Dear Members of the AUP Community,

Now that AUP students have returned from Spring Break spent virtually everywhere across the globe, some of them with AUP professors on study trips, it’s time for my monthly letter to our community.

I want to share with you the exciting progress we have made on AUP’s Campus Plan, a project we embarked upon with the renovation a year ago of the Combes Student Life Center, designed by a then 25 year old AUP graduate. Since Combes opened its doors nearly a year ago, with its new and beautiful façade, students have enjoyed an AMEX twice the size as the former one, a sidewalk café, a gallery space, a customized art studio, a state-of-the art environmental science lab, and two floors of student government spaces, clubs spaces, student lounges, media centers, production labs, each embedded with the appropriate Student Development Office staff. Art History and Science faculty are housed in this building. Since that time we have moved our entire administration to an exquisite building at 5, Bd. de la Tour-Maubourg, where we now work side by side to produce synergies that better guide the University. Everything from Admissions to my own office is located in two buildings joined by a glass passageway. We also renovated last summer two classroom buildings on the Passage Landrieu, most notably the 102, St. Dominique space in which six spacious, soundproofed classrooms each have their own balcony and French and Math faculty offices cluster around them. This spring we emptied and gutted the Grenelle Building hidden in the garden behind the Lutheran Church. It will open its doors June 3 as a new center for teaching and mentoring with classrooms, the faculty offices for all remaining departments, beautiful spaces for mingling and mentoring, an Instagram wall for student photography and a continually changing exhibit of student art work. The point of the renovations has been to cluster hubs of service to our students, to facilitate all kinds of learning, including group and team work, one-on-one support, and classroom work in newly designed, modular spaces.

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




The AUP Library has new offerings for alumni

The AUP library is happy to announce it is now providing AUP alumni access to online journals from anywhere around the globe! If you are an alum, you may connect to our Sage journals in its premier package – over 800 scholarly journals – as well as Project MUSE with an excellent database of scholarly articles.

If you are a member of the alumni community and would like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, you may vist the library's website and log in using your Net ID. If your Net ID needs to be activated, please visit our website. Following submission of your request, you will receive temporary login instructions in the course of 24 hours. You may also contact with additional inquiries.


Office 365 is on its way to AUP

Imagine getting work done from anywhere

Information Technology Services (ITS) is proud to announce the launch of the AUP Office 365 cloud project with the key aim of improving the use of technology through integration and a variety of online services. The Office 365 platform is a new name for the Office applications that you already know, with additional features that enable you to access your documents and use Office from virtually anywhere, anytime. Additionally, Office 365 offers a great range of new features that will help you to enhance your productivity, collaboration and sharing.

We are excited to announce that, after months of effort, the Office 365 platform is now available online for AUP community members. Although the platform is ready for use with most applications, some features such as email and calendar functions, will not be available for use until later in the project. Information Technology Services (ITS) will be later rolling out email and the calendar functions in a phased approach. The entire campus — faculty, staff and students — will be moved to Office 365 for their email and calendar by Fall 2016. Going forward, we have prepared an Office 365 project website to provide information about the project’s progress and to encourage the AUP community to get started with Office 365 rich features through information and resources such as video tutorials, FAQs, and more.



Winner of the AUP Snapchat Competition

Earlier this month, the AUP Communications Department sponsored a Summer Selfie Snapchat competition for current students with the ultimate prize of a free summer course of their choosing. The winner of the competition is Iman Bengana for her shark-themed entry. Take a look at all the entries by visiting our Facebook page. To learn more about our summer programs, visit our website.





Academic Events


Pathway to a Sustainable Career
Friday, April 1, 2016; 6:00 PM
The American Univeristy of Paris - Location to be provided upon confirmation

Are you interested in pursing a career that drives positive change in the world? Are you passionate about tackling socioeconomic and environmental problems? Join Net Impact AUP and alumni as we discuss finding your dream job in the field of sustainability and suceeding! A networking event with sustainability professionals to follow. Non AUP students please RSVP to ID's are required at the door.



SGA Charity Week Day 1: La Chorba "Be on the other side of the spoon"
Monday, April 4, 2016; 12:00 PM
Amex, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007

Join the SGA for AUP’s 3rd annual Charity Week from April 4 to 9. The SGA has selected several charities this year for whom they wish to support and raise awareness over the course of the week. One of these charities is La Chorba - a soup kitchen and food parcel distribution based in Paris. La Chorba distributes 900 hot meals every day of the week except Thursday and opens its doors to all people in need, regardless, of legal status, faith or income. Click here to watch a video of AUP Cares assisting with their soup kicthen in Fall 2014.

La Chorba will be coming to AUP during the SGA Charity Week to serve us their famous soup. The price you pay for the soup is up to you. Come, purchase some soup and be on the other side of the spoon! To learn more, visit our website.



SGA Charity Week Day 2: Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance, a concert in solidarity with Syrian Refugees
Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 7:00 PM
The American Church of Paris, 65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris

Join us for the second event of the SGA Charity Week with an incredible live performance from the internationally renowned Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance. This cosmopolitan ensemble was founded in 2011 by Franco-Syrian flutist and composer Naïssam Jalal and combines jazz, classical, European and Oriental musical influences. The concert will be held at The American Church of Paris and an authetic Syrian reception will be held after the performance. Tickets cost €5 for students and €10 for non-students. All proceeds go to AUP's student-run club Baytna à Vous. Their fundraising efforts are intended to help Syrian refugees alongside international associations CODYSSY and Souria Houria. Please sign up on the AUP website. You will need to print out your ticket and present a valid ID on the day of the event. To learn more, visit our website.



SGA Charity Week Day 3: Panel Discussion on the Psychological Impact of Being a Refugee
Wednesday, April 6, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

Join the SGA for the 4th day of AUP’s 3rd annual Charity Week with a panel discussion on "the psychological impact of being a refugee." Student Club Baytna à Vous chose to focus on the theme "education and the mental well-being of Syrian refugees" and will be holding a panel discussion to educate and inform the AUP community on the psychological impact of becoming a refugee. "There are significant challenges to the rebuilding of societies," says Baytna à Vous's President Habiba Belguedj, "and Baytna à Vous's vision is that one day refugees will hopefully be able to return safely back to their homes.  We care and want to deviate from the media's portrayal of the "lost generation" by providing as much educational awareness to our community in addition to all the physical effort we do for the refugees, this is a crucial necessity. Thus, we have organized this panel discussion inviting professors, psychological experts and professionals, victims as in Syrian refugees who will speak for themselves and the goal is to create a dialogue that will allow certain questions to be answered so that the information is shared in an intellectual and respectable environment. At the same time, the community will be able to become more aware of the reality of the situation outside of the media, within a different context with the hope that this information spreads and reaches more hearts." To learn more, visit our website.



SGA Charity Week Day 5: Pre-Marathon Malagasy Party
Friday, April 8, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 102

The SGA Charity Week will draw to its end with a Pre-Marathon Malagasy Party in the Amex. Taking place the evening before the 7k run in the 7th, the charity AJMJTO will join us to talk about Madagascar, their work in the area, and how the 7k run helps. Join us for traditional Malagasy food, music and dancers. To learn more, visit our website.






SGA Charity Week Day 6: 7k run in the 7th
Saturday, April 9, 2016; 10:00 PM
2 bis Passage Landrieu, 75007 Paris

Join the SGA and the AUP Atheletics Office for the last day of AUP’s 3rd annual Charity Week for the sixth edition of the "7k run in the 7th."

Taking place on April 9th, the run leaves from the Passage Landrieu building at 10.00 sharp, passing through the Champ de Mars and finishing at the Stade Emile Antoine. By participating, you are guaranteed a good time, a chance to connect with the local community and the opportunity to support the AJMJTO association (Association Jeunes Malgaches et Jeunes Toutes Origines). AJMJTO supports school children in Madagascar by building schools and raising the necessary funds to provide them with running water and electricity.

Although open to the public, the run is limited to 300 particpants so sign up today! To learn more, visit our website.



Carmencita - Chatelet Musical
Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 8:00 PM
Theatre du Chatelet, 1 place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris

Can Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen, be adapted for the modern world? Oscar Hammerstein II did it in 1942 with the Broadway hit Carmen Jones, which Preminger in turn adapted for the screen in 1954. The work now becomes a Cuban musical, the first of its kind, still based on Bizet but in Spanish and set in Havana, on the eve of the Cuban revolution. To learn more, visit our website.



World's Fair 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016; 12:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

The American University of Paris World's Fair 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 16th starting in the afternoon in Combes. This event traditionally draws hundreds of AUP students and alumni who come to celebrate their cultures and nationalities. Food and drink tickets are distributed at the door, with a minimum entrance of 5€. To learn more, visit our website.



Trans* réalités, Trans* utopies
Monday, April 18, 2016; 4:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 103

This event explores diverse trans (gender/sexual) realities, as well as the ways that trans movements open up spaces for new societies beyond gender and sexual binaries.

The event includes four speakers:

Corinner Fortier, College de France
Arnaud Alessadrin, Centre Emile Durkheim (Université de Bordeaux)
Lara Cox, American University of Paris
Diego Semerene, American University of Paris

An introduction will be made by Elaine Coburn, AUP/CADIS-EHESS.

To learn more, visit our website.


Cowspiracy: Documentary Screening
Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 6:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007; Room 104

AUP Green is bringing you Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. We will screen the documentary and serve some delicious snacks in line with the message of the film. To learn more, visit our website.




The Inauguration of the Thamer Salman '98 Student Media Center & The Annual AUP Student Media Party
Friday, April 29, 2016; 6:00 PM & 7:00 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007

Next month, the AUP Student Media team will be holding their Annual Student Media Party in conjunction with the inauguration of the Thamer Salman ’98 Student Media Center. Thamer received the Distinguished Alumnus Award posthumously several years ago at the moment of his untimely death. At 35, he was president of the first private university in the Gulf, founder of a K-12 international school, and a deeply involved and respected member of the educational community in the Emirates. Thamer’s wife, three sons, and his AUP roommate and best friend, Sultan Al Qassemi '98 will all be in attendance for this event. We hope that you will join the ASM team and Thamer’s family to celebrate this occasion and to lift a glass in his honor.

If you would like to attend, kindly RSVP to Benoit Corbin at by Wednesday, April 27th.

If you have not yet requested an alumni card, you may send an email to the Alumni Affairs team to ensure your access to all AUP facilities and campus events.



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



Alumni Events   


AUP Alumni Event in Los Angeles
Sunday, 17 April 2016; 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The home of Perla Karney, Los Angeles, CA 90077

Join our gracious host Perla Karney '65, President Celeste Schenck and AUP Trustee Elliott Burdette '70, for a casual soirée in Los Angeles! Everyone in the alumni community is encouraged to attend - spouses and guests are welcome.

If you would like to attend, RSVP for you + guest(s) to by Thursday, April 14th. Address details will be provided upon confirmation of attendance.



MAGC Ten Year Anniversary
Friday, 20 May 2016 - Saturday, 21 May 2016
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007

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.

The cost for the all-inclusive package is 140 Euros. Registration is available online until Friday, April 22nd. Early registration is recommended. Additional questions may be addressed to Elizabeth Guinel at




Faculty and Research Updates


This year, the American University of Paris launched a two-week series of events, sponsored by departments ranging from the Center for Critical Democracy Studies to the Creative Writing Program, in honor of Black History Month. These included a screening of Laurence Petit-Jouvet’s documentary, La Ligne de Couleur, which explores what it means to be “non-white” in France, a talk by writer and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates about his latest book, Between the World and Me, and a discussion led by writer, critic, and editor, Thomas Chatterton Williams.

To learn more about the recent activities hosted by the Center for Critical Democracy Studies as well as the evening with Ta-Nehisi Coates, visit our website .