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  • October-December 2017
    October-December 2017
    Upcoming Lectures
    2:51OCTOBER 10, 2017

    The series about the Song of Songs opens the lecture program this autumn. It will be followed by the series focusing on Martin Luther, the history of the teatro breve (short plays) and the civilisations that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula before the arrival of the Romans. There will also be a series coinciding with the exhibition about William Morris and the Swiss architect Jacques Herzog will present his intellectual autobiography. In The Burning Issue, there will be debates about the Internet, inequality and lefts-rights: old and new politics. And in the interviews format, Antonio San José will converse with Joaquín Achúcarro and Román Gubern, and Íñigo Alfonso will chat with Olegario González de Cardedal, Xavier Gil, Isabel Mijares, María Jesús Viguera and Emilio Lamo de Espinosa.

  • Isabel Cervera and Miguel Rivera Dorado
    Isabel Cervera and Miguel Rivera Dorado
    Cerámica china y precolombina
    1:03:02APRIL 25, 2017

    La cerámica, gracias a su fácil manejo y bajo coste material, nos ha legado numerosos y valiosos testimonios artísticos; además, al nacer del barro –al alcance en toda región geográfica– es objeto de estudio para el conocimiento de las más diversas culturas. La directora del Instituto Confucio de Madrid y profesora de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Isabel Cervera, recorre la historia de China a través de la cerámica y de sus usos: el doméstico, el decorativo, el religioso y el funerario. Miguel Rivera Dorado, arqueólogo y catedrático de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, se acerca a los diferentes pueblos precolombinos para analizar la multiplicidad de estilos y facturas que nacieron en el continente americano. De ambas conferencias se presenta un resumen.

  • Fernando Galván
    Fernando Galván
    Jane Austen’s “Little England”
    1:17:57MAY 30, 2017

    In this second session in the series about Jane Austen, Professor Fernando Galván introduces the English writer’s novels using a biographical account focusing on the author’s family relationships, places and personal anecdotes. Amont the works discussed are several of the works written in her youth, such as Love and Friendship and Lady Susan, and the early long novels –Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice– as well as her last finished novel, Persuasion. The presenter concludes, “beyond the enjoyment her novels provide upon a first reading is the profundity of the moral concepts of these heroines”, and this is why their atemporal nature surpasses the boundaries of social changes.

  • Álvaro Tato, Luciano García Lorenzo and Marta Poveda
    Álvaro Tato, Luciano García Lorenzo and Marta Poveda
    “Treat the classics with respect but without reverence”
    1:16:34MAY 23, 2017The actor, poet and playwright Álvaro Tato discusses his vision of theatre and reviews his career, from his beginnings with the theatre group formed with his high-school classmates to the international tours with Ron Lalá and projects for the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico. In conversation with Luciano García Lorenzo, they talk about the Spanish comic tradition, humour in the theatre and the constancy of the classics. To conclude, Álvaro Tato and the actress Marta Poveda present a dramatised reading of an unpublished comedy by Álvaro Tato himself, provisionally titled Todas hieren y una mata.
  • Fernando Galván
    Fernando Galván
    Jane Austen, in the Transition from the Eighteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries
    1:03:51MAY 25, 2017

    On the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen (Steventon, 1775 - Winchester, 1817), the Professor of English Philology at the Universidad de Alcalá Fernando Galván outlines the period known as “the long eighteenth century”, between 1688 eand 1815, in which the historical and cultural context of the author is set. Important historical events occurred during this period, such as the American, French and Industrial revolutions, although these have no place in the English author’s novels. The presenter mentions several literary figures contemporary to Austen and whose influence can be seen in her works, such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding.

  • Mario Esteban and Sean Golden
    Mario Esteban and Sean Golden
    China’s Leadership. Patterns and Problems
    59:16MAY 22, 2017

    What is the role of China in the globalisation process? What survives of its political and cultural history? What ambitions and challenges does it have in the short and long term? What are its large scale projects of trade expansion? What is the state of relations between China and Spain? The lecturers and researchers in Oriental Studies, Mario Esteban and Sean Golden, respond to these and other questions, adressing the Asian giant’s complex internal reality, regional alliances and international relations.

  • Carmen Sánchez
    Carmen Sánchez
    Greek Ceramics
    1:11:01APRIL 20, 2017

    The Lecturer in Early Art at the  Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Carmen Sánchez, presents some of the most representative pieces of Greek ceramics (VII and IV centuries BC), from the Attic workshops, hegemonic producers during the Archaic and Classical periods. Characteristics like the techniques of the black and red figures, the narrative endeavour of the decoration and typological variety make these ceramics loyal testimonies of Greek mythology and traditions.

  • Félix de Azúa
    Félix de Azúa
    Some Perplexities about Eternal Art
    41:44MAY 18, 2017According to the writer and academic Félix de Azúa, prehistoric art pertains to the category of eternal art, as it aims to explain the world. Our ancestors didn’t decorate caves, but illustrated them with their wisdom and demontrated their admiration for animals. The historical interpretations of parietal art as religious or magic manifestations, contrast with those who conceive it as eternal or absolute art. “After Altamira all is decadence”, said Picasso.
  • Enrique Baquedano
    Enrique Baquedano
    Altamira: a Personal Vision
    1:05:24MAY 16, 2017

    The archaelogist and director of the Museo Arqueológico Regional de la Comunidad de Madrid, Enrique Baquedano, describes the different transformations of the Altamira Cave, from its discovery to the various phases of research and preservation. Polemical issues are also addressed such as the closure of the original cave or the different interpretations of the cave paintings. Considered the Sixtine Chapel of paleolithic art, the lecture covers the cave in its entirity from the viewpoint of the history of archaeology.

  • Carlos López-Otín
    Carlos López-Otín
    The Genome, a Long, Interminable Verse
    1:30:19MAY 19, 2017

    The scientist Carlos López-Otín, Professor in the Area of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad de Oviedo, outlines the state of research into the human genome, cancer, hereditary diseases and ageing. He declares his commitment to scientific dissemination and share the keys to a better quality of life. His proposals for improving society stress higher demands in the early stages of education, fomenting the social value of curiosity and the search for happiness.

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