Archive for the ‘IE Humanities Center’ Category

2
Dec

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Thursday, December 3, 7:30-9:30 pm
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The assumed wisdom is that large corporations will do virtually anything to make money, that their unstated motto is that “greed is good” and ethics subservient to profits. And, to be frank, given their responsibility to their shareholders and that they often operate in a myriad of legal jurisdictions of varying social customs, mores and ideals, it is not clear why corporations, as long as they function within the law, should have any concern beyond the profit motive?

On the other hand, these same corporations often present themselves as stakeholders within our communities, whose capacity to thrive depend on their reputations, the trust they engender and the sustained contribution they would make to our societies. And, we too would like to think of them in this way, rather than as psychopathic profit machines.

Hence, in our discussion, we ask where the limits to profit making should be set in the corporate world? From the recent example of Lego refusing to sell its products to a Chinese dissident for fear of angering the Chinese government, to the increasing take over of public functions by private corporations, leading to the emergence of a whole private prison system and mercenary armies in the United States to the perennial problem of arms dealers providing weapons and knowhow to dictators with the consent of our governments, the question of where to place the limits on the profit motive is one of the most contentious in our times.

Please come and voice your perspective on where you would daw the lines and what Google’s alternative motto, “Don’t be Evil”, would actually mean in the context of corporate decision-making.

16
Nov

Chers Membres de la Communauté IE,

Au nom de toute notre institution, je voudrais exprimer notre profonde solidarité avec nos amis Français en ces moments d’intense tristesse. Nous condamnons le terrorisme sous toutes ses formes et resterons fermes et unis face à ceux qui menacent nos valeurs. Aujourd’hui nous nous sentons tous Parisiens et nous envoyons nos sincères condoléances à tous ceux qui souffrent les effets de ces attaques barbares.

Avec mes salutations les plus chaleureuses,
Arantza de Areilza
Doyenne
IE School of International Relations


Dear Members of the IE Community,

On behalf of us all, I would like to express our deepest solidarity with our French friends in these moments of profound sorrow. We condemn all forms of terrorism and will stand firm and united against those who challenge our most cherished social values. We all feel Parisians today and would like to extend our deepest condolences to those who are suffering the effects of these barbaric attacks.

With my warmest regards,
Arantza de Areilza
Dean
IE School of International Relations


Queridos Miembros de la Comunidad del IE,

En nombre de todos, quiero expresar nuestra solidaridad con nuestros amigos Franceses en estos momentos de profundo pesar. Condenamos todas las formas de terrorismo y seremos firmes frente a aquéllos que ponen en peligro nuestros valores sociales más queridos. Todos nos sentimos Parisinos hoy y enviamos nuestra condolencia más sentida a todos los que sufren los efectos de estos ataques bárbaros.

Con todo cariño,
Arantza de Areilza
Decana
IE School of International Relations
Arantza.areilza@ie.edu

21
Oct

AC Grayling Keynote Speaker of 2015 Reinventing Higher Education

Written on October 21, 2015 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Humanities Center, IE University

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Dean de Areilza and Master Grayling before the event

British philosopher and scholar AC Grayling gave the keynote speech of the 2015 Reinventing Higher Education symposium entitled “How global citizenship in Antiquity teaches us, through Humanities, about global citizenship today“. The event was introduced by IE’s Dean of Humanities Arantza de Areilza.

AC Grayling is one of the most relevant present-day philosophers, with an extensive record of publication including more than 30 titles, mainly focused on atheism and classical culture. Popular in the UK thanks to philosophic discussions held at the BBC and his former weekly column in The Guardian called “The Last Word”, he is also Master of the New College of the Humanities, an institution launched in 2011 whose students, regardless of their final degree, have to take compulsory courses on applied ethics, logic and critical thinking, science literacy and business and professional skills.

His speech was a defense of the Humanities and why do they matter. He supported his argument on classical references, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, applicable to today’s world, where highly specialized degrees are beginning to be questioned in the West. He underlined the importance of self-understanding, which is impossible to achieve without the Humanities, and that the main contribution of philosophy is to challenge assumptions, the “digging up and scrutiny of assumptions”.

Following on Socrates’ thought “The meaning of life is the meaning you make of it”, the speaker was able to provide a whole argumentation on education as a process of searching and discovering. Besides the importance of thinking about philosophy, he also shared the relevance of enjoying literature, “Literature is a door to hundreds of windows into other lives, other ways, other choices”, and of reading history, “History is our greatest resource for reflection on things as they are now.”

He finalized his lecture by making an analogy of good guests, who must “be informed, be attentive, be good listeners”, with successful humans, reflecting on Humanists as true cosmopolitans.

16
Oct

IMG_7111El pasado 13 de octubre el IE acogió la presentación del libro Las plantas de uso medicinal en Lanjarón. Puerta de la Alpujarra de la antigua alumna Nítida Pastor (MBA 1988) y el Catedrático de Farmacia Joaquín Molero. Acompañaron a la coautora en la mesa Xavier Medina, Secretario de la Fundación El Alto, y Juan Jose Güemes, Vicepresidente Económico del IE y antiguo Consejero de Sanidad de la Comunidad de Madrid.

Introdujo el evento Juan Jose Güemes, en calidad de anfitrión, repasando la trayectoria y el vínculo con la casa de la coautora. También pidió una pronta traducción al inglés puesto que está convencido de que la extensa comunidad internacional del IE estará interesada en su obra. A continuación Xavier Medina explicó la labor de la Fundación El Alto, institución a la que se destinan los beneficios que resulten de la venta de la obra. Esta ONG está compuesta por farmacéuticos y tiene como objetivo mejorar de las condiciones sanitarias de varios hospitales de África.

IMG_7119Tras las ponencias preliminares la protagonista de la noche tomó la palabra. Las primeras palabras de Nítida Pastor estuvieron destinadas a Joaquín Molero, coautor de la obra y Catedrático de la Universidad de Granada, a quien disculpó por no haber podido asistir a la presentación. Prosiguió explicando las razones que le llevaron a comenzar este proyecto dos décadas atrás, cuando cursaba los últimos años de Farmacia. Durante dos años, con la supervisión del Profesor Molero, recopiló las 84 plantas que figuran en el libro tras múltiples conversaciones con lugareños, especialmente pastores, de la Alpujarra. Destacó que la peculiar ubicación de la sierra granadina, a gran altura pero cerca del mar, hace que en este lugar se puedan encontrar el 80% de las especies que hay en toda España. También explicó cómo llevaron la investigación del laboratorio al papel. La coautora explicó como consiguieron demostrar la consistencia entre el uso popular y los principios activos de las plantas y el beneficio. Destacando que “lo más importante es conocer la correlación entre la tradición y la ciencia que valida el uso”. De hecho compartió que ella veía su obra como “un libro de cocina”, donde las plantas eran los ingredientes y los usos las recetas. Finalizó su ponencia diciendo que el objetivo de la obra era “devolver a Granada lo que Granada nos dio” y realizando una bonita analogía entre el pabellón de papel y su libro “coger raíces y proyectarla al futuro”.

La obra combina el saber popular y análisis taxonómico de una forma ordenada y amena explica, entre muchas cosas, las propiedades de cada planta, la forma de utilización popular y su uso farmacológico. Fue Bestseller en la pasada Feria del Libro y se puede adquirir en el la Tienda del IE (Maria de Molina 4)

15
Jun

TEN QUESTIONS WITH DAVID MOSHFEGH

Written on June 15, 2015 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE Humanities Center

blogBy Kerry Parke, Associate Director of Comunication at IE Business School

Where is your hometown?
I was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran.  I was there until I was thirteen years old.

What do you teach?
I teach in the Humanities program at IE, both at the undergraduate level and in the graduate Masters in International Management. At the undergraduate level, I’ve taught courses on European intellectual history from the Renaissance to the present and, in the MIM, I teach a course titled ‘Critical Management Skills’, which is in fact a course on critical decision-making and what this actually means.  I’ve also taught extensively in the International Relations program, including courses on Political Theory and on ‘The History of International Relations’.  The latter course, which I approach in terms of the rise of something we could actually call the International Order, namely, from the birth of the nation-state to its contemporary crisis, I also teach at both the undergraduate level and in the Masters in International Relations.  I also direct the Humanities programming at IE, particularly Humanities Discussion Series, a joint faculty-student initiative that organizes critical discussion of pressing issues through faculty and student presentations.

So are you a political animal?
I read the news obsessively. I think the prevalent disenchantment today, not only with politicians but with ‘politics’ as such, is one of the saddest aspects of life these days, and a symptom of much of what is wrong with it. I come across so many people who prefer conspiracy theories to history and tend to give up on the idea that they might have more of a say about their own lives. Read more…

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