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Humanities on the Mall: “The Physics of Democracy” with Sean Carroll and Hahrie Han

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poster with new dates for Sean Carroll and Hahrie Han for Humanities on the Mall.

“The Physics of Democracy”

Join us for our next gathering of Humanities on the Mall with our speaker for MARCH 2024, Prof. Sean Carroll — in conversation with Prof. Hahrie Han! We will begin at 5pm for conversation, Q&A, and an exploration of the idea of “the physics of democracy“—building on both speakers’ work considering what we can learn about democratic societies by thinking of them as complex physical systems—and vice versa. We’ll also touch on Sean’s forthcoming book(s) in 2024 and Hahrie’s recent work with both the SNF Agora Institute and The P3 Lab.

For attendees: All are welcome—admission is free with any ID with a sign-in at the security desk upon entry. JHU affiliates should bring their Hopkins IDs to swipe in for the building.

Register here!

Join us for an amazing conversation and Q&A (plus a wine and cheese). Everyone is welcome, so invite a friend, a colleague, a family member, or a student. See you on the Mall!


About Sean:

Sean Carroll is a Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins who explores how the world works at the deepest level. His research focuses on foundational questions in quantum mechanics, spacetime, cosmology, emergence, entropy, and complex systems, including using insights from physics to illuminate social phenomena. He is also Fractal Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

Carroll is a bestselling author, whose newest book is The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion (2022). He also hosts a popular podcast called Mindscape.

He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Sloan Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Royal Society of London, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Carroll has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS’s NOVA, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television.

[more from Sean Carroll’s Website]

About Hahrie:

Hahrie Han is the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the P3 Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named a 2022 Social Innovation Thought Leader of the Year by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab Foundation. [more from Hahrie Han’s website]

[image credit: “20 different examples of periodic solutions to the three body problem” (animation, 2023) by Canagrisa [Pere Rosselló], CC image via Wikicommons]


March 3
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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