AUP’s Peacock Plume student media group was selected by UNESCO to step in as the official source of news for the 9th Youth Forum that was held at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters from Oct. 26 - 28.

An AUP team of 25 student journalists provided daily digital and video coverage of guest speakers, workshops and other activities planned during the event that drew top youth leaders from around the world. To learn more, visit our website.



Experience AUP 2015 

Following in the steps of alumna Mary Gagnard's '12 video diary Experience AUP, sophomore Bria Bradley will be giving you exclusive insight into her life at AUP in her video series of a similar name Experience AUP 2015.

Don't forget to check in to the AUP YouTube channel for the latest episodes.




Civic Jazz: A Conversation on American Music & Democracy

Last Friday, AUP launched The Center for Critical Democracy Studies at the American Church in Paris. The Center encourages all fields from the natural and environmental sciences to the social sciences and humanities to explore democracy as a social state, a political regime or a form of agency.

The evening was facilitated by Greg Clark, President of the Rhetoric Society of America and author of Civic Jazz (U of Chicago Press, 2015), followed with a riveting performance by the Marcus Roberts Trio.

A video of the evening will be released in the coming months.



Ambassador Phillip Carter III speaks at AUP

Professors Steven Ekovich and Susan Perry organized with Phillip Carter, the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement at the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), to speak at AUP last month. The event was held in the newly renovated Combes building with a packed audience of students, journalists, African Affairs specialists, and military officers from the French War College. To learn more, visit our website.



Human Rights Watch came to AUP

On October 1st, the Paris Bureau of Human Rights Watch – represented by Valérie Lombard, Director of Outreach and Advancement, and Kriti Sharma’ 09, Researcher – joined us for a discussion of HRW’s mission and career opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

The event, organized by the Academic, Career, Internship and Leadership Center and hosted by Professor Susan Perry, gathered over 50 students.

Established in 1978, Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit nongovernmental independent organization known for its accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media, and targeted advocacy, often in partnership with local human rights groups. To learn more, visit our website.



In Memoriam

We have learned the unfortunate news that two members of our AUP community passed away this summer. We send our sincerest condolences to their families and friends, as well as our gratitude to those who passed on the information so we could share the details of their passing with former classmates.


Carol Fager '89

Carol E. Fager Haubois passed away suddenly on August the 5th, 2015, at the age of 46. She was born and raised in Chester Heights PA, and resided in Sea Isle City, NJ for the past 15 years. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York, with a BS and went on to receive her Masters from New York University. She worked in banking and had the opportunity to be employed in New York as well as abroad. She is survived by her Mother, Carol J Fager, her brother William Fager, and her two nephews Alex, and Kyle Fager as well as her niece, Katelyn Antonucci. Also survived by her life companion Charles Berwick. In lieu of flowers donations to the S.P.C.A. 555 Sandy Bank Road, Media, Pa. 19063.


Guy Story Brown '69

Dr. Guy Story Brown, 66, of Slaton, Texas, a three time presidential appointee, university professor, author, and Director of The Straight Gate, died on Thursday the 30th of July in Lubbock, Texas. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, November 30th 1948 to Glenn Larry Brown and Mary Prudie Brown (deceased) of Stanton, Texas.

Guy graduated high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1967, attended the American University in Paris, France, for two years, and received his B.A. from Abilene Christian University, in Texas. He took his graduate studies at the University of Dallas, where he received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy with a dissertation on political implications in ancient and modern literary criticism.

He began his career as Senior Analyst for Cultural Diplomacy at The Advanced International Studies Institute, and was subsequently appointed by President Reagan as Director of the US Information Agency Office of Cultural Centers and Resources in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs from 1982-1988. From this position he arranged for the publication of the Federalist Papers and other titles in Russian, Spanish, Hindi, and other languages, a project acclaimed for its particular success in the USSR, and also developed and led the first-ever ministerial level bilateral negotiations between US publishers and Soviet, East German, and Chinese publishing authorities.

In 1988, Dr. Brown was appointed again by President Reagan this time to be Director of the USIA Office of Academic Programs, administering the Fulbright international scholarship program, Humphrey Program, US international student advising, and American studies abroad. Reappointed to that position by President George H. W. Bush he became lead US negotiator for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on all US government bilateral educational and cultural programming under the Geneva Convention.

Dr. Brown received several senior career civil and foreign service awards, as well as awards from foreign governments, including the USIA Superior Honor Award, the USIA Director’s Special Award, Distinguished Service Award of the J.W. Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships, the US Government Printing Office Distinguished Service Award, and Ben Franklin Award from the US Public Printer and Superintendent of Documents, the Guttenberg Award at the Frankfurt International Book Fair, the Ivan Fedorov Medal, from the USSR State Committee on Publishing, Printing and the Book Trade.
Dr. Brown served as President of the Fine Arts Society of Texas (FAST) from 1981-1993, providing scholarships in the arts across the state. He taught at various universities and published books in political philosophy and Shakespearean interpretation.

Guy was a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a member of the Cosmos Club and DACOR in Washington D.C., as well as several national and international academic societies, a member of the Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society where he won Most Educational Case earlier this year, and served as elder at the Hearts Together Church of Christ in Slaton, Texas until his death. His principal recent work was as Director of The Straight Gate, a 501 (c)(3) charitable prison aftercare and substance abuse recovery project in South Dallas.

Guy is survived by his wife Brenda Cheryl Brown in Slaton, TX, sister Suzanna Leigh Brown in Dallas, TX, son Darcy Wilson Brown and grandson Baxter Lee Brown in Dallas, TX, son Austen Story Brown in Dallas, TX, niece Dixie Ivi Brown in Austin, TX. Also Kyle Mitchell Rosen and his wife Vicky Ann Rosen in Sacramento, CA, David Noel Rosen and his wife Stacy Lee Rosen in Los Angeles, CA and grandsons Benjamin Nathaniel Rosen, Jonathan Kane Rosen, and Luca Chase Rosen. His younger brother Baxter Charles Brown preceded him in death.




Academic Events



AUP MAGC Lecture Series: Branding and the Brain
Thursday, October 29, 2015; 6:30 PM
2 bis Passage Landrieu, Paris, 75007; Room 1

Hilke Plassman from INSEAD in Paris will be coming to lecture on branding, neuroscience, and decision-making.




“A Third Way for Syria?” with Professor Ziad Majed
Monday, November 2, 2015; 7:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris;
Room 104

Why did the Syrian peaceful revolution turn into an armed struggle, and who are the local, regional and international actors involved in the conflict? How can we explain the International Community's hesitations and slow reaction to what was qualified by different UN agencies and Human Rights organizations as "the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII"? And is it true that the choice for Syria is today between Assad and ISIS?

The talk will attempt to address these questions and to discuss some of the representations of the “Syrian conflict” in which ordinary citizens are rendered invisible. The talk will be given by Professor Ziad Majed.



AUP MAGC Lecture Series: Corporate Social Responsibility
Thursday, November 5, 2015; 5:30 PM
2 bis Passage Landrieu, Paris, 75007; Room 1

Join Clea Bourne from Goldsmiths University to hear a lecture on corporate social responsibility.





Careers in Luxury Hospitality with the Hyatt Group
Thursday, November 5, 2015; 5:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; Room C-102

Join Carolina Korody, School Relations Manager, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, for an overview of internships and careers within the Hyatt Group in France and globally.





Appointment in Samarra
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - Saturday, December 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 12, 2015; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
BronxArtSpace, 305 E 140th St #1A, Bronx, NY 10454

Professor Jonathan Shimony is one of the artists featured in the upcoming exhibition Appointment in Samarra at the BronxArtSpace located in New York. As the curators explain:

The exhibition addresses a contemporary world spun out of control. We are bombarded daily with images and stories of disaster and tragedy of every possible origin. The work on exhibit includes videos by Kasumi, photographs by Michael McCarthy, paintings by Jonathan Shimony and prints by Rob Stupay. Collectively, their work stands as a set of questions, not only about the troubling state of affairs but also about the very notion of knowledge and understanding. The work offers no solutions and even raises doubts about our comprehension of events. Their stories are left disturbingly incomplete. Things seem wrong, perhaps terribly wrong, but we remain uncertain of what exactly we are being shown, much less how to redress the apparent problems surrounding us in today’s world. 

To learn more about the exhibition and reception, visit their website at



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Alumni Events   



Washington DCHail and Farewell - An AUPDC Event
Thursday, October 29, 2015; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mission, 1606 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(Near the Dupont Circle Metro north entrance, by 20th and Q street NW) 

Join your fellow DC-based AUP alumni as we bid farewell to AUPDC President Carey Kluttz MEIS '09. We will also be welcoming new interim President Elizabeth Barry MAIA '09 to her post and will be recruiting for other AUPDC Board Member positions.

The event cost for full AUPDC members is $5.00 and non-members is $8.00. Payment of $20.00 at the door will grant a non-member access to the event and cover the year's membership dues. Cash, checks, debit and credit cards are accepted. Contact the AUPDC chapter for more details.


NYC skylineAUP Alumni Soirée in New York
Friday, November 6, 2015; 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
University Club of New York, One West 54th Street New York, NY

Join AUP President Celeste Schenck and Provost Scott Sprenger for a soirée in New York City. All alumni in the AUP community are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome.

As this is a private club, business attire is mandatory. Men must wear a coat and tie; no jeans or tennis shoes allowed. RSVP for you + guest(s) to is required for entrance.



AUP Soirée in Paris
Friday, November 20, 2015; 6:30 PM
Amex Cafe, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris

As the rush of the holidays quickly approach, enjoy a relaxing evening with a drink along with your fellow alumni in the new Amex. All those in the AUP community are welcome to attend.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to is appreciated.



AUP Alumni Holiday Party
Thursday, 10 December 2015; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; 1st Floor

Join us for a festive evening to celebrate our mid-year graduating students as they enter the alumni community. This will be the first alumni party in the newly renovated Combes building. The evening will be filled with music, wine, and cheer! Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.

RSVP for you + guest(s) to




Faculty and Research Update



Professor Oliver Feltham has been appointed a Visiting Professorial Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. In December he will work with Masters and Doctoral students of the department while he is on campus for the Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Continental Conference at which he will deliver a paper "Elements for an Ontology of Action". To learn more, visit our website.




Provost Scott Sprenger will be speaking at an international conference at Brigham Young University, Utah entitled "Understanding Global Professional Competencies". Provost Sprenger will be speaking specifically about global professional competencies in the context of the humanities.

Many leading researchers in the area of humanities and the intersection of global competencies will be present at the conference. Speakers will cover such topics as "What employers need from globally competent professionals", "Exploring intercultural competence assessment" and "Charting a course through language and culture".



Professor Hall Gardner's latest book, Crimea, Global Rivalry, and the Vengeance of History has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Crimea, Global Rivalry, and the Vengeance of History critically examines the causes and consequences of Russia's annexation of Crimea and reviews differing annexations in history from the Seven Years War to today. It argues that contemporary Russia-Ukraine conflict is more reminiscent of conflict during the Bolshevik revolution than Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland, but that a nascent Russian-Chinese alliance can be compared to that between Weimar Germany and Soviet Russia. And although the US-NATO-European-Japanese reaction is not that of 'appeasement,' it is reminiscent of French reaction to Prussian annexation of Alsace before World War I, or European reaction to Russian annexations before the Crimean War. Based on these historical analogies and others, the book urges an alternative global strategy toward both Russia and China in the effort to prevent a renewed arms race, if not global war.



In Professor Jen Brockmeier's new book, Beyond the Archive: Memory, Narrative, and the Autobiographical Process, he presents a novel view of memory and of autobiographical remembering, in particular. Professor Brockmeier argues that our longstanding view of memory and remembering is in the midst of a profound transformation. This transformation does not only affect our concept of memory or a particular idea of how we remember and forget, it is a wider cultural process. In order to understand it, one must step back and consider what is meant when we say memory. To learn more, visit our website.



Professor Emeritus David Pike's project "The Channel Islands under Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944" consists of three articles, all published in the Paris quarterly Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains. The first has appeared (January-March 2015), the second was at press (July-September 2015), and the third is to follow.

Professor Pike's collaborator in this work, now at press in Paris, is Anne Farache, his former student from the 1980s, whose father was sent as a slave worker to Aurigny that housed the only SS camp to be erected on British soil.



October 28, 2015



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