Benjamin B. Olshin, Ph.D.
o Professor of Philosophy | History and Philosophy of Science and Technology | Design
o Cross-Cultural Consultant
Ph.D. and Fulbright scholar with over a decade experience in international consulting, research, education/training, and design work in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Areas of expertise include cross-cultural management, branding and brand identity, sociology of technology, design, and Eastern / Western philosophy. Extensive global background and multi-lingual, with facility in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese. Published and presented work in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia.
e-mail: olshin (at) verizon (dot) net
Despite frequent declarations to the contrary, most university settings do not embrace interdisciplinary work. Fortunately, in the several academic settings in which I have worked, the case has been different. Not only have I been free to pursue what I wish in terms of research, but I also benefit from having close contact with scholars and professionals in fields ranging from sociology to biology, and from theatre to multimedia to industrial design. Therefore, over the course of my career, my research and other work has taken on many subjects, including maps and exploration, the history of technology, the philosophy of physics, and communication across cultures..
Although I received my formal academic training in Classics, and then in the history and philosophy of science and technology, I have always had a parallel career in the areas of visual art and design. I continue to work and teach in those areas, as well. In addition, I have spent some time outside the academic world, working in cross-cultural management consulting, and continue to present and consult in that field.
Ph.D. and M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
B.A. in Classics (Latin, Greek, and Ancient History)
Program studies at AR.CO: Centro de Arte & Comunicação Visual (Lisbon, Portugal)
Program studies at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome, Italy)
Program studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (Rome, Italy)