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

    - Sidney Harman
  • “The idea is to escape the rigidity of classic study.”

    - Sidney Harman
  • “A polymath is one who not only mastered one or several disciplines, but one who uniquely synthesized them, integrated them.”

    - Sidney Harman
  • "polymath n. a person of much or varied learning; a great scholar."

    - Oxford English Dictionary
  • "It's a place for free knowledge."

    - Adeel Mohammadi
  • Introducing the Academy
  • The Quadrants
  • The People of the Academy
  • The Academy and the Library
  • Harman Curriculum

Opening Fall 2016 Polymathic Pizza with Viet Thanh Nguyen


When: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Dr. Edwin McCann conducts a conversational workshop on the first two guiding Quadrants of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study: (1) critical and integrative... Read more
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 17:00 to 19:00
When: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Our opening session for the spring 2019 series approaches the intractable problem of HOMELESSNESS . Experts from Social Work and Public Policy, together with our polymathic... Read more
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
When: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Our second session of the spring 2019 series pairs experts from Engineering and International Relations to examine the issues surrounding LEARNING IN A DIGITAL AGE... Read more
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30
When: 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Dr. Edwin McCann conducts a conversational workshop on the third and fourth guiding Quadrants of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study: (3) the tapestry of knowledge... Read more
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 17:00 to 19:00
When: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Our third session of the spring 2019 series pairs two experts from Engineering and International Relations. In conversation with our polymathic student community, they will... Read more
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 17:00 to 18:30


Community  with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Associate Professor of English                

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5p at the Harman Acadmey, DML 241

“To be capable of seeing things from multiple points of view, to be capable of being sympathetic, not just with our friends but with our enemies, is perhaps not enough to prevent wars or to change the world, but it is certainly necessary if we want those things to happen.”   --Viet Thanh Nguyen

How might the idea of community be understood within an integrative framework, or even as a viable feature of the polymathic life?  Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen helps us explore community as polymathic through a discussion of his recent Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Sympathizer.  The story’s principle character is a Viet Cong spy, who under forced confession to another Vietnamese interrogator, provides the novel’s narrative arc.  Through his unnamed protagonist, Professor Nguyen articulates the historically silenced, albeit fractured and diverse, voices of the Vietnamese people concerning the Vietnam War and its aftermath.  Nguyen’s unique confessional literary formula allows for an unusual dialogue between and among the marginalized.  He artfully conveys through one voice, the varied feelings, memories, and historical interpretations of the war from Vietnamese points of view. Join Professor Nguyen in discussion of what community means for us today in our fractured and divided world.

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