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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

“The world is changing. Everything in the digital universe, everything is connected to everything else. ”—Sidney Harman

Fall 2015 Semester In-Review

Fall 2015 was another rich and dynamic semester for the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. We kicked off the first week of classes with a 3-day workshop, “CALIFORNIA: Past Imagined, Present Innovation, and Future Sustainability;” we concluded the semester with an all day event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity; and interspersed throughout we continued our popular bi-weekly Polymathic Pizza series.

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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

Polymathic Pizza with Ariela Gross

Join us for our second Polymathic Pizza of the spring semester. In the wake of the Iowa caucus decisions, we will discuss "Democracy" and the promise and failings of the system with Law Professor Ariela Gross.

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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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