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How We Got to Now—Understanding the Political Landscape
June 15, 2018
Presentation, Q&A. Tickets are now available below and on our TICKETS page ($250 pesos). Tickets will be available in advance at Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca for $250 pesos and at the door for $300 pesos. This event is scheduled at 5:00 PM at La Casona Event Center. Informal reception to follow, with complimentary botanas and beverages available for purchase.

Bill PlanteThe torrent of criticism aimed at reporters and their media by the President and his White House staff may seem to be without precedent, but it is only the latest – though perhaps most pronounced – in a long history of Executive grievances against the press. Two hundred forty-two years after the Declaration of Independence and 227 years after ratification of the Bill of Rights, tensions remain over the nature and limits of free speech. This talk looks at Presidential discomfort with press coverage from the founding to the present with particular emphasis on the danger posed by current attacks on speech.

Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years. He was White House correspondent during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Plante was based in CBS News’ Washington bureau beginning in December 1976 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968. He also served four tours of duty for CBS News in Vietnam between 1964 and 1975.

Farmers Are Our Future (How campesinos can save our world)
April 21, 2018
Presentation, Q&A. Tickets are now available below and on our TICKETS page ($250 pesos). Tickets will be available in advance at Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca for $250 pesos and at the door for $300 pesos. This event is scheduled at 5:00 PM at La Casona (new convention center on Salida a Celaya). Informal reception to follow, with complimentary botanas and beverages available for purchase.

Florence Reed
Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system.

Florence Reed is an award winning thought leader and innovative practitioner. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama in the early 1990s, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rural Central American families with the tools and training to overcome poverty while protecting tropical forests. As president of the organization, Reed brings people together to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture as a solution to tropical deforestation and poverty.

Co-hosted with Caminos de Agua and Center for Global Justice
March 22, 2018

This event is scheduled at 11:00 AM at Teatro Santa Ana (inside the Biblioteca, enter at Reloj 50).  Advance tickets online U.S.$5.50, or 100 pesos at Teatro Santa Ana ticket office; 150 pesos at the door day of the event. Proceeds go to local rainwater harvesting projects.

San Miguel and surrounding communities face unprecedented water challenges. Our water comes from a large underground aquifer that is declining at an alarming rate. Wells are going dry, and the water that remains contains harmful minerals that cannot be removed by ordinary means.

Join us for a short film and expert panel discussion. Learn what you can do to assure safe, healthy drinking water for yourselves; and about the predicament of others in the region that we share the aquifer with.


Dylan Terrell serves as Executive Director of Caminos de Agua, a SanMiguel de Allende non profit providing solutions for safe, health and accessible water for communities at risk in the local aquifer. Caminos de Agua leverages these solutions for others confronting similar water challenges throughout the world.

Agustin Madrigal has been the Director of Salvemos el Rio Laja for 11 years and coordinates conservation, soil restoration, and water projects in local rural communities as part of the National Program in Watersheds and Cities, funded by the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, A.C.

Henry Miller is the director and co-founder of the Maíz Más Pequeño, A.C. and the Coordinator of the project: Watersheds, People, Water and Climate Change – Processes of adaptation in the Tambula – Picachos Watershed.

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“The Best City in the World: San Miguel’s Devil’s Bargain”
March 17, 2018
Presentation, Q&A. Tickets are now available below and on our TICKETS page ($14 USD). Tickets will be available in advance at Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca for $250 pesos and at the door for $300 pesos. This event is scheduled at 5:00 PM at the Hotel Real de Minas Ballroom (Corner of Ancha de San Antonio and Stirling Dickinson). Informal reception to follow, with complimentary botanas and beverages available for purchase.

Lisa Covert will be speaking at i3 ideas that inform and inspireOver the course of the twentieth century, San Miguel’s civic and cultural leaders made a series of trade offs to position the city as a “Best Destination” according to international travel trendsetters. This talk will examine economic development strategies and decisions about infrastructure and tourism promotion that prioritized international accolades over making San Miguel a great place to live.

Lisa Pinley Covert is an assistant professor of history at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Latin American history with an emphasis on twentieth-century Mexico. Her book, San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site, based on more than ten years of research, examines how long-time residents and newcomers shaped San Miguel’s economic possibilities and cultural dynamics from the 1930s to the 1980s, and how these efforts paved the way for the 2008 UNESCO World Heritage designation.

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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.

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