Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano served as the Andrew and Marian Heiskell Visiting Critic at the American Academy in Rome during December, speaking about his book, American the Philosophical, and participating in an international conference on ancient libraries and the formation of knowledge. The American Academy in Rome, founded in 1911, is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts, classical studies, and humanities. Andrew Heiskell (1915-2003), the longtime chairman and CEO of Time Inc., and Marian Sulzberger Heiskell, his widow and still one of New York’s leading philanthropists and conservationists, have been among the Academy’s major benefactors.
Romano also recently delivered two lectures under the auspices of the philosophy department of the University of Macau, PRC, in conjunction with the official end-of-year inauguration of the university’s new campus. Macau is now the largest gambling mecca in the world with annual betting revenues approaching 50 billion dollars. The university, funded in part by that largesse, is rapidly expanding—its new campus is twenty times larger than the one it is replacing.