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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

A way of thinking, which clearly increases the efficiency with which you go about problem solving. ”—Sidney Harman

Gaps in Communication: Inaugural Polymathic Student Conference—APPLY NOW

Gaps in Communication: Inaugural Polymathic Student Conference—APPLY NOW

We are pleased to announce our inaugural polymathic student conference, which will be held on Catalina Island at the USC Wrigley Institute from April 10-12, 2015. The conference will explore questions of "Gaps in Communication," and how we might use polymathic approaches to solve some of the greatest communication challenges we face today.

We are now accepting applications for students who wish to be considered as participants in the conference. Applications are due by March 20, 2015. Read more for more information on the conference and how to apply.

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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: The Apocalypse with Professor Thalmann

Join us Wednesday, March 4th to discuss The Apocalypse with Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Greg Thalmann.

Our spring series Polymathic Pizza, Part II: Back to the Future continues with our examination of the human obsession with the end of the world.

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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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