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February 2017
Newsletter Overview

55th Anniversary - Global Alumni Weekend

Meet Nelly Corbel, an AUP graduate with a BA in International Politics '05 and MA in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society '08. Nelly will be just one of our exceptional alumni panelists participating in the Knowledge Festival during the 55th Anniversary - Global Alumni Weekend, along with some of our incredible faculty and students. This is a weekend you do not want to miss!   

Nelly dreams of a citizen driven world where solidarity rhymes with growth. 

Currently, Nelly is the founding executive director of Global Civic Consulting, the co-founder of the Lazord Foundation and a member of the Networking Arab Civic Education founding committee. Prior to this, she served as the associate director of the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo.

Franco-Egyptian, Nelly is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School (Strategic management for leaders of non-profit), as well as AUP and the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Only a few more days to enjoy our Early Bird rate! 

Don't miss out on the Early Bird rate ending on Monday, March 6th! Join alumni, students and friends in celebrating the University's 55th Anniversary – Global Alumni Weekend from May 19 - May 22, 2017. The weekend includes an extraordinary line-up of events!
Online registration is available until April 30th! If you would like to review the full schedule of events, you may visit our website or contact
Remembering Nutsa Makhviladze 

We have the unfortunate duty to share with the greater AUP community that one of our current students Nutsa Makhviladze was taken ill with meningitis and passed away a few days later.

Nutsa was a remarkable, gifted student whose passion to live and thrive in this world shone on so many during her time at AUP. She was greatly loved by her fellow students, faculty members and staff who had the privilege of spending time with her.

During a memorial service that was planned by students this past Wednesday, the community came together to mourn and tie colorful ribbons to a tree which was later planted at Grenelle in memory of Nutsa. We announced a scholarship fund, created with the support of her parents, in honoring her memory. This AUP scholarship will enable talented students from Georgia, like Nutsa, to benefit from attending our international university in Paris offering an American style education.

The Nutsa Makhviladze Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded every year to an exceptional student from Georgia, encouraging young adults from that part of the world to join our global community.

If you wish to contribute to this fund, you may do so online or by check. Please specify the Nutsa Makhviladze Memorial Scholarship Fund as your gift designation if providing your contribution through wire transfer, check or in making your gift online.
Alumni Survey: Calling Alumni from the Classes of 2014 and 2015!

It’s that time of year again when we reach out to our recent alumni to participate in our annual AUP Next Destination Survey. This survey allows us to assess the impact of an AUP education on our most recent graduates in order to communicate our successes as well as incorporate areas of improvement into our development. With the information gathered from these surveys, AUP is able to better determine whether we are delivering on our mission, learn the areas of the world where alumni are currently working, the quality of professional prospects after leaving the University and the strength of AUP’s support networks.
For alumni from the classes of 2014 and 2015, we send many thanks in advance for taking a moment to fill out this survey. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team at for further details.
2017 Summer Creative Writing Workshop

The Department of Comparative Literature and English is delighted to announce the 6th edition of the Summer Creative Writing Workshop. The feature author this year, Stacey D'Erasmo will teach the course, Writing Fiction. Professor Siân Dafydd will instruct the Poetic Experience as well as a new course, Translation: A Creative Process. Professor Jeffrey Greene will lead the session on Crafting Personal Narrative. During the workshop, there will be weekly readings by internationally recognized authors, along with a number of guest speakers, and Paris literary field trip/writing assignments.  Applications are now available.
Have an Old Laptop? Pass it on! 

This project began as part of AUP's Development Communications class in which students chose an assignment to collect computers and send them to Hatua Likoni - an NGO in Mombasa, Kenya which sponsors about 300 students’ secondary and post-secondary educations. Working in the lowest-income district of Mombasa where daily wages are generally between 2 to 4 US dollars per day, students are often obligated to stop their education after primary school in order to earn a living. Hatua Likoni assists the local community by providing students educational opportunities and managing the only community library where additional programs are offered such as mentoring and building career skills. The use of information communication technology (ICT) can empower these students and enhance their academic and professional capabilities. The project's goal is to send 100 used laptops to Mombasa each year to ensure that all students have equal access to the technology needed to gain computer literacy and additional skills for success upon graduation. Organized by a committee of global citizens, this project acknowledge the needs in Mombasa and the desire to contribute to the solution by mobilizing our diverse AUP community as well as fellow individuals in Paris.
Alumni Updates
AUP alumna Alexandra Malandain '91 has been awarded the National Order of Merit ( l'Ordre National de Merite) by the French Government. This honor is in recognition of Alexandra's outstanding voluntary work for the French community in Hong Kong. In particular Alexandra has been President of the Hong Kong branch of Union des Francais de l'Etranger (UFE) for the past three years.

Alexandra has lived in Hong Kong since 2000, and is the General Manager of the Elegance Agency as well as the Asian representative of Tetra Media Studio.
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AUP alumnus Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi '98 toured the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris with Rachel Donadio, the Times's European Culture Correspondent. The Institut du Monde Arabe is exhibiting 80 artworks from one of the most important collections of contemporary art currently coming out of the Arab world: The Barjeel Art Collection. Founded by Sultan, the Barjeel Art Foundation is a non-profit arts institution based in Sharjah. The show, Masterpieces Of Modern And Contemporary Arab Art, was curated by Karim Sultan of the Barjeel Art Foundation and Philippe van Cauteren of the S.M.A.K in Ghent. The exhibition will be on display at the Institut du Monde Arabe during Global Alumni Weekend, May 19 to May 22, 2017. 
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Academic Events
Syria and the World

Last month, AUP hosted a talk by Professor Ziad Majed entitled "Syria and the World". The event was well-received by all those in attendance including members of AUP and the wider academic community. Professor Majed will be speaking during Global Alumni Weekend on the subject of "The Syrian Question". For those who were unable to join the evening, please follow the link below to view Professor Majed's complete presentation.  
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Building Peace After Genocide: Lessons from Rwanda with Dr Stephanie Wolfe

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 17:30

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 102

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention welcomes guest lecturer Stephanie Wolfe, Assistant Professor at Weber State University. Professor Wolfe specializes in international politics and human rights with an emphasis on genocide, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities. Having received her doctorate in International Relations from the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies in 2011, Professor Wolfe's publications include The Politics of Reparations and Apologies (2013), focusing on the aftermath of World War II, specifically the Holocaust and the Romani genocides, the Japanese American internment, and the Japanese "comfort women" system. In addition, Professor Wolfe is included in the publication, The Politics of Reparations and Apologies: Historical and Symbolic Justice within the Rwandan Context (2014).  
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Women's Leadership Workshop

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 104

Join the SGA and Paris for Her in the second event of our Women's Leadership Series. The event features a number of speakers and workshops to help students and young professionals discover their own leadership style in order to grow both personally and professionally. There is an admission fee of 10 euros, including a continental breakfast, lunch, a networking cocktail, and business cards. RSVP for this event is required by Thursday, March 9th at 10:00 AM. Please remember to bring a photo ID to gain entrance.
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Charity Week: 7K Walk/Run in 7eme

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 09:00 to 15:00

The American University of Paris
Passage Landrieu, 75007
Closing out Charity Week is the 7th Annual 7k walk/run in the 7eme! On that Saturday, participants from inside and outside the AUP community will either walk or run the 7k to raise money for AJMJTO - an association based out of Ile Saint Marie and dedicated to youth development. Children from Llampy, a small village, had to walk 7k to and from school each day until AJMJTO built them a new school, with the help from AUP raised funds! To honor those students, we walk or run 7kms and continue to raise money for the costs of maintaining the school.

After the run, celebrate in the Amex with a lasagna lunch!
Participation costs 10 euros per person and is non-refundable. All runners must obtain a health certificate to officially be registered and turn it into the Athletic Office or bring a copy the day of the race.

*If we do not have 70 runners signed up by February 28th, the event will be cancelled and all donated money will go directly to AJMJTO.

If you have questions or want to volunteer, email the undergraduate president, Sarah Harper-Johnston, at  or

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The Evolution of International Courts and the Reassembling of International Society, with Mikael Rask Madsen

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 18:00

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 104

Mikael Rask Madsen’s research is focused on globalization and the role of legal institutions and professionals in these processes. His current research concerns the special interaction between law and global integration, the role and power of lawyers in globalization, the increased importance of supranational legal institutions and, more generally, the international transformation of law and authority towards networked expertise. 

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention has asked Mikael Madsen, as the director of the innovative Danish research center iCourts (Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen) and well-known specialist on international justice, to address the impact of international tribunals on the "reassembling" of international society.  


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Book Launch and Lecture: Whose Story? Whose World? Life and Narrative in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 18:30

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 102

The American University of Paris invites you to celebrate the launch of Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-edited by Professor Brian Schiff. The launch coincides with a lecture by Mark Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and Chair of the Department of Psychology, College of the Holy Cross.

The discussion entitled, "Whose story? Whose world? Life and Narrative in the Age of Trump," explores how the relationship between life and narrative has acquired a special urgency in recent months.  References in the popular media abound to "the narrative" and, yet, "the narrative" can be vastly different for different "readers", so different that one cannot help but wonder about the disparate worlds being inhabited. Alongside the sheer abundance of narrative talk, questions have emerged about the nature of "facts," about the problem of interpretation, and, not least, about the importance of differentiating between true stories and false ones. 

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Charity Week: Afrikia Tikkun Lecture and Silent Auction

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 18:30

The American University of Paris 
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 102

This year, we will be honoring and raising money for Afrika Tikkun, a partner NGO based out of South Africa that is dedicated to investing in education and youth development by providing homes, schools, tuition, community centers, and sanitary health centers for those in need.

Unlike previous years, we will be holding our first silent auction to support Afrika Tikkun. Items will include special products, artwork, restaurant gift cards and the Paris cinema, as well as a surprise item to be live auctioned at the end! Join us for this important fundraiser - wine and nibbles will be provided.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, email the undergraduate president, Sarah Harper-Johnston, at
To learn more about Afrika Tikkun, visit their website.
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Colonial Mass Violence and/or Colonial Genocide? (Re-Interpreting Colonial History) with Oliver Lecour Grandmaison

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 18:00

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 104

Nineteenth and early-twentieth century colonialism shaped the modern world in fundamental ways, with effects that are still with us today. By the 1930s, more than a third of the world population had been incorporated in formal imperial systems whose creation, maintenance, and expansion was characterized by structural material and symbolic violence – the physical violence of conquest and of colonial rule, and the daily experience of suppression and cultural subordination of indigenous peoples. 

In settler-colonial areas such as Australia, the United States, external intrusion and the forced “removal” of indigenous peoples led to catastrophic human ecology crises and demographic collapses. In others, such as Algeria, colonial violence coupled with severe ecological impacts led to mass deaths. The Japanese empire’s expansion in China was, likewise, characterized by unspeakable mass violence. Since Hannah Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism, the question of colonial genocide has been much debated. There were genocidal tendencies in colonial expansion but is genocide a relevant category of analysis in the colonial context?   

The George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention has asked Olivier Lecour Grandmaison, a distinguished specialist of French colonial history, to address this question as well as the ways in which colonial history continues to shape the present.  


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Alumni Events
Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series: Emel Akçali

A fascinating evening was held with our second speaker of the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, Professor Emel Akçali '97. We wish to thank Professor Akçali for her discussion on the experiences of Syrian refugees in Turkey. Professor Emeritus Paul Godt attended the talk by his former AUP student. A special mention to Professor Ziad Majed for making the event a success! For those unable to be in attendance, please follow the link below to view Professor Akçali's complete presentation.  
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Paris Chapter Launch!

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 18:30

Le Mary Celeste
1 Rue Commines, 75003

Still living in Paris and wondering how you could be more involved? Join us for the launch of the AUP Alumni Chapter in Paris! The evening will be held at Le Mary Celeste, a part of the Quixotic Projects which is co-partnered by former AUP student Joshua Fontaine. This event will allow you to learn about the development of our long-awaited Paris chapter and your opportunity to be instrumental in its inception.

As space is limited, we encourage you to RSVP for you + a guest in advance to Further details regarding the chapter launch will be provided in the coming days.
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