Calling Alumni from the Class of 2014 - AUP needs you!

For all those from the class of 2014, please read this personal request from President Celeste Schenck:

Dear AUP alumnus/alumna from the class of 2014—

I’m writing personally because I need your help. In order to update our alumni outcomes statistics, I would like to ask you to please take a few moments to fill out this survey which is designed to capture what you have done since you graduated.  We want to know what each of you has been doing since we ushered you forth as our emissaries at Commencement. As I have said many times, the greatness of a university is measured not in its inputs—the number of books in the library, the wellness centers, the number of majors or courses—but it its outcomes: the impact of its graduates on the world they have inherited.

A year ago, AUP began doing a destination survey of the University’s last three classes and the results—published on our website and circulated widely—were stellar.  In fact, our stats proved that we were delivering on mission, that our graduates’ work in the world was ample evidence of the power of an AUP education to propel global explorers into international jobs, graduate school, and a whole host of interesting career paths. Your resilience, capacity to speak languages and cross borders with ease, your willingness to work in a language that was not your native language. Your openness to challenge, your care for the world, your success in this first crucial year since graduation inspired all of us.

Here are some of our results from our survey of the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013:

•    Graduates of the last 3 classes are living and working in 50 countries around the globe
•    87% of our graduates leave the University to join the workforce;  13% go directly to graduate or professional school
•    86% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within 1 year
•    78% are working or have worked in a language that is not their native tongue
•    88% report an international aspect to their careers
•    94% of graduates are fluent in one or more languages
•    70% cite AUP’s multicultural classroom and interdisciplinary curriculum as having had an important impact on their personal and professional lives
Thank you for taking a moment to fill out our second AUP Alumni/Alumnae Destinations Survey and for helping us to show the world just how amazing a group of graduates you are!

With gratitude to each of you and warmest regards,

Celeste Schenck


MAGC Course Practicum in Auroville, India

The annual Sustainable Development Practicum’s trip to Auroville - located in southern India, less than 10 kilometers away from Pondicherry - allows students to participate in a month-long practical exploration of various themes discussed in their program. Accompanied by Professor Talcott, students intersect the art of communications with methods of sustainable development to promote selected non-profit organizations in the area.

During the trip, students regularly update a class blog with their thoughts on the experience and their evolving approach to their work over the course of the stay. Posts include an analysis of daily life in the Western world and the ways in which democratic societies best thrive, as well as discourse about other organizations that are working towards sustainability within the region. Find out more by visiting their blog!



Call for Student Fellowship Funding: The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention

The mission of the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention:

Prevention is to promote innovative research, curricula and pedagogies leading to the deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of genocide and mass violence. As France’s first host of the complete Visual History Archives of the Shoah Foundation (a collection of over 53,000 testimonies in 39 languages from 62 countries of survivors and witnesses to the Shoah and the Armenian, Rwandan and Nanjing genocides), The American University of Paris will make this important resource available to researchers, teachers and students for the purpose of investigating and disseminating new insights into the origins of collective hatred, fundamentalist ideologies, discrimination and mass violence as well as the aftereffects of these in historical, social and individual memory. Our goal is to foster scholarly convocation, in France and internationally, via conferences, lectures, and publication, on the ways that individuals, communities and governments can respond to the challenges of extreme violence in the service of enduring peace and understanding. Learn more by visiting our website.



Alumna Elise Marafioti '03 is maintaining a French Connection

Elise Marafioti ’03 is based in NYC yet has remained closely connected to Paris over the years, largely thanks to her work with Haven in Paris and the HiP Paris Blog. Currently the company’s Operations Manager, Elise has enjoyed assisting hundreds of visitors from around the world in finding their ideal Paris apartment. Haven in Paris’ portfolio includes a carefully curated selection of properties that are perfect for enjoying the comforts of a Parisian home with the bonus of stellar service. Also offered are gorgeous villas in Provence, Tuscany/Umbria, and a few flats in London.

To learn more about her work, please feel free to contact Elise directly. She will be taking some time off from jet-setting to Europe while she has her first baby (due end of February!), but she will remain available by email. She is looking forward to bringing her daughter to Paris as soon as possible to introduce her to her second home.





Academic Events


Pathway to Sustainable Careers
Friday, January 29, 2015; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

AUP Net Impact is launching their first event on "Pathway to Sustainable Careers" and have the pleasure of welcoming several key speakers to discuss their perspective on sustainability. Some of our speakers include AUP alumni working with corporate elites such as Louis Vuitton and Adidas. They will enlighten us on the challenges they face in their organizations when implenting strategies for sustainability. Following the discussion, we will allow audience members an opportunity to network and pose additional questions to the speakers directly.

The mission of AUP Net Impact Chapter is to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. To learn more about the event and the mission of the AUP Net Impact Chapter, please visit our website.



"Translating Houellebecq" Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 15, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 103

A panel discussion exploring the work, global impact and cultural significance of the contemporary French novelist Michel Houellebecq. Further information to follow in the coming weeks.

This evening is being organized by Russell Williams, Department of Comparative Literature and English



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 broad international and interdisciplinary explorations of Baldwin’s life and writing, with a special emphasis on the Paris he inhabited. This discussion will consider Paris as it was and what it is today, as a result of the marks Baldwin left behind, and 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. Learn more by visiting our website. - théâtre du Châtelet
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Theatre du Chatelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

“Welcome to, where you can be whoever you want to be.” After Monkey: Journey to the West, the English pop rock composer, Damon Albarn, returns to Châtelet with a musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Young Aly is unhappy at home and is bored at school; escaping whenever she can into the virtual world of, she becomes Alice, a beautiful and courageous adolescent who encounters strangely familiar characters…

Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Great Britain
Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Great Britain, Théâtre du Châtelet



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



Alumni Events   


DubaiAUP Alumni Soirée in Dubai
Friday, 29 January 2016; 7:00 PM
Location to be decided

Join Sultan Al Qassemi '98 and AUP Summer Programs Manager, Alice Moir-Veyret for an evening in Dubai! Everyone in the alumni community is encouraged to attend - spouses and guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to Alice Moir-Veyret at no later than Saturday, January 23rd. Location details to be provided following confirmation of attendance.



MAGC Ten Year Anniversary
Friday, 20 May 2016 - Saturday, 21 May 2016
The American University of Paris

MAGC celebrates its first ten years of transforming lives, launching successful careers and building lifelong friendships. Join us in Paris for a weekend reconnecting with classmates, professors and the AUP community. During this two day event, you’ll have the chance to meet current students and recent graduates and learn about their exciting initiatives. You will also hear from key players in the world of communications about the latest ideas and innovations. A gala dinner will top off the weekend in style.

Make sure to mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you all in May!




Faculty and Research Update


Over the past year, Professor Hall Gardner has been involved with a number of publications. We would like to share a few with the greater AUP community:

“Hybrid Warfare: Iranian and Russian Versions of "Little Green Men" and Contemporary Conflict” (Rome: NATO Defense College December 2015)

“NATO’s Response to Hybrid Threats” eds. Guillaume Lasconjarias, Jeffrey A Larsen. Introduction: General Philip M. BREEDLOVE (Rome: NATO Defense College December 2015)

“The impact of the US ‘re-balancing’ to Asia on French strategic thinking”  in the book Assessing Maritime Power in the Asia-Pacific, The Impact of American Strategic Re-Balance ed., Greg Kennedy (Ashgate 2015)

"From World War I to the Present: Comparative Hegemonic Rivalries and the Disintegration of World Order" World Association of International Studies (October 2015)

To read more about Professor Gardner's work, please visit our website.