Polymathic Pizza Part 1: Pursuing the Polymathic Life

Fall 2016
Polymathic Pizza
Polymathic Pizza Part 1: Pursuing the Polymathic Life

Sessions held Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, DML 241 (unless otherwise specified)

“To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond."  --Hypatia 350-415 c.e.

The Harman Academy has developed into a community of students and faculty from diverse positionings, fields, and interests who come together week after week to collaborate, think outside the proverbial box, problem solve, reflect, and contribute.  For the fall 2016 series we are exploring pathways to the polymathic life.  Through our focused conversations on various aspects of polymathy, our cohort of participants will come away with an enhanced facility for critical judgment and ultimately the emergence of personal wisdom. 

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Associate Professor of English
September 13, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, 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...

Margaret Wertheim, science writer and Director of the Institute for Figuring
September 28, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” - Ellen DeGeneres

“Anyone who...

Josh Kun, Professor of Communications
October 12, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

“I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”     --Eleanor Roosevelt

It is apropos that the Mars Rover, bouncing and trekking across the red planet is named CURIOSITY. ...

Lanita Jacobs, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity
October 25, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

So what do 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Michael Richards debacle, and the election of Barak Obama all have in common?  They are all momentous events in our country that can be understood by the metric of race? They each constitute seismic shifts in the telling of what it means to be black in the...

Jean C. Shih, University Professor and Boyd & Elsie Welin Professor of Cell & Neurobiology, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology
November 9, 2016 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

"Don't stress over anything you can't change." – Mickey Mouse

That’s easy for a mouse to say.  What if the emotion you are feeling is actually determined by a gene and not something that you can easily change or control?  University Professor Jean C. Shih will discuss her current research...

Varun Soni, Dean of the Office of Religious Life
November 30, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

The Harman Academy sometimes defines a polymath as “a person of much or varied learning; a great scholar.”  Is this all there is to being a polymath?  Someone who knows a lot of stuff?   As we have learned over the past six years, and especially this fall, there is much more to the pursuit of...