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 values the Humanities as a key element in understanding the reality of the world we live in through a global vision and the application of critical thinking. According to many recent studies, studying the Humanities benefits society, individuals and employers. IE Humanities Week 2019 will explore why Humanities matter through a series of  workshops, speaker sessions, panels, debates, off-campus arts exhibitions, and more.

April 8


Opening and Keynote: THE HUMANITIES MATTER!

4:30 PM – Opening Words. Diego Alcázar Benjumea, Executive Vice President, IE.

4:35 PM – Panel. The Challenge to Create: IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities

Student winners of the IE Foundation Prizes in the Humanities and Susana Torres, Academic Director of Humanities at IE University.

5:15 PM – Keynote speech.
Mirenchu Villa Oliveros, Deputy General Manager at Mutua Madrileña | Board of Directors at SegurCaixa Adeslas | Vice President BCI Seguros.
Evelio Acevedo, Managing Director, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation

6:30 PM – Workshop. Stories with Impact: One Hour to Improve your Business Storytelling Skills Forever.

Andreas Loizou, Writer, Trainer, Founder of Margate Bookie Litfest.


6 PM. Send a Banana to the Moon!

Ludovic Assèmat, Head of Arts of Brithish Council
April 9


4:00 PM – Workshop. The Power of the Narrative in Public Speaking

IE Public Speaking Club.

5:15 – Workshop. How to Leverage Your Interest in Humanities in Interviews?

IE Talent & Careers Department.
Lourdes Ruiz del Portal. HR, Leadership & Executive Development Consultant, Career Mentor, Coach and Associate Professor at IE.

6:30 PM. Workshop. Flash Fiction and Instant Poetry. 

Cary Barney. Writing, Dramatic Literature and Acting Professor at Saint Louis University, Madrid.


6:00 PM. Exquisite Corpse or Exquisite Cadaver.

Alberto Fernandez Hurtado. Artist.

6:15 PM. Workshop. Digital Storytelling: Crafting PPT Narratives

Michelle Allende. IMBA Candidate. Founder of Digital Marketing Agency, Former University Professor of Communication (Storytelling and Copywriting).


April 10


4:00 PM – Workshop. Improv and Presentation: How Drama Can Help in Your Professional Life.

IE Drama Club.

5:15 PM – Debate. STEM & Humanities = a False Dichotomy?

Susana Torres, Associate Professor and Academic Director of Humanities at IE University.  
Sowmya Vavilala
, Coordinator of IE Public Speaking Club.
Fernando Mateo, Senior Director of Data Science and Technology, IE School of Human Sciences and Technology.
Federica Fornaciari, Director of Digital Strategy, HAVAS Media Group Spain.
Moderator: Rolf Strom-Olsen, Professor at IE Business School.

7:00 PM- Session. What Can Leaders of Today Learn from the Ancient History?

Javier Alonso,  Writer, Historian, Biblical Scholar, Translator, IE Business School and IE University Professor.


6:30 PM THE PAINTER: Musical production

April 11


4:00 PM – Workshop. Digital Storytelling: Crafting PPT Narratives.

IE Written Expression Club.

Michelle Allende, IMBA Candidate. Founder of Digital Marketing Agency, Former University Professor of Communication (Storytelling and Copywriting).

5:15 PM – Leading for Creativity.

Sandra Comas. Leader in Global Education and Consultant / TEDx Speaker. Doctor in Philosophy, Yale University.

6:30 PM – Speaker Panel. Leveraging Humanities for Uniqueness.

Enrique Sacau, Group Head Financial Services at Equiniti.
Carolina Fàbregas Hernández, Global Head of Digital Marketing at Telefónica Corp.
Ryan Day, CEO Grupo Bang Bang, Professor of Early Modern Literature at Saint Louis University, Madrid.
Marc Smelik, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes, IE Business School.
Moderator: Erik Schlie, Vice President for Global Alumni and Talent & Careers, IE.


Off Campus during the week – Madrid:

Casting Workshop at Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.

Private Visit to “Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris”, Reina Sofía Museum.

Guided Visit to “Breath”, Edmund de Waal. Ivorypress Gallery.


Off Campus during the week – Segovia:

Casa de la Moneda: an Introduction to the Building’s Historical Background.

Contemporary Art: Guerrero / Vicente. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente.

FRESKO: Design in Castilla y León, Center of Innovation and Development for Design and Culture of Segovia.

Cine Club Segovia Cult Cinema? The Impact of Digital Cinema.

Coffee & Poetry with a LOEWE Foundation Prize.
Ben Clarck. Winner of the 30th LOEWE Foundation International Poetry Prize.


Celebrating Humanities Throughout the Month

FALSTAFF, Discovering Opera, general rehearsal at Teatro Real, hosted by IE Foundation.

“TeamLab” Exhibition, Fundación Telefónica, hosted by IE Foundation.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Lessons – The Painter Version.

Coming soon…

Private visit to the Congress Art Collection, hosted by Vicente Moret.

Urban Safari, Madrid Street Art unveiled.



Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
FRIDAY MARCH 22ND 2019, NEW TIME 9.30 to 11 am

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. This lecture will draw on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. Author of several well received books, including, 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 (New York, 2017). His most recent book, Chernobyl: A History of Tragedy won the UK Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction in November 2018.

Coffee and refreshements will be served afterwards

If you would like to attend please register here


El Centro de Creatividad de la Casa de la Moneda de Segovia acoge una exposición de trabajos de estudiantes del grado en Diseño de IE University que abarca vasos, floreros y jarras realizados mediante la técnica del vidrio soplado, manijas refinadas de puertas, estudios de tijeras y diferentes modelos de sillas fabricadas en madera, entre otros objetos.

La muestra, que se podrá contemplar hasta el día 4 de febrero, comprende cerca de un centenar de artefactos inspirados en marcas como Apple, Braun o Smeg que han sido realizados en lugares como la Real Fábrica de Cristales de La Granja o el ‘Fab Lab’ de IE University, el espacio de fabricación de IE School of Architecture and Design.

El visitante no solo podrá contemplar las obras terminadas sino que además tendrá la oportunidad de acercarse al proceso previo y de conocer los primeros bocetos de diseño, cuadernos y análisis de dibujo llevados a cabo previamente por los estudiantes. Read more…

La Sala Capitular del campus de IE University en Segovia acoge el próximo martes 15 de enero, a las 10,00 horas, la presentación del libro “Historia y Arte en el Convento de Santa Cruz la Real de Segovia”, cuyo autor es el Vicerrector de Estudiantes y profesor de IE University Miguel Larrañaga y publicada por IE Editorial.
Con más de ciento ochenta páginas y cerca de cincuenta fotografías, la obra realiza un recorrido histórico de la vida del conjunto monumental desde sus orígenes en 1218 hasta la actualidad.
  • Francisco Javier Vázquez, Presidente de la Excma. Diputación Provincial de Segovia
  • Salvador Carmona, Rector de IE University
  • Diego del Alcázar Benjumea, Vicepresidente de IE
  • Antonio Ruiz, Catedrático y profesor emérito de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Miguel Larrañaga, Vicerrector de Estudiantes y profesor de IE University.
Sobre el autor
Miguel Larrañaga Zulueta es licenciado en Filosofía y Letras, especializado en Paleografía y Doctor en Historia Medieval. La historia social y cultural de la Edad Media ha centrado su labor docente e investigadora, áreas sobre las que ha publicado un extenso número de libros y artículos de investigación y divulgación.
Ha sido profesor en las universidades de Alcalá y Middlebury College e investigador en el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Profesor visitante en Estados Unidos, Alemania y Reino Unido. En la actualidad es profesor del Centro de Humanidades, director del Antiquity & Middle Ages Research Center y vicerrector de IE University, profesor de Stanford University, miembro del grupo CARMEN (Cooperative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network) y del consejo editor del “Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies” (Routledge, EE.UU.)

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