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Discovering the Browns

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Monday, October 8, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 12:00

A conversation with Miriam Pawel, historian, journalist, and author of The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation


Light lunch will be served.

Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel, Journalist and Historian

Miriam Pawel is a Pulitzer-Prize winning editor and reporter who spent twenty-five years at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and winner of the California Book Award, and The Union of Their Dreams—Power, Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement. In her latest book The Browns of California, Pawel weaves a narrative history that spans four generations, from August Schuckman, the Prussian immigrant who crossed the Plains in 1852 and settled on a northern California ranch, to his great-grandson Jerry Brown, who reclaimed the family homestead one hundred forty years later. Through the prism of their lives comes an essential understanding of California—an appreciation of the history and importance of the fifth largest economy in the world.

12:00 to 13:00
Peace Time/War Time

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 17:00

Will there always be, as the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “a time for peace and a time for
Historian Lewis Mumford, among others, has argued that warfare, as an ongoing and
necessary expression of the state, originated with the rise of urbanism in the Tigris-Euphrates
Valley, thousands of years before the Common Era.  The twentieth century witnessed global,
regional, and local war on a near-continuous basis.  In nearly the entirety of the first two
decades of the twenty-first century the United States has been at war in the Middle East and
involved in a global war on terrorism in several African and Asian states.  The generation
that right now comprises our USC student body has never known the US not to be at war.
Under the guidance of Professor Steve Lamy, students will be encouraged to address such
questions as: is war a permanent condition in contemporary and future society?  If so, then
what are the economic, social, psychological, and moral effects of living in such a continuous
state of armed conflict and, whether real or perceived, a constant state of insecurity.

Steven Lamy

Steven Lamy, Professor of International Relations

Steven Lamy is a Professor of International Relations and the inaugural Director of the Dornsife Task Force on Global and Political Studies; he served as USC Dornsife’s Vice Dean for Academic Programs from July 2007 to August 2017. Lamy earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and he has served as a consultant to the National Security Education Program, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Education. His areas of expertise include international relations theory; foreign policy analysis; the foreign policies of the Western nation-states with an emphasis on Western European states, the U.S. and Canada; human security; and teaching and curriculum development in international relations. Lamy has published more than 40 articles and book chapters in these areas. His textbook, Introduction to Global Politics is in its fifth edition with Oxford University Press. He is currently working on a book that explores how theoretical narratives shape the choices made by foreign policy decision-makers. Most recently, he has published two book chapters dealing with US Arctic policy and the narratives shaping the policies of the Arctic Council. Professor Lamy’s teaching is focused on Active Learning. His Foreign Policy Analysis course is case-based, and his Humanitarian Intervention course is focused on Problem-Based Learning. Lamy also teaches a Problem-Based research course each summer in three Arctic Council states: Iceland, Finland, and Norway.

17:00 to 18:30
Special Screening Event: Take a Look at This Heart

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
When: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, DML 241
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 17:00

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.

--Sophocles, 5th century philosopher


Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.

--Marge Piercy, 20th century poet


The Harman Academy for Polymathic Study is pleased to announce a special film-screening event: Take a Look at This Heart: Love and Sexuality in the Disabled Community, a documentary about love, sexuality, and the human bond within the disabled community.  The film takes a journey into the lives of seventeen very unique people; some with disabilities and the partners who love them, others struggling to get by in a world that seems to often overlook them.  The statistics are stunning:  one in five people have a disability and one in fifty have some degree of paralysis. In other words, the disability community is us.  In the spirit of polymathic inquiry and community, this film will illuminate the confidence and unconditional love that these humans have for themselves and each other.  And by so doing, we can together question our own notions on life (our first gift), love (our second gift), which leads to understanding (our third gift) what it means to really feel in every sense of the word. 


Director Ben Duffy and cast members will be joining us for conversation following the screening.  And of course, pizza will be served!

17:00 to 20:00