The State of the University Address

On Friday, October 24th, President Celeste Schenck, in the company of the Board of Trustees, presented the State of the University Address to an audience of faculty, staff, alumni and current students. During her address, President Schenck reflected on the successes and drawbacks of the previous year as well as the plans and hopes for this current year. You may view her complete address by clicking on the link found below:


In ending her dicussion on the State of the University, President Schenck also elaborated on the efforts of alumnus Sean Casey '04, as he works on the front lines of the ebola epidemic abroad and the stigma at home. You may view the video that accompanied the President's address - a compilation of media interviews highlighting Sean's work in his own words.



Le Weekend - 2014 ACP/AUP 50th Anniverary Reunion in Washington, DC

As the 50th ACP/AUP Reunion in Washington, D.C. quickly approaches, Marie DeLamater - wife of Dr. Lloyd DeLamater and his partner in founding ACP - has prepared a letter for those planning to attend. You may read Mrs. DeLamater's letter to students from ACP's early years by clicking here.





Massive India

This fall, alumnus Othmane Mechatte '11/MAGC '14 is exhibiting a series of photos entitled Massive India, in the AUP library until the end of December. If you are in the area, please stop by the library to enjoy these beautiful images. You may also visit Othmane's website at








AUP Literature Students Win Three Awards at Drama Festival in NYC

Like a Lady, a play directed and written by AUP literature student Jorge Franco IV and alumnus Chauncey Alan '14, took home three awards – for Best Play, Best Director and Best Actress as well as a nomination for Best Actor. The Riant Theatre, the company presenting the festival, will publish the play and help to sponsor Jorge’s next project, which is to run at a theater in London in 2015.

Like a Lady is a one-act play written by Literary and Creative Arts major Jorge Franco IV under the mentorship of AUP Creative Writing professor Jeffrey Greene. It premiered this August at New York City’s Strawberry One Act Festival under the direction of AUP graduate (LCA) Chauncey Alan. Chauncey is now in Stratford-on-Avon, pursuing a master's degree in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmningham.





Campus Events


Digital movement and branded attention enclosures: Vogue Fashion Night Out Paris and the Nike FuelStation
Monday, 3 November 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Rachel Huber '14 is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity. For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.



White Mask Theatre presents The Belle of Amherst
Tuesday, 4 November 2014 - Thursday, 6 November 2014; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 Avenue Bosquet

The White Mask Theatre Club will be performing The Belle of Amherst, by William Luce on November 4, 5 and 6 in the Grand Salon.

This one-woman show is based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts, home. The play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience joy. Make sure you reserve your spot at as seats will fill up!



Pyschology Open House
Tuesday, 4 November 2014; 16:45 PM
Room G-G, 147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Come join us at the Psychology Department’s Open House Tuesday November 4th, at 6:45 in G-G. It’s a chance for students to meet psychology professors in a comfortable environment and learn about the psychology department.

The Career Development Office will be joining the event, so there will be opportunities to talk about internships, career paths etc. Think about questions you might have and bring them. Refreshments will be served.


Comparative Literature and English Portfolio Evening and Open House
Wednesday, 5 November 2014; 16:45 PM
Room G-44, 147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature and English in celebrating the accomplishments of graduating seniors Eleonora Rossi, Andrew Davidson, Jorge Franco IV and Noémi Bodnárová as they present their work.


Divided attention and networked promiscuity
Monday, 17 November 2014; 5:00 PM
Seminars will be held in an AUP building  - please see confirmation email for details of location

This lecture by Professor Payne (AUP) is part of the seminar series on Communication in the era of attention scarcity. For more information and registration please see the seminar pages.




Alumni Events


ACP LogoLe Weekend - 2014 ACP/AUP 50th Anniverary Reunion in Washington, DC
Friday, 7 November 2014 - Monday, 10 November 2014
The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Thanks to the amazing organizing efforts of co-partners Maryland (Mimi) White Swensen '63, and Charles (Chuck) A. Ralston '63, the early classes of ACP are being honored with an incredible weekend to celebrate the 50th reunion of those who started it all. To learn the full details of the weekend, as well as to view the current guest list, please click here.

If you have additional questions regarding the Le Weekend, contact Alumni Affairs at



AUP Soirée in Los Angeles
Monday, 17 November 2014; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sonce Alexander Gallery, 2634 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Join AUP President Celeste Schenck, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ray Henze, Director of University Outreach and Advancement, Kristina Ver Foley and our gracious host, alumna Sonce Alexander, for a soirée with the AUP community at Sonce's new location. Fellow alumnus, Christopher Kuhn is the featured artist whose work is being exhibited at the gallery. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by November 14th.



AUP Alumni Holiday Bash
Friday, 5 December 2014; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007, Paris

Soon the lights will be hung around Paris and we are preparing to celebrate the holidays with our AUP family. Please join the alumni community for a festive evening filled with music, wine, and cheer! This will be the final holiday bash in the Bosquet building and the Amex Cafe as we will be closing the doors at the end of December.

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





Faculty and Research Update


Dan GunnProfessor Dan Gunn edited the third volume of Beckett’s letters, which was published earlier this month. The letters showcase Beckett’s grappling with fame as well as his relationships, most notably with Barbara Bray, an English critic and translator.

During this period, as Gunn describes it in his Introduction to the Volume, Beckett struggled to reconcile his “aesthetic of failure” with his newfound success as a writer; he was achieving worldwide recognition and was well on the way to winning the Nobel Prize. Gunn suggests that the challenge was not so much that of displaying his disregard for success as much as that of “giving space to something other than what has been recognized up to now as achievement in literature.”

To read more about Professor Gunn's work on the Beckett letters, please visit our website.



October 31, 2014



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