Professor Romano’s trip to Russia, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, was reported on the Department’s “Diplomacy in Action” web site. According to the web site, which described Prof. Romano as “a renowned American writer and professor of philosophy at Ursinus College,” he was: “the keynote speaker at an international conference on `Liberal Education in Russia and the World’ at the Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University. Dr. Romano also presented his most recent book America the Philosophical at the School of Philosophy of St. Petersburg State University. In addition, Dr.Romano gave a talk on `Why Philosophy Matters to Business’ at the residence of the U.S. Consul General to a crowd of nearly one hundred members of the elite Context Club, an interdisciplinary discussion group principally for business people. During his visit, Professor Romano traveled to Arkhangelsk, where he participated in several panels at an American studies conference hosted by Russia’s new Northern Arctic Federal University.”
In Beijing, Professor Romano, who is also Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education, presented invited lectures this past December at Tsinghua University, Renmin University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. His three lectures were “America the Philosophical,” based on his recent book; “Literary Life in America Today”; and “Liberal Arts Education and China.” Professor Romano serves on the International Studies Committee at Ursinus.