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i3 Announces 2019–20 Lecture Series

Science journalist Erik Vance

By Rob Lerner

Now entering its third season, i3: Ideas that Inform and Inspire, has grown into a San Miguel de Allende institution, adding to the rich cultural life that has become a hallmark of our town.

i3 brings thought leaders from diverse disciplines to San Miguel for fact-based, future-focused “Conversations with Big Thinkers.”

Topics include economics, politics, environment, health, culture, and more—always insightful, always informative, always inspirational.

Here is a snapshot of what you can look forward to in our 2019–20 season:

September 10, 2019: Erik Vance, “Suggestible You, The Mind’s Power to Deceive and to Heal” A science journalist, Vance dives into the sometimes-murky world of placebos, hypnosis, brand preference, and more, recounting the fascinating history and discussing our current scientific understanding of these phenomena, sometimes using himself as a guinea pig.

October 8, 2019: David Lida, “When ‘Bad Hombres’ Cross the Border” Not everyone caught up in the turmoil at the US-Mexico border is an innocent victim. In his work as a mitigation specialist, Lida comes to the aid of undocumented immigrants accused of capital crimes in the US, documenting circumstances to persuade judges to leniency.

November 20, 2019: Prof. Rob Dunn, “Unseen Life: In Us, On Us, and All Around Us” Employing the latest advances, Dunn studies microbes and their hosts in the places where we live, work, and play—including in the very food we eat. This unseen world is far more abundant, diverse, and, well, stranger than ever imagined!

December 12, 2019: Prof Pamela Ronald, “The Future of Food” Feeding the world’s growing population from diminishing resources in a changing climate, without further loss of biodiversity or natural habitats, may be the greatest challenge facing humanity. Ronald offers a hopeful new agricultural ethic, integrating technology with principles of sustainability.

January 14, 2020: Maryn McKenna, “Antibiotic Resistance—a Global Health Threat” Antibiotics revolutionized medicine, saving untold millions and extending longevity. But bacteria readily evolve resistance to antibiotics, and their abuse has led to an arms race that modern medicine may be losing.

February 4, 2020: Hedrick Smith, “Reforming Our Ailing Political System” The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former New York Times and PBS correspondent returns to the i3 stage to take on some of the most vexing political issues of our time: economic inequality, dark money, voter rights, campaign financing, and more.

March 17, 2020: Pat Mitchell, “Becoming a Dangerous Woman” Mitchell charts her path to power, from an early childhood on a cotton farm to the front lines of social, political, and cultural change to navigating the halls of power in Washington DC and Hollywood, where she became the first woman president of PBS and CNN.

All our presentations will take place at La Casona Event Center (on Salida Celaya, across from Luna de Queso), at 5pm. Advance tickets are 250 pesos (at or at Boleto City) or 300 pesos at the door. For more information and to sign up for our newsletter, go to


i3: Ideas That Inform and Inspire presents

“Suggestible You, The Mind’s Power to Deceive and to Heal”

Erik Vance

Tue, Sep 10, 5pm

La Casona Event Center

Salida Celaya

Advance tickets:

250 pesos

Boleto City

300 pesos at the door



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