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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

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.

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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