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USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study



The Academy is an intellectual space where students and eminent faculty, through conversation, learn to integrate multiple fields of learning. Located in its own quarters on the second floor of Doheny Memorial Library, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study offers a series of conversational encounters intended to intensify polymathic (integrated interdisciplinary) awareness. These discussions are anchored in and structured by the Quadrants of Polymathic Inquiry: critical and integrative thinking, study of the great polymaths, tapestry, and communication. There are two distinctions to make; Academy Member and Academy Fellow. To become an Academy Member simply sign up using the form below. An Academy Fellow is awarded to a student who successfully completes ten meetings over the course of their academic tenure at USC. They become eligible for an Academy Certificate provided that their participation in these ten encounters is intelligent, vigorous, and sustained, as judged by faculty participants. Of the ten meetings, the student is required to attend two Quadrant sessions, which will be offered once per semester. These ten required sessions represent a minimum-not a limit. Students are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as they find useful. In addition to the attendance requirement, upon graduation from USC the fellow candidate will be asked to hold a conversation with the Academy's Director and Director of Programs. In this conversation, the candidate will 1) demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the quadrants, and 2) reflect upon their application of polymathic principles in scholarly work during their tenure at USC.


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Masters, PhD, Post Doctorate, Undergraduate, Recently Graduated

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Open to All Disciplines

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USC students

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