xxxDonald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Alexis Tsipras, Nigel Farage, Hugo Chavez, Sarah Palin, Geert Wilders, Bernie Sanders, Pablo Iglesias—most of you are familiar with these names. At a time of economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and fears about immigration, in which the world seems to lurch from one crisis to the next, we need politicians who are authentic, who are prepared to speak truth to power, and who know and care about the needs of average people. These are the people who should set the political agenda, right?

The reality is less clear. Recent years have seen a rise in populist parties and populist politicians across Europe and the Americas—a rise many people find deeply troubling. Why are people like Le Pen, Iglesias, and our favourite orange-haired billionaire Donald Trump becoming more and more prominent? Especially in parts of the world that pride themselves on their enlightened “liberal” attitudes toward politics and society, why are supposedly illiberal parties and personalities becoming so popular, not only at the national level, but in city councils and regional assemblies as well? Is this a flash-in-the-pan phenomenon, or an omen for the future? And is there any difference between right-wing and left-wing populism, or are they equally problematic?

All students and faculty are invited to join us for a discussion of these questions on Thursday, April 14, from 19:00-21:00 in MMB 31—Room 801 (Madrid campus). All viewpoints are welcome, so don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

We hope to see you there!


The Learning Giant: Biz Ed in China

Written on April 11, 2016 by Santiago Iñiguez in IE Business School, IE University


By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University.

Ying and yang, the two elemental forces, seemingly opposed, but complementary, in balance and harmony, which are to be found in everything, even the world of business, is one of the most distinctive ideas of Chinese philosophy. The application of this duality has provided China with a powerful stabilizing influence, while at the same time allowing for rapid change throughout society, including business schools. The seeming dichotomy between  the supposed opponents Ying and Tang is reflected in many different facets of Chinese thought, like the respect for tradition combined with a marked focus on the future.

Some years ago I attended the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Renmin University Business School in Beijing. The colourful ceremony was held at the campus auditorium, bolstered by an impressive multimedia display and a presentational style worthy of the Oscars. As the spectacle unfolded, two particular aspects of the event struck me.

First, the way the ceremony reflected the profound Chinese respect for tradition, a tribute to the university’s older teaching staff, now retired, who had mentored and trained successive generations of educators. During its early years, the school was heavily influenced by the economics and engineering institutions of what was then the Soviet Union, the political and cultural ally in those days, something that the organizers of the event had no qualms in recognizing. One of the legacies of the quinquennial plans of that age is the long term planning embedded in many of their management practices.

This anecdote also shows an essential aspect to understanding China’s development towards a market economy, and in the future towards democracy as we understand it: China’s social and institutional development has come about gradually, over the long term, and is built on traditions and reference points dating back thousands of years. Social and political transformation in China will probably take place slowly and gradually, only noticeable from the angle of an historian.

Furthermore, the country’s social and cultural transition is based on continuity; it incorporates the past, regardless of whether they are seen at this point as good or bad periods. This sense of respect for tradition makes a vital contribution to institutional continuity and in the reverence shown toward the elderly, in this case, the university’s veteran teachers. Read more…



Written on April 7, 2016 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in Arts & Cultures & Societies

flyer_image_200004660_ie_editorial_46113511_46113511With the celebration of the World Book Day as a main motif and to commemorate Cervantes and Shakespeare 4th. Centenary, we have joined forces in several IE departments to organize several activities on the 22nd. of April. Thus, the IE Humanities Center, IE Library, Campus Life, Student Office, Marketing, IE Store, Events Office and IE Editorial, invite you all to actively participate in all events we have organized, framed in The Night of Books, promoted by the Comunidad de Madrid.

The event will take place on the 22 of April, from 15:00 to 17:00 in the garden that is located between buildings MM 31 and MM 31 Bis.

How can you take part in it?
Please choose one or several of the activities described below:

Activity 1.– Do you like reading? And the theatre? Dare to participate in our “Dramatized Readings Contest” of texts chosen from some of the most popular works of Cervantes and Shakespeare. We will have available props!!!! And there will be prizes for the winners of each category!!

• Deadline for registrations: from April the 6th. to April the 15th.
• Please, when you make your registration, indicate in which category you would like to participate, full name, email, language and the text you will read during your performance, also if you will be able to read the text or not (preferably not) during your performance

o Category 1/Monologue. To download and select one of the monologues please click here. Inscription here: http://bit.ly/1RNUPeM
o Category 2/Dialogue: (2 people). To download and select one of the dialogues please click here. Inscription here: http://bit.ly/1RNUPeM
o Category 3/Group texts (3 to 5 people): To download and select one of the group texts please click here. Inscription here: http://bit.ly/1RNUPeM

• Please be here at 3:10 pm in the afternoon not later in order to properly allocate the props.
• Staged readings will take place from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Then the jury which consists of expert deans, academicians and professors will issue the verdict and the awards will be granted per category.

• During the week of April the 18th. you will be receiving the order and time of interventions.
• In case you cannot attend please let us know before April the 19th. so we can offer your turn to other participants.

Activity 2.- Book Exchange Corner: Give life to your books!!! Give them away, let them go round, or take the one you want.

• People interested in this activity can deliver their books on the stand prepared for such purpose on April the 22nd. from 3 to 5 pm.

Activity 3.- Photocall with props from the XI century and with your inspiring quotes:
• Send us the quotes which have inspired you most. We will choose the first 25 quotes. Please send them before April the 15th to: ieeditorial@ie.edu . Disguise yourself with the props and accessories of the XVI century!!!!

Activity 4.- Special Discounts on Books: Come to our Library-Store in María de Molina, 4 from April the 22nd. until April the 30th. and you will get a 15% discount on books.

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

About two years ago, in January 2014, Isabel de Madariaga, daughter of the Spanish politician and writer Salvador de Madariaga, saw finally, at the age of 95, one of her wishes fulfilled: her private library was coming back to Spain. In her own words: “If I cannot return, I want that my books at least do”. After years of negotiations, I had the privilege of bringing part of the private library to the Spanish National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) where her books have filled in a blank space left by decades of disinterest in Russian studies in Spain, mainly for political reasons. Because Isabel de Madariaga, aside from being the daughter of one of the most notable Spanish intellectuals of the twentieth century, was also a full professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) in London.

Upon the reception of the books in Spain, the National Library considered that there were books of no interest to them, because copies of those were already among its funds. Luckily enough, our Dean of IE Humanities Center and School of International Relations, Arantza de Areilza, took interest in receiving these books, which constitute today the Fund Madariaga at our IE University Library in our Segovia Campus.

And it was very lucky, because among the slightly over 70 volumes are first editions dedicated by their authors to both father and daughter, titles by Salvador de Madariaga (Diálogos Famosos, Carlos V, De Galdós a Lorca, Españoles de mi Tiempo), and some of their translations into English; others by Leonard Schapiro (Totalitarism, Rationalism and Nationalism in Russian Nineteenth-Century Political Thought), one of the great historians of Communism and former husband of Isabel’s and, like her, Professor of Political Science at the LSE, apart from, naturally, Isabel’s greatest books (Russia in the Age of Catherine the Great, Ivan the Terrible) and an exquisite collection for the study of Russian history from the 17th century onwards. The fund, therefore, abounds in titles on political history and thought as well as on Russia.

To my mind, the greatest value, however, is that all these books belonged to two great Spanish intellectuals of the twentieth century, father and daughter, whose recognition by peers and colleagues is stamped in the warm dedications of the books now held at our University; of two Spanish intellectuals, moreover, with whom Spain, as so often happens, has been terribly unfair. Neither the wide-ranging knowledge of the father, a polymath like Salvador de Madariaga, nor the independence of thought and stern determination of the daughter – Isabel was the first woman undergraduate at the London School of Economics to study Russian – have been fully recognised in the country which forbid them to return in 1936.

Proud as she was of her surname –she never changed it when she got married– Isabel felt that Spain was the right place for her books to rest, and we, in IE, are the proud holders of some of the best examples. It is now our responsibility to transmit to our students the value and uniqueness of such little precious collection


077-odessa-escalera-potemkinThursday, April 21st 2016, 6pm, at MMB102 (Maria de Molina 31 Bis, Madrid)

The Lumière brothers visited St. Petersburg in 1896 with their films and their little projector to show their invention. Film was shot for the first time in Russia that same month to capture the coronation of the Zsar Nicholas II at the Kremlin. That was the spark that lit the imaginary of one of the most relevant countries for filmmaking, contributing with innovative cinematic techniques, and some of the most important principles of filmmaking such as Eisenstein ideas for montage. Russia is a cultural giant that has produced masterpieces such as Battleship Potemkin, Man With A Movie Camera or Solaris, and now fights silence and oblivion with jewels such as Burnt By The Sun, The Russian Ark and last years’ Leviathan. State of the art montage and emotion.

Speaker: Jaime Dezcallar, Film Director. Moderator: Fernando Dameto, Deputy Director of IE Humanities Center

If you wish to attend please register here

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