AUP's 50th Anniversary


Join the Facebook event here for more details about the 50th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend. 80 alumni, parents, and friends of AUP have already confirmed their attendance on Facebook and 122 have registered online. We encourage everyone to take the additional step to fill out the online registration form. Early registration will help with planning and catering, so we ask everyone to sign up before May 10th.


Campus Events

The Vanishing Black Children of Paris: Slaves and the Law in an Eighteenth-Century Imperial City
Monday, 4 March 2013; 6:00 PM
Room C12, 6 rue Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

The AUP History Department and Academic Affairs presents “The Vanishing Black Children of Paris: Slaves and the Law in an Eighteenth-Century Imperial City,” a talk by Miranda Spieler of the University of Arizona. Followed by a wine and cheese reception.



Greening the Media
Monday, 4 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Drawing on his new book with Richard Maxwell (Greening the Media, Oxford University Press, 2012), Toby Miller will outline an alternative history of the media, both past and present, which emphasizes their centrality to environmental pollution and worker exploitation. The talk will question today's prevalent cybertarian fantasies about a new, post-smokestack capitalism and the mythology of the new media. Toby Miller is a British-Australian-US interdisciplinary social scientist. His teaching and research cover the media, sports, labor, gender, race, citizenship, politics, and cultural policy, as well as the success of Hollywood overseas and the adverse effects of electronic waste. Born in the United Kingdom and brought up in England, India, and Australia, Miller earned a B.A. in history and political science at the Australian National University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in philosophy and communication studies at Murdoch University in 1991. He taught at Murdoch, Griffith University, and the University of New South Wales and was a professor at New York University from 1993 to 2004, when he joined the University of California, Riverside. Miller is now Professor of Cultural Industries in the Centre for Cultural Policy and Management at the City University of London. To learn more, visit: This event is open to the public.



Shalini Le Gall: Holman Hunt and Biblical Orientalist Painting in the Middle East
Monday, 4 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Room B32; 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Art History presents Shalini Le Gall, one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP, who will give a presentation titled, “Holman Hunt and Biblical Orientalist Painting in the Middle East”. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.


Maria Medved: Incomparable Trouble: Living a Life with Dementia or Acquired Brain Injury
Monday 4 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Psychology presents Maria Medved, one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP, who will give a presentation titled, “Incomparable trouble: Living a life with dementia or acquired brain injury.” Maria I. Medved is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a licensed practicing psychologist. She obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto and completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at The New School, NYC. Her research is concerned with people as they go through a particular kind of developmental crisis, a crisis of self or identity due to injury or disease. Often individuals who are sick are viewed as passive recipients of their symptoms, suffering their fate without being able to intervene and to give meaning to the changes in their lives. Dr. Medved’s work tries to overcome this neglect by studying how people proactively adapt and come to terms with disease, injury and disability. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.



Vernissage: Mia Funk: Inside the Artist’s Studio
Tuesday, 5 March 2013; 6:00 – 8:30 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of Francis Bacon’s death, and the two years since Lucian Freud’s demise, a number of museums have mounted exhibitions looking back on both artists’ lives and works. The American University of Paris is therefore delighted to exhibit the works of American-born artist Mia Funk and her paintings examining these artists and their creative process. With her award-winning series Inside the Artist’s Studio, Mia Funk has devoted a large portion of her career to painting intimate, honest and, at times, critical portraits, of Bacon and Freud among others. Now her large scale works which caused a great stir when they were first shown in Dublin, Bacon’s birthplace, are being shown for the first time in Paris. The paintings cast a cold eye on these two giants, depicting them in dramatic and sometimes violent or shocking arrangements. This event is open to the public.



The Magical World of Richard Texier, Sculptor and Painter
Tuesday, 5 March 2013; 7:00-9:00 PM
Studio of the artist, Paris 13e (Address to be given upon reservation)

The Arts Arena is honored to invite you to the studio of Richard Texier, considered one of the most important artists of his generation in France. Texier's monumental sculptures and paintings, mythical works born of his passion for history and astronomy, are found in leading museums worldwide, in public buildings from the White House to the French National Assembly to the European Parliament, and have been the subject of major exhibitions, books, and films. This is a privileged evening to spend with the artist surrounded by his magical works in his stunning 18th-century studio. PLEASE NOTE: Exceptionally, a reservation is required: For full information, visit This event is open to the public.



John Warren Huntley: Does Ecology Matter in Deep Time? Organismal Interactions and Their Role in Macroevolution
Tuesday, 5 March 2013; 17h00
Room G32, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science presents John Warren Huntley from the Geology Department at Saint Lawrence University, who is one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP. John will give a presentation titled, “Does Ecology Matter in Deep Time? Organismal Interactions and Their Role in Macroevolution”. The daily struggle for life by organisms has long been seen as a key process in natural selection and the evolutionary process. However, some theorists envision macroevolution (evolution at and above the species level) as a hierarchy wherein trends produced by natural selection can be diluted or reversed by processes operating at higher tiers. Such a concept minimizes the importance of the interactions between organisms in evolution through geologic time. Through multiple case studies from his research, John will present his knowledge of predation, parasitism, and competition in the fossil record and evaluate their roles in the evolutionary process. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.


Diala Hawi: Group Status and Alliance-Building: The Psychology of Intergroup Relations
Thursday, 7 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Room B31, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris
The Department of Psychology presents Diala Hawi, one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP, who will give a presentation titled, “Group status and alliance-building: The psychology of intergroup relations." Diala Hawi is a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is obtaining a doctoral degree in Social & Political Psychology, with a concentration in Peace and Violence, as well as a concentration in Quantitative Methods. She holds a Master's degree in clinical psychology from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she also taught, engaged in clinical practice, and worked with communities that have struggled through political conflict. She has worked as a volunteer relief provider and a psychosocial coordinator, organizing workshops on postwar mental health, conflict resolution, dialogue, and group mediation. Her doctoral career has been in applied research within social, political, and clinical psychology, and focuses on issues that stems from intergroup conflict and group dynamics, with an emphasis on minority-status groups and alliance-building between groups. Diala’s research has covered various regions including the U.S., Northern Ireland, South Africa, and the Middle East. Her work takes a cultural approach and integrates multiple methodologies and disciplines, focusing on a host of social categories, including national, ethnic, religious, and racial groups, while situating them in their unique cultural and historical contexts. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.


Dean Neil Gordon Presents His Novel, The Company You Keep
Thursday, 7 March 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

By invitation of the Center for Writers & Translators and the Department of Comparative Literature & English, Dean Neil Gordon will read from and discuss his novel just published in French, The Company You Keep (Le Dernier d’entre nous). This novel, Dean Gordon’s third, has been made into a major motion picture starring and directed by Robert Redford. The film will open in French cinemas later in March. This event is open to the public.







Elena Berg: Cooperation and Conflict in Social Animals: From Birds to Beetles
Friday, 8 March 2013; 12:30 PM
G32; 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Science presents Elena Berg from the Department of Animal Ecology, Evolutionary Biology Centre at Uppsala University, who is one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP. Elena will give a presentation titled, "Cooperation and Conflict in Social Animals: From Birds to Beetles". Her research focuses on the evolution of cooperation and conflict in animal societies, specifically, how and why individuals within social groups cooperate with each other and the ways in which they are able to resolve conflict. In the second part of her talk, Elena will discuss her recent research on conflict between the sexes over lifespan and reproduction in a model laboratory organism, the seed beetle (Callosobruchus maculatus). This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.


Grassroots Human Rights Action in Paris
Thursday, 21 March 2013; 7:30 PM
Thurber Room, American Church in Paris, 65 quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris

Professor Susan PerryAUP’s own Professor Susan Perry will present specific ways for people to get involved in promoting human rights locally in Paris. A sinologist and specialist in international human rights law, Prof. Perry holds degrees from Brown, Yale, and Oxford universities and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (University of Paris). She is an associate professor of political science at AUP, as well as the Director of the Masters in International Affairs. In 2011, Prof. Perry served in Chad as a member of the US Delegation to the drafting of the N'djamena Declaration to End the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers, a regional best practices document designed to push for an accelerated demobilization and rehabilitation of the thousands of child soldiers in Central Africa. She is currently working on several local human rights issues in Paris, France. This event is open to the public.



Matthew Jarvis: Empire’s Collapse: the Fall of Napoleon
Monday, 25 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Room B31, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Art History presents Matthew Jarvis of UC San Diego, one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP, who will give a presentation titled, “Empire’s Collapse: the Fall of Napoleon”. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.



Is There a Fulbright in Your Future?
Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Join alumnus Joe Lukawski ’10 (who recently returned to AUP to start a Master’s in Global Communications) and Professor Stephen Sawyer, Chair of the History Department, as they discuss opportunities for Fulbright grants. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists who are U.S. citizens to study, conduct research, and/or teach English in another country. During their grants, Fulbright recipients meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings non U.S. citizens to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at American universities or other appropriate institutions. Joe was accepted for a Fulbright grant and lived in Fez in for several months. He recently completed the documentary “Les Eaux Cachées” (“Hidden Waters”) to tell the story of Fez’s waters, the cultural practices surrounding them, and those who aim to save it for future generations. Students and graduates are encouraged to bring their ideas and proposals to receive on-the-spot advice on the Fulbright application process.




Hervé Vanel: Front and Back — Roy Lichtenstein’s Early Pop
Thursday, 28 March 2013; 4:00 PM
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

The Department of Art History presents Hervé Vanel of Brown University, one of the candidates for an open faculty position at AUP, who will give a presentation titled, “Front and Back — Roy Lichtenstein’s Early Pop”. This event is open to everyone. For more information about available faculty positions at AUP, click here.




World's FairWorld’s Fair
Saturday, 20 April 2013
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP students will gather to present their national and cultural backgrounds through food, traditional dress, music and more. Faculty, staff, alumni, and all students are welcome to attend.




Rafael Mahdavi, Sculptor: Talk by the Artist on the Eve of the Unveiling of His Monumental Work
Tuesday, 23 April 2013; 7:00 PM; Time to Be Confirmed
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Spanning 40 years, Mr.Mahdavi has had solo shows in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, and his works have been seen in major galleries and art fairs around the world. He has also taught, notably at Parsons School of Design. For the 50th anniversary of The American University of Paris, Mr. Mahdavi will present AUP with a monumental sculpture, Gateway, created in collaboration with AUP Fine Arts Professor Jonathan Shimony. His Arts Arena talk will take place on the eve of the sculpture's unveiling. A reception follows. This event is open to the public.


AUP Unveils Monumental Sculptures in Celebration of its 50th Anniversary
Thursday, 25 April 2013; 7:00 PM
Courtyard the Combes Building, 6 rue de Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by unveiling two monumental sculptures donated by Jonathan Shimony, Rafael Mahdavi, and Ralph Petty. Jonathan Shimony, Professor of Fine Arts at AUP, and well-known contemporary painter and sculptor, Rafael Mahdavi collaborated on Gateway, a 3m high sculpture that was dedicated to AUP in light of their anniversary. Gateway represents an open book of learning and a new beginning for students who unite in Paris from over a hundred different nationalities. Gateway will be placed in the Combes courtyard, the primary location where university students gather together during the year. Ralph Petty, AUP professor and curator of the Combes Art Gallery, sculpted a granite structure called Listening which features a man and woman with ears touching symbolizing the unique transformation that occurs at AUP through knowledge, connection, and learning. Keep an eye out for an announcement of AUP's 50th and this event in the April issue of Air France magazine.


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Alumni Events


AMEX Retro Mondays

The staff at the AMEX Café invites Paris-based alumni to gather on Monday evenings for a relaxed atmosphere of classic jazz and rock vinyls. Alumni have already begun to gather on Retro Mondays which is perfect for dinner, drinks, and catching up. Join the AMEX Facebook group for updates and specials.





Alumni Celebrate the 50th Anniversary in San Francisco

Over 70 people gathered last month for the 50th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco, California. The event was attended by President Celeste Schenck and included alumni, prospective students, accepted students, parents, trustees, and friends of AUP. Many thanks for the support and coordination by alumna Sharon Faccinto ‘87 and alumnus and Trustee, Andrew Batinovich ’80.






AUP 50th Anniversary Event in Istanbul
Saturday, 9 March 2013; 6:30 PM
The Home of Max and Vivet Macoro, Acarkent 17. sokak villa C31 - Kavacık Beykoz, Istanbul

Join us to learn of the exciting activities surrounding the 50th anniversary from AUP President Celeste Schenck along with our host, alumnus Max Macoro ’84, alumni, parents, friends, accepted and prospective students and guests! Please RSVP at




AUP 50th Anniversary Event in Belgrade
Wednesday, 13 March 2013; 8:00 PM
Restoran Public, 29 Kosancicev venac st., Stari grad

Join AUP Professor Waddick Doyle and a group of current students for a casual gathering in Belgrade. Those in the local community are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. Please RSVP at


NYC skylineAUP 50th Anniversary Event in New York
Thursday, 4 April 2013; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The House at 7 East 95th Street (in the library), New York, NY

Come celebrate our 50th year with AUP President Celeste Schenck, local trustees, alumni, friends and guests! Please RSVP before March 28th at



AUP 50th Anniversary Event in Los Angeles
Sunday, 7 April 2013: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The Home of Mahvash and Farrok Yazdi, 30263 Avenida de Calma, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Celebrate AUP’s 50th anniversary with AUP President Celeste Schenck in Los Angeles! AUP Trustee Mahvash Yazdi and, her husband, Farrok Yazdi have graciously opened their home to those alumni, parents and AUP friends in the local community. All are encouraged to attend and spouses and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to


Notable Now and Then


Submit Your Au Courant

We are now collecting Au Courant entries from alumni for the 50th Anniversary Edition of the AUP Magazine. Au courant is a brief update on your personal and/or professional lives. Photos are also appreciated. Please send your entries to You can read examples from the last AUP Magazine, by clicking here. Deadline: Monday, March 11th.



Alumnus Wins Startup Award

Alumnus Yann Lechelle ’93 recently won “Startup of the Year” and “Best Co-Founder” for the French Startup Awards 2013, voted by a top tech blog, Yann is co-founder of Appsfire, "the best way to find your next favorite app”. 




AUP Student Wins Paris Startup Weekend

AUP student, Clemence Wurtz, participated and won the Paris “Startup Weekend” which took place at HEC (Hautes études commerciales de Paris) from February 8th to the 10th. Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization which holds 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. They partner with the Kauffman Foundation, one of the biggest names in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. Startup Weekends are held all over the world with sponsors that include: Google, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services. More than 10,000 startups have been created through this program.

Clemence, an International Business Administration major, was accepted to participate in the weekend, which started with a 60-second pitch of her idea. She and another AUP student, Enid Choffel, proposed to start a company offering short-term furniture rentals to students and others in France. After all 33 pitches were heard, the participants selected what they considered to be the 10 most promising ideas, and a team was created to flesh out the business plan, validate the idea, create a website, etc. At the end of the weekend, the jury (composed of investors, successful entrepreneurs and other business professionals) selected Celemence’s startup as the best project. She will receive various kinds of support for her startup, such as mentoring by a successful CEO, three months of co-working office space, free web hosting, and more. To visit the startup’s website, visit  



The View from Behind the Lens at Jean Paul Gaultier

AUP student Ford Leland attended Paris Fashion Week ’13 and took a series of photos at the Jean Paul Gaultier show which were recently featured on the Nordstrom fashion blog. “One of my favorite things about Gaultier is that every single collection he imagines is a joy to photograph. Though his shows usually include a classic runway walk, his inspiration is always displayed through an elaborate combination of location, set design, styling, and runway choreography.” Click here to read the full article.



Red Cross Looking for Student Volunteers

AUP’s French Department has cultivated a relationship with the Paris Red Cross organization and is looking for student volunteers to assist handicapped citizens attend a series of concerts at the Invalides Cathedral. Volunteers help a handicapped person enter and exit the cathedral and stay for the concerts for free. Anyone interested should contact Edith Taieb at


Funding Available for AUP Graduate Students

The Margaret Gada Slosberg Charitable Foundation has generously made funding available AUP graduate students for research and activism in the field of social justice. Graduate students from all programs will be eligible to apply for funding to cover the costs of a volunteer or research experience with an NGO or civil society organization in the developing world, in emerging economies, or with vulnerable communities in post-industrial societies. Individual grants may cover both travel and living expenses. Students will be expected to serve as a volunteer or a participant observer for a period of one to six months on location. In order to be eligible, candidates must be registered as a current graduate student at AUP and be in good academic standing. Request an application from Brenda Torney at Paper applications are due by 9:00am Tuesday, March 26, 2012 in Brenda Torney’s office in Bosquet (students must also send her an electronic version).


In Memoriam

We are sad to announce the loss of alumnus Thamer Saeed Salman ’98. An educator, businessman, philanthropist, and father of three, Thamer died tragically on February 8th in a dune buggy accident in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. He was 35 years old. AUP is gathering memories and condolences from fellow alums, faculty and staff to share with his family at



Faculty and Research Updates

Hall GardnerHall Gardner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics, was interviewed on January 29th after he spoke at the Winter CIOR seminar on “The Perils of the Pivot to the Asia Pacific”. CIOR represents the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO, making it the world’s largest military reserve officer organization.



The next issue of AUP News will be sent on Monday, March 18, 2013. Please review the submission guidelines prior to sending content to Kristina Keenan at Deadline for content is Monday, March 11th.


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