Ronald Tiersky is the Joseph B. Eastman Professor of Political Science at Amherst College. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the general editor of the Europe Today series. His editorials have appeared in Le Monde, Libération, Le Point, the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs.
Asked by a former student at Amherst College to contribute to European Ideas, an American professor can perhaps say a few useful words about teaching Europe to young Americans today. In particular, in this summer of continuing EU-doldrums and Euro-blues, what ought to be said about the famous “idea of Europe.” How to set the mood for that first day of class?