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AUP Alumni Next Destination Survey 2014

Alumni from the graduating classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 - share your success stories with us! We've launched an all-out effort to find out what you're up to and where in the world you're doing it, but we need your help. Please take the "Next Destination" survey - and promote it to all your AUP friends.



Search for New AUP Provost

As posted previously on the AUP Facebook page, we have opened the search for a Provost, with hopes of bringing the selected candidate to campus for Fall 2014. Please feel free to pass on the job description to any qualified candidates in your network. Read all about the opportunity on AUP's employment page.



Pre-order the 2013 - 2014 Yearbook!

The 2013 - 2014 Yearbook is now open for pre-order sales. If you are interested in purchasing the upcoming yearbook for yourself or a friend, you may process your request through MyAUP. The price for the yearbook is 24€. For exclusive access to additional photos and videos from the year's events - including images of the 2014 Commencement - you may purchase a complete yearbook package with online supplement for an additional 5€ at a total cost of 29€.

Yearbook purchases will be available for pick-up at the signing party on May 9th, or through the Alumni Affairs Office. Deadline for pre-order sales will be available until March 31st! For further questions, please contact







Campus Events


Early Independent Black Filmmakers
21 February 2014 19h00
Columbia Global Centers | Europe 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris 6e

Between about 1915 and the early 1950s, there existed in the United States an independent Black American Cinema, created by and for African-American audiences, existing far outside the purview of mainstream (white) media, and even today known only by a few. Shown at cinemas in African-American neighborhoods or at special hours in more mixed areas, the films ranged from musicals to social dramas to westerns to gangster movies.

Richard Peña recently stepped down after 25 years as Director of the New York Film Festival and Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and co-host of Channel 13’s weekly Reel 13, he will speak about this movement, screen one of its movies, The Blood of Jesus (1941, 58 min), and hold a question and answer session with the audience.

A reception follows.

Free and open to the public.

For reserved seating:



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



Presentation on Sotheby's Institute of Art: London, New York, Los Angeles
Tuesday, 11 March 2014; 12:15-1:15 PM
31 avenue Bosquet, Room B-32

Sotheby's Institute of Art offers fully accredited master's programmes that have set the art world standard since 1969, comprising leading experts, career services, extensive travel and study visits. All MA students in London and New York complete a Sotheby's Institute core curriculum.




Writing and the Paris Persona: Neil Gordon, Heather Hartley and Geoff Gilbert
Tuesday, 11 March 2014; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C-12

In conjunction with Franklin University Creative Writing, a reading and panel discussion entitled "Writing and the Paris Persona" with AUP Dean Neil Gordon, Heather Hartley, and AUP Professor Geoffrey Gilbert will be held on Tuesday, 11 March at 18:30 in C-12.

To learn more about the presenters, please visit our website.




Alumni Events


Alumni Gathering in London
Thursday, 13 March 2013; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location to be decided

AUP President Celeste Schenck, and Kristina Ver Foley, Director of University Outreach and Advancement will be visiting London in March and would be thrilled to meet with local alumni. Come out and grab a pint with Celeste and Kristina! Guests are welcome to join. We will be providing location details in the following days. If you are interested in attending, please email




A Night of MAGC in New York!
Thursday, 3 April 2014; 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The University Club of New York, One West 54th Street, New York, NY

Join President Celeste Schenck, Professor Waddick Doyle, Professor Peter Barnet, Director of University Outreach and Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley, local trustees, current MAGC students and MAGC alumni for an elegant soirée in New York. All MAGC alumni are encouraged to attend and partners are welcome! Cost for the dinner is $100 per guest.

You may register online until March 24th. As space is limited, early registration is recommended.



Alumni Gathering in Paris
Thursday, 27 March 2014; 6:30 PM
Location to be decided

For those living in the local Paris community, enjoy an after-hour drink with the Alumni Affairs team! This will be an informal evening of networking, chatting and raising a glass in our beautiful city of lights. Further details to come shortly. For additional questions, please contact




Faculty and Research Updates



Hall Gardner was interviewed on Bloomberg on Monday, 10 February 2014. The interview is entitled, Hollande cannot be seen as Obama's-poodle.






February 21, 2014



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