I’m not sure how you count the days when you travel back across the International Date Line. But I left Taipei at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, flew about 11 hours, and landed in Los Angeles at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. Ended up getting back to Miami about sunrise on Sunday.
So is was either 17 or 18 days with 13 lectures (including questions and answers) and four panel sessions during an eight-day program in two countries and five cities. I visited St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia and Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung in Taiwan.
I spoke to journalism or communications students, to journalists and to professional journalism organizations, including the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University and the National University of Science and Technology in Russia, and the National Taiwan University Graduate Institute of Journalism, National Taiwan Normal University, Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages and Providence University in Taiwan. The talk at Providence University was webcast to about 15 other colleges or universities. I also spoke at IREX, the International Research and Exchanges Board in Moscow, and that talk was webcast to two other cities. Additionally in Moscow I spoke at the American Center at the Library of Foreign Literature and on a panel session with foreign correspondents from The New York Times, The Associated Press and The Christian Science Monitor. I heard Russian Fulbright winners describe their work in the United States, and try to encourage others to apply for the program. A highlight of the Moscow trip was a reception at the U.S. Embassy, hosted by Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Rubin.
Poster announcing my talk at Providence University, Taichung
In Taiwan, besides talks at universities, I also spoke to editors and reporters at Business Weekly magazine and at ETTV and with reporters and editors at Central News Agency. (Here’s the story they wrote: Digital media helpful for traditional news industry) I met with a group of radio reporters in Taichung. In Taipei I was on a panel with a representative of Yahoo! and an editor from Global Voices. I also had a great conversation with William Stanton, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan.
All the university students were fascinated to hear about Knight News Challenge projects and how to apply to the Knight News Challenge. But some also wanted to ask about U. S. journalism education and talk about my new role (starting July 1) as Dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Another view of the poster
I leave in an hour to go to Taipei airport to fly to Los Angeles, and then catch the red-eye to Miami. So, I thought I should at least try to catch up with posting pics from Russia. Those from Taiwan will have to wait a bit.
Grand staircase at journalism building at Moscow State University
Photos of Moscow State University journalism building and prepping for talk there
Main campus of Moscow State
Meeting Alex's friends around town
Meeting Alex’s friends and walking around Moscow
A park celebrating the various former republics of the Soviet Union
And a park with sculpture of former Soviet heros
Reaching for food - probably someone else's
My hotel next to Red Square and across from the Bolshoi
Peter and Paul Cathedral Tomb of Peter I Great concert
St. Isaac’s Cathedral At Hermitage Throne Room
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Incredible Day of visiting the tsars’ tombs at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, then climbing to the top of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in the center of Saint Petersburg for a great view of the city (pix to be inserted later) then checking out the Italian Renaissance and Impressionist collections at The Hermitage. Stunning.
Heard a great Gregorian Chant concert at Peter and Paul Cathedral.
Found out it’s easy to get past the bouncers at private clubs by showing an American passport. They think you’ll spend a lot of money.
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Walking around in St. Petersburg
Church of the Spilled Blood, where Alexander II was assassinated
Day 1 photos while walking around Nevsky Prospect
Photos from Moscow, Day 1
After a lot of walking around, some wine, a sauna and 3 hours of sleep, I’ve boarded a plane to St. Petersburg. For the next three days, I’ll be sightseeing, then back to Moscow for a World Press Freedom Day Conference at Moscow State University. We checked out the university yesterday.
Alex, my friend and guide, is a Fulbrighter, Ph.D. student and Knight News Challenge grantee. So we went to his favorite coffee shops and restaurants. Most of our Moscow sightseeing will be next week.
My hotel, the Metropol, is a short walk to the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Departing now for St. Petersburg.
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Just completed the first segment of a literal around-the-world series of flights: Miami to New York’s JFK; JFK to Moscow; Moscow to Beijing; Beijing to Taipei; Taipei to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Miami.
Someone recently told me that in the days of Pan Am Airlines, they used to make a big deal of this. I think it’s a wonderful reason to have a party – each leg of the way!