HowTheLightGetsIn's debate challenge the status quo and disrupts the accepted narrative. We provide a space for ideas of every type to come togther, featuring world-leading speakers pushing their disciplines forward. The conversations we facilitate shape the intellectual landscape, so it's only natural to host them against the beautiful backdrop of Hay-on-Wye. Hear eminent thinkers in every field engage one another in cutting-edge debates in a uniquely accessible format.
HowTheLightGetsIn gathers together the leading thinkers in every field to think through the issue of our time and find new ways of understanding the world. The conversations you'll hear will help shape the intellectual landscape of the country for years to come.
When we say every field, we mean it. From legendary artist Brian Eno to firebrand philosopher Slavoj Zizek, from superstar writers Laurie Penny and Steven Pinker to groundbreaking scientists Roger Penrose and Sabine Hossenfelder, there is no topic where you won't be able to bump into an expert in the Waterfront bar.
Hat sessions breathe life into philosophy.
Experience philosophy through the body in the Philosophy and the Senses series. Uncover the meaning in perfumes, delicate sweets and intoxicating drinks.
Arc Of Life events chart the fascinating lifelong trajectory of the individuals defining modern thought.
In Coversation events see two brilliant minds share the stage for an hour of riveting discussion.
How To workshops are your chance to learn new methods for changing the way you see the world, led by thinkers who are blazing a trail.
The IAI Academy offers two-part courses by leading thinkers from around the world. Designed to be accessible and opinionated, the courses are your chance to hear scholars from the best universities put forward their views on the problems at the cutting edge of their field.
At the IAI Academy, we break with the convention of lectures devoid of opinion. In an era where information is everywhere, the goal is not to promote one approach as settled 'objective' knowledge but to encourage lecturers to provide their own take on a field, and to offer new ways of thinking.
Additional IAI Academy Courses can be found online here.
Delve deeper into the views and theories of your favourite speakers in intimate solo talks.
Hear radical scientists, insightful authors and big-thinking philosophers explore their particular areas of expertise. From the future of the internet to the nature of our existence these talks are an incredible window into thought-leading minds.
As the greatest minds of our time gather for a drink and a meal, take your seat alongside them for a truly unique experience.
Converse with Nobel laureates, challenge the shadow cabinet, and explore the universe with particle physicists in open-ended encounters totally removed from the ivory tower.
Kick start your day with a Philosophy Breakfast, take a midday break with a HowTheLightGetsIn Lunch, or rejuvenate your afternoon with a Champagne, Cakes and Philosophy session.
Be part of the company, not merely an observer. You might not get the chance anywhere else!
The IAI School is aimed at pre-university students who have an interest in critical thinking and want to broaden their understanding of what higher education offers beyond the national curriculum.
Following its continuing successes both online and at our physical festivals, the IAI School returns to HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2022 where a host of leading academics will inspire the next generation.
"I'm so impressed by the work of the IAI School. Their programme is precisely the sort of thing I wish I'd done at school. While I missed out, students now are set to be stimulated and inspired" - Bruce Daisley, Vice-President EMEA of Twitter
If you represent a school or institution who would like to make a group booking for the IAI School, or an organization who is interested in funding and supporting the project, please email us at email@example.com for more information.
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