Ursinus Professor To Interview Umberto Eco at Public Event

Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano will conduct a public conversation with the noted Italian philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Eco’s new novel, The Prague Cemetery, about 19th-century European conspiracies, is being published this month in 42 languages around the world. His first novel, The Name of the Rose (1983), set in a 14th-century Italian monastery, sold millions of copies. His other novels are Foucault’s Pendulum (1989), The Island of the Day Before (1995), Baudolino (2002) and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loanna (2005).

Eco, 79, is also a major world public intellectual and semiotician and author of A Theory of Semiotics (1975), The Open Work (1989), and Kant and the Platypus (1999) among many other books. Prof. Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is the author of the article, “Umberto Eco,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics .

Although the event is sold out, the Library is selling overflow seats to a simulcast in an adjacent auditorium for $6. Mr. Eco will sign copies of The Prague Cemetery after the event.   More information is here.