AUP's 50th Anniversary

Registration Now Available

Join alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of The American University of Paris to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Global Alumni Weekend. Celebration events will take place May 24-27, 2013. The cost of the weekend is 50 euros which includes cocktail events, two lunches, a boat party, all lectures and reunions, as well as a ticket to the graduation ceremony at the Théâtre du Châtelet. There will also be a fundraising gala dinner at the Shangri La Hotel – to raise money for student scholarships – at 500 euros (300 euros of which are tax deductible). 


For Parents and Families of Graduating Students

Graduates will receive two complementary tickets to the 2013 Commencement Ceremony. Additional tickets for the ceremony can be purchased by clicking the link below.


To join the celebration, please register or purchase graduation tickets here.


Campus Events

The Mysterious Fayum Portraits: Euphrosyne Doxiadis

Tuesday, 5 February 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Art History and the Undergraduate Student Council of the SGA invite you to hear expert Euphrosyne Doxiadis present the Fayum Portraits - tomb portraits, originating in the Fayum region of Egypt, and painted to accompany the dead into the afterlife. Incredibly life-like, they maintain an energy that one can still feel today. Euphrosyne has the incredible talent of taking her audience back in time, allowing one to experience life in the Fayum between the 1st and 2nd centuries C.E. An artist herself, she explains the technique involved in the creation of these portraits. This event is open to the public.


From the Other Side of the Desk: A Recruiter's Tips on How to Conduct a Successful Job Search
Wednesday, 6 February 2013, 3:20 - 4:40 PM
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP’s Career Development Office welcomes Edward Bryant, former Human Resources Manager and Headhunter for PriceWaterhouseCoopers EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). The presentation will cover key steps in conducting a successful job search and how to find the job that is right for you. Sign up on MyAUP here:



Her Not All Her
Friday, 8 February 2013; 7:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, Bibliothèque, 17 avenue d’Iéna, 75016 Paris

The Center for Writers and Translators brings you the launch of the Cahiers Series no. 18, Her Not All Her: on/with Robert Walser by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. The event is sponsored by the Swiss Cultural Centre, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Goethe-Institut. It will comprise readings and discussion and debate around the work of Robert Walser and Elfriede Jelinek, in French, German, and English. Participating will be Reto Sorg, Director of the Robert Walser Centre (Bern), Verena Mayer (Jelinek’s biographer), Nicole Colin (Professor at Amsterdam and the Sorbonne Universities), and Daniel Medin and Daniel Gunn (AUP), editors of the Cahiers Series. The English translation of Her Not All Her won the literary prize of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York in 2011. All are welcome. Reservation is recommended. For additional information please contact


Silk Me Back: Fashion Show and Auction
Saturday, 9 February 2013; 5:30 PM
The Westin Hotel Paris-Vendome, 3 Rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris

Alumna Marie McKinley ’10 would like to invite the AUP community to an event organized by the non-profit organization, Silk Me Back, which has put together a collection of 27 spectacular haute couture and museum quality kimonos. Created in a unique collaboration between contemporary artists and the French silk industry, these kimonos will be auctioned on February 9th to benefit victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The kimonos can be viewed at The Westin Hotel Paris-Vendome from February 2 to the 9 culminating into a fashion show and auction on February 9. The complete collection of kimonos may be viewed online here. (The catalogue is available by request.) International participants may join the auction through a live transmission at, by an absentee bid or by telephone. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to the non-profit Kitakami Furusato Project which will provide the funds directly to a community in need. For questions, contact Marie at



Vernissage: Sergey Mosienko
Thursday, 14 February 2013; 6:00 – 8:30 PM
AUP Fine Arts Gallery, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Graphic work by Sergey Mosienko will open at the AUP Fine Arts Gallery on February 14th and will be on display until March 5th. Born in Latvia in 1948, the son of an Air Force officer who was an amateur painter, Mosienko moved constantly as a child throughout Russia, the Ukraine and Germany. He studied, designed and worked as an artistic director for a number of TV productions. He has also been active in many publishing houses in Novosibirsk, creating both political cartoons and logos for the Union of Composers, the Academy of Medical Sciences and Novosibirsk Municipal Radio. Mosienko has participated in multiple exhibitions of graphic art in Russia and abroad, and has won prizes throughout his career. “His artistic domain is full of hypothetical or virtual worlds, where nature, culture and technology combine into incredible and monstrous chimeras and hybrids of the inanimate and living, of the human being and machinery.” This event is open to the public.


Social Media Week at AUP: “From Content Push to Engaging Communities: Collaboration at Work.”
Thursday, 21 February 2013; 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Social Media Week is a worldwide series of events, scheduled from February 18th through the 22nd, which aims to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information while exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. In just under five years, Social Media Week has become a platform and a community that has grown to more than 100,000 members in 26 cities around the world. Participants can attend live events, experience others through live streaming, and/or follow relevant discussions on Twitter. On February 21st, AUP will once again proudly be a part of this mega-event, with a panel discussion facilitated by social network expert and author Professor Matthew Fraser, “From Content Push to Engaging Communities: Collaboration at Work.” Members of the AUP community may attend for free by signing up in advance, but space is limited. For full details and to register, click here.




Poetry Reading with Marilyn Hacker and Alfred Corn
Friday, 1 March 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Department of Comparative Literature presents a poetry reading and dialogue on writing and translation with Marilyn Hacker and Alfred Corn. Moderated by Jenifer K. Dick, Poet and Professor at Université de Mulhouse. This event is open to the public. For questions, contact Jeffrey Greene at

Marilyn Hacker is the author of twelve books of poems, including Names (Norton, 2010), Essays on Departure (Carcanet Press,, 2006) and Desesperanto (Norton, 2003) and an essay collection; Unauthorized Voices (University of Michigan Press, 2010). Her twelve volumes of translations from French include Marie Etienne’s King of a Hundred Horsemen (Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2008), which received the 2009 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, Emmanuel Moses’ He and I  (Oberlin College Press, 2010),  and Rachida Madani’s Tales of a Severed Head (Yale University Press, 2012). For her own work, she is a past recipient of the Lenore Marshall Award for Winter Numbers, the Poets’ Prize for Selected Poems, the National Book Award for Presentation Piece, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004, the American PEN Voelcker Award for poetry in 2010, and the Argana International Poetry Prize from Morocco’s Bayt as-Sh’ir (House of Poetry) for 2011. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Paris, and is an editor of the journal Siècle 21

Alfred Corn’s tenth book of poems, titled Tables, appeared in January with Press53, and his recent collections include Contradictions, Copper Canyon Press, 2002. He has also published a novel, titled Part of His Story; two collections of essays, most recently Atlas, University of Michigan Press 2008; and The Poem’s Heartbeat, a study of prosody. Fellowships for his poetry include the Guggenheim, the NEA, an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and one from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught at Yale, Columbia, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He spends half of every year in the U.K., and Pentameters Theatre in London staged his play Lowell’s Bedlam in the spring of 2011. In 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, preparing a translation of Rilke’s Duino Elegies, a residency that led to his being named a Life Fellow. He has returned there for a second residency in 2013. His first ebook, Transatlantic Bridge: A Concise Guide to the Differences between British and American English, was published in 2012.



7K du 7éme
Saturday, 2 March 2013; 10:30 AM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The AUP community is invited to participate in the annual 7 kilometer race in the 7th arrondissement along with members of the neighborhood. The cost to register is 10 euros and a subscription form must be received with the application fee, and with a medical certificate, or a copy of a university league license which is valid for the current sports season. These licenses must be handed to the organizers of the event when receiving your squad number at 9 AM the morning of the race. The certificates will be kept by the organizers until the end of the race. The registration fee will go to the Ambohimalaza France Association whose primary purpose is to help children in Madagascar. Click here to sign up.


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Alumni Events


AUP 50th Anniverary Event in London
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Time and location to be decided

Save the Date! More details regarding this event to come in the following weeks.



AUP 50th Anniversary Event in Istanbul
Saturday, 9 March 2013; 6:30 PM
Location to be decided

Save the Date! More details regarding this event to come in the following weeks.




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, accepted and prospective students and guest! Please RSVP before March 28th at


To receive invitations to alumni events in your city, please contact to update your records.


Notable Now and Then

Online Class with AUP Alumna: Map Making

Alumna Anne Ditmeyer ‘11, a designer and editor based in Paris, has created a MAP MAKING class on Skillshare and is working to have all corners of the globe represented (see current student map). Students participate online and will learn the skills to create a map of any location of their choice (hand drawn are welcome too), while meeting interesting people in the class (photographers, illustrators, designers, magazine contributors, community managers, etc). No design experience is required. There is a general time line for the class, but once it starts students have access to the information even after it's over. Think FUN, not stress. Sign up at here: Contact Anne for any questions at



“Girls Can Jump, Too! Alicia Farina, Men’s Basketball Starlet”

AUP student Alicia Farina was recently written about in an article by Joanna Saab for The Planet and The 7eme website. “Basketball is in Alicia Farina’s veins and she couldn’t wait to become a professional ‘baller.’ After breaking her ankle in high school, her dreams of playing basketball in college were crushed. All that changed when she came to AUP and joined the men’s basketball team… Ashkan Shalbaf, AUP’s Sports Director, responded positively to Alicia’s request to join the team and invited her to join them for practice. ‘The fact that there is no other female participant, and that we have no female team, didn’t stop her from showing up. And she did show a couple of our guys how basketball is supposed to be played. Alicia plays as a Post player, a position that is reserved for the tallest and strongest players of a team. That should say enough about the intensity she is sometimes confronted with.” Click here for the full article.



SGA Announces New Members

The election results are in! The Student Government Association is proud to announce the following student leader positions for Spring 2013. USC Social Director, Luka Ivicevic; Art History Rep, Maritza Lacayo; Film Studies Rep, Alexandra Kerr; Global Communications Rep, Loraine Ong; Freshman Rep, Jay Bowlby; Sophomore Rep, Nour Djilane; Junior Rep, Michael Federico; Visiting Student Rep, Carol de Coene; MCT, Ryan McCarthy; and MAGC + MAGCS rep, Rene Askew.


Career News

Students: Be Noticed by Top Employers!

Be noticed by Polo Ralph Lauren, Human Rights Watch, AXA Investment Managers, PFC Energy, The New York Times and many more! The AUP Career Development Office is currently putting together the Spring 2013 Global Talent Brochure – a collection of mini resumes which gives students the opportunity to get noticed by top employers seeking interns. To be included in the brochure, students should fill out the form on MyAUP before February 22nd. To find out more, students can attend the information session on Wednesday, Feb. 20th in C12 from 12:10 to 1:30 pm, where they can also get their picture taken for the brochure. This opportunity is only open to currently enrolled students eligible for a summer and/or fall 2013 internship. Contact Director of Career Development Danielle Savage with any questions: Click here to see an example of the last brochure.


Faculty and Research Updates

Michael Dorsch
, Assistant Professor of Economics, was a visiting scholar over the semester break at Aix-Marseille School of Economics, where he worked on the project “Income redistribution and the diversity of consumer goods” with economists from the GREQAM research group. 




Hall GardnerHall Gardner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics, will present a talk at the A Civitatis International Policy Seminar for The Ambassadors to the Court of St. James’s, convened in association with Goodenough College, called “Reshaping the West – What Values and What Architectures for a Secure World?” on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 5:25 pm – 7:30 pm. Visit the conference website for more information:



Justin McGuinness, Assistant Professor of Global Communications and Urban Studies, co-edited a collection of papers on gentrification in Morocco with Elsa Coslado (Université François-Rabelais, Tours) and Catherine Miller (CNRS-IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence). The volume, entitled Médinas immuables ? Gentrification et changement dans les villes historiques marocaines (1996-2010), contains articles by anthropologists, architects and urban geographers from Belgium, France, Germany, Morocco and Tunisia. Published by the Centre Jacques Berque (Rabat) in open edition on, Médinas immuables ? is one of the first country-specific books devoted to gentrification in the Mediterranean region. In addition to academic writing, it also includes a ‘sources’ section of interviews with key professional actors involved in Morocco’s historic cities.


Stephen Sawyer, Chair of the History Department, has edited a special issue of the Tocqueville Review on “The History of the French and American States”. The issue opens with a programmatic statement written by William Novak (University of Michigan), James Sparrow (University of Chicago) and Stephen Sawyer entitled "Toward a History of the Democratic State" followed by articles on the French and American states by Alain Chatriot (CNRS), Sarah Gensburger (CNRS), Nicolas Delalande (Sciences-Po), Romain Huret (IUF), James Sparrow and Stephen Sawyer. The issue is now available on Project MUSE.



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


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