Save the date 2017


The New Academic Year Has Begun!

Summer has now come to an official end and fall is upon us. While the days are shortening and the gauge on our thermometers is headed south, we sense an energy here at AUP pushing us forward for what proves to be one of the most promising years to date. Our thoughtful, caring, professional response to last year's Paris attacks caught the attention of the international organization known as CASE, which in turn recognized AUP with a Silver Award for Crisis Communications, the only institution outside the British Commonwealth to be so honored. In addition, Tireless work over this past summer has seen the development of new security features across the campus from physical changes to our buildings to a new security app providing coverage 24/7. This response, in conjunction with the devoted work of AUP's faculty and staff last year, ensured the highest level of safety for our community and resulted in strong retention rates amongst our returning students.

Campus renovations and improvements have proceeded dramatically. The renovation of the Grenelle Teaching and Mentoring Center has been completed and the transformation is remarkable! A number of faculty have been relocated to Grenelle and the new student spaces are well equipped to foster the learning of our up-and-coming global leaders. As you may remember from our reporting last year, we also have a new central hub for our key offices: the recently renovated Latour-Maubourg building is home to many of the administrative departments. We are also excited to announce that the new Quai d'Orsay Building will be purchased and renovated this Spring.

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention will be hosting its inauguration this month with a screening of the film "The Uncondemned," followed by an international conference on "Legal Legacies of Genocide: Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court." The stellar line-up of guest speakers, events and debates on this topic reflects the momentum and dynamism currently felt on the AUP campus. 

This year, like every year, will bring about its own set of challenges and rewards. We will focus on both the American and the French elections - which rarely occur in the same year. Due to AUP's diverse demographics, these elections are everyone's concern. Discussions, roundtables, speakers and specially designed courses encourage students to delve deeper into the issues. In response, the Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring voter registration and assisting with requests for absentee ballots for eligible voters, as well as hosting an Election Eve party to be thrown in the Amex on November 7.

AUP is preparing to celebrate our 55th anniversary with an extraordinary Global Alumni Weekend in Paris, featuring class reunions, campus tours, alumni forums, a gala diner and a boat party. The Save the Date has been sent, so please mark your calendars. As of November, the weekend's agenda will be set and invitations mailed to the alumni community. We can promise you it will be a special weekend, honoring all the strides we have made since our last celebration in 2013. The inspiring achievements of our alumni community make us incredibly proud. Indeed, the diversity of projects undertaken and awards received by members of our community highlight the transformative power of an AUP education. Global explorers all, we break down barriers, construct new narratives, and leave our mark wherever we work and live in the world.



Alumni Updates

Alumnus Sven van Mourik '15 (pictured here alongside Dr. Jane Goodall) will be continuing his academic journey at NYU after receiving a Fullbright Foreign Student Award. Sven will be starting his Master's in European History with an emphasis on the Netherlands. Since the inclusion of foreign students in the Fullbright Program in 2001, more than 3200 foreign participants have benefited from this award. Congratulations to Sven! We wish him all the best and look forward to hearing how this adventure unfolds.




Le Tran Quach '15 studied International Economics and International Comparative Politics at AUP and is currently earning a MSc in Public Health on a Rotary Scholarship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After graduating in 2015, Le Tran began working for the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Global Rapid Response Team. While there, Le Tran had the opportunity to work with the United Nations and bilateral partners of the US government in Geneva and London. As a result of this experience, Le Tran came to realize the potential of linking public health to her studies at AUP. Her ambition to improve the human condition is humbling and we wish her all the best and look forward to learning about her future successes.     





John Keating '88 is still smiling after making the French Honour's list in 2016. John is set to receive the award of "Chevalier dans l'ordre national du mérite", for his distinguished career in journalism. For the past 23 years, John has worked for Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) with a focus on French policy in the Middle East and its influence upon European initiatives in the region. He is the current treasurer and former president of the Anglo-American Press Association (AAPA), treasurer of the Arab Press Club and a member of the National Union of Journalists. Congratulations to John on receiving this prestigious award.





Academic Events 


Distinguished Alumni Series
Wednesday, October 12, 2016; 6:30pm
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 104

The Distinguished Alumni Series was created to showcase some of AUP's most influential alumni speaking informally to students about their career. The first speaker of the 2016-2017 series is Jörn Cloppenburg, who graduated from AUP in 1992, majoring in International Affairs. Since Jörn's time at AUP, he has completed an MBA at the ENPC School of International Management and launched a stellar career in international business. Jörn is the current country manager for both France and Switzerland and the head of business development in Germany for the Ranger Group, an analytic services company based in the U.S. Prior to this appointment, Jörn worked for companies such as Mazars, Lowendal Group and Jörn's strengths are in the fields of high level multi-cultural negotiations and long term international project management. He will be speaking on his time here at AUP, how his studies and experiences shaped future successes, how his mentors influenced his path, and how he faced down difficulties in the process. This talk will be followed by refreshments and small Q&A session.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to If you do not have an AUP alumni card, request one in advance from the Alumni Affairs team or email us to be added to the security list. 



Travelling Texts and Translated Men: Migration and Postcolonialism Across Disciplines
Saturday, October 15, 2016; all day
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room 104

Join AUP faculty for a transdisciplinary one-day seminar exploring the topical issue of migration as a movement not only of people, but also of cultures, languages, and forms of “knowledge.” Well-known postcolonial scholars Gaurav Desai and Supriya Nair will jointly present the keynote lecture on textual and personal migrations in Africa and the Caribbean.

This seminar is part of “The Politics of Translation” lecture series organised by the Center for Writers and Translators. This event offers the opportunity to foster intellectual exchange between departments and to showcase research done within the AUP community. To learn more, visit our website.



An Evening With Rebecca Walker
Tuesday, October 18, 2016; 630pm
6 rue de Colonel Combes, 75007; Room C-104

Rebecca Walker
Please join us for a very special evening with Rebecca Walker, who will be reading from her novel Adé: A Love Story and discussing her experiences as a writer. Rebecca Walker is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, and the editor of the anthologies To Be Real, What Makes a Man, One Big Happy Family, and Black Cool. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Newsweek, Real Simple, Glamour, Interview, The Washington Post, Corriere della Sera, French Vogue and Marie Claire Italia, among many other international publications and literary collections. Her latest book, Adé: A Love Story, is currently being adapted for film, with Madonna tapped to direct. She lives in Los Angeles, California. 

If you wish to attend this event and do not have an AUP ID card, you must contact to be listed for entry. 




Henry James International Centenary Conference
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Saturday, October 22, 2016; 5:30 PM
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris

The European Society of Jamesian Studies and The American University of Paris are delighted to announce our third international conference, Reading Henry James in the Twenty-First Century: Heritage and Transmission. The conference celebrates the centenary of the author's passing and is the final major international gathering, following those in London and the US.

The vibrant, shifting connectedness of James's work to the cultural and artistic explorations of the last century, is testimony to the seemingly endless "future feeling" that Gertrude Stein saw in his writing. Our speakers will be looking at the myriad ways and contexts in which James staged the experience of transmitting human value, and at ways in which other artists have been inspired by his work, not just in writing, but in film, drama, and the visual arts. The special relationship of James with French culture, thought and social space will form one focus of our event. Central to James's work is the figure of the child, and the experience of wonder. We hope our conference will show how alive that experience of wonder always is for those who, to use one of his favorite words, "meet" his work in their lives, and how wonderfully transformative this heritage can be. To learn more about the conference or to register, visit our website.





CapturePrivate Screening of "The Uncondemned" (2016)
Thursday, 20 October, 2016; 6:00pm
at the Théâtre Adyar, 4 Square Rapp, 75007 Paris.

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention at The American University of Paris invites you to watch a documentary by Michèle Mitchell and Nick Louvel about the first conviction of rape as a crime of genocide. This is the story of how the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda defied the odds to win this historic case. Panel discussion led by the Executive Director of France Culture, Sandrine Treiner, to follow.


Please RSVP to this event by clicking here to access the sign-up form.


International Conference: "Legal Legacies of Genocide: From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Courts"
Friday, October 21, 2016; 09:45am to 6:00pm
at the Théâtre Adyar, 4 Square Rapp, 75007 Paris

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention at The American University of Paris invites you to an international conference bringing together prominent scholars, lawyers and jurists to discuss the evolving relationship between the law and genocide since the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and Tokyo, and to analyze the search for justice that has unfolded both inside and outside the courtroom since that time. The full program can be accessed here.

Morning Session: Inside the Courtroom Roundtables:

"Constructing Law in the International Criminal Courts"

"Constructing Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity"

Afternoon Session: Outside the Courtroom Roundtables:

"Memory and the Law"

"Seventy Years Since Nuremberg: A Critical Assessment"




A Polarized America Goes to the Polls: An Analysis of the 2016 US Elections
Wednesday, 26 October, 2016; 6:30pm
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room C-102

2016 is an unconventional year - possibly the most unprecedented election in recent US politics.

The electorate is highly polarized. Gridlock has replaced compromise. Talk of tribal warfare has become common. An atmosphere of pessimism pervades the election in which both major party candidates are burdened by unfavorable public opinion ratings. 

Donald J. Trump, as a candidate is highly unusual, a real estate mogul and TV star who has dominated media attention. His surprising victory in the Republican primaries added to his de facto hostile take-over of the party. It also demonstrated his dystopian messages of disaster, failure, and a 'rigged' system for which he blamed "incompetent" leadership (i.e., Obama + Clinton). Will the strategy also work in the general election?

Join visiting Professor William Chandler, Professor Emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, for a discussion on the biggest political event of 2016. For further information and to register please visit our website.



Conference: Noire is the New Noir
Saturday, 5 November, 2016; all day 
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris; Room C-104

"Noire is the New Noir; the Série Noire and the Franco-American Detective Traditions"

Plenary speaker: Aurélien Masson, director, Gallimard Série Noire

In 2015, the Série Noire, Gallimard’s iconic crime fiction imprint celebrated its 70th birthday. Throughout its history, the collection has published cult and classic texts from authors as diverse as Raymond Chandler and Chester Himes to Jean-Patrick Manchette and Thierry Jonquet under its distinctive yellow and black covers. Some of its writers were destined for mainstream and literary recognition outside the world of detective fiction; others, such as James Hadley Chase, James Gunn and Jean Amila were to remain appreciated only by a narrow, but voracious band of crime aficionados.

This one-day conference will consider how the Série Noire reflects the dynamics of the relationship between France and the USA. It will explore how the novels of the Série Noire can be understood as a prism through which the social, political and cultural links between the two nations can be better understood. 

This conference is jointly organized by the AUP Departments of Comparative Literature and English and Film Studies. For further information, please contact Russell Williams (


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



Alumni Events    


MAGC Gathering in London
Friday, October 14th 2016; 6:00pm,
Founders Arms, 52 Hopton Street, 
Bankside SE1 9JH London

Professor Waddick Doyle will be traveling to London with a group of current MAGC students. Join the group for a casual drink and a chat near the South Bank. RSVP for you + guest(s) to



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MAGC Gathering at AUP
Thursday, 27 October, 2016
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007, Paris; room C-104

Please join us for a drink and an opportunity to connect with current MAGC students here on campus. This invitation is for all alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the AUP community. If you are interested in attending this evening, please rsvp to .



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AUP Soirée in New York
Friday, 18 November, 2016; 6:00 PM
The Madison Club, New York, NY

Join our host alumnus Elan Garonzik '70, and President Celeste Schenk for a soirée in New York. All those in the AUP community are encouraged to attend and spouses and guests are welcome. Further details regarding the evening will be sent out in the coming weeks. For additional inquiries, please contact




AUP Cocktail Reception in Washington, DC
Sunday, 20 November, 2016
Location and time to be confirmed

We cordially invite you to join President Celeste Schenck and the AUP community for a cocktail reception in Washington, DC. Details for this evening are currently being confirmed and will be communicated in the coming weeks. For additional inquiries, please email





ACP LogoThe American University of Paris West Coast Reunion; The Founding Decade
Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, 2017
San Francisco

From the Quai D'Orsay to the City By the Bay, you are invited to join us in San Francisco next February for an exciting weekend is being organized by and for those from AUP's founding decade; classes from '62 to '69. This will be a very special weekend so be sure to rsvp to





Faculty Research Updates


East AsiaThe Co-Chair of AUP's International and Comparative Politics Department, Professor Philip S. Golub, has spent his career studying and writing about imperial systems, and the ways in which contemporary world politics has been shaped by late-modern colonial and imperial history. As part of his theoretical and ethical concern over global inequalities, he has also published on the political economy of postcolonial development. Prior to AUP, he taught at the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po) and the Univeristé de Paris 8. He has also been extremely active as a public intellectual and in the media, where he was one of the founders and editors of The Asia Times, editorial consultant to the French public radio station France Culture, and contributing editor of the French monthly, Le monde diplomatique. 

Most recently, Professor Golub published East Asia's Reemergence with Polity Press, a book that explores the sources and the implications of East Asia's extraordinary economic and political ascent over the last 40 years. He has already received praise for a thorough and provocative analysis that offers original historical and comparative perspective on state and nation building in East Asia, and that sheds new light on the contradictions and tensions of a developmental dynamic that challenges global liberal capitalism while profiting from it. Professor Golub examines existing development theories and interpretations of East Asia's new global role, China's in particular, makes comparisons with other postcolonial regions of the Global South, and investigates East Asia's future and the new world that is emerging as a result of global re-balancing between East and West. 



Dr Anne-Marie Picard is professor of French and Comparative Literature. Using a psychoanalytical approach, her research focuses mainly on French writers such as Colette, Sartre, Duras, Cixous, Agnot and Houellebecq. Her book, From Illiteracy to Literature, translated from French by Kristina Valendinova, has just been published by Routledge. It presents innovative material based on research with 'non-reading' children and re-examines the complex relationship between psychoanalysis and literature through the lens of the psychical significance of reading: the forgotten adventure of our coming to reading. 

Anne-Marie Picard draws on two specific fields of interest: first, the wish to understand the nature of literariness or the "literary effect", i.e the pleasures (and frustrations) we derive from reading; second research on reading pathologies carried out at St Anne's Hospital in Paris. The author uses clinical observations on non-reading children to answer literary questions about the reading experience, using psychoanalytic theory as a conceptual framework. The notion that reading difficulties or phobias should be seen as a symptom in the psychoanalytic sense allows Professor Picard to shed light on both clinical vignettes taken from children's case histories and reading scenes lifted from literary texts. To discover more on this release please visit our website