From the 20th to the 23rd of September 2018, our IE University campus in Segovia once again had the honor of hosting the international literary and arts event, the Hay Festival.

The Festival was founded by Norman, Rhoda, and Peter Florence in 1988 in Wales, and has become a prominent literary events in cities around the world, including Arequipa, Beirut, Belfast, Cartagena, and The Maldives.

On its website, the Hay Festival declares that it “brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world.” It goes on to say that its end goal is “to inspire, examine, and entertain inviting participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

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This year’s event in Segovia was honored to welcome personalities such as Paul Preston, Ken Follett, Stephen Frears, Antony Beevor, A. C. Grayling, Kazuyo Sejima, Lars Lerup, and Hannah Collins. Other guests include world-renowned authors, painters, poets, architects, historians, designers, composers, and more.

In various venues across campus and the city itself, including the impressive 18th-century Aula Magna, guests attended talks, workshops, poetry readings, discussions, concerts, and more.

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IE University is proud to host an event that aligns so well with its unwavering commitment to promoting the humanities.

As artist Hannah Collins said in her talk during the festival, “The humanities stimulate the imagination and link historical humanity to the present, which is something that other areas don’t do.”

IE University strongly believes that pairing an innovative and future-forward education with a strong knowledge of the humanities will prepare students to tackle the challenges of the future.