Fernando Dameto. Professor. IE Humanities Center

27 April 2017

William Dalrymple is one the best travel writers in the world today. His work is the perfect blend of humanistic erudition and an ability to bring readers closer to the characters in his books.

Susana Torres. Professor. IE University

3 March 2017

In just over a century, Russia has missed three big opportunities to change the course of its history. But its leaders have always taken decisions that benefitted themselves rather than the Russian people.

Joaquín Garralda. Professor. IE Business School

25 January 2017

In our corporate environment it is impossible to achieve objectives without participating and cooperating with others, and that is why it is vital to inspire trust. Integrity plays a key role in this process.

Viet Ha Tran. Associate Director Admissions. IE Business School

1 November 2016

Patience, concentration, passion or stimulation of a specific area of the brain. More relations exist between what is required to practice music and finance than may appear at first sight.

Manuel Lucena. Profesor Humanidades. IE

15 September 2016

Not even two world wars, the loss of the empire, or social and ethnic tensions managed to alter the reformist and moderate character of the British Establishment. Until now.

Susana Torres. Professor. IE University

30 October 2015

The latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is a brave woman who has given a voice to those whom officialdom has tried to silence and forget.

Arantza de Areilza. Dean. Humanities. IE Business School

30 June 2015

Written on March 25, 2015

Humanitarian disciplines enable a major step toward learning to develop critical reasoning skills, stretching the imagination, gaining a better understanding of the world that surrounds us, and enjoying the inner critical spirit that tells us to dare to think.

Ignacio de la Torre. Professor. IE Business School

24 April 2015

Saladino was a Kurd. Born in Tikrit and brought up under the reign of the Emir of Mosul, he managed to unite Syria and Iraq and reverse the course of the crusades. Over eight centuries later, history appears to be repeating itself.

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño. Dean. IE Business School

3 December 2014

The controversy unleashed in France after Sarkozy’s attack on the classical French novel “The Princess of Cleves” serves to remind us that the Humanities are useful in the workplace as well as being beautiful.
 

Rolf Strom-Olsen. Academic Director of Humanities Studies at IE Humanities Center

23 January 2014

The rise of MOOCs and the fact that they are open to all and free of charge has caused great consternation in the academic world. Socrates, however, would have approved.

Fernando Dameto. Deputy Director of Humanities. IE Humanities Center

3 June 2013

The beautiful island of Sicily is probably the place most worth visiting in the world, with its churches, amazing artistic heritage, and delicious decadence.

Rolf Strom Olsen

18 September 2012

Paul Fussell was an exceptional teacher, supremely competent, passionate, and demanding. His students will always remember him for the knowledge and wisdom he conveyed in his classes.

IE Focus

15 June 2012

Songs like Hijo de la luna (Son of the moon), Me colé en tu fiesta (I gatecrashed your party), Hoy no me puedo levantar (Today I can’t get up), Maquíllate (Put on your makeup) and Cruz de navajas (Crossed knives) have accompanied us through the decades, forming part of our lives and forging indelible memories. Behind them all lies Nacho Cano, songwriter, singer and one of the leading members of mythical Spanish pop group Mecano, which has sold some 25 million records worldwide. Following his time with Mecano, Nacho Cano brought out several solo albums and then decided to move backstage to produce shows like Hoy me puedo levantar, or the musical ‘A’. In this interview we hear about his latest projects and his work as producer and manager, and how he sees a positive attitude, constancy, and energy as the key factors for success.

Manuel Lucena. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

1 June 2012

Sixty years ago Ian Fleming created the most famous spy of all time, a fictional character that helped counteract the prevailing mood amid a declining British Empire and troubles of post-war Europe.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

8 March 2012

Late motherhood has become the norm in Spanish society, resulting in a fall in the number of children in Spanish families, which could lead to a shrinking population.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

14 February 2012

Nowhere is Spain’s lack of sensitivity to music more evident that in its churches, where a couple of guitars accompanied by out-of-tune voices are all you usually get.

José Ignacio Torreblanca. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

14 February 2012

Europe is seeking a solution to its crisis by looking at the economies of countries like Brazil, Russia, India or China, without realizing that they have traumas of their own.

José Ignacio Torreblanca. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

10 January 2012

David Cameron’s refusal to join the new Treaty could end up destroying his political career, and it could also do a great deal of harm to the EU.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

10 January 2012

Referees should have their own monument. Despite past practices, they have now shown that they cannot be bought or sold, and yet they are still an object of vilification.

Arantza de Areilza. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

12 December 2011

Now that ETA has announced a ceasefire, we have to remember that greater sensitivity and action from the international community would have made it a thing of the past far sooner, or lehenendo denbora, as the Basques say.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

15 November 2011

Political bipolarization in Spain is comparable to that of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and is not in many people’s interest.

José Ignacio Torreblanca. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

15 November 2011

The integrated tax system that so many want for Europe has to be accompanied by political union if it is to work.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

13 September 2011

Raising the age of retirement is as controversial as it is necessary. Not only for economic reasons, but also because it means that professionals with more experience can remain active.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

7 July 2011

Society today may show great solidarity with women, young people, immigrants and different minorities, but it is freezing older people out of the market, leaving them victims of discrimination.

Ibrahim Al Marashi. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

14 June 2011

Behind the revolutions taking place in the Middle East there lies the frustration of a people who have always lived without democracy, and who need a real leader.

Rafael Puyol. Vicepresident. IE Foundation

14 June 2011

Due to the growth in life expectancy it is usual to find four generations of the same family. However, the fact that women are now putting off having children until they are older means that this will soon be a thing of the past.

José Ignacio Torreblanca. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

12 May 2011

José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero’s decision to support the intervention in Libya has showed that he is capable of assuming responsibilities, even if it means losing votes.

José Ignacio Torreblanca. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

12 April 2011

The Tunisian revolution and its spread to other North African countries have placed a spotlight on policies adopted by Europe to keep control over the southernmost Mediterranean coastline.

Haizam Amirah Fernández. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

9 March 2011

Tunisia has triggered spreading unrest in the Arab world, revealing a growing movement against totalitarian regimes that have ruled hitherto unquestioned.

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

7 September 2010

Raymond Carver, Goethe, and even a popular French turn of phrase all talk about the red thread, a metaphor representing the invisible link between all events, consequences and causes.

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

29 April 2010

Forty years ago a student from Syracuse and a Welshman broke all the rules by producing music that came from darkness and despair, and which inspired musicians for the next four decades.

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

7 April 2010

Wagner’s operas are known for their hypnotic circularity. In Tristan und Isolde, the whole opera is structured around the tension and balance between day and night. The same theme can also be found in surrealist films or romantic novels.

Rolf Strom-Olsen. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

2 February 2010

You can find the symbols of cultures from the distant past hiding below the eves of hundreds of churches. Some of these symbols refer to fertility, and seem strangely inappropriate alongside traditional Christian icons.

Rolf Strom-Olsen. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

8 January 2010

September saw the death of Alicia de Larrocha, the greatest Spanish pianist according to international critics. But she was also a brilliant pianist who happened to be born in Spain…

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

7 January 2010

It is inevitable, recommended even, that we ponder what makes something an example of art or literature, because we all have ideas about the world we live in and we tend to reinterpret our ideas over time.

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

4 December 2009

A best-seller is not necessarily a great book, and even less necessarily a great piece of literature, no matter how much some people confuse commercial success with art.

Julián Montaño. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

5 November 2009

A Byzantine chronicle from the 15th century provides an insight into why the brief reign of emperor sage Julius Maximus I Sophistes left an eternal example.

Gaspar Atienza. Professor. IE School of Arts and Humanities

5 October 2009

The conflict in the Western Sahara can only be resolved when all the parties involved understand that common interests should prevail over rigid initial posturing.

Macarena Ventosa. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

5 October 2009

The culture of palpable results blinds us to the kind of deeper learning that helps us to understand the world we live in. Art is the answer.

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

2 July 2009

Triumph over death is a constant theme among great poets and writers through the ages. From the Ancient Greeks to modern day authors, the journey to hell is a constant source of material for universal literature.

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

2 June 2009

In the light of recent events the dogmas of economic theory have been brought into question, with perhaps one exception: free competition, as defended by the Ancient Greeks.

Blanca Riestra. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

5 May 2009

Deprived of himself, Juan Larrea achieved an impersonal and purified poetic style that created a school among the great surrealist poets.

Rolf Strom-Olsen. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

5 May 2009

This year is the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth, prompting further debate on evolution. This is a big mistake. It is far more important to “let science come to me”.

Rafael Puyol. Professor. IE Business School

1 April 2009

The crisis has affected every level of society, but particularly immigrants. Madrid’s immigrants are faring better than most, however, evidencing that the capital is still an attractive destination for the immigrant population.

Rolf Strom-Olsen. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

9 March 2009

US literature has just said its last farewell to John Updike, one of the country’s greatest authors, even if his work didn’t travel well beyond US borders.

Macarea Ventosa. Director of the Bachelor in Art History, IE School of Arts & Humanities

9 March 2009

Art is in danger of being buried by the art industry, which is currently suffering the effects of the crisis, leaving the true value of humanities in bankruptcy.

Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

11 February 2009

The existence or inexistence of God has been the subject of debate ever since mankind learnt the art of discussion, and has played an active role in furthering logic and culture. Lately, however, the debate has been dragged down by the use of an empty slogan.

Julián Montaño. Professor. IE School of Arts & Humanities

11 February 2009

The nihilist buses could be accused of literally sending out the wrong message, at least from the ontological point of view that defends the existence of God based on the mere fact that people think about it.

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