Summer 2020: A Glimpse of Nothing

Vast nothingness sky, rocks
Taihu stone and bridge in The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, the Chinese garden at the Huntington Library and Gardens

"A Glimpse of 'Nothing'"
with Paul Harris, professor of English

Monday, June 15, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

In this time when many are grappling with the reality of doing “nothing”, this presentation based on Prof. Paul Harris's "A Course About Nothing" takes a deep dive into the concept of Nothing. Nothing, it could be said, is more paradoxical, boundary-stretching, and mind-bending than nothing. And nothing is more elusive than nothing--the moment we think about it or express it in words or symbols, we turn nothing into something. The webinar will introduce philosophical and literary reflections on ways to think about or express nothing, without making it disappear in the process.