I’m Richard Bailey, the instructor for a global gathering in June 2010. Postgraduate students from Johns Hopkins University in the US will be studying European public relations and public affairs in that ancient university city, Bologna.

This is our group blog where we will share ideas and reflect on the learning process.

The architecture and culture of a great Italian city will provide a theatrical backdrop to studying the complexities of contemporary Europe. But there’s another theme to look forward to.

Mid-way through our course, England will take on USA in the football/soccer world cup in South Africa. Where better to sense the excitement around a major football tournament that in Italy, home to the current world champions?