Dear Members of the AUP Community,

Just a few days ago, we had extraordinary commencement exercises at the Theatre du Châtelet. The way in which each speech echoed all the others illustrated the remarkable community that the extended family of AUP students, faculty, staff, board, alumni and parents comprise. It's always a powerful moment for us and for our families in the grand theater that has been our home for the past five years. Vice President for Student Services, Marc Montheard, reads out 250 names that come from virtually every country on earth, never stumbling over a single one. Provost Scott Sprenger asks graduates how many languages they speak and this year a final student was left standing who spoke 6 different languages! This is AUP at its very finest.

Amongst our exemplary honorary degree recipients were distinguished representatives of the fields of international business and social entrepreurship, law, and human right. Betram (Bertie) Lubner, a South African businessman, social entrepreneur and philanthropist devoted himself for 25 years to building with local communities, the government, and the business community a support system for the rights, wellbeing, education, and development of children and youth in South Africa who benefited "from cradle to career". In addition, Lubner expanded the work of what became a three-generation family organization in virtually every area touching upon human rights - particularly the social exclusion associated with disabilities and gender-based violence, HIV and the rights to healthcare. Bertie Lubner's son Marc and his granddaughter Takara Lubner '14, who graduated with Departmental Honors in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, received the award in his name.

To read President Schenck's full letter distributed earlier this month, please visit our website. You may also view photos from Commencent 2016 on our Flickr page.



James Baldwin Conference 2016

Professors William Dow and Alice Craven first discovered that they worked well together in 2008, when they put together a wildly successful centenary conference on Richard Wright. After attending a 2011 conference entitled “James Baldwin’s Global Imagination”, and after Professor Craven taught a course on Baldwin in New York in 2012, both felt that the time had come to bring Baldwin to AUP.

After years of organization, with help from those who had worked on the 2011 conference, the professors’ efforts culminated in the extremely well-attended “A Language to Dwell In”, held at AUP from May 26 to May 28, 2016. Their mission was to incite broad international and interdisciplinary explorations of Baldwin’s life and writings, especially in connection with Paris. The conference provided a platform, where people from an array of backgrounds and nationalities could speak on Baldwin, using subjects that ranged from the history of African-American artists in Paris, to the ethics and emotions within selected works, to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Drawing crowds from across disciplines, including filmmakers, cultural critics, museum curators, academics, activists, and students, Professors Craven and Dow wanted participants to engage with people whom they might never have otherwise spoken to about Baldwin. As Professor Craven noted in her opening remarks, everyone present had been profoundly influenced by this writer. From performance artists to scholars, all cited him as the inspiration for the direction in which they had taken their interests and careers. To learn more about the conference, please visit our website.



A Special Invitation to AUP alumni: become a MOGUL Global Ambassador and have a real impact on the lives of girls and women worldwide!

Mogul is an award-winning platform for women worldwide that currently reaches over 18 million per week. Mogul was named one of the Top 7 NYC Startups in 2015 by Entrepreneur, and has been featured in Forbes "30 Under 30," Business Insider "30 Under 30", and ELLE Magazine "30 Under 30."Mogul is currently tapping influential young women and men with powerful voices to join as one of its 1,000 honored Mogul Global Ambassadors, and it is extending a special invitation to AUP alumni. Being a Global Ambassador on Mogul is a distinguished honor, equivalent to a verified profile (blue check mark) on Facebook and Twitter. This increases Mogul Global Ambassadors' reach towards millions of women globally, increasing their own social network following and enabling them to help young girls in need to get access to education.

Aside from helping others, Mogul Global Ambassadors have the opportunity to:

Be involved at a grassroots level with a top tech startup based in NYC, with offices in SF and Paris
Learn leadership skills through hands-on experience leading a global movement to help women
Build friendships with other Mogul Global Ambassadors and the Mogul Team through our exclusive Global Ambassador network
Receive first notification of new internship and job openings at Mogul and partner organizations
Access exclusive Mogul swag and contest prizes

Accept Mogul’s invitation by clicking here now, and a member of the Mogul team will subsequently notify you to confirm you have been selected with this honor. Mogul founder and social entrepreneur extraordinaire Tiffany Pham has been invited back to AUP this coming October by President Schenck– details to be announced in the coming weeks.



Recruiting Alumni Mentors for Fall 2016!

Career MentoringThe Career Mentoring program is now recruiting alumni volunteers for Fall 2016! As in previous years, the Career Mentoring program will be offered to AUP's juniors, seniors and graduate students. The program will span the course of 14-weeks allowing students to work with alumni volunteers engaging the tremendous professional resources found within our alumni ranks. This fall, the program will run from October 7, 2016 to January 6, 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the program or submitting an application, please visit our Career Mentoring page or contact us at




Latest edition of the Peacock Magazine for Spring 2016

Have you read the most recent version of the Peacock Magazine? At a launch party last month, the Peacock Plume, AUP's student media source, released their Spring 2016 edition entitled, "The Identity Issue". This issue covers a range of topics from Fashion and Ethnicity to Language and Gender - to name a few. If you have not had the opportunity to pick up a copy of this fascinating issue, you may access it directly online or visit their website





Aqua Boulevard

The American University of Paris is now offering to our alumni community a discounted membership to Aquaboulevard de Paris and Forest Hill gym clubs. This special annual membership is priced at 400€, down from the regular fee of 984€. Aquaboulevard offers cardio training, tennis, squash, swimming pool and a water park in the 15e arrondissement. If you would like to take advantage of this special offer, email us at to request an application. We look forward to helping you get fit this summer!




Academic Events


A Reading by Diane Johnson, Novelist, Essayist, Screenwriter
Wednesday, July 6, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 102

Diane Johnson's most recent books include Flyover Lives: A Memoir (2014), Lulu in Marrakech (2007), L'Affaire (2004), Le Mariage (2000), and Le Divorce (1997), for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards gold medal for fiction. She has also won the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and The Los Angeles Times Seidenbaum Award. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since the mid-1970s. With filmmakers Stanley Kubrick, Johnson co-authored the screenplay to The Shining (1980). She is also the author of other books, including the novels Persian Nights, Health and Happiness, Lying Low, The Shadow Knows, and Burning (all available in Plume editions). In 2003, a movie version of her comedy of manners novel Le Divorce was released, directed by James Ivory.

All wishing to attend who do not have an AUP identification must write to Jeffrey Greene: to have their names listed for guest entry. For more details, visit our website.



A Reading by Heather Hartley, Poet and Jeffrey Greene, Poet and Nonfiction Writer
Monday, July 11, 2016; 6:30pm
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 102

   Heather Hartley, Poet & Essayist

Heather Hartley is the Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and is the author of Adult Swim (2016) and Knock Knock (2010) both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Post Road and other venues and numerous anthologies, including Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast; and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She lives in Paris, where she curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop’s weekly reading series, and has taught creative writing at The American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA program.

    Jeffrey Greene, Poet, Memorist, and Nature Writer

Jeffrey Greene is the author of four collections of poetry, a memoir, and three personalized nature books, the latest of which is In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour (2016). He is also the author of Shades of the Other Shore, a book of mixed genre writing: sketches, prose pieces, and poetry written in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. His writing has been supported through fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Rinehart Fund, and Humanities Texas, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review and the anthologies Strangers in Paris, Starry Island, Intimacy: Anthology, and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to Flash Sequence. He is professor at The American University of Paris and teaches for the Pan-European MFA Program.

All wishing to attend who do not have an AUP identification must write to Jeffrey Greene: to have their names listed for guest entry.



Stuart Dischell, Poet and Nonfiction Writier-Speacial SCWI Guest
Monday, July 11, 2016; 5:00 PM
102 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris; Room 3

Stuart Dischell is the author of Good Hope Road, a 1991 National Poetry Series Selection (Viking, 1993); Evenings & Avenues (Penguin, 1996); Dig Safe (Penguin, 2003); and Backwards Days (Penguin, 2007). His chapbook Standing on Z will be published in the fall by Unicorn Press. Dischell’s poems have been published in journals such as The Atlantic, The New Republic, AGNI, Slate, The Kenyon Review, and in anthologies including Essential Pleasures, Hammer and Blaze, The Pushcart Prize, and Good PoemsTerminus Magazine is serializing his nonfiction work Walking the Walls of Paris. A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, he teaches in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at UNC Greensboro.



Michael Hudson Editor and Investigative Journalist Guest Speaker
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 5:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes 75007 Paris; Room 102

Michael Hudson is a senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and author of The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders Fleeced America – And Spawned a Global Crisis [Times Books, 2010]. He is a former Wall Street Journal staff reporter. Currently, he is working as a reporter, writer and editor on ICIJ's "Panama Papers" investigation and was project editor for "Evicted and Abandoned," ICIJ's investigation into the World Bank's human rights record. His work has won many honors, including the Overseas Press Club Award and two George Polk Awards. His exposés of mortgage and banking fraud prompted media commentators to call him the reporter "who beat the world on subprime abuses" and "the guru of all things predatory lending."

All wishing to attend who do not have an AUP identification must write to Jeffrey Greene: to have their names listed for guest entry.




Ryan Van Winkle, Poet, Critic, Podcaster Guest Speaker
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 5:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 102

Ryan Van Winkle was Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. A practiced podcaster, he presented and produced podcasts for the SPL for seven years, as well as recording podcasts for the Scottish Book Trust. He also presented his own podcast series, Culture Laser. Tomorrow, We Will Live Here was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New ZealandGutter, Poetry Scotland, New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, Scotland on Sunday, Northwords Now, and in Carcanet’s 2010 Oxford Anthology of New Poets. His poetry / theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 and at the Battersea Arts Centre, The Melbourne Fringe, and in the Room for London at the London Literature Festival in 2013. As a member of Highlight Arts Van Winkle has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq and has co-edited two anthologies: This Room is Waiting: poems from Iraq & Britain (Freight, 2014) and A Change in the Light: poems from Glasgow & Lahore (Sang-e-Meel, 2016). His second collection The Good Dark was published by Penned in the Margins, and won the 2015 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year award.

All wishing to attend who do not have an AUP identification must write to Jeffrey Greene: to have their names listed for guest entry.



Reading by Darcey Steinke, Fiction and Nonfiction, and Siân Melangell Dafydd, Poet, Fiction Writer and Translator
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 102

Darcey Steinke, Fiction and Nonfiction Writer

Darcey Steinke’s recent highly acclaimed novel, Sister Golden Hair, was published in 2014 by Tin House Press.  Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury 2007, a New York Times Notable book), and the novels Milk (Bloomsbury 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, a New York Times Notable book). With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown 1997). Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her nonfiction works have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Boston Review, VogueSpin MagazineWashington PostChicago Tribune, and The Guardian. Her web-story “Blindspot” was a part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She has been both a Henry Hoyns and a Stegner Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.


                                                            Siân Melangell Dayfdd, Poet, Fiction Writer and Translator                               

AUP professor Siân Melangell Dafydd is a fiction writer, poet, editor, and translator. Her first published novel, Y Trydydd Peth (The Third Thing; Gomer, 2009) won her the coveted 2009 National Eisteddfod Literature Medal. She writes in both Welsh and English and often collaborates with artists of other disciplines, translating between languages and creative practices (dancer Sioned Huws’ Aomori Project; the book Ancestral Houses: the Lost Mansions of Wales/Tai Mawr a Mieri: Plastai Coll Cymru with poet Damian Walford Davies and artist Paul White [Gomer 2012]). She has been the co-editor of the iconic Welsh literary review Taliesin for the last six years and launched as an online literary magazine and mentoring site for new voices. Her writing has been selected for Best British Short Stories and Best British Poetry Anthologies among others. A collection of hybrid literature in English and her second Welsh language novel is forthcoming from Gomer.

All wishing to attend who do not have an AUP identification must write to Jeffrey Greene: to have their names listed for guest entry. 


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Faculty and Research Updates


Inauguration of the Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center

Last month, The American University of Paris held an official ceremony to inaugurate the Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center in the Student Life Center on the fourth floor of the Combes building. The ground-breaking new center supports cutting edge research on evolutionary biology and the impacts of climate change on natural systems. AUP professors Claudio Piani and Elena Berg direct the Frieman Center. Professor Piani currently researches climate modelling and bias correction, while Professor Berg is an evolutionary biologist, focusing on animal behavior. In heading the Frieman Center, Professors Piani and Berg combine academics with a pragmatic approach, directly involving AUP students in their laboratory research.

The Frieman Center offers two state-of-the-art climate chambers that maintain precise conditions of temperature, humidity, and daylight. In April 2014, Edward Frieman, a Trustee Emeritus, passed away before receiving an honorary degree from the University later that May. AUP President Celeste Schenck officated the inauguration in the presence of Joy Frieman and family.