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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…


Last Wednesday, the students from the Segovia Campus had the opportunity of enjoying the third event planned within the Cycle of Conferences, focusing this year on India, and organised by the IE Humanities Center. This session, entitled “India: Visions from Within” revolved around the self-perceptions of Indians about their country and traditional culture, and the future challenges for Indian society. We were honoured with the presence of Veena Venugopal, writer, journalist and editor of Blink and the Hindu Business Line, and of Prof. Eugenio Luján, Dean of Philology of the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and Associate Professor of Humanities at IE Business School, and one the most renowned Spanish specialists in India’s religion and culture. Their conversation was moderated by Susana Torres, Professor of Humanities at IE University.

The conversation started by highlighting the vast diversity of languages, ethnic origins and religions of the peoples of India and how each of these factors serves as a personal and social identifier of Indians today. Veena Venugopal stressed the idea that conflict and riots are often used as a political weapon, particularly before elections, in order to gain votes, as well as the high degree of tolerance that is common in Indian society. We then talked about the cast system, and Eugenio Luján explained its origins, deeply linked to religious beliefs, going back to almost 3,000 years, and how is it related to social and economic development in India. It was agreed that the level of awareness of their own cast is more powerfully felt by Indians of lower classes and Ms. Venugopal explained the pros and cons of current policies of cast quotas and the social response to them.

One of the issues that also emerged in the talk was the situation of women in Indian society today, the tension between their traditional roles and their place in current society. There was time to discuss how they are portrayed in modern cinema and television, what the reaction of Indian society, and of women in particular, has been to attacks on women that have made international headlines recently, and how Indian women try to find their own place in modern Indian society and politics.

The floor was then opened to students, who asked about several social and political issues in modern India and gave their own first-hand impressions of some of the questions discussed.

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