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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

“The emphasis will be on how to think, rather than what to think. ”—Sidney Harman

Bring Your Parents to Polymathic Pizza

Bring Your Parents to Polymathic Pizza

We are very pleased to announce an extra special Polymathic Pizza during Parents' Weekend. On Thursday, October 22nd, bring your parents for pizza and a scintillating talk on "Hearing/Listening" with Professor Jesse Graham. Show your parents what the Harman Academy is all about.

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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

Daily Trojan highlights Mayor Villaraigosa’s visit to the Harman Academy

As part of a three-day workshop on the past, present and future of the state of California, the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles. Wednesday’s event, moderated by Professor Manuel Pastor, was integrated into the workshop’s programming on the theme, “California: Past Imagined, Present Innovation and Future Sustainability.”

The "Daily Trojan" was on hand to report on the evening's proceedings. Check it out here.


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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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