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“The idea is to escape the rigidity of classic study ”—Sidney Harman

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Special Event: Women of Troy

Women of Troy: A Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study/ROTC Event

Drawing upon the epic of Troy, as well as other traditions and story-cycles, this panel—organized on behalf of the cadets and midshipmen of USC and others interested in defense issues—will address the historical, contemporary, and future role of women in national defense.  Topics under discussion will include (1) women in the uniformed military (2) women in the defense establishment, including legislators (3) the required consent of women for mobilization and warfare (4) women and the defense economy and (5) women as heads of state in time of war.  

Participants include USC Trustee Jane Harman, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and former congressional member of the U.S. House Committees on Armed Services, Intelligence, and Homeland Security; Major General Megan P. Tatu; Lt. Col. Robert Kirkland, commander of the USC Army ROTC battalion and Ph.D. in military history; Greg Thalmann, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, USC; and University Professor Kevin Starr.

Download a PDF of the event flyer.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
Attire: business casual
Light lunch will be served
Contact information: Dr. Karin Huebner,
Hosted by: Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
RSVP Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2013 (Click to RSVP online; esvp code: Troy0403)
Parking information: Provided at GATE 4; enter off of Jefferson Blvd. at Royal St.

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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