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Humanities on the Mall: Bill Egginton (in conversation with Emma Snyder)

November 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Poster for Humanities on the Mall with Bill Egginton and Emma Snyder, on November 5th, with QR code.

AGHI is thrilled to announce the launch of our newest event series, in partnership with DC’s East City Bookshop…

Humanities on the Mall

That’s right! We are happy to join many of JHU’s own at the newly renovated building at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Beginning in Fall 2023, AGHI is hosting our new series, “Humanities on the Mall,” as a place to convene stimulating conversations about lively and important ideas. This series marks an extension of our “Humanities in the Village” events, begun more than five years ago to bring together members of the JHU community and our neighbors near the Homewood campus in Charles Village and beyond.

Who better to inaugurate our DC events than the co-founders of Humanities in the Village: AGHI’s own director, Bill Egginton, in conversation with Emma Snyder, owner of the Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand Cafe. Together, they will bend time, space, and even reality discussing his new book, The Rigor of Angels: Borges, Heisenberg, Kant, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality (Pantheon, Aug. 2023). Prof. Egginton will share with us this new “account of how a poet, a physicist, and a philosopher pursued truth to the very limits of human apprehension and revealed the fundamental nature of our place in the universe.” Our friends from local independent East City Bookshop will be on-site with a pop-up store to share this book plus a great selection of related and interested further reading options! Following the conversation, there will be a reception.

Remember to join us in DC on the afternoon of Sunday, November 5th at 555 Penn. PLEASE NOTE: Due to building security policy, all attendees will be required to sign in in order to enter the building: Register here (for free) in advance.


Bill Egginton

William Egginton is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of multiple books, including How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), In Defense of Religious Moderation (Columbia UP, 2011), The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2016), Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media (Bloomsbury, 2017) with David Castillo, The Splintering of the American Mind (Bloomsbury, 2018) and, again with David Castillo, What Would Cervantes Do? Navigating Post-Truth With Spanish Baroque Literature (McGill-Queens UP, 2022). Egginton’s current book project, The Rigor of Angels, which explores the respective conceptions of reality in the thought of Borges, Kant, and Heisenberg, will be published by Pantheon in June of 2023. His book for Bloomsbury’s Philosophical Filmmakers series on the philosophical, psychoanalytic, and surrealist dimensions of cinematic expression in the work of Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky is also due out in 2023.

Emma Snyder

Emma Snyder is a Baltimore native who’s very happy to be back home. Her favorite book is The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, which is funny and curious and meanders beautifully through the streets of New Orleans. She loves it so much that after reading it she promptly moved to Louisiana for a few years, which she didn’t regret.


November 5, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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