News Updates


Inaugurating the President's Alumni Advisory Council in New York City

On November 9th, a group of 21 alumni along with AUP President Celeste Schenck, Trustee and Board Chair-elect Ray Henze, and the Director of University Outreach and Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley met at the University Club of New York to inaugurate the President's Alumni Advisory Council. This initiative was discussed with alumni during Global Alumni Weekend in May and launched this month. The purpose of the Alumni Council, as outlined in a letter to the inaugural members from President Schenck, "is to advance the interests of and to support the University, to act a sounding board for the President and a conduit from alumni to the University, to provide logistical support on the ground for AUP's recruitment and advancement efforts, and to help the University identify knowledgeable, engaged alumni for volunteer leadership in the future. Members of the Alumni Council may, in future, become involved in interviewing prospective students, visiting schools on the University's behalf, serving as ambassadors more generally, and holding accepted student events in cities in which they reside."

The Alumni Council consists of undergraduate and graduate alumni representing a range of years and backgrounds. Meetings of the US Council will take place twice a year - one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. After lauching in the United States, a European Council will convene in London in Spring 2014 with a Middle Eastern Council to follow in Fall 2014.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of the President's Alumni Advisory Council, please contact us at



Introducing AUP CARES

AUP CARES is a new philanthropic club that was launched at the beginning of the fall semester 2013. The club's aim is to raise awareness and to inspire students from the AUP community to take initiative in lending a helping hand towards the less fortunate both locally and internationally.

The club is currently raising funds for three projects: Love In a Box, Afrika Tikken Raffle and the Thanksgiving Blanket Drive. To learn more about AUP CARES, please visit the club's webpage or on Facebook at www.facebook/AUPCARES.





2013 Global Talent Brochure Coming Soon!

Now in its 5th edition, our latest Global Talent brochure will be available for viewing next week from the Career Development Office. This useful brochure promotes current AUP students seeking both internships and more long-term employment. On its release, we invite all those in our community to review the student profiles and/or pass on the brochure to fellow colleagues in search of dynamic and adaptable English-speaking candidates from AUP.

If you are interested in discussing an internship or position within your company, please contact our Career Counselor, Danielle Savage at






Campus Events


Online Open House
Monday, 18 November - Thursday, 28 November 2013
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

In keeping with the digital age and in an effort to afford campus access to all those in and outside our community, we are taking our Open House online! Whether taking a Virtual Campus Tour or speaking with an admissions counselor through a Live Chat, AUP is incorporating new opportunities for people to be connected both online and in person throughout the year.

To learn more about our new Online Open House, please visit our website





Cinema Dans Le Poche Screening
Monday, 25 November; 5:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The American University of Paris and Sokol.M Productions present an evening of artistic and intellectually rich short feature films which explore an increasingly complex and diverse world. Cinéma dans la Poche aims to promote social participation in film studies and production. The selection of films highlight the sensitivity and creativity of filmmakers as they examine the essential role of culture in the construction of identities. Titles of the featured films may be viewed on our website.

This screening has free admission, please register by emailing:


Lecture: History of perfumery with the Osmothèque
Tuesday, 26 November 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Since September, AUP student Will Inrig has been interning at the Osmothèque, the world’s largest archive of historic perfumes. Will has arranged for the Société des Amis de l'Osmothèque to invite to AUP art expert and author Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg of the Hôtel des Ventes de Drouot to speak publicly of his experience collecting, appraising and auctioning vintage perfumes for France’s most prestigious auction house.

While Mr Martin-Hattemberg’s speaks, historic perfumes from the Osmothèque’s vault will be distributed among the audience, allowing attendees to smell the fragrances described in the lecture.

Mr Martin-Hattemberg will speak in French, followed by a bilingual French and English Q&A session. Hosted by Prof. Jonathan Shimony (AUP) and Mrs Sophie d'Auber (Osmothèque).



Navigating the Roadblocks to Cultural Diplomacy
Tuesday, 26 November 2013; 7:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007, Paris

American dance choreographer Christopher K. Morgan and Master of Arts in International Affairs student Elizabeth Gahl will host a discussion on the issues and successes of cultural exchange through artistic expression. Both speakers will share their experiences in international dance collaborations, with challenges such as: navigating immigration policies, acquiring funding, and communicating with cultural sensitivity.

The evening will include a screening of Christopher K. Morgan's work, +1/-1, and a wine and cheese reception.



Camus Conference: Camus Out of Bounds
Tuesday, 3 December - Wednesday, 4 December 2013; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Cité internationale universitaire de Paris, 37 Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris;
Paris Sciences et Lettres (amphitheatre), 62 bis Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris

The American University of Paris is pleased to announce its participation in the “Camus Out of Bounds. Global perspectives on his oeuvre, his life, his legacy” conference taking place in Paris on December 3rd and 4th. The event is open to the public and all AUP students, faculty, staff and alums are warmly invited to attend.

For conference details, please visit our website.



Art History Christmas Party
Tuesday, 3 December 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007, Paris

Celebrate the holidays with the Art History and Fine Arts Department at the annual Art History Christmas Party! Refreshments, including delicious vin chaud, will be served and everyone will have the opportunity to play some art history holiday games. Get together and celebrate the end of another great semester!



Looking from within the Met: Insight from the Construction Department at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thursday, 5 December 2013; 6:00 PM
6, rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; Room C-31

AUP alum and Manager of Office Renovations at the Met, Renée Bussiere will be coming to AUP to give a lecture on museum life and museum work that often goes unnoticed.

Renée's job entails supervising any work done in employee related spaces, from the employee cafeteria to the conservation laboratories and art storage. As manager, Bussiere is involved in every step of renovations. She oversees layout design, hires contracters, and supervises construction. Bussiere stresses the practicality of her job and the importance of creating a home away from home for individuals whose occupation demands most of the time they would otherwise spend with family. The event is hosted by the Art History and Fine Arts Department.



Looking One-Act Play by AUP Students at the Ciné XIII Théâtre in Montmatre
Monday, 9 December 2013; 8:00 PM
Ciné XIII Théâtre in Montmartre, 1 Avenue Junot, 75018 Paris

AUP students are putting on a play in Paris (for one night only) on 9 December, 20:00, at the Ciné XIII Théâtre in Montmartre. Saturday Night Sleeping stars Chauncy Alan (senior student majoring in Literary Studies and the Creative Arts), Alexandra Chelaru, and Garance Chansigaud-Fargepallet. Playwright Jorge Franco IV (Literary Studies and the Creative Arts) comments: "Saturday Night Sleeping is a play about alienation and the pursuit of power. The play chronicles a moment of climax in the lives of three young Europeans. When Soileh, a Romanian exchange student, is taken into the home of two beautiful French siblings, her gypsy heritage asserts itself as she joins the siblings’ lifelong game of passion and control."




Alumni Events


AUP Alumni Holiday Party
Monday, 9 December 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007, Paris

The twinkling lights have been hung around Paris and it's that time once again to celebrate the holidays and approaching new year with your AUP family. Please join the alumni community for a festive evening filled with music, wine, raffles and cheer!

RSVP in-advance for you + guest(s) at




AUPDC 2013 Holiday Party
Sunday, 15 December 2013; 7:00 PM
Bistro d'Oc, 518 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC

This year's AUPDC holiday event at the Bistro d'Oc combines cocktails, a 3-course dinner, and a raffle to support the AUP "Coup de Pouce" fund. If you would like to attend to this cash-only event, please contact them to request an invitation or more information. You may also visit their website at






Faculty and Research Updates


AUP Professor Miranda Spieler wins 2013 Major and Mosse Prize

Miranda Frances Spieler, associate professor of history at The American University of Paris, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 J. Russell Major Prize and 2013 George L. Mosse prize for her book Empire and Underworld: Captivity in French Guiana (Harvard Univ. Press, 2012). The J. Russell Major Prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history. The George L. Mosse Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500. Both prizes will be awarded during a ceremony at the Association’s 128th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2014.

Spieler’s book was selected forthe J. Russell Major Prize by a review committee comprised of AHA members including Katherine B. Crawford, Chair (Vanderbilt Univ.), Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins Univ.), and Leslie Tuttle (Univ. of Kansas). The George L. Mosse prize review committee also selected Spieler’s book as their top choice. The Mosse selecting committee included AHA members Tracie M. Matysik, Chair (Univ. of Texas, Austin), Brad S. Gregory (Univ. of Notre Dame), Harry Liebersohn (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Crawford, the 2013 Major Prize committee chair noted, “Miranda Spieler's innovative study of French Guiana from the late 18th century to 1870 examines the spatial and legal history of the colony in ways that invite a profound reconsideration of the relationship of France to its colonial territories. Analyzing material and cultural remains, as well as silences and lacunae in the record, Spieler elegantly challenges many presumptions about nation, empire, slavery, incarceration, and violence.”

The J. Russell Major prize was established in memory of J. Russell Major, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990. The George L. Mosse Prize was established in honor of George Lachmann Mosse, American cultural historian, with funds donated by former students, colleagues and friends of the late Dr. Mosse.

The American Historical Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 for the promotion of historical studies. The AHA provides leadership for the discipline, protects academic freedom, develops professional standards, aids in the pursuit and publication of scholarship, and supplies various services to sustain and enhance the work of its members. As the largest organization of historians in the United States, the AHA is comprised of over 14,000 members and serves historians representing every historical period and geographical area.

Miranda Spieler, joined The American University of Paris in Fall 2013, coming to AUP 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.



November 22, 2013



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