporánea del poder. En la web pueden encontrarse enteros (creo que la Faber & Faber es muy suya para dejar que se copien enteros y no quiero saltarme las leyes de la urbe) merece la pena repasarlos.

Y además porque no sólo hablan del poder, también de la conciencia del Hombre Moderno, presa de su propio deseo infantil y ciego ("¿Qué he de clamar, Madre, madre") e inmediato, que no reconoce ninguna norma trascendente (el über-mensch nietzscheano). En 1922 Eliot le hizo un homenaje en La Tierra Baldía:

Dayadhvam: I have heard the key

Turn in the door once and turn once only

We think of the key, each in his prison

Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison

Only at nightfall, aetherial rumours

Revive for a moment a broken Coriolanus

Cada cual en su cárcel, pensando en la llave, presa de su conciencia y sus deseos, sin mirar a la patria, la urbe, los otros. Y es curioso, detrás de las citas de Coriolano de T.S. Eliot también está el Infierno de Dante y de la Roma sombría más que de la clásica (la de sibilas antiguas que gimen en recónditos parajes, la de sacerdotes que esperan en lagos umbríos ser depuestos mediante la muerte por la espada): Miguel dinos ¿qué tiene el norte de Italia?

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