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Walk on the Wild Side with Emma
December 14, 2017
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Guided nature hike, Vía Orgánica Ranch tour, and a special comida at the Vía Orgánica Conference Center.
Co-hosted by i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire and Audubon of Mexico

i3 presents: Guided nature walk with Emma Marris at Vía Orgánica and La Joya

We start our adventure at La Joyita private nature preserve, hike to the overlook of an ancient volcanic caldera, then descend the wooded slopes to the bottom of the caldera where we’ll explore an abandoned revolution-era homestead.

(The hike is moderately strenuous; 400 m descent and return climb. Hiking poles recommended. Those less-abled may do a portion of the hike or enjoy the views from the rim.)

After our hike, we make the short drive to the Vía Orgánica Ranch for light refreshment, followed by a tour of the Ranch, where we’ll learn about sustainable organic and regenerative agriculture.

Then it’s a short walk to the Vía Orgánica Conference Center where we’ll enjoy a comida tÍpica of chiles rellenos with roasted tomato salsa, brown rice, beans, salad and homemade tortillas. Plus, we get to sample fresh locally produced agua miel and pulque. Then sit back and relax over dessert and coffee as Emma Marris spins us a tale from her recent travels as an environmental science writer.

Space is limited to the first 40 adventurers. We will carpool from St. Paul’s Church on Calle Cardo at 8:30, returning by 3:30. Cost is $700 pesos ($38 USD). Drivers will get a $100 peso rebate.

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Slideshow Presentation by Environmental Journalist Emma Marris
“How to Think More About Nature in Our Post-Wild World”
December 16, 2017, 5:00 PM
La Casona Conference Center (Salida Celaya)
Tickets $250 pesos ($14 USD) ONLINE, at the Bibliotecta shop or at the door.
Q&A and reception to follow (snacks included, drinks available for purchase).

Emma MarrisEmma Marris is a science journalist based in Oregon, writing about nature, people, food, language, books and film. She strives to find and tell stories that help us understand the past; take meaningful action in the present; and move towards a greener, wilder, happier and more equal future. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, Slate, Orion, Discover and more. Her book,  Rambunctious Garden is an important read for anyone who cares about the environment. As humans influence every centimeter of Earth, from where species live to its very climate, our strategies for saving nature must change. Her book explains why, and more importantly, how.

Check out her TED Talk about how we define nature, and what it means for our children. Join us!

“The End of Cancer?”
October 21, 2017

Nora DisisThe body’s immune system is marvelously effective at combatting disease. Yet cancer has developed cunning strategies that thwart our body’s best defenses.

Dr. Disis and colleagues are investigating and developing ingenious technologies that harness our own immune systems to eradicate this life-threatening disease.

Dr. Disis is Editor in Chief of JAMA Oncology

About Dr. Nora Disis

Watch Nora Disis on YouTube

The first in the “healthy lifespan” series from i3—featuring the latest advances in medical research.

Presentation Slides by Dr. Nora Disis:

Disis Slides from 10.2017

FOOD EVOLUTION: Film Screening,
September 29, 2017

Food Evolution Film

Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, FOOD EVOLUTION, by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.

In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

Have a first look at the FOOD EVOLUTION trailer:

For more information about the movie, please visit

A polished and provocative call for activists to be as scientifically minded a they believe they are.
— John deFore, The Hollywood Reporter

August 12, 2017

Director Jeffrey BrownDirector Jeffrey Brown is an Academy, Emmy and Peabody Award winner. His feature film directing debut SOLD is the winner of five audience awards and two jury awards film, SOLD is an adaptation of the best selling novel SOLD by Patricia McCormick.

Executive produced by Emma Thompson, SOLD tells the story of a brave, thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal who dreams of buying a tin roof for her family home, only to be tricked and trafficked to a prison brothel in India where she is coerced into bonded sexual slavery. Despite brutal conditions, her will is never broken. She builds friendships with others creating a new family while secretly planning escape. SOLD is grounded in hope and the resilience of the human spirit.

Two screening are scheduled at Auditorio Miguel Malo in Bellas Artes. The first at 4:00 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. A Q&A  session will follow each of the two scheduled film screenings. Please note that tickets will not be available at the door. You must purchase them ahead of time online or at the Tienda in the Biblioteca. Online tickets $11US, Biblioteca Tienda tickets $200 pesos.


Join Jeffrey Brown for a special brunch to benefit victims of human trafficking, Sunday August 13, 11:00 a.m., at Galeria Atotonilco. The Galeria is donating 10% of all sales at the event. For information about the gallery, including directions visit

Tickets are available online and at the Tienda in the Biblioteca. Online tickets $25US, Biblioteca Tienda tickets $500 pesos.

Watch the SOLD trailer


“What Caused the Political Earthquake of 2016?”

Hedrick SmithPulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning author and journalist Hedrick Smith addressed a sold-out audience at the Hotel La Aldea ballroom, sharing some of the wisdom and insights he’s gained over a career spanning 50 years, including serving as New York Times bureau chief for Moscow, various Asian capitals and Washington D.C.; as well as producing numerous PBS specials.

From the start, Smith stepped out from behind the podium without notes, and held the audience rapt for an hour-long presentation; followed by another hour of thoughtfully addressing audience questions—an impressive demonstration of why he is one of America’s most authoritative and respected scholars on the U.S. political system.

Hedrick Smith Reclaim the American Dream

Watch Hedrick Smith, Healing the Great Divide

More about Hedrick Smith

“Mexico and the U.S. Going Forward”

Vicente Fox

On November 18, 2016 — barely a week after the stunning U.S. presidential election — former Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a sold-out audience in the Hotel Real de Minas ballroom, discussing the future of U.S.-Mexico relations.

When he was asked if he thought Mexicans would retaliate against Americans living in Mexico for America’s new anti-Mexico policies, he laughed and said that Mexicans all know that Americans are not their government. He said he has personal experience that running a business is completely different from running a government, and he expected Trump to have a difficult learning curve. And he pointed out that only 8% of all jobs in the States are manufacturing jobs, and that Trump’s plan to bring manufacturing back to the States, not only is a pipe dream; it will not create jobs, most of which are in the service sector. He said those out of work who want jobs would be better to go back to Community College and learn a new skill than to vote for Trump’s quixotic promises.

Attendees were invited to attend a gala reception at the Rosewood Hotel following the presentation, a benefit for the Fox Center, which assists many non-profits including Centro de Crecimiento, a therapeutic service for low income families here in San Miguel.

About Vicente Fox