Dr. Scott Sprenger announced as AUP's New Provost


The AUP community is delighted to announce that Dr. Scott Sprenger, Associate Dean of Humanities and Professor of French Studies at Brigham Young University, has accepted our offer to become AUP’s next Provost.  Holding degrees from the University of Washington, Emory University and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Sprenger assumed the Scheuber and Veinz Professorship from 2007-2012, was a Fulbright-Schumann Researcher at the CNRS in Paris in 2009, and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at UCLA.

Over a long, global, arduous search process, Dr. Sprenger established himself as having answered AUP’s  “call to leadership,” bringing strength in faculty development, faculty research mentorship, student-centered learning, pedagogical development connecting liberal arts learning and career preparedness, curricular innovation, demonstrated budget management experience, team-building capacity, and attentiveness to Admissions issues and to the potential for building bridges between Academic Affairs, new curriculum development, and our recruitment function.  His record of achievement at Brigham Young, excellence in teaching, fluent French, and experience of living, at various times in his life, in the French capital (he actually rides regularly with a cycle club to the West of Paris) aligns perfectly with the position description and the University’s current needs.  Dr. Sprenger is a Balzac specialist, a critic of 19th and 20th-century French literature and culture, and a Europeanist, who has also become a supple, forward-looking administrator.  He has published on the recent debate about the survivability of liberal arts learning and writes a regular and much-followed blog.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Scott Sprenger to AUP in time for the new academic year.


The AUP library is now extending new privileges to alumni

In addition to the existing privileges for all alumni, the AUP Library is now offering the possibility of book and selected film borrowing to alumni residing in Paris who request this service. The new service includes the following:

* Borrowing rights valid for one semester; three books for a period of twenty one days at a time – renewable within a given semester
* Three films for a period of two days (green and blue dot collection) – not renewable
* Access to reserved materials with priority given to current students
* No overnight reserve checkouts allowed
* A security deposit of 150 € is required per semester – renewable
* A barcoded alumni card will be produced to enable the borrowing privileges
* Fines/fees/recalls apply as with current students

If you are interested in setting up an alumni account with borrowing privileges, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office or the AUP Library. Please note that no remote access to online resources is possible - this privilege is available only on site.



AUP undergraduate publishes in "Quarterly Conversation"

Read the review of "Bullfight" by Yasushi Inoue, which Ariel Starling '15 has produced as part of her coursework for Daniel Medin's CL3020 Production, Creation, Translation, Publication.

Daniel writes: “I’m so proud of the talent attracted to and nourished by our department.”



AUP Alumnus Jan Steyn '08, MCT '10 publishes a new translation

Jan Steyn (CL 2008; MACT 2010, currently working towards a PhD in Comparative Literature at Cornell), has just published a new translation of a strange novel by Edouard Levé, called Works (with Dalkey Archive Press).

The publishers describe it as follows:

A list of 533 projects, beginning with its own description–both likely and unlikely, sober and ridiculous; some of which Levé later realized, most of which he did not. Works ranks with the fiction of Georges Perec for its seemingly limitless, ingenious, and comical inventiveness. A lampoon of conceptual art–if not, indeed, an exemplar of its charms at their best–Works is another piece in the puzzle of Levé’s brief and fascinating life.


2014 Commencement Ceremony Video and Photos

On May 27th, the AUP community joined together to celebrate the graduation of the class of 2014 at the Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris.

For friends, family and alumni who could not attend, you may watch a video from the commencement festivities or view the photos on our Flickr page.

Congratulations to all 2014 graduates and new alumni. We wish you every success in the world!




Narrative Matters: Narrative Knowing/ Récit et Savoir

Narrative Matters 2014, the 7th Narrative Matters conference, will be held from 23rd June to 27th June 2014 at the University of Paris Diderot and the American University of Paris. The conference will address the theme of Narrative Knowing/Récit et Savoir.

This conference will bring together scholars of all disciplines — psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, literary studies, feminist and gender studies, education, medicine/healthcare, social work, biology, law, theology, computer science, visual studies, etc. — to reflect on the issue of the, sometimes, contested epistemic powers of narrative.

What relations are there between narrative and knowledge? How do forms of knowledge inform and produce narratives? How do narratives communicate or produce knowledge? Which ones? What is the nature of narrative knowledge as opposed to other forms of knowledge (common or spontaneous knowledge of reality, scientific knowledge, philosophical “wisdom”, etc.)? Does narrative constitute a privileged mode of knowledge or is it an epistemologically opaque means of pursuing the truth?

To Learn more about the conference, please visit our website.



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Campus Events


Paris Writers' Workshop: Expert's Publishing Panel
Wednesday, 25 June 2014; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C-12

Traditional publishing is changing as the digital transforms the industry – what does this mean for you, the writer?

Join five experts who’ve seen it all – agent representation, self-published e-books, “curated” publishing, blogging, hybrid publishing. Learn how to reach your readers despite the industry turmoil. Lively panel discussion, followed by Q&A.

Samantha Chang, author, director of Iowa Writers Workshop, 2014 PWW Writer-in-Residence.

Mark Kessler, literary agent, Susanna Lea Associates, Paris, New York, London.

Hannah Seidl, former literary events manager, WHSmith Paris.

Linda Fallon, head buyer, Shakespeare and Company.

Facilitated by Laurel Zuckerman, author, editor of Paris Writers News. The Publishing Panel is free of charge and open to the public.



Beckett Letters: French Translation Launch III
Thursday, 26 June 2014; 8:00 PM
L'Atelier, 2 bis, rue du Jourdain, 75020 Paris

Volume I of the edition of Letters of Samuel Beckett, co-edited by AUP Professor Dan Gunn and supported by his student research team, will come out in a French translation with the prestigious publisher Gallimard. A celebration and reading will be held here in Paris, at Librairie La Hune.

For further events, see the blog of the Department of Comparative Literature and English.




WICE Paris Writers' Workshop Faculty Reading
Wednesday, 25 June 2014; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C-12 

This year again, AUP will host the WICE Paris Writers’ Workshop Faculty Reading as a valuable complement to its own Creative Writing Institute. Faculty teaching for that Workshop will present their work in a public performance. 




Faculty and Research Updates


Professor Jeffrey Greene offers a taster of his "Wild Edibles" project through the University of Virginia Press! You'll not only learn how to feed yourself from a meadow but smile and wonder how much beauty there can be in ordinary things. Jeffrey teaches this art of his in the course "Creative Non-Fiction: Crafting Personal Narrative", which is being offered as part of the Summer Creative Writing Institute.



Emeritus Professor David Pike was featured on NPR's program, All Things Considered, last month on May 26th. As part of a story covering the Memorial Day tribute to the Lafayette Quadron, Pike gave his two cents about the state of World War I in the autumn of 1918.The piece goes on to explore the relationship between the United States and France during the first World War, now at its centennial anniversary.



Dan GunnProfessor Dan Gunn publishes on AUP Honorary Degree Recipient Muriel Spark. In 2005, two years before her death, the great Scottish writer Muriel Spark received an honorary degree from AUP. Nearly ten years on, a long-awaited tribute to her work has appeared, edited by Robert Hosmer of Williams College and published by the University of Notre Dame Press. It contains essays by – among others – Barbara Epler, Gabriel Josipovici, Frank Kermode, John Lanchester, Doris Lessing, and John Updike. Dan Gunn’s essay in the volume is entitled “The Lightness of Muriel Spark’s Novels”. It opens with a reminiscence of Muriel Spark at AUP, before going on to discuss her two novels, Not To Disturb and Territorial Rights.


Hall GardnerProfessor Hall Gardner lectured at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. On 15 May 2014, Hall Gardner was invited to lecture and debate at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (located in the Maison de la Paix) on the subject: China and Security Competition in the 21st Century: Perspectives from China, Europe and the U.S.





June 20, 2014



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