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

“America’s Role in the Changing World” with General Petraeus

“America’s Role in the Changing World” with General Petraeus

On Thursday, November 6th, General David H. Petraeus once again visited the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study as part of his bi-annual visit to campus as a Judge Widney Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

General Petraeus sat down with about twenty-five Harman Academy students to discuss “America’s Role in the Changing World” with moderator University Professor and Harman Academy Advisory Board member Geoffrey Cowan.

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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

POETRY. ENTRANCES AND EXITS.

USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, USC Libraries, USC’s Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies, and Villa Aurora present:

POETRY. ENTRANCES AND EXITS

with Gerhard Falkner

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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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