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August 26, 2011

USC Academy for Polymathic Study


Program Proposal for Academic Year 2011-2012
Fall 2011 Opening !ent"
The Art of Business and the Business of Art
Monday, September 12, 2011 4:30pm 6:30pm
Doheny Memorial ibrary, 2
nd
!loor, room 240
"e#eption to !ollo$
Seating is limited% &o register, see our $ebsite at polymathi#%us#%edu%
A #on'ersation among (ro!essor ord )ohn *at$ell, (resident o! +ueen,s
-ollege, -ambridge. the /onorable Dana 0ioia, !ormer -hairman o! the 1ational
*ndo$ment !or the Arts, #urrently ser'ing as )udge 2idney (ro!essor o! (oetry
and (ubli# -ulture. Ale3ander Marr, Asso#iate (ro!essor o! Art /istory. and
1andini "a4agopalan, -aptain /enry 2% Simonsen -hair in Strategi#
*ntrepreneurship, Dire#tor o! "esear#h loyd 0rei! -enter !or *ntrepreneurial
Studies, and (ro!essor o! Management and 5rgani6ation%
7usiness is a theory, a pra#ti#e, and an art !orm% So is poetry% And so is politi#s%
&his session $ill inaugurate the a#ademi# year 201182012 !or the A#ademy !or
(olymathi# Study $ith a $ide8ranging dis#ussion among !our di'ersely learned
polymaths9an e#onomist, edu#ator, a #ollege president, and member o!
(arliament. an arts a#ti'ist, a poet and !ormer -hairman o! the 1*A. a
distinguished s#holar o! the history o! art, mathemati#s, and polymathy. and a
$orld8reno$ned pro!essor o! business at :S- to dis#uss the business o! art, the
art o! business, and the mar;eting o! ea#h enterprise%
Please #n!ite" All Students $% &PAs a'o!e ()*+, all -enaissance, Pro!ost.s,
President.s scholars, and /hematic Options, including all incoming freshmen)
Quadrant Series $ith d$in 0cCann, Professor of Philosophy and nglish
&he A#ademy !or (olymathi# Study guides its en<uiries through !our !le3ible
path$ays or +uadrants: =1> #riti#al and integrati'e thin;ing. =2> study o! the
polymaths. =3> the tapestry o! ;no$ledge. and =4> #ommuni#ation% ?n order to
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e3pli#ate these +uadrants more !ully, (ro!essor o! philosophy *d$in M#-ann $ill
#ondu#t !our #on'ersational $or;shops o'er the !all and spring terms !rom a
philosophi#al, histori#al, and pra#ti#al point o! 'ie$% Attendan#e at these t$o
sessions #o'ering all !our <uadrants is re<uired !or A#ademy #erti!i#ation%
&he sessions are hosted lun#hes held on &uesdays in Doheny Memorial ibrary
=DM> 241, 12:00 noon 1:30pm%
1% &uesday, September 13, 2011, <uadrants one and t$o
2% &uesday, 5#tober 4, 2011, <uadrants three and !our
3% &uesday, )anuary 31, 2012, <uadrants one and t$o
4% &uesday, @ebruary 2A, 2012, <uadrants three and !our
Please in!ite" All students $% &PA 1()*+, Pro!ost.s, President.s, and
-enaissance scholars, /hematic Options, and incoming freshmen)
/he Society of Uni!ersity Professors
A series o! in!ormal yet dire#ted #on'ersations !or in'ited 4unior !a#ulty, post8
do#toral !ello$s, and graduate students regarding polymathi# =integrated
interdis#iplinary> learning%
&uesday hosted lun#heons 12:00 noon 1:30pm held in Doheny Memorial
ibrary =DM>, 241%
1% &uesday, @ebruary B, 2012
2% &uesday, Mar#h 6, 2012
#n!itation only, no need to send out large e-mail)
&raduate Student Series" Objects of Knowledge
-on'ersations regarding ob4e#ts o! ;no$ledge, 'isual and material $orlds !rom a
polymathi# perspe#ti'e%
/eld on 2ednesdays C:00pm 6:30pm throughout the @all 2011 and Spring
2012 semester in DM 241 unless other$ise noted%
&his series o! #on'ersations e3amines the di'erse $ays that images and things
intera#t, embody and generate $ays o! ;no$ing $hi#h guide the #ourse o!
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human a#tion and understanding and engender #reati'ity and inno'ation% &he
sessions are organi6ed around three themes:
2isuality and 3no$ledge" &his theme e3plores the relationship bet$een
'isuality and ;no$ledge a#ross the spe#trum o! humanisti# dis#iplines, !rom
philosophy to art history, anthropology to media studies, psy#hology to #lassi#s,
and beyond%
/he Politics of 2isuality" -on'ersations $ill e3amine #ensorship, taboos,
se#re#y, artisti# !reedom, support !or the 'isual arts, and de#isions #on#erning
ho$ and $here ob4e#ts and other 'isual !orms are displayed%
Seeing Across /ime and Space" &ime and spa#e ha'e spe#ial interpreti'e
ri#hness !or our interdis#iplinary resear#h pro4e#ts, sin#e they $ill allo$
parti#ipants to in'estigate the meanings and signi!i#an#e that parti#ular images
and things possessed in the spe#i!i# times and pla#es $here they $ere #reated
and ho$ these #hanged $ith geographi#al and temporal mo'ements%
1) September 21, 2011
7lue
A;ira ippit, -hairD(ro!essor -riti#al Studies Di'ision, (ro!essor,
-omparati'e iterature
2% 5#tober 1E, 2011
&he @lash amp
Fate @lint, (ro'ost (ro!essor o! *nglish and Art /istory%
3% 1o'ember 16, 2011
?ngenuity in the 0allery
Ale3ander Marr, Asso#iate (ro!essor, Art /istory
4% De#ember B, 2011
Seeing S#ien#e and &e#hnology on the Mo'e
Daniela 7lei#hmar, Assistant (ro!essor, Art /istory and /istory. and
Ganessa S#h$art6, (ro!essor, /istory, Art /istory and @ilm
C% )anuary 1A, 2012
1a;ed /olly$ood: 2eegee in os Angeles, 1E4681ECC
"i#hard Meyer, Asso#iate (ro!essor, Art /istory and @ine Arts
6% @ebruary 1C, 2012
Sa#red ?nstallations: &he Material -onditions o! "eli# -olle#tions in
*arly -hristian -hur#hes
Ann Marie Hasin, Asso#iate (ro!essor, -lassi#s and Art /istory
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B% Mar#h 21, 2012
Don +ui3ote -omes to his Senses
Sherry Gelas#o, (ro!essor, Spanish and (ortuguese, and 0ender
Studies
IJJ(lease note, this e'ent $ill be held in /er;lot6 "oom, DM 024K
A% April 1A, 2012
@rom LArti!a#t, to LArt,: 20
th
-entury &rans!ormations o!
*thnographi# 5b4e#ts
1an#y ut;ehaus, (ro!essor, Anthropology, 0ender Studies, and
(oliti#al S#ien#e
For graduate students only) 4o need to send e-mails)
Undergraduate Series" Polymathic Pi55a 6Part #-Fall 20117
The Renaissance Revisited
A series o! in!ormal yet dire#ted undergraduate en#ounters $ith !a#ulty $ho ha'e
demonstrated polymathi# approa#hes to s#holarship and tea#hing, $ith
dis#ussions !o#used upon the meaning and #ontinuing #hallenge o! the
"enaissan#e%
/eld on 2ednesday throughout @all 2011 !rom C:00pm 6:30pm, in DM 241,
unless other$ise noted%
1% September B, 2011
"e'i'al o! earning: Dante and the "ise o! "enaissan#e /umanism
2illiam 0reg &halmann, (ro!essor, -lassi#s and -omparati'e iterature
&he Di'ine -omedy by the late medie'al ?talian poet Dante Alighieri at on#e
summari6ed the Middle Ages and suggested the impending era o! "enaissan#e
humanism% As a philosopher and theologian, Dante mastered the thought o! his
time% As a polymath $ith interests in "oman history, atin literature, and the
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latest de'elopments in s#ien#e, opti#s espe#ially, Dante anti#ipated the
preo##upations o! the ensuing #enturies in 2estern *uropean thought and
literature%
Please in!ite" &PA 1()*+, Classics, Art 9istory, :iterature, #talian, -eligion,
4euroscience, ;iology, n!ironmental Studies, Philosophy, history,
0echanical ngineering, critical studies, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a
minor that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
2% September 14, 2011
-ommer#e: 2ealth -reates eisure, eisure -reates Art
Sheryl "eiss, e#turer, Art /istory
&he #lassi#al adage M#i'ili6ation !ollo$s #ommer#eN too; on ne$ intensity in the
"enaissan#e as mer#antile and ban;ing dynasties su#h as the De Medi#is o!
?taly and the @uggers o! 0ermany established *uropean8$ide net$or;s o!
#ommer#e and be#ame patrons o! the arts and s#ien#es% During this era, in !a#t,
art itsel! be#ame a business. hen#e to understand the intera#tion o! these t$o
!or#es re<uires multiple perspe#ti'es%
#n!ite" &PA 1()*+, ;usiness, economics, philosophy, art history, history,
political science, SPP=, fine arts, music 'usiness, Annen'erg, theatre
production, #talian, critical studies, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a
minor that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
3% September 21, 2011
Ar#hite#ture: -lassi#ism "e'i'ed !or the 1e3t C00 Hears
Diane 0hirardo, (ro!essor, Ar#hite#ture and Art /istory
"ea#hing ba#; to Gitru'ius, "enaissan#e ar#hite#ts re'i'ed #lassi#al
ar#hite#ture, $hile animating it $ith dis#iplined, present8tense passion% ?n a !e$
#ro$ded de#ades, #lassi#ism $as re'i'ed !rom a thousand year <uietus9and
trans!ormed into a prototype !or the ne3t C00 years o! ar#hite#tural design%
IJJplease note, this e'ent $ill be held in /er;lot6 "oom, DM 024K
&PA 1()*+, Architecture, Computer Science, Classics, history, art history,
anthropology, SPP=, Ci!il ngineering, 0echanical ngineering, philosophy,
any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
4% 5#tober C, 2011
Art /istory: &he "e'isuali6ation o! &ime and *ternity
Ale3ander Marr, Asso#iate (ro!essor, Art /istory
"enaissan#e painting $as 'itali6ed by learning, so#ial purpose, politi#s, history,
and9abo'e all else9art !or its o$n sa;e% /o$ and $hy did the artists o! the
"enaissan#e manage to !use so many perspe#ti'es into one art !ormO And ho$
does any art historian go about the tas; o! de#iphering these multiple le'els o!
meaningO
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&PA 1()*+, Art 9istory, Philosophy, Poli Sci, Sociology, history, literature,
fine arts, architecture, comp) Sci, 2iter'i 0ultimedia and Creati!e
/echnologies, Film, Critical Studies, Annen'erg, /heatre Production, any
student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
C% 5#tober 12, 2011
Medi#ine: An#ient &e3ts ead to an *3perimental @uture
(eter Man#all, -hair, Department o! /istory, Dire#tor, *arly Modern Studies
?nstitute, (ro!essor, /istory and Anthropology
Medi#ine is by de!inition a polymathi# pursuit% "enaissan#e physi#ians not only
re'i'ed 0alen, they $ent beyond this #lassi#al sour#e to re8establish medi#ine as
an e3perimental s#ien#e and art !orm9and, in so doing, they restored medi#ine
to its an#ient and right!ul pla#e as nursery o! arts and s#ien#es%
&PA 1()*+, Pre-med, 'iology, gerontology, dentistry, history, art history,
anthropology, 'iomedical engineering, pharmacy, literature, philosophy, any
student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
6% 5#tober 26, 2011
"eligion: "e!ormation and -ounter8"e!ormation Hield to the 1ation8State
)ames /e!t, Alton M% 7roo;s (ro!essor o! "eligion, President of the Institute
for Advanced Catholic Studies
&he "enaissan#e represents a parado3% 5n the one hand, it gloried in man and
the $orld% 5n the other hand, it $as the age o! "e!ormation and -ounter8
"e!ormation a#ross *urope and *uropean outposts in Asia and the 1e$ 2orld%
"eligion a#<uired learning, and learning a#<uired religion in these tumultuous
years%
&PA 1()*+, religion, literature, history, art history, ast Asian :anguages and
:iteratures, Annen'erg, ducation, poli) Sci > #-, philosophy, any student
$ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
B% 1o'ember E, 2011
ibraries: Fno$ledge ?s "e'ised, Di'ersi!ied, Stored, and Made "etrie'able
Fe'in Starr, :ni'ersity (ro!essor, Asso#iate Dean o! ibraries
&he "e'i'al o! earning depended upon9and stimulated9the assembly o! great
libraries, the restoration o! an#ient te3ts, and the #odi!i#ation o! ;no$ledge% &hus
librarians and library !ounders made o! librarianship a polymathi# s#ien#e%
Please #n!ite" All Students $% &PAs a'o!e ()*+, all -enaissance, Pro!ost.s,
President.s scholars, and /hematic Options, including all incoming freshmen)
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Undergraduate Series" Polymathic Pi55a 6Part ##-Spring 20127
Weird Science
/eld on 2ednesdays throughout Spring 2012 !rom C:00pm 6:30pm, in DM
241%
1% )anuary 2C, 2012
Strings: /o$ is the -osmos /eld &ogetherO
-li!!ord )ohnson, (ro!essor, (hysi#s and Astronomy
/o$ does the #osmos9$hether one or multiple9hold itsel! togetherO /ere,s
one theory, strings, the uni!ying o! the uni'erse 'ia a sub8atomi# grid that some
s#ientists see as the binding !or#e o! the #osmos% A :S- physi#ist $ill suggest
ho$ this might be happening and the multiple dis#iplines in'ol'ed in establishing
the pro#ess%
Please #n!ite" All Students $% &PAs a'o!e ()*+, all -enaissance, Pro!ost.s,
President.s scholars, and /hematic Options, including all incoming freshmen)
2% @ebruary A, 2012
-ontinuing +uestions: 2hat 0enes Do 1ot Het *3plain About /uman
?ndi'iduality
-aleb @in#h, :ni'ersity (ro!essor, A"-5D Feis#hni#; (ro!essor o! 0erontology
and 7iologi#al S#ien#e, Dire#tor, 0erontology "esear#h ?nstitute%
2hile genes determine $hether a !ertili6ed egg $ill be#ome a mouse or a man,
there is a le'el o! biologi#al randomness that #auses identi#al t$ins to di!!er e'en
be!ore birth% &his le'els o! randomness helps understand the limited su##ess o!
the human genome pro4e#ts in !inding gene di!!eren#es that underlie most
'ariation in #an#er, heart disease, and longe'ity%
&PA 1()*+, en!ironmental studies, gerontology, pre-med, 'iology,
philosophy, psychology, sociology, literature, history, chemistry, pharmacy,
religion, 'iomedical engineering, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor
that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
3% @ebruary 2E, 2012
"obots: 5ur @uture 7@@sO
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Ma4a Matari#, (ro!essor o! -omputer S#ien#e, 1euros#ien#e, and (ediatri#s,
Dire#tor, :S- "oboti#s "esear#h ab, Gi#e Dean !or "esear#h, Giterbi S#hool o!
*ngineering%
"o#;y 7alboa had one, and u;e S;y$al;er had t$o% 2hat are the polymathi#
premises o! roboti# s#ien#eO (ro!essor Matari# $ill dis#uss her #urrent resear#h
on so#ially assisti'e roboti#s, $hi#h !o#uses on #reating the Mbrains and
beha'iorN so!t$are !or robots that help people $ith spe#ial needs through so#ial
=not physi#al> intera#tion% &his ne$ !rontier o! s#ien#e and engineering spans
and integrates the !ields o! engineering, so#ial s#ien#e, #omputational s#ien#e,
and e'en ethi#s%
Please in!ite &PA1()*+, computer science, neuroscience, social $or@,
education, engineering, psychology, sociology, critical studies, film,
Annen'erg, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines
humanities $ith science%engineering)
4% Mar#h B, 2012
7ugs: -an &hey 7e 5ut$ittedO
)ed @uhrman, M#-ullo#h8-rosby -hair in Marine 7iology, (ro!essor o! 7iology%
2e are not alone on this planet% 7ugs are e'ery$here, butter!lies and 'iruses
ali;e% 2hat are bugs trying to tea#h us regarding mutation and sur'i'alO 2ill $e
e'er $in the battle against deadly 'irusesO 5r $ill bugs pro'e our undoingO
&PA 1()*+, 'iology, chemistry, SPP=, pre-med, philosophy, history,
architecture, geology, earth science, en!ironmental science, any student $ith
a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
C% Mar#h 21, 2012
*arth<ua;es: -an &hey 7e (redi#tedO
&homas )ordan, :ni'ersity (ro!essor, Dire#tor o! the Southern -ali!ornia
*arth<ua;e -enter, 2%M% Fe#; (ro!essor o! *arth S#ien#es%
:S- sits atop earth<ua;e #ountry9one stop on the "ing o! @ire en#ir#ling the
(a#i!i#% 1o $onder :S- is the head<uarters o! en<uiry a#ross do6ens o!
dis#iplines into the $hys, $here!ores, and9most important o! all9the
predi#tability o! a $hole lot o! sha;in, going on%
&PA 1()*+, geology, earth science, en!ironmental science, architecture,
engineering, SPP=, poli sci, sociology, ast Asian :anguagues, Annen'erg,
any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith
science%engineering)
6% April 4, 2012
-ells: /o$ 2ill Stem -ells "e'olutioni6e Medi#ineO
0regor 7% Adams, Assistant (ro!essor, -ell and 1eurobiology at the *li and
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*dythe 7road -enter !or Stem -ell P "egenerati'e Medi#ine%
Stem #ells are the protean building blo#;s o! biologi#al li!e, triggered into multiple
!ormats by geneti# #hemistry% /en#e they o!!er breathta;ing possibilities !or
regenerati'e medi#ine% /o$ !ar along are $e in understanding these design
me#hanismsO
&PA 1()*+, philosophy, pre-med, 'iology, pharmacy, religion, 'iomedical
engineering, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines
humanities $ith science%engineering)
B% April 11, 2012
"ehab: /o$ Do 7iology and &ime8Management ?ntera#t in Designs !or i'ingO
@loren#e -lar;, Asso#iate Dean and Di'ision -hairD(ro!essor o! 5##upational
S#ien#e and 5##upational &herapy%
2hy get up in the morning any$ayO :S- (ro!essor @loren#e -lar; has some
ans$ers% (ro!essor -lar; helped pioneer the !ield o! o##upational s#ien#e ho$
and $hy, although de#epti'ely simple, e'eryday a#ti'ities are a#tually
e3traordinarily #omple3, gi'ing li!e purpose and meaning, impa#ting health, and
ma;ing li!e $orth li'ing to all o! us% @or this reason, human beings need to
#are!ully thin; about ho$ they stru#ture personal and publi# time% Dr% -lar; has
also been ;ey in ad'an#ing the related pro!ession o! o##upational therapy%
&PA 1()*+, social $or@, 'iology, 'iomedical engineering, 0arshall, SPP=,
gerontology, occupational science%therapy, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or
or a minor that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
Homage to H!atia and Hildegarde
-on'ersations energi6ed by the polymathi# impulse in honor o! t$o great !emale
polymaths, /ypatia =3C0DB0841C #%e> a philosopher, astronomer, and
mathemati#ian, and /ildegarde o! 7ingen =10EA811BE #%e%>, abbess, #omposer,
botanist, poet, play$right, and re!ormer%
/eld on &uesdays 12:00pm to 1:30pm in DM 241%
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1% &uesday, September 20, 2011
Spa#e, &ime, @eminism
Fate @lint, (ro'ost (ro!essor o! *nglish and Art /istory%
&ime, pla#e, and gender are !used into an interpreti'e alembi# by one o! the
noted polymaths o! our era, Fate @lint, a 'eteran o! 53!ord and "utgers, no$ at
:S-% A #ultural and literary historian o! breadth and depth, Fate @lint embodies
the notion that, as !ar as :S- is #on#erned, the 7ritish ?n'asion has only begun%
&PA 1()*+, history, art history, literature, critical studies, geography,
architecture, Annen'erg, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that
com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
2% &uesday, 5#tober 2C, 2011
?ntera#ti'e Media: A (olymathi# -hallenge
Marsha Finder, :ni'ersity (ro!essor, (ro!essor o! -riti#al Studies, -omparati'e
iterature and Spanish and (ortuguese, @ounder and Dire#tor o! &he abyrinth
(ro4e#t
?n times past, media remained generi#% (rint $as print, audio $as audio, images
$ere images% (erhaps it $as the !usion o! !ilm and sound that !irst #hallenged
these di'isions% :ni'ersity (ro!essor and @ounder and Dire#tor o! &he abyrinth
(ro4e#t, (ro!essor Finder began her a#ademi# #areer as a literary historian and
#riti#% 5'er the years she has de'eloped into a leading e3pert in the !ield o!
multi8media studies% ?n this presentation, (ro!essor Finder $ill e3plore $ith
students her #urrent e3perimental $or; on database narrati'es and ar#hi'al
#ultural history, $here s#ien#e and art interse#t% She $ill e3amine ho$ the
emergen#e o! databases and ar#hi'es as primary !orms o! ;no$ledge produ#tion
has reshaped the !orm and !un#tion o! narrati'e%
&PA 1()*+, critical studies, literature, comp) :it, Spanish > Portuguese, film,
Annen'erg, history, computer science, computer engineering, art history, fine
arts, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that com'ines humanities
$ith science%engineering)
3% &uesday, 1o'ember 1C, 2011
5pening 1ightQ
Madeline (u6o, Dean, :S- S#hool o! &heatre
&heater is by de!inition a #omplete9hen#e polymathi#9art !orm and has been
so sin#e An#ient 0ree#e% 5! all art !orms, theater is #losest to li!e itsel! in that it
!uses #hara#ter, a#tion, and time% As Aristotle on#e argued, tragi# theater has a
#atharti# e!!e#t and #omi# theater re8stabili6es an un#ertain $orld% Madeline
(u6o, Dean o! the :S- S#hool o! &heatre, belie'es that the $orld needs more
theater i! it is to get its a#t together%
&PA 1()*+, theatre 6all ma<ors7, literature, classics, 0arshall, critical studies,
history, Annen'erg, poli sci, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a minor that
com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
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4% &uesday, )anuary 1B, 2012
&he (olymathi# (harma#ologist
)ean -% Shih, :ni'ersity (ro!essor, 7oyd P *lsie 2elin (ro!essor, 1euros#ien#e,
(harma#ology, (harma#euti#al S#ien#es, and Mole#ular 7iology%
?n the eighteenth and nineteenth #enturies, pharma#ology emerged as a #utting
edge bran#h o! #hemistry aligned $ith medi#al pra#ti#e% ?n re#ent de#ades,
pharma#ologi#al resear#h has e3panded its methodology to en#ompass a
#omprehensi'e range o! mole#ular, #hemi#al, and biologi#al perspe#ti'es, $hile
at the same time be#oming in#reasingly integrated into medi#al resear#h and
pra#ti#e% ?n the same period, pharma#ology has bran#hed out into psy#hotropi#
resear#h as a #ru#ial element not only o! medi#al pra#ti#e, but also as a path$ay
to$ards an understanding o! the relation bet$een 0ene and beha'iors% ?n this
dis#ussion, :ni'ersity (ro!essor and 7oyd P *lsie 2elin (ro!essor )ean -% Shih,
a t$o8time re#ipient o! the prestigious M*"?& A$ard, $ill dis#uss the integrated
interdis#iplinary nature o! pharma#ology in the t$enty8!irst #entury%
&PA 1()*+, pre-med, pharm, 'iology, chemistry, philsophy, poli) Sci,
psychology, neuroscience, education, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or a
minor that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
C% &uesday, @ebruary 21, 2012
&he (olymathi# a$yer
Susan *stri#h, Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science,
la$yer, author, !eminist%
a$ is by de!inition a polymathi# pursuit, espe#ially sin#e ouis 7randeis
in'ented the !amous 7randeis 7rie! in#orporating into legal argument a $ide
range o! perspe#ti'es !rom 'arious dis#iplines%
egal s#holars ha'e re#ently hyphenated legal studies into su#h ne$ly
de'eloped !ields as la$ and philosophy, la$ and literature, la$ and medi#ine,
en'ironmental la$, and other #ombinations% A noted :S- la$ pro!essor
addresses the topi# in gi'e and ta;e #on'ersation%
&PA 1()*+, pre-la$, poli sci, SPP=, pre-med, en!ironmental studies,
literature, social $or@, history, philosophy, any student $ith a dou'le ma<or or
a minor that com'ines humanities $ith science%engineering)
6% &uesday, April 10, 2012
:nderstanding the :ni'erse
Margaret 2ertheim, Dire#tor, ?nstitute !or @iguring. s#ien#e $riter, artist, historian
o! s#ien#e%
Margaret 2ertheim is one o! the !inest s#ien#e $riters at $or; today% ?t,s a
#ompli#ated #osmos, that,s !or sure, but Margaret 2ertheim #an help you
understand it better% 2hat does #ro#heting ha'e to do $ith polynomialsO 2hat
is the (angaea &heory, and $hy is e'erybody tal;ing about itO
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Please #n!ite" All Students $% &PAs a'o!e ()*+, all -enaissance, Pro!ost.s,
President.s scholars, and /hematic Options, including all incoming freshmen)
&raduate Student Cor@shop
Thin"ing Humanities# $ntegrating %ognitive Science and the Humanities
2ednesday, @ebruary 1, 2012, 4:00pm Apm in DM 241%
As the !irst $or;shop in an annual series, this $or;shop see;s to establish an
ongoing dialogue bet$een #ogniti'e s#ien#e !a#ulty and graduate students $ith
!a#ulty and graduate students in the humanities% ?n time, 'isual and $ritten
material !rom these $or;shop $ill be posted on the A#ademy $ebsite%
&his $or;shop !or graduate students and !a#ulty see;s to promote #on#rete and
spe#i!i# $ays that the humanities and #ogniti'e s#ien#es #an #ollaborate% &hree
areas that seem most promising !or this ;ind o! resear#h ha'e been sele#ted:
memory, language, and the senses%
#n!itation only, no need to send an e-mail)
Tro&the mth' the meta!hor' the (niversit
&uesday, April 24, 2012 4:30pm 6:30pm
&o$n and 0o$n
A #on'ersation $ith (resident Ma3 1i;ias, (ro'ost *li6abeth 0arrett. Dana 0ioia,
)udge 2idney (ro!essor o! (oetry and (ubli# -ulture. 0reg &halmann,
(ro!essor, -lassi#s and -omparati'e iterature.
and (atri#; /aden, past &rustee and Dire#tor o! Athleti#s%
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?s &roy only a good name !or a !ootball teamO 5r does it hold a deeper meaning
!or :S-O And i! so, $hat e3a#tly does &roy signi!yO A president, a pro'ost, a
poet, a #lassi#ist, and an athleti# dire#tor probe through #on'ersation an elusi'e
metaphor that seems to say so mu#h%
Please #n!ite" All Students $% &PAs a'o!e ()*+, all -enaissance, Pro!ost.s,
President.s scholars, and /hematic Options, including all incoming freshmen)
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