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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

polymath n. a person of much or varied learning; a great scholar.”—Oxford English Dictionary

Announcing the 2016-2017 Polymathic Course Offering

Announcing the 2016-2017 Polymathic Course Offering

The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is pleased to announce the fourth year of our course, Los Angeles: A Polymathic Inquiry. Stretching an entire academic year, with two units in Fall 2015 and two units in Spring 2016, the course takes a uniquely polymathic look at Los Angeles.

Join Professors William Deverell and Karin Huebner, as well as Los Angeles experts from diverse fields, on this year-long polymathic endeavor.

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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

Induction of Harman Fellows Class of 2016

The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is pleased to announce our upcoming ceremony honoring the 2016 class of Harman Fellows.  The Induction of Fellows Ceremony will commence on Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in the Harman Academy, DML 241.  Reception to follow.  To RSVP go to www.usc.edu/esvp and enter the code INDUCTION.

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Spring 2016 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: Speculative Futures

What will our world look like in ten, twenty, or fifty years? How can we imagine, prepare for, and influence future trajectories of our planet in terms of governance, sustainability, and co-existence? The spring 2016 Polymathic Pizza series brings together faculty and students from diverse disciplines and interests to speculate on the future and to explore how we might have a hand in shaping it.
 

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Spring 2016, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is partnering with leading global and academic institutions and scholars, holding workshops and symposia to explore topics and issues from a polymathic perspctive.   

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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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