Humanities Discussion Series Segovia “Freedom of Speech”

Written on January 30, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

free-speechLiberty, Equality and Fraternity. These were the pillars of the French Revolution and what nationalists in 19th Century wanted to propagate throughout Europe and beyond.  The right to freedom of speech is taken by many to be the most indispensable aspect of a truly ‘free society’.  But, ‘free speech’ has nowhere and at no time meant any speech.  For example, we are often told that, “you can’t shout fire in a movie theatre” or that, “you can’t incite violence”.  And, in no society is libel and slander—the written or spoken defamation of others by the utterance of falsehood—protected.  So, are there legitimate limits on speech that would still allow us to call it ‘free’?

In theory, most Western societies reserve their citizens’ ‘right to offend.’ You can publicly say, “I don’t like old people”, or “hipsters”, or make disparaging comments about “women” or “men”. But, in most European contexts as well, there are limitations on the right to offend, namely, in the case of what is seen as constituting “hate speech”. In Germany, simply giving the Nazi salute is a crime.  In many others as well, Holocaust denial is illegal. In Spain, a magazine was charged with ‘offending the crown’ for visually depicting the heir apparent and his wife (now king and queen) having sex.  Here, one also cannot “apologize for terrorism”, namely, that perpetrated by ETA.  By focusing on these cases, where the sensitive points of each society have been placed outside the boundaries of ‘free speech’, it could be argued that the insistence of Western journalists on depicting and lampooning the prophet Muhammad, despite the high sensitivity of Muslims with respect to the subject, constitutes a clear double standard and pure hypocrisy.  Why can you offend Muslims in Spain, but not terror victims and the monarchs of the country?

Are there dangers in conceding censorship on the grounds of offending people? Or is ‘freedom of speech’ a neo-imperialist façade that is used selectively in Western societies to mock minorities such as Muslims while protecting nonetheless what each such society considers sacred for itself?  In our first Humanities Discussion of the new year, we encourage you to use your free speech to decide what it actually is.  And, if we all end up shouting at and hating each other by the end of the night, there will at least be some food and drink to compensate you for your offended feelings!  Look forward to seeing you there.

The eventy will take place on Thursday, February 5, 7-9 pm at Sala Capitular (Segovia)



By Nir Hindi (IMBA 2014)

“Entrepreneurs Are the Artists of the Business world”  is one of my favorite quotes. My name is Nir Hindi an IMBA graduate. I have more than 10 years’ experience in building, launching and working with early-stage companies alongside other entrepreneurs. Though, I always kept close relationship with the art world. My experiences and the contribution of the art to my professional as well as my personal life brought me to write a blog about the intersection between art and business.

I started this blog since I found out that there is a notion that art is disconnected from business; in many ways, even the total opposite of each other. I claim differently. I think these worlds share common things. I believe that in order for businesses to flourish and succeed in the future, they should embrace and engage with art.

Art and business have always intersected and influenced each other, especially from a financial and social point of view. In the recent decade the influence and the value of art for business increased. In a fast-paced environment, creativity and innovation play a critical role and companies are actively seeking to create environments that will enable them to innovate.

I believe that art influences the business world more than we think; for example, how Marissa Mayer’s Art education influenced the Google design or How Apple Uses Picasso’s Drawings to teach its employees about Design. In this blog I will bring articles, research and data as examples of how art influences the business world and the intersection between art and business.

I chose to categorize this blog to the major subjects such as Art and Economy, Art and Technology and Art Market, though there are more subjects such as Art Startups or Collecting Art. I highly encourage you to explore the different categories since there are times these subjects overlap, intersect or cover different fields.

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“A secret Life” the other side of Professor Milosevic

Written on January 26, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University, International Relations, Video

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In this video IE University International Relations Prof. Mira Milosevic argues that people’s secret lives have exactly the same function as espionage in the field of international relations. Moreover, she says that everyone needs a secret life because it assures a certain level of protection.

In her view social networks make it extremely tempting to overshare our public and family lives, leaving us vulnerable.
Don t miss what she says about espionage and prostitution, citing what Vernon Walters, former Deputy Director of the CIA, once said to her!

Prof. Milosevic was born in Serbia, is extremely well read, conversant in several languages, and a very inspiring character, who of course likes to keep her secret life, secret!!!

P.S. She recommended a Croatian author you might want to check out – Dubravka Ugresic. I really like her work!


151El Número de diciembre 2014 de la publicación Nueva Revista de Política, Cultura y Arte (Nº 151) se titula Universidad española. Reformas pendientes y el Vicepresidente de la Fundación IE Rafael Puyol ejerce de coordinador.

En la confección de Universidad española. Reformas pendientes han participado diversos y reconocidos expertos que analizan la situación actual de la universidad española que, como señala Rafael Puyol, no es ni tan conformista como se aprecia desde dentro ni tan catastrófica como se suele señalar desde fuera del ámbito universitario.

El volumen, que está dividido en 10 capítulos, abarca los temas más candentes de la universidad española, que en los últimos años ha sido un poco vilipendiada. Temas de actualidad tales como financiación, tecnología, sistema universitario,investigación, selección del profesorado, sistema de gobierno, los estudiantes, internacionalización, encaje de la administración, acreditación, titulación y el espacio iberoamericano. Los diferentes autores analizan los errores y aciertos de la Universidad Española, deshaciendo varios mitos que durante los últimos años han ido calando en la sociedad española.

Cabe destacar el capítulo dedicado a la tecnología, donde IE Business School es un claro referente como demuestra el hecho que ha sido la primera escuela de negocios europea en ofrecer un curso online gratuito, Critical Perspective on Management. Dicho capítulo cuenta con el análisis de la Vicedecana de Learning Innovation de IE Business School Didina González donde analiza la revolución que ha supuesto en educación la plataforma COURSERA.

Ademas de Vicepresidente de la Fundación IE, Rafael Puyol es Catedrático de Geografía Humana y ex-Rector de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. También es miembro de Comisión de Expertos para la Reforma del Sistema Universitario Español.


Adventures of the Black Square

Written on January 21, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

imageActors clothed in chunky mirrored circles and triangles from Josiah McElheny’s “Interactive Abstract Body” sculptures (2012) were darting between visitors, reflecting the ever-moving crowds, at the launch this week of Adventures of the Black Square, the Whitechapel’s ambitious exhibition marking the centenary of Kasimir Malevich’s famous painting. Abstracted interpretations of the human form, McElheny’s glassy performative creations on one hand look straight back to Malevich’s grappling with the limits of representation. On the other, they joke that modernism has become just another fashion statement.

Can radical art maintain momentum as it is co-opted by history and the market? That is the question the Whitechapel poses in its elegant account of how geometric abstraction became a language of social and political resistance across the world.

Rich and unexpected, the show winds a curious path through international minimalism, taking in works as diverse as Fernand Léger’s parody of the mechanisation of daily life, “Ballet Mécanique” (1924), Dan Flavin’s soaring fluorescent tubes in homage to Russian Utopianism “ ‘Monument’ for V Tatlin” (1966-69), Nasreen Mohamedi’s 1970s taut, intricate abstract drawings strung through fine parallel lines and constructivist-inspired photographs of Indian buildings, and Liu Wei’s neon grid canvas “Purple Air” (2014) evoking changing 21st-century Chinese urban landscapes.

In this company, how affectingly small and fragile are the paintings by Malevich that open the show: “Black Quadrilateral”, “Red Quadrilateral” and “Black and White. Suprematist Composition”, with their wobbly, uneven, hand-drawn borders and now cracked surfaces. First displayed at 0.10 The Last Futurist Exhibition in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) in 1915, they resound with a century of myth and conceptual mystique, but close up it is their simplicity and restraint which astonish.

Although Malevich declared they marked the end of painting, they are beautifully made, the uncompromising monochrome intensity offset by subtle alterations of texture and impressions of weightlessness and space: idealism packed within cosmic dreams about flight into new worlds.

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