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Campus Events


Ms. Leymah Gbowee speaks at the American Church of Paris
Friday, 27 September 2013; 5:00-7:00 PM
The Sactuary of the American Church of Paris, 65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris

The event is being organized by Agapé France and the young people's group of Protestants en fête.  Ms. Leymah Gbowee (pronounced LAY–mah BEAU-wee), a social worker by profession, led a women's peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003 and laid the foundation for peace and a free election in 2005. Fellow activist, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, won the election, making Liberia the first African nation to have a female president. Ms. Gbowee, Ms. Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman (from Yemen) were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.



The AUP Graduate School of Global Studies and the Department of International and Comparative Politics present

Professor Richard Ned Lebow - Goodbye Hegemony! Rethinking America's Role in the World
Tuesday, 1 October 2013; 6:30-9:00 PM
6 rue Colonel Combes, Room C-12 (first floor)

Richard Ned Lebow is Professor of International Political Theory in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and the James O. Freedman Presidential Professor (Emeritus) of Government at Dartmouth College.  He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles in a career spanning six decades.

His recent books include A Cultural Theory of International Relations (Cambridge, 2008), winner of the Jervis-Schroeder Award for the best book in international relations and history and the Susan Strange Award for the best book of the year; Forbidden Fruit: Counterfactuals and International Relations (Princeton, 2010); Why Nations Fight: The Past and Future of War (Cambridge, 2010) and The Politics and Ethics of Identity (Cambridge, 2012), winner of the Alexander L. George Award for the best book of the year by the International Society of Political Psychology.  He has three books in press: Franz Ferdinand Lives: A World Without World War I (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013); Constructing Cause in International Relations (Cambridge, 2014); and, coauthored with Simon Reich, Goodbye Hegemony! Rethinking America’s Role in the World (Princeton, 2014). 
Lebow has received many honors.  Recent ones include election as Distinguished Scholar (2013-14) by the International Studies Association, a teaching excellence award from King’ College (2013), and an honorary doctorate awarded by The American University of Paris (2012).


The Slosberg Lecture Series for Social Justice at AUP presents

Dr. Neal Baer
Wednesday, 2 October 2013; 6:30-8:30 PM
31 avenue Bosquet; Grand Salon

Dr. Neal Baer, a medical doctor and the producer of several of America’s hit television series (Under the Dome; Law and Order: Special Victims Unit; and ER), is a well-known activist on adolescent and global health. He has graciously accepted our invitation to inaugurate the Slosberg Lecture Series for Social Justice at AUP (see Notable Now & Then below).

Dr. Baer co-established the Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications, which links photographic storytelling projects around the world and makes that work available to NGOs and policymakers.  He has worked in South Africa and Mozambique since 2006, teaching photography to mothers with HIV and to AIDS orphans so that they can tell the world their own stories.  Dr. Baer also produced the documentary short, Home Is Where You Find It, directed by Alcides Soares, a seventeen-year-old Mozambican AIDS orphan, which chronicles one young man’s search to find a family after his parents have died of AIDS.  The film has screened internationally at sixty festivals and has won four awards for best documentary.  His new documentary film, If You Build It, in which high school students design and build their own farmers’ market in the poorest county in North Carolina, will premier in theaters across the country in January 2014.

Dr. Baer serves on the boards of many organizations related to health care, including the Venice Family Clinic (the largest free clinic in the U.S.; 2000-2010), RAND Health (2000-2011), Physicians for Social Responsibility, Children Now and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS).

Dr. Baer received the Valentine Davies Award in 2004 from the Writers Guild of America for “public service efforts in both the entertainment industry and the community at large, bringing dignity to and raising the standard for writers everywhere.”  He has received the Special Individual Achievement Award from the Media Project; the Leadership Award from NOFAS; the Loop Award from Lupus LA for educating the public about lupus and autoimmune diseases; the Socially Responsible Medicine Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility for “accomplishment in crafting compelling health messages;” and the Feminist Majority Foundation for promoting global woman’s rights on television.  In 2012, he received the John P. McGovern Medal from The American Medical Writers Association.

Dr. Baer has taught several modules for the MA in International Affairs at AUP. A reception will follow Dr. Baer's lecture.



Notable Now and Then


The Margaret Gada Slosberg Charitable Foundation renews and increases its support of social justice research, scholarship, and outreach at AUP

The American University of Paris is the grateful recipient of continued generosity from The Margaret Gada Slosberg Charitable Foundation in 2013-14. Originally awarded in late 2011 by a graduate student’s family foundation, the grant from the Slosberg Foundation aims to foster high-level graduate student research by enabling those AUP graduate students most committed to better understanding the world – so as to better the world – to have experiences that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Since 2011, twenty one AUP Master’s students have conducted field and scholarly research with a focus on social justice, human rights, humanitarian relief and international development. 

This year, the Slosberg Foundation has doubled its support for graduate research and travel and additionally funded The Slosberg Lecture Series for Social Justice. This series hosts its inaugural speaker, Dr. Neal Baer, in the Grand Salon on October 2 at 6:30 PM (see above event listing).

The Margaret Gada Slosberg Charitable Foundation’s gift was the first ever specifically earmarked for graduate level support at AUP.


Fall 2013 Orientation
Saturday, 30 August - Monday, 1 September

With another academic year underway, the University welcomed a new wave of promising young students into its fold at our annual Orientation. As with years past, the Orientation for Fall 2013 drew new students from around the globe including countries such as France, Belize, Lebanon, Germany, the United States, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom – to name a few. Over the course of the upcoming year, we look forward to becoming better acquainted with these new faces on campus and integrating them into our community.

If you would like to view photos from Orientation 2013, please visit the AUP Facebook page.




With the start of the fall semester, the University welcomed the new management team of GOODY'S to the AMEX Cafe.  For those who attended the 50th Anniversary of Global Alumni Weekend, you may remember satisfying your hunger with a hearty gourmet burger supplied by GOODY'S during the Boat Party. While the menu has changed, the AMEX has remained very much the same, providing students a place to gather, relax and enjoy a little music. If you are interested in viewing the new menu or checking out the upcoming events, please take a look at our website. We would love to see you there!



Career Mentoring Program underway for 2013 - 2014

As a joint effort between AUP's Office of Alumni Affairs and the Career Development Office, the career mentoring program connects current AUP juniors, seniors, and graduate students with alumni in order to receive individual career advice.  The application deadline for students is 27 September 2013 and the alumni office has already received a host of applications into the program. In order to be considered, students must also attend a mandatory informational session on Friday, September 27th or Monday, September 30th, at which point the mentor-mentee matching process begins. Many thanks to the many alumni who applied as mentors this year! To learn more about the program, please visit the program pages on the new website or contact Amber Cooper Jorez at for more information.



50th Anniversary Edition of the AUP Magazine

In May, The American University of Paris proudly released the 50th Anniversary Edition of the AUP Magazine. This special edition is available online and in print, celebrating the University's incredible past, present and future. 

To order a printed copy, please make a 6 Euro donation (or 8 US Dollars) to any of the AUP funds. (Please indicate in the notes that you would like to be sent an AUP Magazine, and include your current address.)






Cérémonie Pi Delta Phi

Le 17 avril 2013, a eu lieu la cérémonie d’initiation de quatre nouveaux membres de Pi Delta Phi du Chapitre Kappa Beta de The American University of Paris : Pamela Lian, Alexandre Otto, Judith Rice et Chelsea White. Chaque année, au semestre de printemps, la société d’honneur Pi Delta Phi reconnaît le mérite des étudiant(e)s qui se sont distingué(e)s par la qualité de leur travail dans les études de français.

Le chapitre Kappa Beta d’AUP dont le Moderator est, depuis septembre 2012, Dominique Mougel qui a succédé, à sa demande, à Maud Nicolas, existe à AUP depuis 1987. Maud Nicolas a été Moderator du Chapitre depuis sa création et est devenue cette année pour les services rendus à l’association et le sérieux de son travail Moderator Emerita du Chapitre Kappa Beta.




Kristina Keenan '09 leaves the AUP Communications Team

As some of you may know from the Facebook announcement this summer, our esteemed colleague, Kristina Keenan, has left the Communications team to pursue a master’s degree in Human Rights at Science Po. Since joining the Alumni Affairs Office in 2009, Kristina’s service to the AUP community has been instrumental in forging a path towards improved communications between the University and the greater alumni community. Along with her work launching the first alumni site, AUP Alumni Online, and the special 50th Anniversary website, Kristina has been the editor of the AUP Magazine for the past year and assisted in organizing events across the globe including the 50th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend, celebrated in May. Although Kristina will no longer being working with the Communications Office in particular, she will still be a regular face on the AUP campus and at local events as she continues her education.  When leaving, Kristina shared her own personal message with the alumni community:

It has been a pleasure getting to know so many AUP staff and alumni from all around the world, but unfortunately after four years working in AUP's Alumni Office, today is my last day! (I'm off to graduate school in the fall.) As an alum myself, it has been an amazing experience that I will always treasure. Hope to keep in touch with you all!

Thank you so much, Kristina !  We look forward to sharing news of your contributions to the field of human rights.




Faculty and Research Updates


AUP welcomes new faculty members

Over the course of last academic year, AUP conducted full international searches to replace faculty members who have departed from the University in recent years. The result: the hire of seven new full-time professors, of whom five joined AUP this fall. Two additional new faculty members in Psychology and Science will arrive on campus in the spring.  “They will contribute as no other change can to a strengthening of our academic program and the professionalism of our community.  It is notable to me that of the seven searches we launched last year, six completed with offers accepted from first-place candidates,” said Dean of the University, Neil Gordon.

Dean Gordon’s introductions of the new faculty members:

Miranda Spieler, joining us as Associate Professor of History, comes to us from the University of Arizona, where she holds tenure.  Previously she has taught at Harvard, Wesleyan, and Columbia.  Educated at Columbia (Ph.D.) and Harvard (A.B.), her dissertation focused on slavery and criminal exile in francophone Guiana with reference to domestic France and colonial Algeria in developing a transregional insight into the experience of prisoners, immigrants, and freed slaves in imperial France.  Her book, Empire and Underworld; Captivity in French Guiana, was published in 2012 by Harvard University Press. A practiced and expert teacher, Dr. Spieler  brings to us a huge level of pedagogic and academic commitment and professionalism, which will inform our community on multiple levels.

Hervé Vanel, Assistant Professor in Art History, will be joining us on an accelerated promotion schedule reflecting his eleven years experience teaching European and American modern and contemporary art history at Brown University and, additionally, at a variety of French Universities.  Trained at the University of Paris I Sorbonne, Dr. Vanel brings a distinguished list of publications, including Triple Entendre: Furniture Music, Muzak, and Muzak-Plus forthcoming from the University of Illinois, and a deep commitment to, as he puts it, the dual “thrill of scholarly research and teaching,” a commitment amply demonstrated by his recommendations as dedicated pedagogue at Brown.

Albert Wu, Assistant Professor of History, comes to us from the University of California Berkeley, which he attended after earning his BA at Columbia. His dissertation, “German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950,” examines how German missionaries and Chinese Christians jointly established an indigenous Chinese Church.  An unusually accomplished young scholar, Dr. Wu also impressed his search committee with his broad and progressive approach to pedagogy and his extraordinary level of service while a graduate student; his erudition, enthusiasm, and energy are sure to be an infectious force in our community.

Ayhan Ayteş, Assistant Professor of Communications, earned his Ph.D. in Communications and Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego after an MA at the Institute of Design in Chicago and undergraduate studies in Ankara, Turkey.  A scholar of the history of Artificial Intelligence, Media Archeology, and Sociotechnical systems, Dr. Ayteş’s dissertation was entitled “The ‘Other’ in the Machine: Oriental Automata and the Mechanization of the Mind.”  Beyond his publications and research agenda, Dr. Ayteş impressed his committee with his insight into practice and aims of “inclusive,” student-centered pedagogy in creating global citizens within a diversity of practice, and I look greatly forward to incorporating his thoughtful views on teaching into our own student-centered approaches.

Last, but as far as possible from least, an internal candidate, James Ward, was the unanimous choice of the IBA search committee to be appointed, pending the imminent reception of his Ph.D., as Instructor in Finance.  Well known to our community already as a highly successful teacher and an engaging faculty voice, James’s expertise and experience in his field will continue to inform our community as will the boundless enthusiasm he brings both to the service of his students and the University alike.

Other Faculty Changes

Throughout the university, promotions and internal adjustments contribute, this year, to a substantial improvement to the scope and depth of our academic offerings.

Philip Golub, who has been present in the University as a part-time Associate Professor of International and Comparative Politics for several years, has been promoted to Full-Time Full Professor.

Michael Dorsch, who is on unpaid leave this year, has been promoted from Assistant Associate Professor of Economics.

Kerstin Carlson, upon receiving her Ph.D., has been promoted to Full Time Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Politics.

Robert Earhart, after several years of service as a part-time instructor, has been promoted to Full Time Assistant Professor of International Business Administrations.

Suszanne Bodevin (IBA), Jeffrey Greene (CL), and Cary Hollingshead-Strick (CL), have been promoted from part-time category B to part-time category A.

Two retirements, both coming late in the semester, remain to be celebrated: Steven Englund and Magery Safir, both of whom will be sorely missed at AUP in the quotidian sense, but present in the sense of their long intellectual influence and, in the case of Steven Englund, to teach on occasion.


Dominique Mougel a été invitée le mercredi 10 avril par Pauline Faisant, déléguée d’Etudes aux Editions Didier et chargée de recueillir les avis des professeurs avant et après la parution des ouvrages de méthodes. Dominique Mougel a participé ce jour-là à une table ronde dont le but était d’analyser les contenus d’un nouveau manuel de FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) pour adultes en fabrication et de juger du bien-fondé des contenus de cet ouvrage à paraître en février 2014.






September 23, 2013




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