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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

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

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 and Harman Academy Director of Programs, Dr. Karin Huebner

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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 Student Conference Committee Applications

The USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries announces an exciting opportunity for ambitious students. Eight participants will be selected to form an intensive, multi-disciplinary committee for the planning and organizing of the inaugural USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study student conference to be held in Spring 2015.

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Fall 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 I: On Being Human

What does being “human” really mean and can we ever plumb the depths of the complexity of our humanity? Is being “human” a social, spiritual, or biological reality –or perhaps some combination of all three? Throughout Fall 2014, we will consider what it means to be human, beginning with the personal and expanding outwards to the global implications of our “humanness.”

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Polymathic Workshops, Panels, and Special Events

In Fall 2014, 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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Graduate Series:

Objects of Knowledge IV

Conversations regarding objects of knowledge, visual and material worlds from a polymathic perspective.

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