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“If you know one thing only, you don't know the complete thing. Nothing exists in this onlyness. Everything is integrated.”—Kevin Starr

Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: The Centennial

Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: The Centennial

The Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Institute for Humanities, is hosting an all day workshop celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Einstein’s work expands beyond the realms of science and is present in the visual arts, literature, and throughout the general culture.  

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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

Final Polymathic Pizza of 2015!

Please join us for our final Polymathic Pizza of 2015-- "Playing" led by Professor Richard Lemarchand at a special time of 6:30-8:00 pm.

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Fall 2015 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 I: Being (In the World)

Being encompasses the internal and external; the solitary and communal; everydayness and timelessness; and the physical, spiritual, and cerebral, all at once. The fall 2015 Polymathic Pizza series explores being in all these dimensions, with the ultimate aim to be more fulfilled, to be more engaged, and to be more ourselves.

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Fall 2015, 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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