USC Sidney Harman Academy For Polymathic Study: POLYMATHICS: VALUES OF THE POLYMATH: Session 5: Do Something

November 4, 2020
Online Event



What are the internal workings of a polymath?  What do they value?  Our founder Sidney Harman emphasized that to understand polymaths the focus should rest not on what they did, but how they did what they did.  Leonardo surrounded himself with those he sought to learn from; creativity for Maya Angelou was the connective heartbeat of the universe; and Marie Curie cherished childlike wonder as her entry point to understanding Nature.  Our fall 2020 series explores the pathways and insights from select faculty among us who employ these polymathic values and more in their scholarship and lives.  And to what end?  To learn how.

Session 5: Do Something

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

When: 5:00 p.m. PT


“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”—Leonardo da Vinci

There are various paths for action: some bold, some grand, some right in front of us—wherever we find ourselves or however we think ourselves capable, the ultimate polymathic value is… to act. 

Juan de Lara, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Juan de Lara is a a human geographer who works at the intersections of race, space, and power. Their research focuses on urban political economy and the politics of space, the use of data science and technology in the restructuring of social relations of race, immigration, and labor by state agencies, and supporting community-based organizations in their efforts to resolve social disparities. Their book Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Inland Southern California uses logistics and commodity chains to unpack the black box of globalization by showing how the scientific management of bodies, space, and time produced new racialized labor regimes that facilitated a more complex and extended system of global production, distribution, and consumption.