Adela Cortina, in dialogue with José Antonio Marina "I tried to discover if there was a common morality" 1:17:04DECEMBER 4, 2018The philosopher, Director of the Fundación ÉTNOR and Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Valencia, Adela Cortina, talks about her life and career with the teacher and philosopher José Antonio Marina. In this session, Professor Cortina discusses current affairs such as post-truth politics and the weakening of democracy, philosophy and ethics in curricula and corporate social responsibility. Several moral concepts and ideas that have been formulated in philosophy during her career are evaluated in her books, which include Ética mínima (1986), Ética aplicada y democracia radical (1993), Ética de la razón cordial: educar en la ciudadanía en el siglo XXI (2014) and, more recently, Aporofobia, el rechazo al pobre (2017).
Ángela García de Paredes Charlotte Perriand: A life of creation 59:30NOVEMBER 15, 2018The architect and Projects Lecturer at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, Ángela García de Paredes, presents the life and work of the pioneering female architect Charlotte Perriand (Paris, 1903-1999). Perriand’s career took off with her design Bar sous le toit (Bar under the roof), exhibited at the 1927 Salón d’Automne. This led to begin working closely with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. During her career she completed numerous architectural, interior-design and furnishing projects –in some cases in collaboration with other architects and designers including J. Prouvé, R. Mallet-Stevens, P. Chareau and O. Niemeyer– as well as social projects, including walls and pavilions built in protest. García de Paredes portrays Perriand as a committed professional with progressive ideals, who conceived the role of an architect as “a technician who is trained to resolve the needs of others”.
Jorge Carrión and Rosa Belmonte The revolution of audio-visual culture 1:00:13JANUARY 14, 2019The writer, cultural critic and teacher Jorge Carrión, and the journalist Rosa Belmonte, discuss the transformation of the audio-visual market and respond to questions including: Why have TV fiction and soap operas become so popular? How do new audiences, social media and news media interact with the trends and contents of digital on-demand video platforms (Netflix, HBO and Amazon)? And, what is the future of television and classic genres like the soap opera?
Antonio Ballesteros González Mary Shelley and Frankenstein: the creation of a legend and its projection in Victorian fantasy literature 1:01:05DECEMBER 11, 2018For Antonio Ballesteros González, Professor of English Philology at the UNED, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,or The Modern Prometheus (1818 and 1831) represents “the culmination of classic Gothic literature and the first science-fiction book in history”. Among the topics analysed in this lecture are the references to legends like Prometheus, Faust and Narcissus, the author’s life story and the influence of her parents –Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin– as well as the cultural context in which Frankenstein was written and conceived. To conclude, the motive of the monster is discussed from the projection of Frankenstein in Victorian fantasy literature.
Lola Badia Tirant lo Blanc: Joanot Martorell, knight, courtier and writer 59:10NOVEMBER 27, 2018Among the writers and scholars who have praised Tirant lo Blanc –a book printed in Valencia in 1490, and translated into Castilian Spanish in 1511– are Miguel de Cervantes, Dámaso Alonso, Martín de Riquer and Mario Vargas Llosa. Among the peculiarities of this chivalric romance are the fact that it is not anonymous, its author being the knight Joanot Martorell (Valencia, 1410-1465). Lola Badia, Professor of Catalan Philology at the Universidad de Barcelona, describes Martorell’s hectic life and pays particular attention to several courtly episodes and fights whose plots and settings can also be found in his famous novel.
Lecture Program. Winter 2019 3:41JANUARY 8, 2019The Winter 2019 Lecture Program at the Fundación Juan March begins with the series titled Women and Maternity in Prehistory and Antiquity. It will be followed by series about the history of astronomy by Rafael Bachiller, the centenaries of two essential women writers of twentieth-century English literature: Iris Murdoch and Doris Lessing, travel literature and collections of ballads. Furthermore, Luis Fernández-Galiano will analyse four key cities in the Western world during the twentieth century from a cultural perspective: Vienna, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, while Sergio Vila-Sanjuán will discuss literature written in Spanish in bilingual Spain. Carlos Hipólito, Jaime Siles, Amancio Prada, Javier Tejada, Soledad Becerril, Víctor Gómez Pin and Luis Alberto de Cuenca will present autobiographical reflections, while the current affairs debates will revolve around the revolution of audio-visual culture, election campaigns, and populisms and fake news.
Carmen Espegel Lilly Reich: the spirit of the material 59:03NOVEMBER 8, 2018The architect Carmen Espegel, a Tenured Lecturer in the Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and author of the book Heroínas del espacio: Mujeres arquitectos en el Movimiento Moderno –a source of inspiration for this lecture series– discusses the career of Lilly Reich. Reich was a self-taught German architect and specialist in fashion design, window dressing and interior design. Reich’s exhibition From Fibre to Textile marked a turning point in her rising career and put her into contact with the architect Mies van der Rohe. The pair regularly worked together from then onwards. Espegel highlights some of Reich’s most emblematic projects and exhibitions, which led to new perceptions about material and architectural space.
José Luis Sanz When the dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The great extinction, 66 million years ago 54:30MAY 10, 2018There was a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. However, the majority of them, except the birds, disappeared in a great event that radically changed the course of the history of the life of our planet. This complex and transcendental phenomenon took place around 66 million years ago. Three hypotheses are planted to explain their extinction: the impact of a large meteorite, large volcanic eruptions and a general decline in ocean and sea levels. In this lecture, the palaeontologist José Luis Sanz, presents the most recent results of research into the origin, diversity and extinction of dinosaurs.
Valentín Fuster The three Ms of Valentín Fuster for a healthy life 1:12:50DECEMBER 14, 2018In this interview, the cardiologist Valentin Fuster,General Director of the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (United States), reflects on the state of research, health patterns, risk factors and illnesses related to the cardiovascular system, among other topics. He also underlines the importance of the three “Ms” (mentoring, method and morality) as key to making correct life decisions.
Lurdes Vidal and Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio Crisis in the Middle East: A Transversal View 1:02:05DECEMBER 3, 2018The Director of the Area of the Arab and Mediterranean World at the Instituto Europeo del Mediterráneo (IEMed), Lurdes Vidal, and Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio, Tenured Lecturer in Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Social y Paz at the Universidad de Alicante, discuss the issues arising from the present situation in the Middle East region. Some of the issues that will be covered in this session include the state of democracy and freedom, the driving forces of social and political change, the growth of transnational Jihadi movements (from Al Qaeda to ISIS) and the dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia for control of the region.