Holiday Wishes from President Schenck





Introducing Maarten Vervaat, our new Director of University Outreach and Advancement

We are delighted to announce that, after an international search, we have hired Maarten Vervaat as AUP’s new Director of University Outreach and Advancement, replacing Kristina Foley who left AUP this summer to assume her new role at the San Francisco-based non-profit BUILD. A true global explorer, Maarten was born in Athens, Greece, was raised in the Netherlands, holds a Master’s degree in French literature and culture, and speaks fluent English and French in addition to native Dutch, conversational German and Modern Greek. Maarten recently left his post as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, and joined us on campus earlier this month. His role includes leadership of AUP’s annual and capital campaign and the growth and development of our alumni and parent relations.

With 20 years' experience in cultural and educational management, Maarten Vervaat has held positions in communications, alumni relations and development at the World Press Photo Foundation, the University of Amsterdam, the Cyprus Institute and Utrecht University, where he designed a substantial capital campaign to support Utrecht’s rising research profile and ambition to re-position itself internationally. A belief in the power of education, research, and culture to transform society and the individual lives that shape its future has provided him with a lifelong motivation to contribute to the advancement of institutions that take on such transformative tasks. In his own words, he is interested in having impact, and in fundraising for institutions that want to have impact on the world. He has stood at the origins of both The University of Amsterdam’s and Utrecht University’s alumni relations and fundraising programs. Both have grown into mature advancement programs with healthy alumni participation rates in annual giving and a vast increase in philanthropic giving over the years. Educated in American methods of fundraising, Maarten Vervaat is an active member of the industry-standard Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and is a frequent speaker at their conferences and seminars.



AUP Student Voices: Ode to Paris

As the semester draws to a close, AUP students continue to reach out to the community and to each other to share their experiences in the wake of the events that recently shook the city. Current student, Hannah Victoria wrote a story for her french class about where she was when the attacks hit. Read her work here (in French).

The students of the online news class that run the Peacock Plume website have listed their favourite places and memories about Paris, to remind each of us why we love this city. Check out the full article here, and read an excerpt below.

Ode to Paris: Le Marais by Francesca Cretella

The narrow, winding streets resemble a nouvelle vague film, the sidewalks linger with the scent of fresh croissants and tiny Vespa’s flee past.  Could this be anymore stereotypical? It’s as though a postcard of Paris came to life and was playing right in front of me. The thing is… The city is no Disneyland or Las Vegas; the city is real and it's history and culture are there to prove it. Coming from the modern and fast paced New York, all these details are tangible. Historical buildings aren’t torn down to become symbols of capitalism, the cobblestones aren't ripped off the ground to make it easier for hustling people going to work and cafes don't want you to leave before you've even finished. This is just in the DNA of the city. Paris has nothing to prove, it is just effortlessly stunning. It has a character that not even my favorite city and hometown, NY, could give me.

We walk down Rue Vieille de Temple and window shop, looking at the doll-like boutiques with dreamy eyes, like we just wanted to immerse ourselves in this life.  “Mom, why is everyone so pretty?” I ask. She smiles and shrugs. The elegant yet charismatic style of the city and the people and the cafes and the shops overwhelm and inspire me. We sit at Les Philosophes for a confit de canard and a rosé, facing the street so we can observe all the people.  I notice their clothes, attitude and effortless cool. We sit there forever, just enjoying every moment. As I looked around at the delicate architecture, creative people and small marble tables filled with wine and food, I realized this is where I see myself.

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast



AUP Alumni in the World

Alumni Encounters, a project of AUP's Communications Department, recently had an opportunity to catch up with alumni Maria Dahl '11 and Pierre Bach '13 in London. Get a peak into the lives of these two incredible alumni as they continue their journeys into the world, following their time in Paris.




Les Jeunes ont la Parole au Musée du Louvre

Each semester a group of AUP students joins forces with students from a dozen Parisian universities to participate in "Les Jeunes ont la Parole" - one of the highlights offered by the Musée du Louvre's Friday evening program "Les nocturnes du Louvre". Students guide members of the public through selected works in the Louvre's venerable space. View photos on our Facebook page of the evening's activities.




Seeking Career Mentors for the 2015 - 2016 Academic YearCareer Mentoring

It’s that time of year!  We are now recruiting alumni to participate in our 2015-2016 Career Mentoring Program to be held in the spring - 8 February 2016 to 9 May 2016. As in previous years, we will be offering this program 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.  If you are interested in participating as a mentor in the 14-week program, please submit your application no later than Friday, 11 January 2016.

If you have additional questions regarding the program, please visit our website or contact the Alumni Affairs team at




Spring 2016 Global Talent Brochure is Available!

Now in its eighth edition, our latest Global Talent brochure is available for viewing from the Career Development Office. This useful brochure promotes current AUP students seeking both internships and longer term employment. 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 Director of Academic, Internship, and Career Advising, Danielle Savage at






Academic Events


International James Baldwin Conference
Thursday, May 26, 2016; 2:00 PM - Saturday, May 28, 2016; 7:00 PM
The American University of Paris

AUP is proud to announce its upcoming conference “A Language to Dwell In”: James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions from 26-28 May 2016.The conference will represent a broad international and interdisciplinary explorations of Baldwin’s life and writing, with a special emphasis on the Paris he inhabited - both what it was and what it is today as a result of the marks he left behind, and on his experiences in Europe, Africa, and Turkey. Stressing the importance of James Baldwin, the conference hopes to be an international point of intersection for all those interested in Baldwin’s writing from literary and cultural critics, to political activists, poets, musicians, publishers and historians.  We seek the widest range of academic and public intellectual discussion around Baldwin’s work which has influenced so many and so much.

Opening Round Table Discussants:

D. Quentin Miller, Suffolk University, Boston
Doug Fields, Manchester University
Claudine Reynaud, Université
Paul-Valéry, Montpellier
Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary University, London
Cora Kaplan, Queen Mary University, London Plenary


Isabelle Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Bill Mullen, Purdue University
Robert Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center
James Campbell, Stanford University

Further details to be posted on our website in the coming months.



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


Alumni Events   


AUP London Student Reception 
Saturday, 23 January 2016; 5:30 PM
The Princess of Wales Gastropub, 22 Chalcot Road, London  NW1 8LL

Join AUP Admissions representatives, alumni, prospective students and families for a cocktail reception in London. Share with prospective students and families your experiences as they learn more about the AUP community and consider Paris as their next destination.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to AUP Admissions Counselor, Togzhan Kumekbayeva at by Monday, January 4, 2016.