After spending most of late May as a Likhachev Fellow in St. Petersburg, Russia, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano lectured on “Pragmatism in China” at the “Summer Institute in American Philosophy” at University College, Dublin. He then delivered seven lectures on “cyberphilosophy” over three weeks in June to graduate students of Beijing Foreign Studies University, China’s foremost higher-educational institution in foreign languages. (The school teaches more than 70 different languages). “Beiwai,” as the university is known in China, is famous for producing a disproportionate number of China’s diplomats and overseas journalists. Romano also participated, while in China, in the 19th Conference of the “International Society for Chinese Philosophy,” which met at Chinese University of Hong Kong.
In August, in conjunction with multiple events and lectures, and joining other international intellectuals and scholars celebrating Singapore’s 50th anniversary as a nation, Romano, the author of America the Philosophical (2012)and Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, delivered two lectures in Singapore, one about his book and its implications for that city-state’s own experiment in multicultural democracy, the other about how philosophy and journalism compare as disciplines that seek truth.
His most recent Chronicle of Higher Education piece, on literary fame, is in the August 28th issue.