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“If there were a single word that might be the academy’s proclamation it would be discovery.”—Sidney Harman

Spring 2012 / Polymathic Pizza - Weird Science
Rehab: How Do Biology and Time-Management Interact in Designs for Living?


Wednesday, April 11 2012


Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241


Open to undergraduates


Why get up in the morning anyway?  USC Professor Florence Clark has some answers.  Professor Clark helped pioneer the field of occupational science – how and why, although deceptively simple, everyday activities are actually extraordinarily complex, giving life purpose and meaning, impacting health, and making life worth living to all of us.  For this reason, human beings need to carefully think about how they structure personal and public time.  Dr. Clark has also been key in advancing the related profession of occupational therapy.

Florence Clark

Florence Clark

Florence Clark is Associate Dean and Division Chair/professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. A widely published and noted scholar with research interests ranging from the development of sensory integration in children to health promotion in the elderly, recovery from spinal cord injury and the discipline of occupational science, Professor Clark was appointed a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has served as a special consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General.

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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