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“It is a place to test run your ideas and make you a better thinker. ”—Shao-Ling Ma, doctoral candidate, department of English

News and Updates

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 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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