2013 Pat Thompson Scholarship Awarded to Karen Castillo

The American University of Paris is proud to present Karen Castillo as the winner of the 2013 Pat Thompson Scholarship. Established in 2011 by Pat’s husband and daughter, Jim and Tess Bittermann, this scholarship honors Pat’s spirit, passion and commitment to helping younger generations achieve their dreams in the communications field. It is awarded annually to an incoming student who demonstrates great academic promise, financial need coupled with a strong work ethic, and an interest in pursuing studies in Global Communications or Film Studies.

Pat was an impassioned journalist, producer, filmmaker and teacher who knew what it meant to come from limited resources and to work hard to have access to high-quality, higher education. Pat helped to establish and build both AUP’s broadcast production program and studio, the latter of which was named in her honor in October 2011.

Karen Castillo originally hails from Chicago, Illinois and joined AUP as a transfer student from Rome’s John Cabot University this fall. As an undergraduate at John Cabot, Karen stood out as a student leader, founding the university’s multicultural club, serving as a resident advisor, and spearheading orientation for incoming students, all the while working in retail and cultural institutions to support her studies. At AUP, she has declared her major in Global Communications and is an active contributor to the work of the admissions office. Karen speaks Spanish and Italian, in addition to her native English, and is now also learning French.

The generosity of Pat’s friends, students, and other AUP community members has more than doubled the endowment of the Pat Thompson Scholarship fund since its launch, and a committee of dedicated volunteers organizes an annual fundraising event to expand the support offered to the scholarship’s recipient.


Full Access: A Career Mentoring Experience in Film

While recruiting mentors for the 2013 – 2014 session, Madelyn Most, an alumna from ’72 and documentary filmmaker, contacted the Alumni Affairs Office with the opportunity to mentor a student during the prestigious Camerimage International Film Festival, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, that ran from November 16 – 23, 2013. After much deliberation, Madelyn was matched with AUP senior and soon to be graduate, Alexandra Kerr. Following an intensive week with Madelyn at Camerimage, Alexandra describes her experience as “truly life-changing”.

“Just a few months ago, I had no idea that this semester I would be meeting and conversing with important professionals in my field – in Poland, of all places! When I was approached with the opportunity to attend the Camerimage International Film Festival in Bydgoszcz with Madelyn Most, alum of AUP, I immediately took that chance. Madelyn is a very accomplished camerawoman and writer about cinematography. She was able to guide me and give me good advice throughout the festival, as well as introduce me to countless professionals and contacts. Madelyn really knew everybody, and meeting her through the AUP Alumni office has been my greatest resource as a soon-to-be graduate this May."

To continue reading highlights from Alexandra's week, please visit our website.



AUP Green: New Recycling Initiative at AUP

From a recycling program that cost the university €14,000 a year, consequently broke down, and left the university without recycling possibilities, students have moved over to a full integration with La Mairie, introducing a two-bin system across campus (whether in classrooms, offices, or the Amex Cafe), with a third, big bin at the entrance of each building for glass. This program is free of cost, and will last the years.

If you would like to learn more about the new recycling program at AUP, please visit our website.




 Times Literary Supplement Reviews Cahier Series

The Times Literary Supplement features a review of AUP's Center for Writers and Translators' Cahier Series, written by esteemed literary translator Margaret Jull Costa. Costa takes a retrospective look at the first 20 cahiers, paying special attention to those written by literary translators Bernard Turle (Diplomat, Actor, Translator, Spy), Lydia Davis (Proust, Blanchot, and a Woman in Red), George Craig (Writing Beckett's Letters), and Simon Leys (Notes from the Hall of Uselessness). She writes: "What these fascinating Cahiers offer is an insight into what literary translators actually do, as well as fuel for the endless debate about what we mean when we talk about 'faithful' translation." The review appears just in time for a special celebration of the Cahier Series which will be held at Shakespeare & Company on Monday, November 18th. The full review can be read on The Times website.


Support AUP in 2013!

As you finalize your charitable giving before the tax year deadline on December 31, please consider making a gift to the AUP Annual Fund. Every gift to the Annual Fund is used immediately to support the worthy students at the University.
Over the past few years, AUP has used the flexible funds from donations to renew campus facilities, expand student leadership programs, support faculty development, and offer financial aid to more students. None of these—or future—transformative programs would be possible without the loyal generosity of donors like you.
Please click here by December 31 to show your support of The American University of Paris.






Campus Events


The AUP Fine Arts Gallery presents

Socram: Prints, Collages, Paintings
Thursday, 5 December 2013 - Monday,20 January 2014
The AUP Fine Arts Gallery, 6 rue Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris

The next exhibition at The American University of Paris Fine Arts Gallery will be drawings from three of our gifted second year students, Lethu Msimang, Eleni Zafiroulis and Ainsley Lundeen. This show runs through January 20, 2014.



 Pat Thompson Scholarship Fundraiser: Screening of Bearing Witness and cocktail
Monday, 24 February 2014; 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Action Christine Cinema, 4 rue Christine, 75006
Cocktail fundraiser: following the film at the Hotel d’Aubusson (33 Rue Dauphine, 75006 Paris)

Celebrate the memory of beloved AUP professor, Pat Thompson, and support the scholarship honoring her name by joining us for a screening of Bearing Witness. This 2005 documentary film follows the lives of five women who have chosen careers covering war across the globe. Several of the film’s subjects as well as film writer Maryam D’Abo will be in attendance to discuss the project and their experiences as reporters and documentarians of global conflicts. The screening will be followed by a cocktail reception at the nearby Hotel d’Aubusson. All funds raised by the event support the Pat Thompson Scholarship.


5 Euros – student ticket price for film screening (tickets sold at the door)

10 Euros – non-student ticket price for film screening (tickets sold online and at the door)

250 Euros – ticket price for screening & cocktail fundraiser – (with €200/per ticket tax deduction)

Tickets for the screening + cocktail may be purchased by making an online donation of €250 ($340) to the Pat Thompson Scholarship or by mailing a check to:

The American University of Paris
Office of University Outreach & Advancement
Attention: Pat Thompson Scholarship event
118, rue Saint Dominique
75007 Paris, France

You will receive an automatic receipt for an online donation which will serve as your ticket reservation. Tickets purchased via check will be acknowledged with a mailed receipt. Please check in with event staff at the door and present your donation receipt. Questions? Please contact kfoley@aup.edu.




Alumni Events


Alumni Gathering in Chicago
Friday, 3 January 2014; 6:30 PM
Rittergut Wine Bar and Social Club, 10 South Wacker Drive, Downtown Chicago

While in town, Professor Jula Wildberger, Department Chair Comparative Literature and English, would be thrilled to meet with local alumni. Please join Professor Wildberger and fellow alums for an after hour drink and chat on all things AUP. Those in the Chicago community are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. This is a cash bar event.

RSVP in-advance for you + guest(s) at alumni@aup.edu.




Faculty and Research Updates


Oliver Feltham Named Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Oliver Feltham to the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

The appointment follows an internal search conducted this semester at the University. Self nominations were invited from the entire faculty, and were then reviewed by an advisory committee consisting of three Graduate Program Directors, the Chair of the Rank and Promotions Committee, and Assistant Dean Shalani Alisharan. The committee evaluated candidates on nine parameters, thereby providing a useful analysis of the knowledge and skills required to sustain and guide the new Graduate School of Global Studies and build on the excellence and success of our MA programs. Dean of the University Neil Gordon carefully considered the findings of this committee in concert with President Schenck, and was pleased to receive her support in offering the position to Oliver Feltham.

Born in England, Professor Feltham trained in the field of continental philosophy with a Bachelor of Arts (and first-class honours) at the University of Sydney in 1994, and a PhD in philosophy at Deakin University (Melbourne) in 2000. He joined the Department of Comparative Literature and English at the American University of Paris in 2004. In 2006 he was appointed to a full-time joint position between the Comparative Literature, European and Mediterranean Cultures and Global Communications Departments. Since 2008 he has coordinated and concentrated his teaching within the philosophy program. He became Associate Professor in 2009.

Over the last three years he has designed and prepared the launch of the new Masters in Climate Policy, which involved working hand in hand with the Graduate Programs Review Board for two years. In the fields of contemporary French philosophy, critical theory and political philosophy, he has published six books, including three anthologies, one major translation and two monographs, the latest of which – Anatomy of Failure: philosophy and political action – was published by Bloomsbury in May. His most recent book project, Destroy and Liberate: political action in the eighteenth century, is currently under consideration with Rowman and Littlefield.


Matthew Fraser, Associate Professor of Global Communications and International and Comparative Politics, recently published an article for CNN.com discussing Bob Dylan's legal issues in France.




December 20, 2013



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