Tonight I guest taught an American Studies class for the first year Masters students at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE). The course focuses on business leadership, and the professor, herself a former Fulbrighter to the U.S., wanted an American present to address recent events and the election. I wore a tie (!), and my remarks were surprisingly calm and well reasoned, perhaps because I chose to focus on the what and why rather than the who—phenomenology and philosophy rather than politics and personalities. I discovered that these students, all of whom speak beautiful English, are keenly aware of the global implications of this election and are wary, even fearful, yet they still want to believe in the American Dream…as do I.
Many thanks to Prof. Mariana Nicolae for her invitation and gracious hospitality! What attentive, well informed, and welcoming students! Mulțumesc!