Dear Members of the AUP Community,

Last fall, in the wake of the November 13 attacks, a distinct silver lining emerged. The letters I wrote to all of you—and to which many of you responded generously during those dark days—elicited a rich conversation amongst all the constituencies of our University, gathering together our community in ways I never anticipated. I think I said in one of my letters that the true grit and grace of a community emerges in its response to a crisis, and that was surely true of ours.  It has inspired me to continue a monthly letter to you, beginning with this missive.  In these letters, I will share my point of view on all aspects of our evolving university, from new developments on the academic front to our rapidly changing campus, from debates and exchanges we’re having in the classroom or the boardroom to short portraits of our brilliant alumni making their way in the world.  As you know, I believe the greatness of a university can be measured, not by the inputs—the number of books in the library, the quantity of buildings or sports facilities, or the average SAT score of entering students, which we did away with years ago as irrelevant to our international student body—but by the outputs:  the impact of our graduates on a world that has need of them.  Expect to learn a lot more about this and other issues coming up on campus in my “View from AUP” newsletter.


To read President Schenck's full letter "The View from AUP", you may click here.




2015 CHOICE Award given to latest volume of Beckett Letters

The Letters of Samuel Beckett v.3 has been awarded the prestigious 2015 CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Titles by the American Library Association. The previous two volumes of Beckett's Letters, also co-edited and translated by Professor Dan Gunn were previously awarded this honor. The CHOICE award citation for Volume 3 states:

Following two previous volumes of Beckett's letters—volume 1, 1929-40 (CH, Aug'09, 46-6645), and volume 2, 1941-56 (CH, Nov'12, 50-1320)—this third volume of a projected four covers the years after the success of Waiting for Godot (1953), a period in which Beckett was especially prolific. He is composing and staging plays, such as Endgame and Happy Days, and producing work for radio, television, and cinema. Written from Paris and his country house in Ussy-Sur-Marne, the letters dispel any myth of Beckett as hermit and reveal that he inhabited an active social world. Much is going on and Beckett is intensely involved with productions, foreign visits, foreign guests, and publication and translations of his work. Beckett’s range of correspondents expanded during this period, and the volume includes useful indexes of first names and recipients and profiles of the chief correspondents. Chronologies are included throughout the volume, as are detailed annotations, illustrations, photographs, and even sketches in which Beckett explained production details. Extensive critical introductions provide contexts for the letters and explanations and translations of writings not in English. The volume sheds light on the life and work of this major literary figure and it will be an invaluable resource for scholars, directors, set-designers, and actors alike. Summing Up: Essential. All readers.

--J. S. Baggett, Lander University
Copyright 2015 American Library Association



AUP students help with UNESCO's World Radio Day

Last month, AUP students attended and contributed to UNESCO's World Radio Day, a celebration of radio as a global medium. UNESCO's objective was to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. The overall goal is to bring together a community of indivuduals who are looking to encourage access to information, freedom of expression, and gender equality through the airwaves.

This year's theme for the worldwide event was "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster", highlighting the role played by radio during periods of chaos.

During the December break, Lori Martinez and Nolwazi Mjwara, AUP Global Communication master students, participated in an interview with Tamil Nadu Emergency Radio Station in Auroville, India, where they shared their thoughts and opinions on UNESCO's World Radio Event.

Watch a short production video here produced by Nolwazi: 

Lori and Nolwazi's interview was also uploaded onto UNESCO's World Radio Day Soundcloud account and has been receiving tremendous attention. To read more, visit our website.



AUP's Baytna à Vous raises over €1200 for refugees!

AUP's Baytna à Vous is a student-led initiative founded by AUP graduate students with the objective to raise awareness around the Syrian conflict and its devastating impact on the refugees fleeing the country. Baytna à Vous was founded in Fall 2015 to provide support for the basic needs of refugees as they arrive to their new homes (baytna in Arabic) in Europe. The role of Baytna à Vous is also to raise awareness about the refugee crisis in Europe and particularly in France. In November 2015, Baytna à Vous invited CODSSY, a French-Syrian NGO, to participate in AUP's annual Thanksgiving celebration at the American Church of Paris, collecting 634 Euros in donations towards CODSSY’s Alphabet project. At the opening of the Thanksgiving dinner, students Muhammad Jabur and, co-founder of Baytna à Vous, Habiba Belguedj recited 'Surat al Fatiha' and 'Surat Al Nas' from the Qu’ran. This was a very moving moment with AUP's students, staff, faculty and President Schenck present. You may read more about this event by visiting CODSSY's website.

This semester, Baytna à Vous has continued to raise funds for refugees by teaming up with the SGA to sell candygrams! They raised 636.60 Euros in 4 days. Baytna à Vous will send this money towards CODSSY's "Taaleem" project. To read more, visit our website.



Summer heats up at AUP!

Summer sessions at AUP have been going from strength to strength in recent years, with changes being made to the format, classes offered and variety of services available on campus. AUP has seen a 41% increase in the number of students visiting AUP between 2012 to 2015.

27% of the new students on campus during summer 2015 knew someone from the AUP community directly. With the largest English language offering available in France, plus intensive French Immersion programs, topical three-week courses and summer creative writing institutes, the summer sessions attract a typically diverse and engaged global audience. If you would like to learn more about the summer sessions at AUP or share with your friends and family, feel free to visit our website.




Academic Events


Projecting Gender: "Black Venus" Film Screening
Monday, March 7, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 103

On behalf of the Gender, Sexuality & Society Program (GSS), the AUP community is warmly invited to a viewing of the film, Black Venus (2010) and participate in the lively discussion to follow.



Visualizing Information: 2D or not 2D?
Tuesday, March 15, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 103

Acquiring data is much easier than gaining insight into it. Information visualization approaches - especially the interactive kind - will make the acquisition of information easier. One of the major challenges in information visualization is the "curse of dimensionality", or how to present multidimensional data in 2D space. This talk by Harri Sirtola will give an introduction to information visualization, and discuss the challenges.

Adjunct Professor of Interactive Technology at the TAUCHI Research Center, Harri's main research interest is information visualization. He has collaborated with people from various disciplines, including linguists, cardiologists, musicians, administrators, etc. – you name it, Harri probably has it!

Prof. Sirtola's visit to AUP is sponsored by the Academy of Finland in the context of the reserach project Private and Shared Gaze: Enablers, Applications, Experiences (GaSP). The project is lead by the TAUCHI Research Center in partnership with AUP and Lund University.



AUP versus ESTP Basketball game
Thursday, March 10, 2016; 6:30 PM
Gymnase des Arts et Metiers, 27 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris

The AUP basketball team is playing against the top team in their division. The team will meet in the Combes lobby at 5:15 pm to head over to the gym. Those from the AUP commnity who are interested are welcome to join and support the team.





Thinking about law school?
Monday, March 14, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 102

Thinking about applying to law school? Want to know more about the diversity of legal careers, including human rights, environment, immigration, child advocacy, feminist law, criminal justice, and corporate law?

This discussion, led by faculty members Susan Perry, Fred Einbinder, and Michelle Kuo, will introduce you to the legal profession. They will discuss the realities of law school. Give tips on how to apply, as well as ask essential questions, including: Does law school provide a fulfilling professional path? Is law school a "portable career"? How well does it cross borders? The panelists will discuss both the American and European context and answer any questions. Refreshments will be served.


"Forging a New South Empire: The Consequences of the Plantation Model of Development" - A Talk by Professor Jeannie Whayne
Monday, March 21, 2016; 3:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 102

This lecture will examine the implications of the plantation model of development by focusing on one planter in the environmentally challenging Lower Mississippi River Valley in the post-Civil War era.  Wilson’s plantation empire began under the auspices of his father in 1848 and remained in the hands of the Wilson family until 2010 when it was sold to a wealthy financier. It passed through various stages of plantation organization: (1) the antebellum plantation that relied on slave labor; (2) the post-Civil War plantation that relied on impoverished sharecroppers; (3) the post-World War II neo-plantation that reduced its labor needs dramatically by means of mechanization; and (4) the portfolio plantation of the twenty-first century that maximizes profits for the sake of investors. Throughout all these versions of the system, three things remained constant: the concentration of wealth in a few hands to the detriment of the larger community; the exploitation and impoverishment of labor; and the manipulation of the environment.  It concludes with a few thoughts about the new “portfolio” model of plantation that is emerging around the world in the 21st century. To read more about Professor Jeannie Whayne and her talk, visit our website.



The Slosberg Lecture Series for Social Justice presents Molly Melching
Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 5:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

As part of the Slosberg Lecture Series for Social Justice, Molly Melching will speak about her New York Times best-selling book However Long the Night.

The 2010 recipient for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Molly Melching moved to Senegal in 1974 as an exchange student and stayed on to work in community development. She realized over time that development programs failed to achieve real transformation, and to last, because they were built around foreign concepts of development, rather than the communities’ own perceptions and wishes. She founded Tostan in 1991 to advance a community empowerment program built on respectful engagement of village members, work with traditional learning methods in local languages, and facilitating community ownership of the development process. By engaging communities in exciting, inspiring explorations of their human rights and their power to improve their own health and well-being, Molly and Tostan have helped to bring about something once thought impossible: public declarations by thousands of villages to support human rights and abandon practices such as female genital cutting.

The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception. Please visit our website to register.



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



Alumni Events   


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


Dan GunnProfessor Dan Gunn has been invited by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies and The Sir Herbert Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History of King's College, the University of Aberdeen, to give an honorary series of three lectures between 22 and 26 February. The titles of his talks will be: "Scholarly Editing as Translation", "Samuel Beckett Across the Arts", and "Boundary Crossings: Creative Practices, Critical Paradigms and The Worlds Between".