A message from Friday, July 15th by President Schenck regarding the tragic events in Nice on July 14th: 

Dear Members of the AUP Community,

By now you have no doubt heard about the tragic incident that took place along the Promenade in Nice last night, about which we do not yet have enough information to understand fully. French President Francois Hollande has characterized this senseless crime as a terrorist act, but more precise information should be revealed over the course of the day as the investigators do their work. Meanwhile, France mourns. And the world—witness to yet another act of abject violence against innocent bystanders—mourns with France. 

Although yesterday was a holiday and our summer students were off, most all were in Paris to enjoy the extraordinary fireworks over the Eiffel Tower. We have classes in session today, and faculty are mobilized to support our students and let us know if anyone needs extra help. We wrote to all students last night as soon as we learned about what happened in Nice to let students know about the incident and encourage any who might be worried to be in contact with the Office of Student Development. Our counsellors and Student Development staff will be on duty all day today to talk with any students who have concerns.

As I write this, things are very calm in Paris, and students are proceeding with the last few days of their summer session courses—taking field trips to museums and markets in Paris, working on their final group and individual projects, enjoying the sights, and developing friendships with students from all over the world. 

Warmest regards,

Celeste Schenck



2nd International Workshop in Design and Performance at AUP

As of Monday, July 4th, AUP is proud to run its second annual summer design workshop in partnership with Goldsmiths College, University of London, the University of Tasmania, The University of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne, and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Masters students from Goldsmiths will join doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from the Sorbonne and AUP undergraduates in an intensive investigation of the role of performance in design. We are also happy to host visiting design researchers from Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Sciences Po, The Studio at the Edge of the World and the University of Wollongong. This partnership is the fruit of febrile debates about design, political change, ecology, philosophy and agency that began back at the University of Sydney in the 1990s thanks to some very innovative pedagogy and a few inspired design theorists – this workshop is an attempt to repeat that effort and keep that cycle turning through the generations.  



AUP Wins Case Award for Crisis Communications 

Since 1974, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has helped educational institutions strengthen relationships between donors and alumni, while encouraging growth and diversity within the profession and promoting the importance of education worldwide. It is thus an especial honor for The American University of Paris to have been named the silver award winner in Strategic Communications: Issues & Crisis Management. Part of CASE’s 2016 Circle of Excellence awards program, this distinction recognizes AUP’s crisis outreach in the aftermath of the November 2015 attacks in Paris.

The judges deemed AUP’s response truly remarkable in the face of such horrible tragedy. They praised the University’s mass-contact system, which allowed for confirmation of student and faculty safety within 48 hours, as well as the swiftness with which it addressed its community’s concerns. The judges also highlighted AUP’s efforts to maintain open channels of communication and trust between all members of its far-flung community with the President’s monthly newsletter, which chronicles the collective journey to keep the AUP community united, safe, and informed.

The Circle of Excellence awards program acknowledges outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing, as judged by education and non-education professionals. Winners are selected based on a number of factors, including overall quality, innovation, use of resources, and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities. In 2016, CASE received more than 3,350 entries in nearly 100 categories, with AUP being the only institution outside the US, the UK and the British Commonwealth to receive an award.




Olivia de Havilland turns 100!Global Alumni Weekend Gala with Olivia De Havilland

On July 1st, AUP's Honorary Degree Recipient Olivia de Havilland '94 turned 100 years old. A truly remarkable woman, Ms. de Havilland reached this milestone year with the grace and energy adored by her fans. Today, she stands as the oldest living recipient to receive Best Actress for the Acadmey Awards - an award she has won twice. Her most popular role may be as Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. Over the years, many of those in the AUP community - alumni, faculty, staff and students - have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. de Havilland at AUP activities and events. If you would like to learn more about Ms. de Havilland's life, you may visit a blog dedicated to her legacy.



An Alum Keeps the French Spirit Alive in Washington, D.C.

David Bloom MIA '13 and his wife Anastasia have recently opened a French wine bar, La Jambe, in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. On any given night, David may be found slinging cocktails from behind the bar and greeting patrons. Currently, there are plans underway to organize an alumni gathering at La Jambe in the near future so stay abreast of upcoming events as we enter the fall. In the meantime, you may learn more about David's new bar, La Jambe, through the online magazine the Washington City Paper or, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and experience it for yourself.



MentorRecruiting Alumni Mentors for Fall 2016!

The 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 alumni@aup.edu.



In Memoriam

We are sad to share that AUP lost one of it's pioneering students from the university's early years. Theron Friedman '64, a member of the first class to graduate from The American College of Paris, went on to lead a truly inspiring journey following his time at ACP. During his professional life, Theron worked as a computer programmer for the University of Arizona. As part of the UA team, Theron helped program NASA's Pathfinder mission, Sojourner Rover as well as the Mars Polar Lander. Along with his professional passions, Theron had a love affair with folk music and was an accomplished dancer and musician. Theron was a proud graduate from ACP and maintained many dear relationships with fellow alums throughout the years. We send our condolences to Theron's family and friends. He will be missed by our community.




Academic Events 


Joshua Clover, ‘Emeute/Grève: the Language of Riot’
Thursday, September 15, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

You are invited to an event, co-sponsored by AUP's Department of Comparative Literature and English, the Center for Critical Democracy Studies, and the ‘Politics of Translation’ Seminar (AUP,  U Kent Paris, and the University of London Institute in Paris).

Refreshments will be served. External guests are very welcome, but they must contact Geoff Gilbert in advance (ggilbert@aup.edu) to have their names included on the guest list, as well as expect to have an ID checked at the door. To learn more the evening with about Joshua Clover, visit our website.



Launch of Fourth and Final Volume of the Letters of Samuel Beckett
Thursday, September 29, 2016; 6:30 PM
Reception at Centre Culturel Irlandais, 5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

Calling all Beckett enthusiasts! Join us for a celebratory launch of the fourth and final volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett. The evening, jointly hosted by The American University of Paris, Ecole Normal Supérieure and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, will comprise readings (at the ENS) and a reception at the CCI.

Spaces are limited, so please RSVP on the event page.To learn further details, visit our website.






Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism Across Disciplines
Saturday, October 15, 2016; All day
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 104

Join AUP academics for a transdisciplinary one-day seminar exploring the topical issue of migration as the movement not only of people, but also of cultures, languages, and forms of “knowledge.” Well-known postcolonial scholars Gaurav Desai and Supriya Nair will jointly present the keynote lecture on textual and personal migrations in Africa and the Caribbean.

This seminar is part of “The Politics of Translation” lecture series organised by the Center for Writers and Translators. It aims to bring together AUP faculty and other scholars, with a special emphasis on recent and ongoing research done by AUP academics. This event thus offers the opportunity to foster intellectual exchange between departments and showcase research done within the AUP community. To learn more, visit our website.



Henry James International Centenary Conference
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016; 5:30 PM
The American University of Paris

The European Society of Jamesian Studies and The American University of Paris are delighted to announce our third international conference, Reading Henry James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission.

The conference celebrates the centenary of the author's passing and is the final major coming together in this year following those in London and Brandeis.

The vibrant, shifting connectedness of James's work to the cultural and artistic explorations of the last century, and of this, is testimony to the seemingly endless "future feeling" that Gertrude Stein saw in his writing. Our speakers will be looking at the myriad ways and contexts in which James staged and practised the experience of transmitting human value, and at ways in which other artists have been inspired by his work, not just in writing, but in film, drama, visual arts. The special relationship of James with French culture, thought and social space will form one focus of our event. Central to James's work is the figure of the child, and the experience of wonder. We hope our conference will show how alive that experience of wonder always is for those who, to use one of his favourite words, "meet" his work in their lives, and how wonderfully transformative this heritage can be. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit our website.




MogulCreating a Global Impact on Women through Talent, Technology and Community
Thursday, October 20, 2016; 3:00 PM
Théâtre Adyar, 4 Square Rapp, 75007 Paris

Tiffany Pham, award-winning media producer and social entrepreneur will present on "Creating a Global Impact on Women through Talent, Technology & Community" in the context of the launch of AUP's Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention and AUP's partnership with the digital platform she launched called Mogul. The presentation will take place in the Théâtre Adyar.

Mogul is an award-winning platform for women worldwide that currently reaches over 18 million people 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's "30 under 30." Ms. Pham was recently featured in the Huffington Post blog TrailblazingWomen.



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



Alumni Events    


SingaporeSingapore Cocktail Reception
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Location to be decided

The American University of Paris, Dr. Cheryl Baumann and alumnus Felix Huang '80 cordially invite you to join President Celeste Schenck to an alumni reception in Singapore. This will be an opportunity for alumni and friends of the university to share memories of the past and plans for the future. For further inquiries, please contact Benoit Corbin at bcorbin@aup.edu.





Hong KongHong Kong Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Location to be decided

We cordially invite you to join President Celeste Schenck to an alumni reception in Hong Kong. This is an opportunity for alumni and friends of the university to get together to share memories of the past and plans for the future. For further inquiries, please contact Benoit Corbin at bcorbin@aup.edu.





Faculty and Research Updates


A Roundtable with Dr. Gayatri Spivak

For those familiar with the work of Dr. Gayatri Spivak, intellectual, scholar, literary theorist, critic, and long-time professor, the frequency with which words like “postcolonial” and “feminist” are attached to her impressive career should come as no surprise. Also not surprising is how Dr. Spivak has spent much of that same career questioning and challenging these terms and the ease with which they’re wielded. After all, this is the person who pushed for the title “Don’t Call Me Postcolonial” before her book was named the less incendiary, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. It was that idea of the vanishing present, which served as the foundation and guiding principle for her June 6th talk at AUP, as part of the international conference, “D’autres universels”, organized by Director of AUP’s Gender, Sexuality, and Society program, professor Lissa Lincoln.

During her initial presentation, Dr. Spivak counseled a mindful globalism, where specific perspectives and scenarios aren’t taken for the universal norm. She warned against exclusively focusing on single moments of our past, like colonialism, since in doing so, we might forget that history doesn’t begin with nor entirely revolve around such events. To that end, our moral outrage cannot dictate all that we believe and do. We must move beyond our personal indignation in order to discover matters that do not resemble our own experiences but are still worth considering, or as she advised, “Don’t just throw away what someone says because it’s counterintuitive to what you think.” When globalization doesn’t take into account specified and distinct struggles, or when we support non-interdisciplinary sustainable development that stays trapped between capital and colonialism, we are deliberately reordering the past, in order to decide the future, all while perpetrating the dissolution of the present.

Following the talk, a roundtable made up of AUP Professors Elaine Coburn (Global Communications), Philip Golub (International and Comparative Politics), and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (Global Communications, International and Comparative Politics), as well as Cornell University’s Professor Laurent Dubreil (Francophone and Comparative Literature) expounded upon Dr. Spivak’s themes and posed a series of questions. This allowed the conversation to delve into topics ranging from how to coordinate diverse systems of struggle with global varieties of capitalism and the notion of ancestral debt, to the role of storytelling in understanding our histories.

As one spectator noted, it’s easy to believe that the writers whom we grow up studying have arrived at ironclad conclusions, to be eternally respected, and rarely, if ever, contradicted. Professor Spivak’s talk confirmed her to be an academic who is unafraid to engage in self-interrogation in order to arrive at truths that are relevant to our changing world, even if that means jettisoning her previously-held opinions and beliefs.