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November 2016  
Newsletter Overview
President's Blog
Dear Members of the AUP Community,

As we close the door on the American presidential elections which have occupied so much time and energy on our campus over the past few weeks—we proudly registered some 250 new voters and the Student Government Association sent 180 absentee ballots to the US—and now open a door to a very new epoch in global politics, I wanted to start by saying how proud I am to lead a university in which students of a record 110 nationalities work alongside faculty from over 30 countries. As a community we revere our values of inclusion, tolerance, and dialogue. We do not seek facile solutions, but instead hold fierce conversations in our efforts to understand one another and acknowledge our inevitable differences. We have found our way, in the words of our founder, “to transcend the bounds of narrow nationalisms.”  I know that this week in the AUP classroom—amidst all the different languages, cultures, ethnicities, ideologies, and faiths that abound in that space—faculty and students will be seeking ways to deepen understanding of recent events and of this new world our students are inheriting. In this context, I believe that AUP’s mission has never been so urgent to uphold, so important to disseminate.

Always passionate about and proud of the work AUP’s alumni are doing in the world, I wanted to share with you in this November newsletter some of the outcomes of our second Next Destinations Survey. Each year, we survey the last three graduating classes (2012, 2013, 2014) of the University about 18 months out in an effort to gauge our delivery on mission. (60% of the graduates of those years returned the survey, which is more than statistically significant). And each year the results are stellar, providing rich evidence of the impact of our devoted faculty on our graduates. This year we learned that 93% of the undergraduate alumni were employed within a year of graduation (up from 84% the last time we surveyed). That statistic is more likely to be one a business school would report than a liberal arts university, so we claim it with gusto and attribute it to recent buttressing of our Career Development program.  But I’m certain that the reason for such success is that our students leave AUP with cultural fluency, the capacity to cross borders with ease and aplomb, and the ability to transfer skills from one domain to another that not every style of education provides. If the student did even a single professional internship during his or her college years, that graduate was 2.5 times more likely to have a job within six months! (Note to parents: please encourage your children to undertake one or more professional internships during the college years. You can read evidence of its importance, paired with liberal arts studies at former Provost Scott Sprenger’s blog here . . . 

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The AUP Magazine Fall 2016 is now available!

Following a long hiatus, we are thrilled to announce the release of our recent edition of the AUP Magazine for Fall 2016! The magazine returns with a new look and feel while continuing to incorporate compelling interviews with notable alumni, in-depth articles on current projects, and the latest developments taking place within the University and beyond.
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Creative Writing Inaugural Student and Alumni Reading
On the evening of November 10th, one of those Paris specialties where it’s just windy enough and just rainy enough that it feels like a personal insult, a stalwart group came together for The B.A. in Creative Writing Inaugural Student and Alumni Reading. As Professor Jeffrey Greene observed from the start, regardless of one’s political sentiments, the post-American election week had been a time of soul-searching and questioning for many as he stated, “Writing has always been a way to make sense of a world that often defies definition."

Led by the evening’s moderator, Claudia Galtes ’16, readers spoke on topics that covered a dizzying array of life experiences: the thoughts and fears that spring to life in the wee hours of the morning; recalling a father’s childhood tales as a woman of color in a post-Donald Trump America; the unique challenges of getting STD testing in France (read in a Miami accent, no less); the reasons your boyfriend from Nice provides for ditching; a moment among family members in a kitchen in Nigeria. These pieces were interspersed with recorded readings sent in by alumni from all over the world including a Japanese-sword-enthusiast-poet-from-Germany, who is now completing an MFA at Columbia University. The evening also featured a trailer for L’homme au piano, a tri-lingual film written by Olivia Baes ’13 & MACT ’15, directed by Chauncey Alan ’13, and co-starring Olivia with Jorge Franco IV ’15.
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Alumni Updates
Tendayi O. Chirawu '13, MAGC alumna, has written her very first novel, Narinhi: The Man of the Lie. The first book in a series that follows Kai, a freshman at a university in Paris struggling to settle in. When a mysterious and handsome student with a troubled past takes a keen interest in her, she is thrust into a world of legend and shadow that has her trotting the globe in search of missing pieces to the puzzle. The forces of evil threaten to destroy the world and, inexplicably, she seems to be the person tasked with doing something about it even though she's not sure what. Can she save the day and study before finals?
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Jelena Jankovic '15, BA in Film Studies, is in the midst of shooting her new documentary, People from Nowhere. The film focuses on a group of Yugoslavians who share a nostalgia for their disintegrated land. Interviewing villagers from a secluded area of Serbia, we are introduced to Vlado, the protagonist and Jelena's father as he describes how he narrowly escaped Tito's regime and fled to a refugee camp in Austria when he was just 21. Vlado's story is interpreted by the other villagers who knew him in his youth and is perceived as a mixed legend - a beloved neighbor, traitor and economic force. They quickly use this interpretation of Vlado's story as a vehicle to national identity and status. Currently in production, Jelena and her team are finalizing funding with hope to release the film in 2018. If you are interested in learning more about Jelena's project, please click to read more. 
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Boris Falatar '00, Bachelor International Economics, has received a Mason Fellow from Harvard University. During the Bosnian War, Boris worked with the United Nations Protection Force in his hometown of Sarajevo. After completing his studies at AUP, Boris pursued a career with UNESCO and the International Committee of the Red Cross in various key roles, infusing his passion and dedication to global issues - a common trait amongst AUP alumni. Boris attributes much of his achievements to his mentor and AUP professor, Susan Perry. We wish Boris great success in his new journey! 
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Homa Naficy '84, BA International Affairs, has been appointed by President Obama as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. This appointment follows Homa's recognition as a White House Champion of Change for 2013. Born in Paris, a native of Iran and currently a US citizen, Homa's tireless work in the field of migration aided thousands in transitioning to the United States. Her work on The American Place program (TAP) earned the project two major grants, causing it to become a magnet for new arrivals seeking information on immigration and preparing for US citizenship. Congratulations to Homa on her stellar achievement!  
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Academic Events

"The Uprising"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 15:30

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

You are invited to a special screening of Peter Snowdon's film, The Uprising, which is a documentary account of the 2011 Arab Revolutions constructed entirely out of found footage. The film will be introduced by the director with a question and answer session to follow the screening.

Peter Snowdon is an award-winning filmmaker whose work combines documentary, fiction and formal experimentation. His feature-length documentary, The Uprising, creates an imaginary pan-Arab revolution through online videos shot and uploaded by the actors of the Arab Spring.

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Book Launch and Jazz Concert

Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 19:00 - 21:30

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 102 and The Amex Cafe
Professor Anne-Marie Picard is launching her book From Illiteracy to Literature: Psychoanalysis and Reading. Accompanied by her translator, Kristina Valendinova, Professor Picard will read excerpts from the book and then take questions.

The reading will be followed with an apéritif and jazz concert by Leïla Olivesi and her trio in the Amex Café. Please sign in to register!


Pass the Tech Laptop Donation Event

Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 19:00

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 103

This event is open to the entire AUP community. This initiative is driven by AUP students with enthusiasm and dedication. Below is their message to the community:

As students we realize the importance of laptops for closing the digital divide. Today, more than ever, laptops have become essential for education. Pass the Tech, AUP's NGO club, is working hand-in-hand with several organizations to provide laptops to university students in Kenya. Our goal is to send 100 laptops to students in need which we cannot achieve without your help. Please join us for AUP's Pass the Tech event this Thursday!

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Celebrate the Launch of the New Peacock Magazine

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 19:00

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
The Amex Cafe

Join the AUP Student Media as they celebrate the launch of the Winter 2016/17 edition of the Peacock Magazine. The Launch Party will begin at 19:00, and semi-formal attire is required. Food and beverages will be provided.

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Lecture and Discussion with Dror Ladin, Lawyer at American Civil Liberties Union

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 18:30

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

Dror Ladin, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union and one of the leading civil liberties lawyers in the United States, will lead a talk and discussion with the AUP community. Most recently, Dror's work was instrumental in the release of Mohamedou Slahi, held without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years during which he endured psychological and physical torture. 

Currently, Dror is pursuing a civil case against two psychologists contracted by the CIA, and paid 81 million dollars, to design, implement, and oversee the agency's torture program. Filed on behalf of three plaintiffs — Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and the family of Gul Rahman — the high profile lawsuit alleges that all three were kidnapped, tortured, and experimented upon according to the psychologists' protocols. The torture methods include exposure to extreme temperatures, starvation, stuffing in boxes, and infliction of various kinds of water torture. 

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Georgian Soiree

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 19:30

The American University of Paris
6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Room 103


This event is being organized by AUP student, Keti Archaia, who is currently a Young Ambassador of Georgia to France.

The Georgian Soiree will bring together different representations of Georgian culture including music, cuisine and photography. Come and enjoy a taste of Georgia! 

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Alumni Events
Recent photos from our travels to the United States captures our team in Los Angles, San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. Many thanks to all those who hosted and attended! 

AUP Alumni Holiday Party!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 19:00

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

1st Floor

We will be hosting our annual AUP Alumni Holiday Party on December 8th. Come one and come all as we celebrate the holidays with those in our community!

An RSVP for you + guest(s) is requested to by Monday, December 5th.

If you have not yet requested an alumni card, please send an email to the 
Alumni Affairs team to ensure your access to AUP facilities and campus events.

The American University of Paris West Coast Reunion for Classes '62 - '69

Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

From the Quai d’Orsay to the city by the bay, alumni from the classes of 1962 to 1969 are invited to celebrate the early years of ACP in San Francisco. Join alumni organizers Tessa Wardle Kohn '63, David Boyle '63, Grant Plemons '64 and Mimi White Swensen '63 for a memorable weekend in Union Square.

If you are interested in receiving further details, please contact the Alumni Affairs team at

The Global Alumni Weekend, 2017!

Friday, May 19 - Monday, May 22, 2017

The American University of Paris
6 rue de Colonel Combes
75007 Paris

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 December, the weekend's agenda will be set and invitations mailed to the alumni community. We promise it will be an exceptional weekend, honoring the University's advancement since our last celebration in 2013.

To keep abreast of upcoming events, please visit the events page of our website.
Faculty and Research Updates
Anne-Marie Picard is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at The American University of Paris. Using a psychoanalytical approach, her research focuses mainly on French writers such as Colette, Sartre, Duras, Cixous, Angot 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. 

Professor Picard draws on two specific fields of interest: firstly the wish to understand the nature of literariness or the "literary effect", i.e. the pleasures (and frustrations) we derive from reading; secondly research on reading pathologies carried out at St Anne’s Hospital, Paris. Professor Picard uses clinical observations of 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 childrens' case histories and reading scenes from literary texts.
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