Polymathic Pizza Part 2: Polymathic Praxis

Spring 2017
Polymathic Pizza Part 2: Polymathic Praxis

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

Practicing polymathy is the focus of our spring 2017 Polymathic Pizza series.  The “tools of the trade” and the diverse paths to polymathy will be explored with professors who have indeed applied polymathic praxis to their careers and scholarly inquiry. 

We will examine multiple approaches from a wide range of academic fields to make a case for the universal utility of polymathy as a system of learning, discovery, innovation, problem solving, and ultimately, bettering the world around us.  

Bonnie Ruberg, Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Interactive Media & Games
January 18, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

“A polymath is one who not only mastered one or several disciplines, but one who synthesizes them, integrates them.”  Sidney Harman

Integrate:  Combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole. Oxford Dictionary

Dr. Bonnie Ruberg...

Sherry Velasco, Professor/Chair of Spanish and Portuguese
February 1, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

Translating is an essential skill for the polymath.  To traverse disciplinary languages, to find the common parlances that can speak across scholarly divides—this is an essential art that polymaths of the past have mastered.  Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Sherry Velasco is just this sort...

Shri Narayanan, Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering
February 16, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241


“Tinkering is fooling around with phenomena, tools, and materials. It’s whimsical, enjoyable, fraught with dead ends, and ultimately about inquiry.” The Art of Tinkering

Fiddling, playfulness, and tinkering.  These...

Shannon Kelly, Professor of Architecture and Spatial Sciences
March 1, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

In a world that with sharp divisions, landscape architecture is a powerful tool to marry social and ecological justice.  It has the capacity to address the most pressing and fundamental problems facing the world today, amongst which are climate change, water and food security and deforestation...

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology
March 29, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

These days when we hear the term sustaining, we typically think of the environment and the science of climate change. Rates of carbon emissions; renewable energy; food scarcity; pollution, etc. are the variables that come to mind.  But how people from diverse populations and from...

Pamela Schaff, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medical Education
April 26, 2017 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Harman Academy, DML 241

Caring is not an idea one typically couples with polymathy.  The polymath is simply defined as a person who has mastered multiple areas of expertise and integrates them to innovate and problem solve.  But what if caring was added as fundamental principle of polymathy?  Dr. Pamela Schaff fits...