Benjamin Olshin
Associate Professor
PHD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, Williams College

Currently, Dr. Olshin is an associate professor of Philosophy, History, History of Science and Industrial Design at the University of the Arts.

He completed an MA and Ph.D. at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (I.H.P.S.T.) at the University of Toronto in Canada, with his dissertation centered around a history of cartography, examining early maps and sea charts in both Europe and Asia. Following graduate studies, Dr. Olshin served as an associate professor of Fine Arts and Design at Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan. Later, he worked as a business consultant (an area in which he still does projects), specializing in cross-cultural management issues.

His current research interests focus on three main areas: the history of medieval and Renaissance cartography in relation to the creation of early world maps; descriptions of technological innovation in non-Western texts; and communication / transmission of proto-scientific and technical knowledge in ancient societies.

Class Schedule, Spring 2015

M,TH11:30AM - 12:50PMChinese Philosophy
M,TH10:00AM - 11:20AMTech., Culture, & Soc.
M,TH02:30PM - 03:50PMVisual Physics
W08:30AM - 11:20AMSem: 18-21 Cent Cultrl Ideas
- Liberal Arts Ind Study

Contact Info

Office: Terra Building 821
Tel: 215-717-6486
Fax: 215-717-6620