Fall 2012

Quadrant Series

The USC Sidney Harman 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.  In order to explicate these Quadrants more fully, Professor of philosophy and English Edwin McCann will conduct four conversational workshops over the Fall and Spring terms from a philosophical, historical, and practical point of view.  Attendance at these two sessions covering all four quadrants is required f


Conversations regarding objects of knowledge, visual and material worlds from a polymathic perspective.

This 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.


Each semester, a lunch and a dinner will bring together postdoctoral fellows with the Society of University Professors and other distinguished guests for structured conversation. Academy founder Dr. Sidney Harman [1918-2011] believed that when scholars with inquiring minds come together in a congenial setting, heightened inquiry will develop.

The luncheons are held on Tuesdays at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in DML 241.
1. Tuesday, November 6, 2012
2. Tuesday, February 5, 2013