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By Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Executive President of IE University

Despite threats over free trade and current anti-globalization moves, the World is irreversibly integrated as regards business. Today, technology allows any wise entrepreneur from any country to virtually target the entire planet with a new app or service offered on the web. At the same time, new generations of entrepreneurs and business executives feel themselves not just nationals of their native countries, but also citizens of the world and interact in this spirit through global networks.

An early exemplar of global citizenship was Marco Polo, a 13th century Venetian trader and explorer, author of “Description of the world“, which represents one of the first narrations of the Far East and other world regions through Western civilization eyes. The book was dictated by Marco Polo to a fellow prisoner, Rustichello de Pisa, after been incarcerated together at a battle between Genoa and Venice. “Prisons favor literature, remember Verlaine and Cervantes” once said Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian celebrated writer.

Polo claims in the prologue that he is the man that has traveled more extensively since the World’s Creation, a title nobody dared to question at that time. The book is particularly meaningful today, when literature on Asian culture and business is experiencing a renaissance, given the pivotal weight of China and India in the world’s economy and international politics. Interestingly, the author’s admiration for the wonders that he finds reveals how advanced were the civilizations on the other extreme of the World.  Read more…


Cine de verano en el campus de IE University

Written on June 11, 2018 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

No automatic alt text available.Un grupo de alumnos de los laboratorios de IE University ha organizado una sesión de cine de verano al aire libre en el campus de Santa Cruz la Real de Segovia el próximo jueves 14 de junio.
“Summer Cinema 2018”, patrocinado por el Vicerrectorado de IE University Labs, cuenta con la colaboración de Asocine, empresa local especializada en hacer del cine un vehículo curricular de educación y entretenimiento y que ha guiado a los estudiantes en la producción de esta actividad.
Los alumnos que han llevado adelante el proyecto de cine de verano son Naomi Njold (Francia), Amalia Cerb (Rumanía), Ghita El Hachmi (Marruecos), Laura Sturley (Reino Unido), Pedro Yagüe (España) y Laura Ortega (España), bajo la tutela de Carlos Redondo, coordinador del Centro de Creatividad de IE University. Las películas que se proyectarán en IE University proceden de KIMUAK, el programa de cortometrajes que ya tiene una importante trayectoria en el mundo del cine, y que este año cumplió su vigésima edición.

Physicians and Writers

Written on May 8, 2018 by Susana Torres Prieto in Arts & Cultures & Societies

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) confessed to his friend and editor in a letter that medicine was his wife, but literature was his lover. Chekhov had started writing almost as he was finishing his studies of medicine in Moscow and only took his literary vocation seriously later. His sharp insight into the depths of the human soul, into its greatness and its miseries, was probably the result of his professional endeavour, of dealing constantly with death and want.

Most physicians who were also writers adopted a similar naturalistic lens to analyse the world around them. Mikhail Bulgakov (1841-1940) reflected his experiences as a province doctor in his A Country Doctor’s Notebook, long before becoming famous for his Master and Margarita. The Spanish Pío Baroja (1872-1956), who was a professional doctor only for a year, acquired public recognition for works such as Zalacaín el Aventurero or the famous El Árbol de la Ciencia. Medicine did not only supply plots and good psychological insights to eminent writers, it also gave them enough professional details to create complex characters, such as Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1859-1930) Sherlock Holmes or Llorenç Villalonga’s (1897-1980) Bearn, and to concoct unexpected crimes, like those described by Agatha Christie (1890-1976), a voluntary nurse during the First World War who later qualified as an apothecaries’ dispenser.

Some physicians were ground-breaking philosophers, like the Persian Avicenna (980-1037),the Austrian Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) or the German existentialist Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), and even poets, like the American William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) or the English Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), Charles Darwin’s granfather, who gained public recognition for his defence of education for women and the abolition of slave-trade.

As Published on IDEAS Magazine (Spring 2018)


Launch of the blog “Humans of IE”

Written on May 7, 2018 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

We are what we read, the movies we watch, and the music we listen to.

The IE Humanities Center is proud to announce the launch of the blog Humans of IE. The goal of this new blog is to collect stories from the IE Community. Follow weekly posts to explore contemporary humanities through the humans we see every day; our fellow professors and students. You don’t launch a popular blog, you build one. Let’s build it together. Check out the blog HERE



Cynthia Fernández Lázaro interviewing Susana Torres

Written on May 3, 2018 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

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