Polymathic Pizza Part 1: The Polymathic Art of Cultivating

Fall 2017
Polymathic Pizza
Polymathic Pizza Part 1: The Polymathic Art of Cultivating

To cultivate is, in both its broadest and precise meanings, a foundational principle of polymathic practice.  It’s most common definition is to prepare the soil for planting; to grow.  Other meanings include: to refine; to encourage; to seek the society of; to improve or develop by careful attention, training, and study; to devote time or thought to.  To cultivate, in other words, is what we do here at the Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.  Cultivation is at once beautifully allegoric and pragmatically literal in understanding polymathy and thus we are devoting the fall 2017 semester to exploring its meaning and application in our lives.

Fall 2017 | Sessions held on Wednesdays, 5:00–6:30 p.m., DML 241, unless otherwise noted

Varun Soni, Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and dean of Religious Life
August 23, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.” – William Shakespeare

Mindfulness is more than just a mindset.  It is the purposeful...

Barry Glassner, Professor of Sociology & Former President at Lewis & Clark College
September 6, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

"There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment."  --Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself…and, of course, the Boogieman."  --Pat Paulsen, comedian

Some...

Estela Bensimon, Professor of Higher Education & Director of the Center for Urban Education
October 3, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: This event will now be happening on Tuesday, October 3rd.

“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” --Rosa Parks...

David St. John, University Professor and professor of English and comparative literature
PLEASE NOTE THURSDAY DATE
October 12, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

"Everyone should know that you can’t live in any other way than by cultivating the soul.” –Apuleius, Roman writer

A hoe is an instrument a farmer uses to cultivate the land, to prepare the soil for planting and growth.  What are the tools we might employ in the cultivation of our...

Jeff Watson, Associate Professor of Interactive Media and Games Division & Director of the Situation Lab
November 1, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” –Jack, from The Shining

“Almost all creativity,” wrote psychologist Abraham Maslow, “involves purposeful play.”  The idea that play is critical to our human landscape in germinating inspiration and creativity has...

David Albertson, Associate Professor of Religion
November 29, 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241

“Love and desire are the spirits’ wings to great deeds.” –Goethe (18th c.)

“They told me to take a street-car named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries…”  --Blanche, from A Street-car Named Desire (mid-20th c.)

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