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American Studies at ‘Petru Maior’ University
American Studies at ‘Petru Maior’ University

Author(s): Smaranda Ştefanovici
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Editura Universităţii Petru Maior
Keywords: tradition/liberal education; academic constraint/freedom; rote memorization/analytical skills; domesticate/liberate humans; moulder/facilitator

Summary/Abstract: The article assesses the development of American Studies since the Romanian Revolution in December 1989 and the impact of American Studies on cultural development, civil society and democracy, with special focus on Romanian higher education. The account of American Studies in Romania and in my university will highlight some important values of American higher education which I experienced or researched as a NYU visiting scholar in 2009, and which made me wish to import to my Romanian university. Does the ocean divide or connect us? My experience has given me the conviction that the teaching of American Studies, as essential as it is in this age of globalization, must include the promotion of the educational values of American higher education, as well as the rich traditions of Romanian higher education.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 176-182
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English