A Holiday Video Message from AUP President Celeste Schenck




Walking with Dan Gunn

"Walking With: Dan Gunn" is the first episode of an original series created by The American University of Paris to showcase faculty scholarship against the backdrop of Paris. In this episode, Professor of Comparative Literature Dan Gunn discusses the author Samuel Beckett in the context of several topics: Locomotion, Paris and Prisons. This series will be featured on our website so stay tuned for future episodes in the spring.





The White House Launches #Studyabroadbecause Social Media Campaign

Last Tuesday the White House hosted a three-hour Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, to which 100 influential travel bloggers and digital media outlets were invited. AUP participated in the twitter campaign promoting study abroad, and the message both online and at the summit were loud and clear: study abroad because it kills prejudice, encourages peace and expands opportunities.










Joint "Pot de Départ" Before December Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate on December 10th was particularly special as it was the last session to be held in the Bosquet building, before closing it's doors at end of the month, and included the "graduation," from AUP, of two of our most beloved faculty members: Professors Lawrence Eaker and Farhad Nomani. Those in the AUP community gathered to thank Professors Eaker and Nomani for their memorable years of service with a toast and words of gratitude.

To learn more about the evening and view photos, please visit our website.



Au Courant call-out for the AUP Magazine - send us your news!

We are now collecting Au Courant entries for our next edition of the AUP Magazine due for release in Spring 2015. Au courant is a brief update on your personal and/or professional lives. Photos are also appreciated. Please send your entries to alumni@aup.edu. You may view previous examples of the Au Courant by viewing the last edition of the AUP Magazine. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 6th.

If you have not previously checked out our new Alumni Facebook page, take a peek and learn some of the exciting activities of those in our AUP community.



Support AUP's New Student Life Center

This fall, the University launched an ambitious multi-year campus redevelopment plan to create a campus that our students can call home. Phase 1 is already underway. The elegant Combes building, just one block in from the Seine (and around the corner from our inaugural home at the American Church in Paris), will open its doors in 2015 as our new student life center.

It may not look like it yet, but it’s going to be great. With your support, it will be even greater! Please make a gift today.







Campus Events



Chatelet Series - Le Petit Prince
Thursday, 12 February 2015; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

Le Petit Prince - €39 for Category 1

An opera for children and adults of all cultures which sings the text and message of the Little Prince, the mysterious child whom Saint-Exupéry met in the desert and with whose voice he addresses adults at the heart of the 20th century tragedy. When Le Petit Prince was published in 1943, the horrors of the Second World War had not yet come to pass; the way in which the story’s hero saw the world was a sign of hope.

Contact the Cultural Program to purchase a ticket.



Chatelet Series - Singin' In The Rain
Tuesday, 17 March 2015; 8:00 PM
Théatre du Châtelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris


Singin’ in the Rain - €42 for Category 3

All the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline: the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear! Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her. This extraordinary score is a downright downpour of magical music - “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and “Good Mornin’.”

Contact the Cultural Program to purchase a ticket.


To keep abreast of upcoming campus events, please visit the event page of our website




Alumni Events


ChampagneAUP Alumni Happy Hour in New York
Thursday, 8 January 2015; 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Madam Geneva, 4 Bleeker Street, New York, NY (between Bowery & Elizabeth Streets)

Welcome in the new year AUP style with alumni organizers Alex Kale '99, Maho Kakimoto '02, Anthony Campo '02 and Poupak Sepehri '99 for a happy hour drink in New York! All those in the alumni community are welcome to attend. This will be a cash bar event.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to alumni@aup.edu.




Nights of MAGC in Paris and New York
In Paris on Friday, 23 January 2015; 7:00 PM
In New York on Friday, 20 February 2015; 7:30 PM
Locations To Be Decided

Hailing alumni from the Graduate Programs of Global Communications! Save the date to join Professor Waddick Doyle, current students and fellow alums for cocktail events in Paris and New York in the new year. All MAGC alumni are encouraged to attend and partners are welcome! Details for the events soon to follow. For additional questions, you may contact alumni@aup.edu.




AUP Alumni Soirée with Professor Dan Gunn in New York
Tuesday, 24 February 2015; 7:30 PM
The home of alumna Laura Kaiserman Dupouy '95

You are cordially invited to spend an evening with our gracious host Laura Kaiserman Dupouy '95 and Professor Dan Gunn as he travels through the East Coast. During the event, Professor Gunn will read excerpts from his recent works The Letters of Samuel Beckett Volume III 1957-1965 and The Emperor of Ice-Cream. Space for this evening is limited so please RSVP by February 13th. Location details will be provided upon confirmation.

If you have any questions, you may contact alumni@aup.edu.




AUP Alumni Reunions Weekend - Classes of 1965, 1985 - 1987, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2011, 2014
June 11 - 14, 2015
The American University of Paris Campus

Calling all classes to Save the Date! The Alumni Affairs Office is organizing reunions for classes celebrating key milestone anniversaries. While the focus will be given to particular classes for this year's round of reunions, the weekend will consist of speakers, activities, excursions and parties open to all those in our alumni community.

Further details will come in the new year. In the meantime, mark your calendars for a weekend in Paris this June!





Faculty and Research Update



Professor Robert Payne is releasing a new book this month entitled The Promiscuity of Network Culture: Queer Theory and Digital Media. In it Professor Payne explores the network circulation of media and specifically how the kinds of intimacy that corporations like Facebook encourage are based on gender and sexual norms. He analyses the various ways in which networked media construct a new kind of “promiscuity” by sharing as much as possible with as many contacts as possible.

To learn more about Professor Payne's work, visit our website.



Professor Oliver Feltham speaks on Australian radio about Alain Badiou. On the occasion of his tour of Australia, French philosopher Alain Badiou was interviewed on the weekly A.B.C. radio show "The Philosopher's Zone". Baudiou is a marxist philosopher who took part in the May 68 uprisings in Paris and in the resistance to the Algerian war. He has spoken widely about the importance of love and its significance as the "fundamental relationship to the other" and the "minimal communism."

Professor Feltham, translator and scholar of Badiou's work, spoke during the show about the significance of Badiou's philosophy and his experience as a young scholar attending Badiou's lectures.



December 23, 2014



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