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The Launch of the Graduate School of Global Studies

 The American University of Paris is pleased to announce the launch of the Graduate School of Global Studies, uniting the University’s 16 innovative graduate programs across six core fields: Cross-cultural and Sustainable Business Management, Cultural Translation, Global Communications, International Affairs, Middle East and Islamic Studies and Public Policy.
“The Graduate School of Global Studies at The American University of Paris is based on one really simple insight which is that for contemporary students today, particularly at the graduate level, both the problems that they’re going to be facing in their intellectual and professional lives, and the opportunities that are going to be presented to them in their professional lives, are international and are fundamentally global. This is the world we live in today,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the University, Neil Gordon.
The Graduate School of Global Studies prides itself on having a clear focus on developing solutions for contemporary global problems, a unique mix of analytic methodology and practical experience, and a low student-teacher ratio which fosters highly individualized support for students. It is home to an energetic community of scholars and students and offers wide-ranging opportunities for internships, study-trips, and research – in the heart of Paris and throughout the world.
To further strengthen the collaborative nature of the University’s graduate programs and to allow students to work across disciplines and subject matters, Fall 2014 incoming students to the Graduate School of Global Studies will participate in a 2-credit research seminar called the Seminar in Global Studies. Attended by every graduate student at AUP during the first Fall semester of their degree, the Seminar in Global Studies consists of six evening sessions. Each session is organized and presented by a graduate program director.
The focus of the seminar is a question: from the standpoint of your discipline can one construct a concept of the global? The aim behind this question is to show how the very nature of ‘the global’ and the phenomenon of globalization are widely contested, and may look quite different from the perspectives of cultural translation or public policy, climate science or communications theory. Using a mix of case-studies and exercises, the seminar will aid students to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of contemporary problems, and to work in teams with people from diverse backgrounds.
The Graduate School of Global Studies also features three new credit models, streamlined to provide students with the ability to choose a program based on their interests and career plans. The 40 credit Coursework Masters takes 2.5 semesters to complete, transmits essential analytic skills, and acts as launch-pads for further study or a career. The 50 credit Coursework and Research Masters take 3 semesters to complete, develops a full range of perspectives, and acts as incubators for vocation-driven careers. The 64 credit Research Masters requires 4 semesters of graduate study, enabling students to acquire a twin discipline or language and build a serious research profile. This change is also reflected in the tuition and cost structure, where a simple and straightforward tuition model for each of the 3 Masters degree types has replaced individual program tuition structures.


Announcement from the President: Board Chairmanship

AUP President Celeste Schenck announced in a recent letter to the AUP community that, "Judith Ogilvie ‘65—the first alumna to assume the leadership of AUP’s Board, and the first woman to take on the role—has announced that she will be stepping down after six years at the helm of our institution after Commencement 2014." Along with elaborating on Dr. Ogilvie's many contributions as Chairman of the AUP Board for the past six years, President Schenck explained, "At its October meeting, the Board affirmed unanimously its choice of Raymond Henze, father of AUP alumna Allison Henze ’10, as chair elect of the Board.  In keeping with the healthy governance processes she has created, Judith appointed last summer an ad hoc committee to prepare a planned and smooth succession when she steps down in May." 

If you would like to read the complete letter written by President Schenck, please visit our website.



Revisit the AUP Campus!

Take a tour of the campus of The American University of Paris in this new and student-produced campus tour video and discover not only our buildings but many different aspects of our community.

The video was produced by Marshall Andrew-Bryce Lewis with music by AUP student Max Irwin.





Campus Events


The AUP Fine Arts Gallery presents

Awakening The Inanimate Exhibition
Thursday, 24 October - Monday,11 November 2013
The AUP Fine Arts Gallery, 6 rue Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris

Hervé Bindefeld, born in 1965 in Paris, was captivated by photography as an adolescent. At the time, he decided to move away from it, because photography is based on an instant shot and he could not play with transparencies, overprints and other ways of moving away from reality. He became a doctor, while his passion matured.

Years later, he picked up his cameras again, given the vast expressive possibilities now offered by new technologies as applied to photography. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit our website.


Inbound Marketing - the New Marketing Model
Tuesday, 29 October 2013; 7:00-9:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

 The International Association of Business Communicators, IABC France, in partnership with Hoi Moon Marketing and the European Professional Women’s Network (EPWN), is hosting a workshop on Inbound Marketing – advertising through social media, SEO, online channels and other form of content, as opposed to traditional “outbound marketing” – buying attention through TV, newspaper advertisements, flyers, and broadcasting channels. Inbound Marketing is disrupting the traditional marketing model, changing the role of the sales team and driving demand for content creators.  This results-oriented shift from traditional marketing has taken hold in the U.S. and is becoming an international trend.

HubSpot Certified Inbound Marketing specialist Julie Vetter will be giving an introduction to the key concepts that differentiate inbound from traditional marketing, followed by a workshop on creating an inbound marketing campaign. The workshop will also include a real situation where attendees will be able to provide ideas and solutions. To read more about Julie Vetter, please visit our website.

This workshop is free for IABC members and the AUP community, 25€ for Non-Members. Reserve your spot today on the IABC France website.



Workshop: Assertiveness and Improving Relationships
Tuesday, 12 November 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007, Paris

Have you ever wished you had listened to your “gut feelings"? How come you sometimes have the right answer at the right moment and yet you decide to do something else? Emotions are messages from your brain that suggest reactions to a situation. However, we sometimes ignore them because of our mental noise. When you are overly preoccupied in your mind, you may ignore important messages that your body signals. How can you better listen to the intelligence of your emotions?
Workshop Details

Join us for this two-hour introductory workshop and practice how to:

    Decode the body signals of your emotional intelligence
    Modulate your first-responses to improve your relationships
    Focus your mind consciously and strengthen your assertiveness

You will understand the basic principles of how the brain uses emotional intelligence and its importance to human relations. You can then apply this knowledge to improve connections in your personal and professional life.

Sign-up today! The workshop will take place in the Combes building (confirmed participants will receive full event location details). To sign up, send an email to indicating your full name and anticipated graduation date. There are a limited number of free seats available to current AUP students for this workshop.



Young Writers & Translators at AUP Reading Series
Wednesday, 13 November 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007

The department of Comparative Literature and English and the MA in Cultural Translation invite you to discover young literary talent at AUP. Students will present varied original works, including a play, poems, short stories, and a personal narrative.

The event will begin with Vanessa Weller's (M.A. candidate in Cultural Translation) "L'Aile Humaine": a short story written in French and self-translated into English. Jorge Franco IV (junior, Literary Studies & Creative Arts) is a published poet, and will read a selection of his poems and his play, "Saturday Night Sleeping". Chauncey Alan (senior, Literary Studies & Creative Arts) is currently working on a novel under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Greene and Geoffrey Gilbert. Chauncey will read original poems and accompany Jorge Franco IV in "Saturday Night Sleeping". Claudia Galtes (sophomore, Film Studies) will read a personal narrative. Finally, Lethu Msimang (sophomore, Literary Studies & Creative Arts) has been published in the Paris/Atlantic, and will present a selection of her poetry and a short fiction sketch.

The evening will include refreshments, hosted by Jarrah Burns, an undergraduate student in Literature and Creative Arts.



AUP Writer-in-Residence Andrew Davidson Reading
Tuesday, 19 November 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007

AUP's first ever student Writer-in-Residence Andrew Davidson will give a reading and discussion of his best-selling debut novel, The Gargoyle, on November 19th. The Gargoyle follows real and imagined timelines of a nameless protagonist, mixing themes of love and medieval history to enthrall the reader.

Andrew Davidson is a student of Comparative Literature and founder of the new Creative Writing Club at AUP.




Alumni Events


Alumni Gathering in New York City
Wednesday, 6 November 2013; 6:00 PM
Ardesia, 510 52nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues)

Please join AUP President Celeste Schenck and the Director of University Outreach & Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley for a casual gathering at the Ardesia Wine Bar. Come and unwind with a nice glass of wine amongst old friends.  Everyone in the local AUP community is encouraged to attend. This is a cash bar event.

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



Alumni Gathering in London
Thursday, 14 November 2013; 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Strawberry Moons, 15 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BF
(off Regent Street, between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus tube stations)

On October 15th, AUP President Celeste Schenck and Director of University Outreach and Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley met with local alums for a casual gathering at the French wine bar Antidote in the Soho area of London.

Next month, with the incredible scouting efforts of AUP alumnus Leonard Aquarone (MSF '07), we have organized another gathering at Strawberry Moons. Please join local alumni and friends for happy hour at Strawberry Moons.  Pints are only 3 Pounds per glass!

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




Faculty and Research Updates


James Clayson's article, "Talking Statistics/Talking Ourselves: Some Constructionist Lessons from the Work of George Kelly" published in the journal of Technology, Knowledge and Learning, Springer, October 2013. In his article, James Clayson describes a computational tool he developed, inspired by the psychology of George Kelly, that mines people's personal relationships via statistical analysis, thereby, exciting liberal arts students to talk more openly about statistics.

Michael Dorsch's manuscript, “Economic Development and Determinants of Environmental Concern,” was accepted for presentation in the peer-reviewed journal Social Sciences Quarterly.



Hall Gardner spoke on the subject, "NATO, Russia and Georgia" at the Colloque "La Geopolitique du Caucase" sponsored by L'Academie de Géopolitique de Paris, held at the Assemblée Nationale on September 23, 2013. He just completed his book, NATO Expansion and US Strategy in Asia to be published in November by Palgrave Macmillan.


Philip Golub has recently published a chapter on “Puissance et leadership americains dans un monde en mutation”, edited by Bertrand Badie and Dominique Vidal (eds), l’Etat du monde 2014, Puissances d’hier et de demain, Editions la decouverte, Paris.


Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier has contributed a chapter entitled « Madeleine de Savoie et Anne de Montmorency : des bâtisseurs conjugaux » to Bâtir au féminin. Traditions et stratégies en Europe et dans l’Empire ottoman (ed. Sabine Frommel and Juliette Dumas, Paris, Picard, 2013).





October 28, 2013



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