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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

“A polymath is one who not only mastered one or several disciplines, but one who uniquely synthesized them, integrated them. ”—Sidney Harman

Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Inducts New Fellows

Harman Academy for Polymathic Study Inducts New Fellows

On Thursday, May 15, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study inducted 23 new fellows—it largest class yet. This year’s inductees continue a tradition of excellence and academic engagement, with many of them either pursuing exciting career options or furthering their studies with graduate work at USC, Harvard, Stanford, and Purdue, among others.

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The series provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty to hone interdisciplinary skills through conversations with polymathic practitioners from USC and the larger academic community. Learn more »
The library is by definition a center of interdisciplinary inquiry devoid of disciplinary biases. The library and the polymathic academy form a metaphoric and meta-cognitive environment for integrated interdisciplinary study. Learn more »
Meet the members of the university community who are shaping the academy's programs and creating the series of polymathic encounters for USC students. Learn more »

News and Updates

Announcing our 2014-2015 Course: Los Angeles: A Polymathic Inquiry

Once again, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study will offer a course stretching the entirety of the 2014-2015 academic year, exploring Los Angeles through a polymathic lense and led by Professor of History William Deverell.

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Spring 2014 Series

Quadrant Series with Edwin McCann

The Academy for Polymathic Study guides its enquiries through four flexible pathways or Quadrants:  (1) critical and integrative thinking; (2) study of the polymaths; (3) the tapestry of knowledge; and (4) communication.

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Undergraduate Series:

Polymathic Pizza, Part II: Global Issues

Ours is a global civilization, and USC is a global university with a global student body.  This spring, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study will sponsor a polymathic pizza oriented to global issues. 

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Graduate Series:

Objects of Knowledge III

This third season of a series of conversations examines the diverse ways that images and things interact, embody and generate ways of knowing, which guide the course of human action and understanding and engender creativity and innovation. 

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The Goethe Society

The Goethe Society, an undergraduate organization affiliated with the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, will continue its enjoyment of the cultural resources of the USC campus and greater Los Angeles. 

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