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polymath n. a person of much or varied learning; a great scholar.”—Oxford English Dictionary

Spring 2012 / Polymathic Pizza - Weird Science
Bugs: Can They Be Outwitted?


Wednesday, March 7 2012


Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241


Open to undergraduates


We are not alone on this planet.  Bugs are everywhere, butterflies and viruses alike.  What are bugs trying to teach us regarding mutation and survival?  Will we ever win the battle against deadly viruses? Or will bugs prove our undoing?

Jed Fuhrman

Jed Fuhrman

Jed Fuhrman is McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology & professor of biology at USC.  He studies the roles of microorganisms in natural marine ecosystems and the cycling of matter in the ocean, from the microscopic scale to the global scale. His work has also moved beyond the lab to improve public health.  He measures human pathogenic viruses at recreational beaches as a potential health hazard, and works on innovative ways to make such measurements relatively easy and inexpensive.

Spring 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 II: Global Issues

Ours is a global civilization, and USC is a global university with a global student body.  This spring, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study will sponsor a polymathic pizza oriented to global issues. 

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Graduate Series:

Objects of Knowledge III

This third season of a series of conversations examines the diverse ways that images and things interact, embody and generate ways of knowing, which guide the course of human action and understanding and engender creativity and innovation. 

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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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