School's Back in Session

Thanks to record degree-seeking student enrollments and the inauguration of new partnership programs with the University of Southern California and George Washington University, AUP welcomed our largest ever incoming student cohort this fall...610 new additions to the AUP family! To both capture and share that "just arrived in Paris and at AUP" vibe, the University hosted a photo contest for the best images from Orientation week. Students entered the competition by posting their images to Instagram under the hashtag #AUPSalut. Congratulations to the winners Lindsey Martin, Ariana Mozafari, Katherine Saul, and Michelle Sacks.




Announcing Issue 1 of N&C - Nature & Cultures, the AUP geographic magazine

Nature & Cultures features articles, photos, maps and one of the most extensive portals in the world which supports not only our teachers and students at AUP, but is a resource for classrooms around the world.

Oleg Kobtzeff and staff are always looking for materials on a variety of subjects, including human and physical geography, geopolitics, environmental affairs, natural history, travel and cultural diversity. These materials could include articles about travel experiences, photos, documents such as transcripts of lectures by professors, textbook material, student research papers selected for their exemplary quality, transcripts of debates or conference proceedings, etc. The Natures & Cultures team will also be conducting research in these domains.

N&C is a platform which showcases AUP’s exceptional diversity and highlights each member's view of the world through photos and texts, featuring the individual's home or experience from an explorer's eye as “students of the world”.

Spread the news! awarded Best in Class for Education by IMA

We are very happy to announce that our website has been awarded Interactive Media Award's Best in Class Award for Education! We would like to extend our sincere thanks to mStoner for all their hard work in accompanying us on this challenging project.




Find Your Voice!

Alumna Chloe Elder '14 invites you to Find Your Voice with world-acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Ruby Philogene MBE. Ruby is opening Ruby's Find Your Voice Song School this month in Paris. The school caters to untrained or minimally trained female singers as well as experienced vocalists and offers classes in a 4-week course as well as open classes and private lessons.

Ruby’s Find Your Voice Song School gives an opportunity to access Ruby’s years of expertise and experience. The school is about finding your voice, but is equally about finding confidence, community, and the joy of learning how to sing in a relaxed atmosphere. To learn more about Ruby and her Song School, please visit



New AUP Alumni Facebook Page

We welcome you to visit our new AUP Alumni Facebook Page. On this page, we showcase alumni news and activities as well as promote the achievements of alumni in our community. Unlike our Alumni Facebook Group which provides a private space to interact with fellow alums posting more personal announcements, this platform allows for a public presence available to all individuals - both in and outside our community - interested in learning the stories and accomplishments of our global population. Promote your achievements, share your story and follow us at  The American University of Paris - Alumni! Send us a message through the Alumni Facebook Page or email us at so we may post your news.






Campus Events


Relation between Creativity and Attention
Monday, 29 September 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Professor Stojanov (AUP) is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity. For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.



Entertainment Editor at the Daily Beast Comes to AUP
Tuesday, 30 September 2014; 3:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 Avenue Bosquet

Marlow Stern is an entertainment editor and writer for The Daily Beast and holds a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has served in the editorial department of Blender magazine, and as an editor at Newsweek, Amplifier Magazine, and Manhattan Movie Magazine. Refreshments will be served.



IABC Panel Seminar: How to Get Hired - Learn from the Pros
Monday, 6 October 2014; 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 Avenue Bosquet

The Career Development Office of the American University of Paris invites members of the AUP community to attend a panel discussion organized by IABC France (the International Association of Business Communicators), “How to Get Hired – Learn from the Pros”.

The panel will discuss relevant hiring trends and provide “insider” tips on the relationships between companies, recruiters, and candidates. Meet with recruiting professionals who hire for international positions in Paris and Western Europe.

To learn more, visit our website.


The Economy of Attention in the Age of Neoliberalism
Monday, 6 October 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Professor Frank (Vienna university of technology) is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity. For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.


Attention and Color
Monday, 13 October 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Professor Thomas (AUP emerita) is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity. For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.


Chatelet Series - Gilberto Gil
Monday, 13 October 2014; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

Jazz Concert – Gilberto Gil; €24 for Category 2

Take care of your musical soul with an acoustic performance by Gilberto Gil. Well-known for his samba and bossa nova inspired work, the Brazilian musical sensation is also a pioneer in tropicália-style music with influences from rock, punk, blues, and reggae. Let yourself be carried away to the beaches.

Contact the Cultural Program for more information more information.




Alumni Events


AUP Alumni Gathering in London
Tuesday, 30 September 2014; 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Aqua Spirit, 240 Regent Street, 5th Floor, London
(Entrance on 30 Argyll Street - opposite The London Palladium)

In thanks to the regular organizing efforts of Leonard Aquarone (MSF '07), we would like to close the summer with a drink. Please join alumni and friends for a gathering at Aqua Spirit. We hope you can join us on the terrace!

RSVP for you + guest(s) to is requested.


AUP Alumni & Student Gathering in London
Friday, 17 October 2014; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 9JH

Professor Waddick Doyle, Program Director of the Masters in Global Communications, and Professor Peter Barnet - who retired from the AUP faculty this past spring - will be traveling in London with a group of current AUP students. Join the group for a casual drink and a chat near the South Bank.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to is requested.



ACP LogoLe Weekend - 2014 ACP/AUP 50th Anniverary Reunion in Washington, DC
Friday, 7 November 2014 - Monday, 10 November 2014
The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

In thanks to the amazing organizing efforts of co-partners Maryland (Mimi) White Swensen '63, and Charles (Chuck) A. Ralston '63, the early classes of ACP are being honored with an incredible weekend to celebrate the 50th reunion of those who started it all. To learn the full details of the weekend, as well as view the current guest list, please click here.

If you have additional questions regarding the Le Weekend, contact Alumni Affairs at




Faculty and Research Update


Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Pike (Contemporary History and Politics) found that his videoed address on the Spanish Resistance in France, given at the Hôtel de Ville on October 11 at the invitation of Mayor Delanoë, was deliberately excluded (together with any mention of his presence!) from the proceedings published by the pro-Communist organizers of the event; his address was published instead in non-Communist and anti-Communist journals, most recently in CTDEE (Toulouse) in its issue of July 2014.

He was invited by Minnesota State University in April as Nadrine Andreas Speaker in a series on the Holocaust that included the participation of Elie Wiesel. Altogether he gave three two-hour talks, on the theme of Truth to Power, that included his favorite: “The King versus the Constitution: British Support for American Resistance, 1766-1783.”

In April he took part in an international conference at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst entitled “1944: Seventy Years On,” in which he spoke in rebuttal to Professor Toyomi Asano of Chukyo University, a Japanese historian who rejects the testimony of the initsu (“comfort women”) whom the Japanese military forced into prostitution during the Second World War.

In July he attended Mediterranean Conference XXXI held at Castellammare di Stabia, and in October-November he will take part in an international conference in Lisbon on the foreign intervention of five nations in the Spanish Civil War; he will present the case for France.

He has just completed a work on the Channel Islands under Nazi occupation, in collaboration with his former student Anne Farache (AUP, 1982). Anne’s father was sent to Aurigny as a slave laborer, and was one of the few to survive. Anne has just given birth to non-identical twins (details in AUP Alumni News).


Professor Hannah Westley joins AUP to teach Global Communications and English.

The Department of Global Communications and of Comparative Literature and English welcome Dr. Hannah Westley, a journalist and communications professor with an academic background in French Literature and Art History (PhD Cambridge 2002). Dr. Westley has worked as a writer and editor for The Times, The Guardian, and other UK publications.

Vist our website to read Dr. Westley's personal introduction.



Assistant Professor Suzanne Bodevin will moderate a session entitled "Impact Investing and Emerging Markets" at the September 11-12th TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investment) Conference in Oslo, Norway.  This session will explore how impact investing seeks to promote social/environmental projects that have not been financed by public or private funding.



Professor Lauren Elkin joins the Department of Comparative Literature this Fall 14.

The Department of Comparative Literature and English welcomes writer, translator, and literary critic Dr. Lauren Elkin, who will reinforce our faculty to teach courses in Writing and Criticism this Fall.

Visit our website to read Dr. Elkin's personal introduction.



Professor Jula Wildberger, along with Marcia L. Colish (Yale University, Professor emerita Oberlin College), edited the publication accompanying the first ever international conference in Classical Studies held at the American University of Paris in May 2011. The purpose of the volume was to provide Anglophone readers with a range of current approaches to this important first-century Latin philosopher, playwright, and advisor of Emperor Nero. To learn more, please visit our website.





September 29, 2014



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