margaret wertheim brings this academy for polymathic study at USC to
USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
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. Conversations and other
forms of presentation will include faculty, junior faculty,
postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates.
They define their way of thinking through four quadrants:
These discussions are anchored in and structured by the Four
Quadrants of Polymathic Inquiry: critical and integrative thinking,
study of the great polymaths, tapestry, and communication.
an example of one of their projects
Polymathy values different ways of learning, knowing, and being,
ranging from the written word to various modes of embodiment and
creative practice. A new initiative of the Academy, the Polymathic Lab
will extend its integrative learning to the tactile and haptic,
offering students a space for experimentation, play, and creative
exploration. Through workshops on design, digital authoring, and other
creative endeavors, we will explore the value of making to polymathic
inquiry. A roster of visiting artists, designers, and makers will join
us to expand our thinking about the potentials of polymathic practice.
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