AUP's 50th Anniversary


The 50th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend is just around the corner and everyone is invited to join in the fun! Here is the complete list of events that weekend. To register your attendance, even for the free events, please click here. Select one of the two weekend packages for a flat price for the entrance to multiple events.

Join the Facebook Challenge! Post a photo of yourself to the 50th Anniversary Global Alumni Weekend Facebook event page holding a sign saying “I’ll be there! Will you?” Let’s see from which cities around the world our alumni will be traveling to attend the reunion weekend!  Join the event page and post your photos here. Ania Czerwoniec ’09 will be there from Brussels. Will you?


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 (




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 (hosted at the American Church in Paris), 1970s, early 1980s (hosted at the home of Franklin Craig ’81), late 1980s, early 1990s, late 1990s, early 2000s (hosted by Joumana Hassan ‘04 and Sebastian Ordelheide ‘07), and late 2000s. All other locations will be confirmed soon. This is a free event.



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).


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 will include two to three presenters and a faculty or staff moderator. 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 will include two to three presenters and one faculty or staff moderator. 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.



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

Lisa Robertson, Poet and Intellectual, Talks About Aby Warburg
Friday, 5 April 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Canadian poet and intellectual, Lisa Robertson, will give the fourth lecture in the Public Lecture Series of the AUP Graduate School of Global Studies. She will talk about the work of Aby Warburg, the German art historian and cultural theorist, whose work on the collection and reception of 'classical culture' offers an unorthodox origin for cultural studies. Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet and intellectual, one of the most original and independent voices in contemporary thought. Her critical writings include two very recent collections, Nilling (2012), and Revolution: A Reader (2012), with Matthew Stadler; her collections of poetry have won many major prizes, and include The Weather, Rousseau’s Boat, The Men, and Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip. She has been writer in residence at The University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, and Simon Fraser University, and she taught for a semester at The American University of Paris. The event is primarily intended for graduate students at AUP, but all interested students, faculty, and visitors from the wider community are very welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available. Contact for further details.


Can Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Green Cards and Same-Sex Couples Mix?
Saturday, 6 April 2013; 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Democrats Abroad (DA) France is pleased to present a panel discussion on a major policy issue: Can Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Green Cards and Same-Sex Couples Mix? During the last week of March, the Supreme Court will have heard arguments on the constitutionality of the prohibition against same sex marriage (California`s Proposition 8) and on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). What are the implications and consequences of the Supreme Court decisions for bi-national same-sex married couples and immigration reform? With the pending expansion of civil rights in the United States, Congress and the President are debating whether to include the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) as part of immigration reform, which would allow same-sex spouses of US citizens to immigrate legally. Republicans are opposed; will Democrats defend marriage equality in the quest for fair immigration reform? Our panel discussion will untangle the complex web of issues. Our panelists include Martha McDevitt-Pugh, Bob Bragar, and Joe Smallhoover. Martha and Bob are members of DA-Netherlands, international leaders in Democrats Abroad, and are very active founding members of Love Exiles. Joe is the newly elected Vice Chair of DA-France. Martha, Bob, and Joe were also delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This event is open to the public. Please RSVP to


Watch Game of Thrones in the Grand Salon
Monday, 8 April 2013; 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

Student Nour Djilane has organized a screening of the 2nd episode of the 3rd season of Game of Thrones in the Grand Salon. If attendance is high, more screenings will be organized for the following episodes. Drinks and snacks will be provided. All students are welcome to attend.


Film Screening: Hidden Waters
Monday, 8 April 2013; 7:30 PM
Studio des Ursulines, 10 rue des Ursulines, 75005 Paris

AUP Student Senate, GSC, and MAGC, in collaboration with Roots and Shoots, present “Hidden Waters”, a documentary by AUP alum and current graduate student, Joe Lukawski '11. “Hidden Waters” (Les eaux cachées) tells the story of water in Fez, Morocco, the cultural practices surrounding it, and those who aim to save it for future generations. In the medieval medina of Fez, water was once the motor of medieval commerce and industry as well as a source of well-being and luxury for its peoples. Today, as the old hydraulic system falls into disrepair and the river running through Fez is threatened by pollution, inhabitants of the medina depend on modern water sources that become more expensive as each well dries up and each old water channel breaks down. Can Fez’s famous waters be saved? Free entry with donation to Roots and Shoots kindly recommended. Reception to follow. For more information on the film, click here.



21st Century Branding and Marketing: The Opportunities and Challenges of a Changing World
Tuesday, 9 April 2013; 4:55 PM
Room C31, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

Joel Biswas, Senior Strategist at Landor Associates, will present case studies, make observations and give professional advice about the marketing and branding industry for interested students. He challenges the traditional notion of creativity and argues for a broader and more inclusive definition and approach to creativity. Born, raised and bred to varying degrees in London, New York, Madrid and Barcelona, Joel is senior strategist at Landor London. As Senior Strategist at Landor, Joel’s role is to combine commercial understanding, market and human intelligence, strategic rigour and sharp creative instincts to bring strategy to life in a way that is simple, inspired and most importantly, actionable across any channel. Joel has lived and worked in three countries and consults on behalf of a variety of clients from the consumer, corporate and public sector. In his career, his clients have included Etihad Airways, UEFA, Nokia, HTC, Russian Standard the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cadbury, Nestle and Russian Standard Vodka, to name a few. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and subsequently received his MBA from ESADE in Barcelona. He is currently based in London but works globally.


Ace the Interview: What You Need to Know to Present Yourself with Confidence
Tuesday, 9 April 2013; 6:30 PM
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

What should you do before, during, and after a job interview to make the best impression? What are the most common interview questions? What are the cross-cultural issues to be aware of when interviewing for an international position? Over 24 years of international experience in Management, Recruitment, Retail Distribution and Human Resources have given speaker John Hutson the credibility to help people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses and organizations. John was part of the opening team that recruited 15,000 people in 12 months at Disneyland Paris Resort and managed the European recruitment team, supervising 2000 hires per year. He also managed a team of 115 people at The Disney Store-Champs Elysées, the most profitable store of The Disney Store chain worldwide. Additionally, John was HR Manager for the advertising agency Lowe Paris. Having co-founded the consulting firm MacMillan hcd, Human Capital Development, John now shares his expertise with companies such as Moët Hennessy, Crédit Agricole, Euro RSCG, LVMH, Michelin, Pernod Ricard, Société Générale, and Air France around Europe, Asia and North America. Please bring a copy of your resume to this workshop, and if possible an example of an internship or job posting for which you would like to apply. Please RSVP online here.


Cultural Programs Show and Tell
Tuesday, 9 April 2013; 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The Cultural Program Office invites the AUP community to meet with professors and students from 2012 – 2013 study trips, which have included Brazil, Georgia, and India. Catch an avant-premiere of the movie on Bosnia and Serbia by alum and current graduate student Joe Lukawski '11, plus get a sneak peak at Fall 2013 study trips. Prizes will be given for the best Fall and Spring Cultural Program photos and videos. Check out some photo submissions on the Cultural Programs Facebook page and RSVP for the event here. If you have a photo or story to share, it’s not too late to participate! Email Freya at Food and wine will be served by the AUP Wine Society.


Working in France
Wednesday, 10 April 2013; 12:10 PM
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

How can I stay in France after graduation? How can I find a job in the competitive French market? What do I need to know about work papers/visas in France? What are the different kinds of French employment contracts? Come hear French Lawyer Jean Taquet discuss work permits in France. Having lived and worked in the US, Jean Taquet is a cultural bridge between America and France. He knows firsthand the difficulties faced by many who would like to stay and work in a foreign country. Also on hand will be a French Human Resources professional to help you navigate the different kinds of employment contracts (including the "CDD" and the "CDI") that are currently utilized. With their expert advice, you will walk away with a clearer understanding of your options. Please RSVP here:


An Evening with Laurent Le Bon: Director and Curator of Centre Pompidou-Metz
Wednesday, 10 April 2013; 7:00 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

The AUP Arts Arena welcomes acclaimed curator and current director of Centre Pompidou-Metz, Laurent Le Bon.  Mr. Le Bon returns to AUP to speak about the adventure, his vision for the museum’s future, and the future of museums. A reception will follow. For reserved seating, please email For further information, visit This event is open to the public.





Shades of the Other Shore
Thursday, 11 April 2013; 6:30 PM
Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris

AUP’s Center for Writers and Translators and the Department of Comparative Literature and English, present Jeffery Greene and Professor Ralph Petty, who will speak about their book, number 20 in the Cahiers Series, Shades of the Other Shore. The two, writer and artist, share rural American beginnings, but have since discovered a new life in France, in sparsely populated French areas of Burgundy and the Ardéche, respectively. Their cahier offers a deep mapping of their adopted regions; Greene’s sequence of sketches and poems explores imagined correspondences between personal and historical ghosts tied to the seasons; Petty’s watercolors record a journey to the source of a local river. The result is a rich artistic translation, through their American sensibilities, of the landscapes of their chosen homes. This event is open to the public.





Youth Against Human Trafficking: How Students Can Get Involved in Prevention
Thursday, 11 April 2013; 6:30 PM
Room C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris
AUP alumna Karen Pong ‘09, currently a Youth Peace Ambassador at the Council of Europe, and Professor Susan Perry invite all students and faculty to participate in the upcoming “Youth Against Human Trafficking” conference. The conference is the first phase of a project which aims to promote on-campus awareness-raising as an effective and powerful tool for young people in human trafficking (HT) prevention, and to inspire AUP students to become committed advocates and activists of human trafficking prevention. Four important speakers from the Council of Europe, Groupe d’Experts sur la lutte contre la traite des êtres humains, Interpol, and UNESCO have been secured to participate in the conference. The speakers will provide in-depth information about human trafficking as a human rights violation, monitoring the Convention against human trafficking, prosecuting traffickers, the role of education in prevention and youth participation in civil society. A panel discussion moderated by Professors Susan Perry and Kerstin Carlson will follow the speeches. A workshop will be held one month after the conference on Saturday, May 4, 2013, to provide a space where students can develop plans for concrete action on campus. Students can sign-up for the workshop after the conference. A closing reception with aperitifs and wine follows. Come learn what you can do to prevent this form of human rights violation. This event is open to the public. 



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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Recent Alumni Events


Alumni Celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Istanbul

Alumni gathered on March 9th to celebrate AUP's 50th Anniversary. The event was graciously hosted by alumnus Max Macoro ’84 and was attended by President Celeste Schenck.







Alumni Celebrate the 50th Anniversary in Belgrade

Alumni gathered to celebrate AUP's 50th Anniversary at the Restoran Public on March 13th with Professors Waddick Doyle and Kerstin Carlson.







Alumni Celebrate the 50th Anniversary in New York

Alumni, Trustees, AUP parents, and friends gathered in New York City on April 4th to celebrate AUP's 50th Anniversary with President Celeste Schenck. The event, hosted by former AUP Trustee Bill Jacobi, was the largest alumni gathering outside of Paris to date, with 100 members of the AUP community attending.







Upcoming 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 - a perfect opportunity for dinner, drinks, and catching up with other local alumni. Join the AMEX Facebook group for updates and specials. 






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





American Universities Abroad - Alumni Networking Event in New York City
Wednesday, 24 April 2013; 6:30-8:30 PM
Stitch bar/lounge, 247 West 37th Street, New York, NY (between 7th and 8th avenues)

NYC based alums from multiple American-style universities abroad will come together for the first time at this networking cocktail, organized by AUP alumna Chizzy Igbokwe MA '08. Participating universities include (but are not limited to) the American University of Cairo, the American University of Rome, the American University of Beirut, the American University of Kosovo, and of course, AUP! RSVP via email to:

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Notable Now and Then


Alumnus Mikhail Carpenter '10 Helps Washington State with New Marijuana Regulations

According to CNN, Washington State legalized marijuana for recreational use last November and now their Liquor Control Board is hiring consultants to advise government officials on every aspect of the process. AUP alumnus Mikhail Carpenter ’10 is the spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. “The Liquor Control Board has a long and a very good history with licensing and regulation. We know it and know how to do it well,” he told the Associated Press. “But there are some technical aspects with marijuana we could use a consultant to help us with.” Mikhail handles media, public and governmental inquiries into the implementation of the new system, writes agency position papers, documents and speaking points for the board. To read the full article, click here.



Alumna Samar Sayegh MA '08 Named One of the Most Influential Businesswomen in the Middle East

Alumna Samar Sayegh MA ‘08 was named the 12th most influential businesswoman in the Middle East by Forbes magazine and was featured on their cover. Samar is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sayegh Group and Managing Director, DMTV. For more about the Forbes list, click here





Alumna Sonia Terrab '11 Wins Literature Prize

Alumna Sonia Terrab ‘11 won the first novel prize "Littérature de Femme" in Morocco for her first novel Shamablanca.






Students Visit the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

On March 11, 2013, a group of AUP students had the opportunity to visit the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of a cultural program trip during the spring break. Organized by Professor Kerstin Carlson, the group of 20 students learned about the work, jurisdiction and achievements of the Court. Students also had an opportunity to see footage of a protected witness testimony in a war crime case.





AUP Student Dana Kianfar and Alumnus Anas Bouzoubaa Work on Rapid Health Innovation

Dana Kianfar (current student at AUP) and Anas Bouzoubaa '12 are currently doing an internship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School. They are working on a health IT innovation project called RHINNO, Rapid Health Innovation. By applying lean startup methodology and design thinking to healthcare, RHINNO attempts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the medical ecosystem by rapidly prototyping products. Dana and Anas, both with a Computer Science background, design and develop hardware such as smart asthma inhalers and software such as mobile applications and websites. For more information, please go to



Alumnus Richard Carreño’s '68 publishes A Flâneur At Large: Cultured Shock

AUP alumnus Richard Carreño ’68 would like to announce the recent publication of his book, A Flâneur At Large: Cultured Shock (WritersClearinghousePress, Philadelphia, 2013, 198pp, ISBN: 978-1-300-58836-8). Available from amazon Kindle,, and all major booksellers and bookselling websites. For additional details, contact the publisher via





The Rainmaker Companies Names Alumna Adelaide Ness MA '09 - Vice President and Executive Director Enterprise Worldwide

On March 27th, The Rainmaker Companies announced the promotion of alumna Adelaide Ness MA ‘09 to Vice President of The Rainmaker Alliances and Executive Director of Enterprise Worldwide, an international association of independent accounting firms. She will be responsible for executing the strategies and activities for Enterprise Worldwide members around the world. Enterprise Worldwide is currently positioned as the 16th largest accounting association in the world. “Adelaide Ness is one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with.  She is creative and yet she can handle the details of an international meeting or referral.  Adelaide is resourceful with her time and dollars, yet she has the good judgment to make wise investments.  She helped us build our international segment with excellent firms in over 35 countries.  I am so proud to call her a partner,” said Troy Waugh, CEO of The Rainmaker Companies. Click here for the press release.



AUP Featured in Air France magazine

For anyone flying this month, be sure pick up a copy of the April edition of Air France magazine. Included is an article about the unveiling of the Gateway and Listening sculptures which will be presented in honor of AUP’s 50th Anniversary. Artists Rafael Mahdavi, Jonathan Shimony and Ralph Petty will be present for the unveiling, which will take place on April 25, 2013 in front of the Combes Building where the sculptures will be installed. 






Faculty and Research Updates

Hall GardnerHall Gardner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of International and Comparative Politics, spoke at the 24th annual CIOR Pre-Midwinter Seminar at the conference center of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Schloss Eichholz, Wesseling in Germany on January 29th. The topic was “NATO’S Challenges Following the Chicago Summit”. Gardner’s presentation, The American Pivot to the Asia Pacific, is now online here. Professor Gardner spoke to the Ambassadors to the Court of St. James’s at the Civitatis International Reshaping the West Policy Seminar on February 5th. The video of his talk is now available online here. On March 4th, Professor Gardner was invited to speak at the American University of Sharjah, on the subject, “Alliance of Democracies or Euro-Atlantic Confederation? Toward an Alternative System of Global and Inter-Regional Governance” . Professor Gardner was also interviewed on March 16th on the North Korean crisis by Radio France International.

Anne-Marie Picard, Professor of Comparative Literature, French, and French Studies, recently presented her latest published article at the AUP Library Open House, "The Other Myself" (Bridging Cultures: Intercultural Mediation in Literature, Linguistics and the Arts, C. Hogan, N. Rentel, S. Schwerter, eds, Stuttgart : ibidem-Verlag, November 2012). In the article, Anne-Marie analyzes Shumona Sinha’s 2011 autofiction Assommons les pauvres! (Let’s Pummel the Poor!) to articulate questions of cultural translations, set against the background of rising anti-immigration politics in Europe. In February, she was invited by post-doctoral students at Paris VII Diderot Université to give a paper "Le Moment critique: pour une métapsychologie de la théorie littéraire", and at the journée d'étude "Littérature et psychanalyse comme arts du langage: regards croisés". Finally, in March, Anne-Marie gave a seminar at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes-Etudes en Sciences sociales) about her paper, "Translations transatlantiques dans 'l'affaire DSK'" (published in Les défis et enjeux de la médiation interculturelle, Rodopi, Editors: Nadine Rentel, Stephanie Schwerter, eds, 2012).


Iveta Slavkova, Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, co-authored, "La Documentation photographique" (issue 8091), dedicated to "Histoire des art. Une méthode, des exemples", which was released in January. On February 20th, Iveta gave a conference at the Médiathèque de Valence (South of France) entitled "Nous ne resterons pas silencieux. Les artistes américains face à la guerre du Vietnam", upon invitation by the Amis du musée de Valence. On March 15th, Iveta participated in the conference "ARTS DROGUES... Expériences psychotropes et création artistique" at the Maison Rouge Fondation Antoine de Galbert (Paris) entitled, "La marginalité comme condition de l’art: l’alcoolisme de Wols vu par Sartre". The conference related to the current exhibit at the Maison Rouge called "Sous influences", as well as to her article in the special issue of the journal 20-21 siècles, Presses Universitaire de Nanterre, which will be released in June.



The next issue of AUP News will be sent on Monday, April 15, 2013. Please review the submission guidelines prior to sending content to Kristina Keenan at Deadline for content is Wednesday, April 10th.


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