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History Lessons Forum: Men, Facts, Stories

We address in this forum the historical development of the environments (cultural, political, economic ...) in which Humanity has developed throughout the past, a historical analysis of the moments that marked their evolution and that of the relative societies on which they acted.

We serve a triple front

Singular personalities that with their actions shaped the meaning of our society

Events, supervening or induced, which in turn brought about substantial modifications in the lifestyles of those who experienced them

How contemporary witnesses to events, or historians of any age, understood and composed the account of some events or the course of lives that in his opinion deserved to be remembered. 

Juan E. Gelabert

Adjunct Professor at the University of Santiago (1976-1988) and Professor of Modern History (1988-2018) at the University of Cantabria. Fellow of the Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica "Francesco Datini" (1974), Fulbright (1983) and British Council (1984). Visiting professor at The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (Cambridge). Author of books, articles and various collaborations on the Spanish and European history of the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries.


Discover all the publications, session summaries and other documents related to the activity of this forum:

22 2020 September

Speaker: Alvaro Delgado-Gal, Writer and director of the "Book Magazine"

Moderator: Juan E. Gelabert González, Professor of Modern History, University of Cantabria


The story is usually explained in two ways. One: as a process whose causes have character, let's put it this way, material. The economic facts, the struggle between the parties for power or changes in the social and legal organization prevail in the foreground. Two: ideas (of freedom, justice, equality, religious, national dominance) take the lion's share. The first vision is often contrasted with the second.

In the rapporteur's opinion, this is a mistake. A “naturalistic” conception of man should also include ideas. Ideas, within human behavior, are no less primary than the desire to eat.

6 October 2020

Speaker: Laureano Castro Nogueira, Doctor in Biological Sciences, Professor of Baccalaureate and Professor-tutor, UNED

Moderator: Juan E. Gelabert González
, Professor of Modern History, University of Cantabria


In this forum session, we analyze, among others, the following issues:
- The evolutionary mechanism: consequences of the Darwinian algorithm.
- Human evolution: stages and main features.
- Two essential elements in the evolutionary success of our species: tribal-scale cooperation and cumulative culture.
- Human cooperation: conflict between cooperation within groups and between groups.
- Our evolution as cultural organisms: the role of teaching.

Illustration: Javier Montesol

Contemporary impressionist painter interested in the urban landscape, Goyesque prints and bullfighting. 

Despite his training at the Faculty of Economics of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​he belongs to the generation of the so-called "New Spanish Comic" that during the 70s built a new language and graphic expression. He participated in the creation of emblematic magazines such as "Star" and "Cairo" and at the end of the eighties in a new way of commercializing Art as "Supermer'Art". He left comics in the nineties to dedicate himself to painting, exhibiting regularly in Spain and France, the country where he will reside from 1992 to 1999, the year in which he returned to Spain. In 2012 he published the graphic novel "Speak Low" which signifies his return to comics.

Academic coordination: Victoria Dal Lago Demmi


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