AUP's 50th Anniversary



Happy Birthday AUP!

We hope that the entire AUP community is making plans to join the celebration during the 50th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend. As space for certain events is limited, online registration will close on May 20th for the Class Reunion Cocktails, the AUP Boat Party, the Brunch with Professors, and the Picnic sur l'herbe, so please sign up as soon as possible. Only those registered for Class Reunion Cocktails will be sent the location details as many of these events will be hosted in private homes. Registration also helps us with overall event planning and is very much appreciated. Detailed event information can be found in the alumni events section below on also on the 50th Anniversary website.

Register Here Before May 20th


Live and Silent Auction

Place your bid! There will be a live and silent auction during the 50th Anniversary Gala on May 25th. Auction items include: Meet & Greet with NBA champion Tony Parker, a private visit of the Chateau Margaux and tasting, two days of golfing on the greens at Queenwood, and much more! Click here to see the complete list of auction items. Funds raised will go to AUP scholarships. If anyone outside of Paris would like to make a bid on an auction item, please send an email to



50th Anniversary Events


Culturefish! Tour
Friday, 24 May 2013; 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Meeting Point: In front of metro Cite

Rediscover the sites of Paris by taking a walking tour co-created by AUP alumnus, Joël Issa ’04, whose Culturefish! Tours highlight many of the French “quirky” cultural differences. Students, alumni, friends and family are all welcome to attend this free event. Click here for more information about Culturefish! Tours.



Tour of the Medieval Latin Quarter
Friday, 24 May 2013; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Meeting Point: To be announced soon

AUP Professor Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier will guide you around the Medieval Latin quarter of Paris revealing a few of its historic beauties. Students, alumni, friends and family are all welcome to attend this free event. 



New Alumni Cocktail
Friday, 24 May 2013; 6:30 – 8:30 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

A welcome to all graduating students into the global AUP alumni community. Family, friends, alumni, faculty and staff are invited!





Privately Hosted Class Reunion Cocktails
Friday, 24 May 2013; 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Various Locations in Paris

Alumni are invited to join their classmates and peers for reunion cocktails hosted by AUP alums, Trustees and friends in Paris. Reunions will be grouped in the following manner: 1960s and 1970s will be hosted by Amber Cooper ’09 at the American Church in Paris, early 1980s will be hosted at the home of Franklin Craig ’81, late 1980s will be hosted at the home of Christine Chevalier, 1990s (location to be determined), early 2000s will be hosted by Joumana Hassan ‘04 and Sebastian Ordelheide ‘07, and the late 2000s will be hosted by Kristina Keenan ’08 at the home of President Celeste Schenck. This is a free event, however space is limited. Entry will be based on a first come, first served basis. Sign up now to confirm your attendance. Deadline to RSVP is May 20th.



AUP Boat Party
Friday, 24 May 2013; 10:00 PM - 05:00 AM
Bateau River's King; 25 Quai de Grenelle (Escale de Grenelle), 75015 Paris

The entire AUP community - alumni, current students, faculty, staff, parents and friends - are invited for this classic AUP party. There will be live music to start, followed by a DJ. We have also coordinated with Goody’s, an American-style food truck, to be available in front of the boat for anyone looking for a late-night snack! The boat will remain stationary for complete access throughout the night. Cost: This is included in your weekend package. Individual tickets are 15 euros for students and 30 euros for all other guests (with the first drink included) if purchased online before May 20th. Ticket price for non-students directly at the venue will be 35 euros. Click here to sign up.



Brunch with Professors – Departmental Reunions
Saturday, 25 May 2013; 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Alumni are invited to reunite with professors and fellow classmates from their major or program over brunch. Welcome remarks will be given by President Celeste Schenck and Dean Neil Gordon. The price of the brunch is included in your weekend package or can be purchased separately for 10 euros.


Alumni Forum I
Saturday, 25 May 2013; 12:45 – 1:30 PM
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

The AUP community is invited to hear alumni speakers present on areas of their particular expertise. Forums available during Session 1 include: The Business of Family Business, Fashion Today, Working for a Humanitarian Organization or NGO; The Path to Beauty – a tribute to the late Professor Francesca Weinman. This is a free event.


Alumni Forum II
Saturday, 25 May 2013; 1:45 – 2:30 PM
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

The AUP community is invited to hear alumni speakers present on areas of their particular expertise. Forums available during Session 2 include: Women’s Leadership in the Arts & Humanities, AUP’s Future 50 years – an alumni affairs discussion, and Entrepreneurship. This is a free event.



Coffee & Connections: Professional Networking
Saturday, 25 May 2013; 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Following the Alumni Forums, the AUP community is invited to mingle with fellow alumni, guests, and local employers for a professional networking session. This is a free event.





AMEX Alumni Open Mic (Last alumni event at the AMEX)
Saturday, 25 May 2013; Starting at 7:00 PM
AMEX Café, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Alumni are invited for a night of fun and music at the AMEX Café. The Open Mic will be MC’d by alumnus Sam Yehya ’11 and will feature student and alumni talent. Since the Bosquet building has been sold to enable the University to create a new Student Life & Learning Center and the AMEX will soon be moving to this location, this will likely be the last official alumni event hosted at the beloved AMEX Café in Bosquet. Contact us if you would like to contribute your musical talents. Attendance at this event is a free and there will be a cash bar.





50th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, 25 May 2013; 6:30 - 11:00 PM
Shangri-La Hotel, 10 Avenue d'Iéna, 75016 Paris

The entire AUP community is invited for the 50th Anniversary Gala, a fundraising event to support student scholarships. The evening will include a cocktail, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a chance to reconnect with fellow alumni and AUP family and friends at the elegant Shangri-La Hotel. Our Master of Ceremonies will be alumnus Marc Groothaert ’68. Philippe Labé, who will be the chef that evening, has been named Chef of the Year 2013 by le guide Gault et Millau, one of the most influential French restaurant guides. The champagne cocktail is sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and the dinner wines by the Conseil des Grand Cru Classés de Bordeaux. Additional sponsors for the event include Air France, Lancôme, Bryan Cave LLP and Alphaprim. Cost: Ticket price is 500 euros, with an estimated tax deduction of 300 euros. Each attendee will also be entered into a drawing to name the one of five AUP scholarships. Deadline to register for this event is May 13th. Click here to sign up.




Picnic sur l'herbe
Sunday, 26 May 2013; 12:00 - 3:00 PM
Grenelle Building, 147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

The AUP community is invited to join visiting alumni for a relaxed family-friendly picnic in the garden of the Grenelle building. The price of the picnic is included in your weekend package or can be purchased separately for 10 euros.


Honorary Degree Recipient Lecture I – Dr. Martha Nussbaum
Sunday, 26 May 2013; 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

America’s preeminent moral philosopher, renowned commentator on higher education, and passionate defender of the liberal arts, Dr. Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she holds appointments in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, and the Schools of Law and Divinity. Since 2008, she has been appointed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an agency within the Executive Office of President Obama. This is a free event and all are invited to attend. Coffee break to follow.




Honorary Degree Recipient Lecture II - The Honorable Louise Arbour
Sunday, 26 May 2013; 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Honorable Louise Arbour—judge, lawyer, high commissioner, academic—has been one of the key international figures in the global advancement of peace and justice. In 1996, she was appointed as Chief Prosecutor for the International Tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She was subsequently named to the Canadian Supreme Court and served as a justice for five years. She then served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008 and since July 2009, has been the CEO and President of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. This is a free event and all are invited to attend. Cocktail reception to follow.



2013 Commencement Ceremony
Monday, 27 May 2013; 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Théâtre du Châtelet, 1 Place du Châtelet, 75001 Paris

The entire AUP community is invited to attend the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and the ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM. A cocktail reception will follow for all attendees. The price of graduation is included in your weekend package or individual tickets can be purchased separately for 45 euros. (Graduating students will receive 2 complimentary tickets each.)





We ask that all attendees (even those coming to the free events), please register online here 



Campus Events

Linguistic Readymades and Creative Information Retrieval
Friday, 3 May 2013; 1:45 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science are pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Tony Veale. Dr. Veale is with University College in Dublin, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology. You can read more about him here. This lecture is the seventh within the "Science and Technology for Life" series. Abstract: Creativity often arises from a process of appropriation, in which something is wrenched from its normative context of use and given new meaning in a new setting. In this vein, Marcel Duchamp popularized the notion of an artistic ready-madewhen his Fountain– a signed urinal – was presented with some controversy at a Dada exhibition in 1917. We normally think of readymades as physical objects whose artistic merit derives wholly from their selection by an artist, but language is also rich in linguistic readymades. Just think of how many movies, songs, novels, poems, etc. allusively borrow utterances and phrases from each other. The movie The Usual Suspects, for example, takes its name from a famous quote from the movie Casablanca, while the novel All The King’s Mentakes it title from a famous nursery rhyme; this title has, in turn, inspired the title of Woodward and Bernstein’s book All The President’s Men. Large lexical resources, such as corpora and databases of Web n-grams, are a rich source of readymade phrases that can be reused in many different contexts. However, one must be careful in how these resources are used, and noted writers such as George Orwell have argued that the use of canned phrases encourages sloppy thinking and results in poor communication. Nonetheless, while Orwell prized home-made phrases over the readymade variety, Duchamp created a vibrant movement in modern art which shifts artistic creation from the production of novel artifacts to the clever reuse of readymades or objets trouvés. We describe here a system that makes creative reuse of the linguistic readymades in the Googlen-grams. Our computational systems thus owe more to Duchamp than to Orwell, and harvest readymades on a large scale to support linguistic creativity. This event is open to the public.



BaltayRetirement of Professor Christine Baltay
Wednesday, 8 May 2013; 5:00 PM
Room B32, 31 aveune Bosquet, 75007 Paris

It is hard to believe that 30 years ago, Professor Christine Baltay first started teaching at AUP. The AUP community is invited to raise a glass with Christine in honor of her upcoming retirement. For questions, please email Brenda Torney at



“Changing Tables”, a Play by Student Kacie Devaney
Friday, 17 May 2013; 7:20 - 9:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 aveune Bosquet, 75007 Paris

A staged reading and performance of “Changing Tables”, a play written by student Kacie Devaney. Through a kaleidoscope of shifting scenes and modes of performance, including song, dance, and dialogue, Nina and Matthew stumble across a psychological and metaphysical landscape as they confront ideas of change. Performers include: Kacie Devaney, Jules Dousset, and Aubrey Reeves reading stage direction. This event is open to the public. 






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Notable Now and Then


Q&A with David Lynch

On April 12th, AUP welcomed world-renowned film director, David Lynch. As the 7eme reported, “The Grand Salon and its adjacent room were bursting with 150 eager members of the AUP community. Entrance to the event was by online RSVP only, with the guest list being filled to capacity in just 90 minutes. Fortunately, the Q&A was broadcast live in the Amex for those who weren’t lucky enough to snag a golden ticket…” Click here to read the story by student Loraine Ong.



Eternamé on Cover of the U.S. Marie Claire Magazine

Rings made by the company Eternamé, created by alumna Sarah Besnainou ’07, were featured in the May issue of the U.S. Marie Claire magazine.



















AUP Welcomes President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
On Monday, April 22, AUP had the honor of welcoming President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Former President of France. He spoke in detail about the question of Europe and its future. A question and answer session followed in which students were able to pose their questions directly to the Former President.






Recommend the Next AUP Honorary Degree Recipients
The Honorary Degree Committee will be meeting on May 21st to build and review a list of candidates from which to recommend honorary degree recipients for 2014 and beyond. We would like to take this opportunity to solicit nominations from alumni, faculty, staff and students. Many of the best candidacies in the past have come directly from members of our community. Kindly send an email with each candidate's name, a few words identifying her/him, and contact details (if at hand) by May 16th to Lisa Damon at



Spring Global Talent Brochure Now Available

Currently in its fifth year, the biannual Global Talent Brochure comprises the profiles of AUP’s graduate and undergraduate students seeking internships, and is distributed to close to 800 local organizations. Students participating in the brochure typically report being contacted by up to 8 employers for potential internships. Says Nick Bian, a recent Master’s graduate: “I actually thought the Global Talent brochure far exceeded my expectations. In this climate -- with increasing job competitiveness and globally weak economy -- I thought that any internship or job offer would have been near impossible, but with the brochure, I had three organizations contact me. It was great to be sought out by international organizations located here in France.” Organizations wishing to be added to the Global Talent mailing list are invited to contact The latest version of AUP’s Global Talent brochure is available online here.




Career Call-Out: Murano Systems Seeking an Investor Analyst

Murano Systems, created by alumnus Ole Rollag ‘95, is seeking an Investor Analyst to join their expanding team. Murano is committed to matching the right fund to the right investor based on the investor's personal interests. The desired candidate's role would be to stay in touch with investors and their interests, understand market trends, understand investment flows and allocations, and maintain your own client base. Please contact Molly Blincow at if you are interested in being a part of this ever-growing team! Full details for this position can be found on MyAUP:


Professor Douglas Yates Interviewed on CNBC

Click the image below to watch the latest CNBC interview with AUP’s Professor Douglas Yates who explains the current state of the French economy and fields questions concerning President Hollande. Click here for the direct link




In Memoriam


The Class of 1973 sadly reports the passing of Willy Cellucci, a cherished fellow alumnus and bon vivant whose gravelly-voiced mixture of bonhomie, camaraderie, and loquacious storytelling amused classmates and professors alike while the school was known as The American College in Paris (ACP). Willy died on February 17 in Atlanta, Georgia. During his two years in Paris, Willy served as class president, was editor of the school newspaper, The Contact, and won ACP’s first pinball tournament. He infused the College with his rambunctious enthusiasm and served as an untitled cultural ambassador for Los Angeles, where he had lived prior to his stint in Paris. A lifelong devotee of food, wine, and golf, Willy served for many years with distinction as general manager for The Palm Steakhouse at the Buckhead Westin hotel in Atlanta, where he grew the business through sheer diligence and the force of his colorful personality. He is survived by his wife, Jonelle, sons Danny and Jack, and the innumerable friends and relatives whose lives he touched immeasurably.


Faculty and Research Updates

Hall GardnerHall Gardner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics, was interviewed on RTTV (Russian television) on April 24, 2013 on NATO-Russian relations.




The next issue of AUP News will be sent on Monday, May 13, 2013. Please review the submission guidelines prior to sending content to Kristina Keenan at Deadline for content is Monday, May 6th.


May 3, 2013




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