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El campus de Segovia de IE University acogerá una charla-concierto sobre la música cubana de salón. El evento tendrá lugar el 17 de octubre a las 19:00 en El Refectorio.


1. La quejosita

2. La María

3. El pañuelo de Pepa

4. Las quejas

5. El disimulo

6. Ayes del alma

7. Soledad

8. Recuerdos de Gottschalk

9. Invitación

10. Ilusiones perdidas

11. Los tres golpes

12. El velorio

13. No me toques

14. Adiós a Cuba

15. No bailes más

Ensemble Clásicos Tropicales

Violines: Fátima Meribai Tablada, Virginia Gil Mateos yYolanda del Barrio Álvarez

Viola: Alicia Llamas Rodríguez

Violonchelo: Belén García Márquez

Flautas: Claudio San Emeterio Martín y Luis Javier Moreno Rexach

Guitarra: Juan José Prat Ferrer

Percusión: Paloma González Poza

Locución: Luisa Santamaría Ramírez

Arreglos: Juan José Prat Ferrer

Dirección Musical: Claudio San Emeterio Martín

Textos: Juan José Prat Ferrer y Luisa Santamaría Ramírez


Cultivating Taste Improves Management Skills

Written on October 6, 2014 by Santiago Iñiguez in IE Business School, IE University


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

Nothing is so improving to the temper as the study of the beauties, either of poetry, eloquence, music, or painting”, wrote David Hume (Wikipedia), one of the most influential philosophers of all times. His brief essay Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion (1),published in 1777, easily and quickly readable, is very recommendable, particularly for managers. The main tenet of this essay is that the cultivation of the liberal arts and the humanities leads to sound happiness and builds the necessary resilience to face the adversities of life.

To develop his point, Hume distinguishes between two types of delicacy that shape human’s personality. The first is delicacy of passion, which refers to the degree of emotional intensity experienced towards fortuitous events and misfortunes. Those with a higher delicacy of passion may feel much happier at joyful circumstances, and much sadder at adversities, than those with cool and sedate temper. The ‘passionate’ humans may forge ardent friendships at the smallest attention and value enthusiastically honors and recognitions. However, they may also become severely dejected and offended when criticized even slightly. On the opposite end of the delicacy of passion’s spectrum are the tempered and cool, who react with detachment when experiencing the ups and downs of life. Hume concludes that, all things considered, it is better to be tempered than passionate, given that life is filled with more sorrows and pains than pleasures and joys, and that the arrival of good or bad fortunes is not solely dependent on us.

The second type of delicacy proposed by Hume is the delicacy of taste, developed by cultivating knowledge and the liberal arts. Those with a deeper delicacy of taste are able to value and enjoy good literature or music, for example, and experience real emotional pleasure from this experience. On the other extreme, people lacking delicacy of taste may feel indifference and even dullness when exposed to works of art or poetry.

Hume goes on and states: “delicacy of taste is as much to be desired and cultivated as delicacy of passion is to be lamented, and to be remedied, if possible” (2). His conclusion is based on the fact that we can choose the objects of taste, while the ill or good fortunes affecting our delicacy of passion are uncontrollable by us. Moreover, the delicacy of taste can be cultivated and grown voluntarily, and philosophers have long defended that wise people place their happiness on those things that depend on themselves and not merely on chance or external circumstances.

The most interesting proposal in Hume’s essay is that the cultivation of delicacy of taste can counteract and even suppress the negative effects of delicacy of passion: “Nothing is so proper to cure us of this delicacy of passion, as the cultivating of that higher and more refined taste (…) a new reason for cultivating a relish in the liberal arts. Our judgment will strengthen by this exercise: We shall form juster notions of life: Many things, which please or afflict others, will appear to us too frivolous to engage our attention: And we shall lose by degrees that sensibility and delicacy of passion, which is so incommodious.” (3) At the heart of this is the ever-standing belief that education and the nurturing of knowledge improves one’s character and develops an autonomous and freer personality.

The reading of Hume’s essay commented here has practical implications for our lives that can be formulated in the following three takeaways:

First, cultivating the liberal arts and the humanities may develop a balanced personality and skills like resilience, flexibility, humanity and temperance, all key to good management practice. I have written elsewhere about the idea of the “Illustrated Manager”, the model of leader who is knowledgeable, cosmopolitan, versed in the cultural contributions of different civilizations. I believe that illustrated managers of this sort exercise a more effective leadership in the long run than those having just pure charisma or passion, because they are able to motivate others more on rational grounds thus assuring a more sustainable commitment from them.

Obviously, achieving delicacy of taste is a lifelong journey: it would be ridiculous to expect instantaneous effects from just reading a classic or attending an opera. However, you may experience the benefits of cultivating the liberal arts as you go along and it is recommendable to track progression and keep records of your findings and experiences. Developing a plan to expand your wisdom, which may be changed and may derive to unforeseen topics, along with persistence in its execution is essential. I, for example, have a collection of notebooks where I write the insights from my readings, collect quotes, elaborate ideas or just include names and facts. This effort enhances the understanding and retention of the ideas and sentiments flowing from my readings, and I recommend that you follow this exercise, writing down thoughtful notes or filing them in your computer.

Expanding the delicacy of taste also improves cross-cultural management skills. In another of his essays, Hume explains: “You will never convince a man, who is not accustomed to Italian music, and has not an ear to follow its intricacies, that a Scotch tune is not preferable” (4)

Second, I believe that the joint development of delicacy of taste with one’s couple, spouse and family members strengthens intellectual affinity and friendship among participants and contributes to a sustainable and durable relationship. In the words of Hume, “a delicacy of taste is favourable to love and friendship, by confining our choice to few people, and making us indifferent to the company and conversation of the greater part of men”. (5)

-Third, educational programs at business schools could ideally include courses on the liberal arts and the humanities to instill the delicacy of taste in students. I can tell that the experience of this practice over the past seven years at my business school has been amazingly positive, particularly in terms of the satisfaction of students.

Notwithstanding all of the above, I guess you will agree with me that a life without passion is dull and boring. I believe that Hume would have agreed with this too. Perhaps those who excel at delicacy of taste, being the more balanced, could also behave as the more passionate too.


(2) Ibid., DT 3

(3) Ibid., DT 4

(4) The Sceptic, in The Philosophical Works of David Hume, edited by T. H. Green and T. H. Grose. 4 volumes, London: Longman, Green, 1874–75, p. 217.

(5) , DT 7


IE University, venue of Hay Festival Segovia 2014

Written on September 30, 2014 by Fernando Dameto Zaforteza in IE Humanities Center, IE University


Panel “Europe, Education and Innovation”

For the sixth year in a row, IE University has been one of the sponsors of the Hay Festival Segovia, the so-called “Woodstock of the mind”.  This year IE University has decided to go a step forward by assuming a leading role in the festival’s organization. To this aim, IE University has hosted nine events, seven of them taking place on Saturday,  September 27th. The morning was dedicated to debating on Humanities, Education and Academia. The afternoon had a rather artistic approach, including the participation of two Literature Nobel Prize Laureates, one of the best cooks in the world and one of the best Spanish writers.

Dean de Areilza and Prof. Lucena

Dean de Areilza and Prof. Lucena

The opening event was “New Prospects for Europe, the West and the Global Village”. The event was led by IE’s Dean of Humanities Arantza de Areilza, who moderated a conversation with two important historians, Notre Dame’s History Professor Felipe Fernández-Armesto and IE Humanities Professor Manuel Lucena. The discussion revolved around the topics of Globalization and Multiculturalism. Professor Fernández-Armesto shared the main key points of his successful course on Global History, chosen by 300,000 students in the US, and the findings of his research.

Prof. Fernández Armesto

Prof. Fernández-Armesto

The second event was entitled “Global Issues cannot be resolved without the Humanites”. The panel was composed by Michael Steinberg (Director of the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University), Paul Smith (Director of British Council USA) and David Guttenplan (Politics and Culture Journalist at The New York Times), who acted as moderator. During this entertaining conversation the panel discussed the relation between Power and the Humanities, the importance of culture in a globalized world, and the relevance of adding knowledge to skills. The dialogue also touched on the employability of graduates in the Humanities. Director Steinberg said “Recent graduates in Science get better salaries but in the long term Humanities graduates get a more robust career path”.


Panel “Global Issues cannot be resolved without the Humanites”

“Europe, Education and Innovation” was the morning’s closing event and had two heavy weighs of Education, Lord Patten of Barnes (Chancellor of Oxford University) and Santiago Iñiguez (President of IE University and Dean of IE Business School). This enlightening debate focused on the drift of European Higher Education, both participants agreeing on the importance of the Bolonia Agreement and the relevance that must be given to Humanities.  The Oxford Chancellor praised IE University stating “IE is a great Business School, is the equivalent to Real or Barça in education. I am glad they opened a University and specially the importance they give to Humanities”.


Literature Nobel Prize Laureates

During the lunch break a charity luncheon was held at IE University’s Chapter Hall. The main attractions were the key note speeches given by Hay Festival’s Founder Peter Florence and by Lord Patten of Barnes. The selected attendees had the chance to share their thoughts with the morning lecturers.

Three different events took place in the afternoon and evening:  a talk by the famous cook and Harvard University visiting professor Ferran Adrià about creativity, a public conversation between Literature Nobel Prize Laureates Jean Marie Le Clézio and Mario Vargas Llosa where they shared the reasons that had led them to join the uncertain profession of writers, and, finally, a presentation by the renowned Spanish author, and perhaps future winner of the Literature Nobel Prize, Javier Marías, who presented his last book “Así empieza lo malo”, released only 5 days before.

IE University can be proud of its participation in the Hay Festival Segovia 2014. Having been able to hold all events as planned and witnessing a high attendance of public in all of them was undoubtedly the best reward to the efforts made by IE’s personnel in organizing this successful event.


Dr. Arantza de Areilza

Dean of IE School of International Relations

Cordially invites you to attend the Opening Ceremony of the IE Master in International Relations 2014-2015

Mr. Josep Piqué i Camps, Vice-Chairman and CEO of “Grupo OHL” and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, will deliver the keynote address

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 1st,  2014 at 11:30 a.m. in the Aula Magna at the IE campus in Madrid (C/ María de Molina, 11)

A cocktail will be served after the event

Please R.S.V.P. to confirm attendance

Tel: +91 787 51 46


“Photos on The Move” exhibition at IE University

Written on September 15, 2014 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

exporobertoarribasDuring the month of September IE University will be hosting the exhibition “Photos on the Move” featuring places and moments that reflect urban life in Segovia and academic life on the Santa Cruz la Real campus. Photos on display include a selection of 30 posts of the bilingual blog “Photos on the move” , with photos and texts by Roberto Arribas and translations by Gill Hopkin, both from IE’s communication department.

The photos are taken using a smartphone camera, tablet, and compact, and edited using applications specifically for retouching mobile photos. The diversity of the photos, which include photos in color and in black and white, is such that that they have been divided into five categories: interiors, urban life, nature, people, and details.

The exhibition, which is sponsored by IE’s Communication Department, shows aspects of life and features of the IE campus that normally go unnoticed. It also shows images of the streets, day-to-day life and famous landmarks in Segovia, as well as other places of special interest to the author.

Arribas considers the photos and texts to be inseparable. The texts are thoughts on universal issues like education, solidarity, freedom, respect for heritage, or teamwork. The aim is to provide a compact and simple view of humanistic thought processes expressed in colloquial terms, in line with IE University’s markedly humanistic approach to education.

More information: Video Photos on The Move


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