Cultural heritage and its preservation – cornerstones to European identity

IPCH Director Stefan Simon discusses with participants of the European Student Conference the role of cultural heritage for the European identity (Foto: Philipp Arndt)
February 14, 2015

On February 13 and February 14, 2015, eighty undergraduate and graduate students from various American universities convened at the European Student Conference at Yale University to discuss their personal contribution to a more successful European Union (EU) and its future. On the second day of the conference, the creation of a student think tank for EU policies and affairs in the United States, called European Horizons, was announced. IPCH Director Stefan Simon participated as an academic advisor in the Identity workshop of the conference. He emphasized the importance of cultural heritage and its preservation in Europe as an economic driving force, a soft power tool in mutual understanding, and a crucial element of European identity.