The American University of Paris
Alumni e-Newsletter February 2012
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50th Anniversary - 1970s Photos Needed!

We have gone through the University archives in search of photos, yearbooks, and publications in order to build our upcoming 50th Anniversary website. We've found that there is a gap in our material from the 1970s and we need your help to fill in these years!


If you have photographs, yearbooks or other historial documents from your time at the American College in Paris in the 1970s, contact us at  

Alumni Events

Past Events

Oslo Alumni Meet-up
On February 15th, AUP's Vice President and Dean of Student Services Marc Montheard met up with a small group of alumni for after-work drinks in the heart of Oslo, Norway.


Student - Alumni Networking Brunch
Current students and alumni gathered on February 11th at AUP to network over croissants and coffee. Many alumni presented their companies at the Global Career Forum which followed the brunch.


New York Alumni Meet-Up
On February 23rd, alumni in New York City gathered at the Smyth Hotel Lobby Bar for evening drinks.





Upcoming Events

Paris Alumni Gathering
Thursday, 22 March 2012; 6:30-9PM
Location to be determined soon
Paris-based alumni are invited to meet with Alumni Affairs and Development Coordinator Kristina Keenan for after-work drinks in Paris. Feel free to send your suggestions for a venue to If you are living in Paris and haven't been receiving invites to Paris events, email us to update your contact details.


Brussels Alumni Gathering
Saturday, 31 March 2012; Time TBD
Location to be determined soon
Join President Celeste Schenck in Brussels for an evening drink with fellow alumni. Suggestions for a venue can be sent here.
If you are living in Belgium and would like to receive information about alumni events there, email us to update your contact details.


Early April - New York City


Mid-April – Possible alumni event in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, or Dubai


Late April – London alumni event


If you have suggestions for an alumni gathering in your city, email us!

Campus Events

STARCHITECTURE / Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities

Monday, 12 March, 2012; 6:00 PM
C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP’s History Department and Urban Studies invite the AUP community to a lecture by Professor Davide Ponzini of Politecnico di Milano. Ponzini’s lecture draws on his recent research works and publications regarding the multiple roles of star architecture in European, American and Asian cities such as Bilbao, New York City, Paris and Abu Dhabi, also making use of Michele Nastasi’s photographic research. The lecture will be followed by a comment from Stephen W. Sawyer (AUP), Scott Salmon (New School for Social Research), and Francis Soler, (Francis Soler Architecture), as well as a discussion with the audience. A reception with wine and cheese will follow. For more information please contact:


The Ideology of Economic Neoliberalism

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012; 6:30 PM
C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP Working Paper Series presents François Facchini, Professor of Economics at Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne-Paris I, who will speak on “The Ideology of Economic Neoliberalism.” For more information please contact:


Objects & Collecting

Wednesday, 21 March, 2012; 7:00 PM
C31, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

AUP and the Eugene Lang Partnership invite the AUP community to a Communicative Objects Seminar Series lecture with Cary Hollinshead-Strick (Department of Comparative Literature and English) and Kate Eichhorn (Media & Culture, Eugene Lang). For more information please contact Professor Irina D. Mihalache ( For more information on the AUP/Eugene Lang partnership, please visit:


Young Writers and Translators at AUP Reading

Thursday, 22 March, 2012; 6:00 PM
C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris

The Department of Comparative Literature and English and the Masters in Cultural Translation invite the community to a reading by current students Olivia Baes, Jennifer Carr, Maximiliane Donicht, Will Inrig, and Jesse T. Lichtenstein. Refreshments will be served. For more information:

Les 7kms du 7ème

Saturday, 24 March, 2012; 10:30 AM
31 Avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris


AUP students present the third annual “Les 7kms du 7ème,” organized with the Mairie of the 7th arrondissement. The race will start in front of the Bosquet building, will pass through the Champ du Mars, and will finish in the Emile Anthoine stadium on the rue Jean Rey. All proceeds will go to L’association Ambohimalaza-France, an association that provides aid to children in the southern region of Madagascar. Alumni are invited to join in the race or come and support our runners. For online registration: For more information:


The Complexity of Global Policy: Theory and Methodology

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012; 6:30 PM
C12, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007 Paris


AUP Working Paper Series presents Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (Senior Lecturer in Global Politics at London School of Economics) who will speak on “The Complexity of Global Policy: Theory and Methodology.” For more information please contact:


Campus News

AUP graduate student Katie Finnigan was recently selected as a Presidential Management Fellow after having undergone a highly selective application process. The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program is a prestigious two year paid government fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for graduate students who seek a fellowship in a United States government agency. Selection begins with the nomination of the student by the school followed by a rigorous assessment process. Following the conclusion of the two year fellowship, PMFs have the opportunity to convert their fellowship into a full-time permanent position. Congratulations Katie!


A Night in India - Student Fundraiser
Students from this year's AUP Sustainable Development Practicum hosted "A Night in India" on February 16th where they served up Indian food and drinks in an ambiance evocative of their recent experience in Tamil Nadu. The evening also included a special performance by Indian Dance company, Dansez Masala. All proceeds from the event went toward reconstruction efforts in Auroville and villages in Southeast India, following the devastating effects of Cyclone Thane on December 31st. Students have raised a total of 4,000 Euros thanks to the generosity of the AUP community. If you would like to support the student-led initiative, please visit their site here.

Faculty News

Human Attention in Digital Environments is the newest book of Claudia Roda, Professor of Computer Science and Global Communications at AUP. Through a series of contributions by leading researchers, the book explores the idea that attention plays a crucial role in the design future of technology. It has been praised as “an excellent primer for the uninitiated” and “a significant contribution towards advancing an understanding of an important area of study and research." Professor Roda served as the book’s editor as well as author to one of its chapters.


Ali Rahnema, Professor of Economics and director of AUP’s graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies program, has written Superstition as an Ideology in Iranian Politics published by Cambridge University Press. Called a “fascinating book”, it explores the revival of superstitious beliefs among modern Iranian leaders from the founding of the Safavid dynasty to present day.


The Asher Research Companion to War: Origins and Prevention was edited by AUP professors Hall Gardner (Professor and Chair, International and Comparative Politics) and Oleg Kobtzeff (Assistant Professor, International and Comparative Politics). A compilation of essays written by theorists and historians, the book analyzes warfare throughout the ages, providing a study of their consequences and relationships to present day matters.


All three books are available for purchase on

AUP Mascot

Last year, alumni, students, faculty and staff voted on AUP's official school mascot and "The Expat" was chosen. As part of a continued process, we are now asking the AUP community to send us artwork which visually represents this new potential mascot. A final vote on the artwork submitted will determine if "The Expat" will indeed represent AUP sports teams on the new uniforms which will be ordered this spring.


If you would like to contribute artwork, please send it to us at by March 5th.

Support AUP - Alumni Volunteers Needed!

Newly Accepted Student Events - Looking for Alumni Volunteers
We are currently looking for alumni volunteers who would like to attend one of our upcoming accepted student welcome events. President Celeste Schenck will also be in attendance. If you are interested in meeting students and talking about your experience at AUP, please 
contact us for more information.


Dates and Locations:
Los Angeles: March 13th, 14th, and 15th
San Francisco: March 18th
New York City: Week of April 2nd
London: End of April

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