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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

Announcing Our 2015-2016 Course

Announcing Our 2015-2016 Course

The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is pleased to announce the third 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 is 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

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS—Special Opening Event: 3-Day California Workshop

The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries announces an exciting opportunity for ambitious students.  Twenty participants will be selected to join an intensive three-day workshop to explore themes of California: Past Imagined, Present Innovation, and Future Sustainability through a polymathic lens and exchange ideas with peers and expert scholars and practitioners.

We are now accepting applications to be considered for the twenty-student cohort through Wednesday, August 5th.

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Spring 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 II: Back to the Future

The Future—what is it, how best to predict it, whether it will feature utopic advancement or a dystopic nightmare—has long occupied our minds. Over the course of Spring 2015, students and select faculty will consider paradoxes and what possibilities thinking about the future might hold.

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Spring 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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