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On March 22nd the IE Humanities Center hosted the 2019 Humanities Lecture. The invited speaker was Serhii Plokhii who gave a brilliant talk on “Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster”. Professor Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.

Author of an extensive bibliography, The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014), The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2015) and Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation(2017). His talk was based in his latest book Chernobyl: A History of Tragedy (2018) which covers from the origins of the nuclear industry in the Soviet Union to the present day.

He began his lecture by making a difference between atoms for war and atoms for peace. He gave emphasis on how, besides nuclear disasters all around the globe from Three Mile Island to the latest Fukushima. Many countries still rely on the source of energy. For instance, nuclear industry provides France with 70% of its electric power.

After introducing his talk, Professor Plokhii went on to take the audience to the 1980’s. He made an analogy of former USSR with present day Russia, an economy strongly dependent on oil prices. The fall of oil prices back in the early 1980s that led to the collapse of Soviet Union made Gorbachev try to develop a strong nuclear industry. The five-year plan for the second half of the 80’s intended to double the amount of nuclear plants in use.

The speaker identified the main problems of Chernobyl Catastrophe; first, the boom of nuclear energy in USSR meant that most of the people in charge did not have the appropriate experience, he gave the examples that both the head of Chernobyl and the Engineering Director came from the coal industry not having experience at nuclear plants. Second was the optimistic wave that impregnated the USSR when came to talk about the Nuclear Industry minimizing the risks. The lecturer said that this was because soviets had not seen the full destructive power   of nuclear plants, On the contrary to the US who had experienced the damage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The last minutes of the lecture were for the present day status of nuclear industry. After the boom of the 70’s and early 80’s the amount of nuclear plants stabilized after Chernobyl until 2011. After Fukushima the total number of plants have decreased. The speaker showed his relief that China, who after years planning to do a huge investment in nuclear plants seems to have abandon the idea. On the contrary, he showed some worries about the fact that some nations in the Middle East and Central Asia are putting much effort in becoming nuclear. Mostly for defensive reasons but with the official statement of being for peaceful purposes. Commonly a case for national pride, like in the late USSR, but again seems to minimizing the risks, especially for some like Iran that is in a seismic region.

After the Q&A round, in which students happily got engage, Humanities Director Susana Torres invited attendees for a coffee in which they could share their views with the speaker. The opportunity was seized by many who did not missed the chance to acquire some of the publications and get the author’s dedication.


IE Humanities Center is delighted to invite IE students to the stage play “Much Ado About Nothing” by  William Shakespeare.

They play has been produced by English Theatre Madrid.

If you want to attend to the play on Thursday 22 November at 8 pm please register here and enjoy the show.

Ticket Policy will be First Come, First Served.

Ticket expenses will be covered by IE Humanities Center


Hay Festival at IE University

Written on September 4, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Conference, IE Humanities Center, IE University

The following events will be hosted at IE University (Aula Magna, Sala Refectorio, Sala Capitular, Student Hub, Media Lab):

Wednesday, September 20th 

 19.30h / #34 Leïla Slimani y Nicolas Kassianides. Fundación Tres Culturas, Ministerio de Cultura del Reino de Marruecos, Institut Français, Embajada de Francia y AC/E


Friday, September 22nd

11.00h / #17 Jenny Valentine y Peter Florence. British Council

12.15h / #21 Michael Robinson, Andrew Hill y Martin Boehm. Editorial Aguilar

12.30h / #22 Taller ABC/IE. Inés Martín Rodrigo y Jesús García Calero. ABC

13.30h / #23 A. Vallvey, I. Moyano, S. Fuetterer, P. de Andrés. CEDRO

#24 A.C. Grayling y Manuel Muñiz. Fundación José Manuel Lara y British Council

17.00h / #26 Jordi Évole, Javier del Pino y Aurelio Martín. Asoc. de Periodistas de Segovia y Cadena Ser.

17.15h / #28 Hannah Rothschild, Kofi Appenteng y Anne McElvoy, IE Foundation

18.00h / #29 Benedetta Tagliabue, Dave Venables, Sean Sutcliffe y Michelangelo Giombini

AHEC y Ayuntamiento de Segovia

18.15h / #32 A.C. Grayling, Antonio Muñoz Molina y Peter Florence

Fundación José Manuel Lara y British Council

19.30h / #35 Richard Rogers y Martha Thorne. IE School of Architecture & Design

20.30h / #37 Taller Europa Literaria. Literature Across Frontiers, con el apoyo del Programa Europa Creativa de la Unión Europea

20.45h / #38 Deyan Sudjic y Liam Aldous. IE School of Architecture & Design

#39 Dolores Redondo y Antonio San José. Fundación José Manuel Lara

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By Veena Venugopal

Last week I was shivering in the -12°C weather in a historic little town called Segovia in Spain. I was there on invitation from one of the big universities, IE University, to give their students an idea about contemporary India. What is India beyond the global headlines of the IT industry? What are the social, political and economic issues that India and Indians currently face?

On the panel with me was Eugenio Luján, who is the dean of philology at Complutense University of Madrid and a scholar on vedic history. He traced the strengths and problems of India from a historical context and my job was to inform them about their contemporary status. How does caste work, what are the gender norms for Indian women, why is it that there are communal clashes here; actually since people live so close to each other, how is it that there aren’t more communal clashes? How do the rich behave? How do the poor cope? How does inequality play out across various areas?

What was fascinating for me was not just the fact that a bunch of students braved the weather and turned up at 7pm — after a full day of class — because they were curious about issues in India but, more importantly, that they did this for something that has very little to do with their coursework or examinations. They don’t earn credit from this, they are not tested on their knowledge of this country. They merely wanted to get an idea of how things worked in other places. Last year, they listened to people from Russia. Next year, they’ll pick another nation and try and grapple with the ground realities there. It was impressive, this commitment to general awareness of the world around them. Read more…

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