Prof. Romano To Chair Jury for Literary Excellence Award

Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano has been named Chair of the Jury for the 2011 “J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award,” which is jointly administered by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and Columbia University. The $30,000 prize goes to the author of a nonfiction book already underway and contracted for by a publisher, that exhibits the literary excellence and concern for social justice exemplified by J. Anthony Lukas (1933-97), the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times journalist and author.

Lukas’s acknowledged masterpiece, Common Ground (1985), won five major national prizes: the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the National Book Award in Nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and the Poliltical Book of the Year Award.

Romano, the Critic-At-Large for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, holds degrees from Princeton and Yale, and a law degree from Columbia University. As a Fulbright Scholar he lectured in St. Petersburg, Russia, and also served as President of the National Book Critics Circle in 1994. He is the author of numerous reviews, commentaries and articles.

This year’s J. Anthony Lukas Work-in Progress Award will be presented at a ceremony at Columbia University in May, 2011.