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IAU Mourns Passing of Professor Voelker-Ferrier, Former Resident Fellow

Margaret Voelker-Ferrier, M.A.
Professor of Design (Emerita)
Cincinnati College of Design
Architecture, Art & Planning

"Margie was a wonderful, gentle presence here in Aix. I’ll bet many that autumn remember her smart, encouraging-of-others, deeply kind, stylish self – as well as her giant, mod-fab glasses and her infusing, sage bons mots about art and life – pursuing one’s chosen work with passion, the value of art and art-making in an increasingly commodified world, about the joys of following one’s sense of curiosity, about loss and love and enduring friendships across generations and across a life, and about the importance of trust – in the classroom, at work, between people – and a trust in life itself.

I’m sure several of us remembering her talking to students about finding work that resonates with what one can help bring into being in the world.

Just a few weeks ago, she so kindly reached out and sent a personal note of hello to wish us all well and to say how much being in Aix, at Marchutz and in Giverny had meant to her personally and professionally, and sent sweet words about the many people here for whom she had affection – promising to return for a visit.

I know firsthand that at least one person came to the IAU and had her life deeply affected because of the trail Margie set. Many of us had this student in class who came to IAU an indirect result of Margie’s Resident Fellow experience at the IAU. This student – especially in retrospect -- placed so much importance on her time in France and said how it helped to change her trajectory, how she saw the world and her role in it; she even ended up writing about her IAU experience in her application to a coveted spot with Teach for America, into which she was accepted. Who knows, but none of that might have happened had Margie not opened that particular door, had she not believed in the value of new experiences leading to growth, and paying it all forward."

- Cathleen Keenan
Professor, Creative Writing
Site Visit Coordinator

Dean Aboubakr Jamaï Interviewed by World Politics Review

Aboubakr Jamaï, Dean and Professor, School of Business & International Relations was recently interviewed by the editors of World Politics Review regarding the recent wave of teachers' strikes for better working conditions in Morocco. Read the full interview here.

2019 Graduation & Closing Ceremony
May 10, 2019
Le Centre de Congres d'Aix-en-Provence

  ACM graduation ceremony 2019 master's in aix-en-provence 

IAU alumnus and former Ambassador Frances D. Cook spoke at the May 10, 2019 commencement ceremony of the American College of the Mediterranean and the Institute of American Universities in Aix-en-Provence. Fourteen ACM graduates from Masters Programs in Fine Arts, International Relations, and Art History (names below), and almost 200 IAU study abroad students heard Ambassador Cook’s call for political, artistic and social engagement in the world, illustrated with vignettes from her inspiring career as a diplomat and foreign policy advisor. Her first big break, she said, came due to the French-language skills and self-confidence she learned from studying abroad. Arriving as a young officer at the U.S. Embassy, Paris in May, 1968, Ambassador Cook noted, “I arrived at the huge US Embassy in Paris, fluent, and very comfortable working in the unique work environment of France, thanks to the French I learned here.” Her ability to play a role at the center of the seminal events of 1968 – monitoring the student riots, working on the U.S.-Vietnam peace talks, witnessing the rocky Franco-American relations of that period – launched her on a diplomatic career that led to several Ambassadorships. This included being the youngest career diplomat to be named Ambassador, and later on the first woman from any country to serve as Ambassador in the Arab Gulf, in the Sultanate of Oman. She said it was now the graduates' turn to join her in “working for change,” telling them, “The wonderful nation of France is now a part of you, and you’ll draw on its richness and depth, its challenges and its lessons, for the rest of your lives.” 

Thank you, Ambassador Cook, and congratulations to the graduates! 

2019 ACM Graduates: 

  • Tryphena Asamoah, MAIR
  • Larkin Brown, MAIR
  • Chloe Cummings, MAIR
  • Nika Lomidze, MAIR
  • Lisa Mandel, MAIR
  • Kirsti Stangeland, MAIR
  • Isabel Burnette, MAAH
  • Jenny Cawood, MAAH
  • Benjamin Garza, MAAH
  • Patrick Beeby, MFA
  • Sophie Browning, MFA
  • Bill Hindle, MFA
  • Mary Leone, MFA
  • Hilary Stein, MFA

To read the full text of Ambassador Cook's commencement address, please follow this link.  Master's graduates Hilary Stein (MFA), Lisa Mandel (MAIR), and Jenny Cawood (MAAH) each gave speeches to conclude the ceremony. See the full text of their speeches below: 

Interested in more graduation information? Visit the Graduation & Closing Ceremony webpage. 

IAU/ACM Student Conference Debates New Threats to Democracy

IAU/ACM hosted the annual student conference on New Threats to Democracy March 28-30, 2019 with keynote speeches by former Georgian Defense Minister and human rights activist Tinatin Khidasheli and French parliamentarian Delphine O.  IAU/ACM scholars Prof. David Coombes, Prof. David Walker, and Prof. Sebastien Llorca also spoke during this three-day event designed to bring the IAU community together and raise student awareness of current issues shaping their world.

Tinatin Khidasheli opened the conference with a discussion of how her country has struggled to build a democratic society while facing pressure from Russia.  She stressed the need for inspiration to power democratic activism, and highlighted how un-democratic powers use new social media and connection technologies to undermine democracy.  Delphine O, who joined the French National Assembly for the first time in 2017 as a member of President Macron’s movement, spoke of her work to promote participation in the upcoming European Parliament elections, and what it is like to move from civic activism to electoral politics.  Both women made powerful calls for active participation in the democratic process as the key to dealing with the rise in anti-democratic forces in Europe.

ACM Master’s students helped organize the conference, and student respondents were a part of every panel. The conference closed with a half-day workshop where student groups analyzed the threats to democracy raised during the conference and developed engagement strategies to confront them. 

(Left) Member of Parliament Delphine O with Conference Participants
(Right) Tinatin Khidasheli speaking at the Opening Night of IAU/ACM Student Conference

IAU Trustee Sanford Ungar featured on PBS NewsHour regarding Free Speech and Expression on College Campuses

Trustee Ungar, President Emeritus of Goucher College and Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, weighs in on President Trump's signing of an executive order requiring that U.S. colleges seeking federal research funding must certify that their policies support free speech in order to receive it. View the entire segment and learn more about Trustee Ungar's perspective here.

IAU Fellow Publishes Public Diplomacy and the American Fortress Embassy for
USC Center for Public Diplomacy

The latest issue of CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy this year is an article by IAU Fellow and Center for Public Diplomacy Research Fellow Mieczyslaw (Mietek) P. Boduszynski.

"Public Diplomacy and the American Fortress Embassy: Balancing Mission and Security" looks inside high-security, "high threat" American diplomatic posts and the ensuing impact on public diplomacy practice. Boduszynski finds an imbalance between securitization at heavily guarded missions in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan and the ability to achieve foreign policy goals through public diplomacy. 

The fortress embassy "represents a culture that is preoccupied with security, inward looking, suspicious of locals and unwilling to take any risks. The goals and operations of public diplomacy, by contrast, are outward looking and focused on engagement with local populations," writes Boduszynski. "The security-first mentality of fortress embassies makes it hard to argue for the value that comes from meeting with locals to increase situational awareness and cultural fluency." He adds, "Outreach to diverse audiences is not just a feel-good thing: it delivers results."

Read "Public Diplomacy and the American Fortress Embassy: Balancing Mission and Security" here.

IAU Statement on Recent Demonstrations in France

IAU continues to monitor the protests in Paris and across France. The demonstrations began in response to a proposal by the French government to increase the fuel tax, which has since been abandoned. There is hope that the government’s move will help defuse the situation, but protests are ongoing. While these demonstrations have been occurring across the entire country, most are relatively peaceful except for those in Paris.

Current IAU students studying in France have been advised to avoid any areas where protests are scheduled in Paris or elsewhere. All IAU students are required to submit their weekend travel plans should emergency response be required and are strongly encouraged to register with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive timely updates regarding the situation.

Please be assured that while education of our students is fundamental to our mission, the safety of our students comes first. Of course, we maintain caution and students attending IAU will have constant access to IAU administrators in order to ensure their safety for the remainder of the fall term and into the upcoming January-term program.

IAU Welcomes New Chair of the Board of Trustees, Ms. Marianne Keler

Marianne Keler, the new Chair of the Board of the Institute of American Universities, is an accomplished business lawyer and non-profit leader.  Most importantly, she is a lifelong advocate for the power of international education to build a more peaceful world.  As she takes on her new position she said, “I am deeply grateful to outgoing chair Mary Frances Pearson for her constant support and commitment to IAU.  I look forward to working closely with President Carl Jubran as he leads our growing institution as it seeks to change the face of study abroad.” 

Marianne Keler's belief in international education is rooted in powerful personal experience.  In 1956 she became a refugee in the U.S. as her family fled the Communist government in Hungary.  Eight years later they moved to Switzerland, and she spent the next five years in Swiss and French schools.  She says this early experience of exile and immigration, multiple cultures and languages, and different educational systems, gave her “the confidence that I could do anything.”

Her international outlook led her to the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  After graduation, she initially planned to become a diplomat.  But she also loved the law, and after attending the Georgetown University Law Center went on to a career of over 30 years as a business lawyer in the corporate and government spheres, including 21 years at Sallie Mae, the market leader in education finance, where she served as executive vice president and chief legal officer.

But her devotion to international education never left her.  Her interest in IAU was cemented by her daughter’s positive experience in an IAU summer program and she joined the board in 2007.  Her goal is to do “everything in my power” to increase the number of U.S. students who study abroad.  “It is more important than ever to give students the intellectual and emotional ability to live in a global world.”     

In addition to her work with IAU Ms. Keler supports other educational endeavors.  She chairs the board of Building Hope, a non-profit charter school lender and service provider, and formerly served as trustee and board chair for the American University in Bulgaria (2001 - 2014).  Ms. Keler also serves as a director of Sallie Mae and board chair of CubeSmart, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. 

The mission of the Institute for American Universities, one of the oldest American educational programs in Europe, is to provide excellence in international education, inspire intercultural awareness, and prepare students for success in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues.

IAU Announces New Vice President of Administration, Professor Philip Breeden

Philip Breeden, American Diplomacy J Term 2017

Professor Breeden teaches the American Diplomacy J-Term;
pictured here (center) with his students in 2017.

In early May, IAU began the search for the first Vice President of Administration, a key senior executive level position based in the main campus in Aix-en-Provence, France.  The search has concluded with the hiring of an internal candidate who stood out among all of the applicants and also happens to be one of IAU's finest professors. 

Effective August 1st, 2018, Professor Philip Breeden will become the inaugural Vice President of Administration at IAU/ACM. 

Philip Breeden has almost three decades of experience as a cultural diplomat and nine years of experience with IAU.  He joined the Board of Trustees of IAU in 2009.  In 2015, after leaving the U.S. Foreign Service and the IAU Board, he began teaching part-time at IAU, transitioning into a full-time position in 2016.  In 2017 he became the Associate Dean for Public Affairs while continuing to teach international relations and diplomacy.  

As a senior American diplomat, he created and directed communication, cultural and educational exchange programs in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He also served as the U.S. Consul General in Marseille. His final diplomatic posting was as Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs and Communications at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, a fitting capstone to his long association with France, beginning as a study abroad student.  As a diplomat, Professor Breeden received numerous awards for his skill at managing creative teams in multi-cultural, multi-lingual environments, including a Superior Honor Award for his public diplomacy efforts in Tunisia, the Palmes Académiques for his work with high schools in France, and the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  He speaks French, Arabic, and Turkish.  He is married to Laurence Hélène Breeden and they have two children, Aurélien and Tristan. 

Please join us in congratulating Professor Philip Breeden and welcoming him to the IAU/ACM Team in this new role as Vice President of Administration.  

IAU Honored to Receive University of Georgia
Emerson Scholar in Support of Study Abroad

University of Georgia junior Taylor Marie Jones is the second UGA student to receive a scholarship in honor of the late Meredith Hope Emerson, a former UGA student and IAU alumna from the summer of 2004. The Emerson award supports a UGA student enrolled in IAU’s study abroad program, covering half the cost of tuition.  IAU is committed to changing the face of study abroad by making it accessible to as many students as possible.  IAU is therefore delighted that an IAU alum is helping UGA, a large, public university, provide support to students who would otherwise not be able to participate in a study abroad program.  Dr. Jonathan Krell, Professor French at UGA and Spring 2018 IAU Resident Fellow in Aix-en-Provence said that “the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia is very excited about its relatively new relationship with IAU. More and more University of Georgia French students are applying to study at IAU.  Having spent a semester as a Resident Fellow in Aix, I can vouch for the high quality of the program, and its dedicated professors and administrators. Aix is a beautiful place to live, and an ideal place to begin exploring the cultural and natural wonders of Provence.”  IAU is excited to welcome Ms. Jones to Aix this coming Fall 2018 semester as well as all future UGA students interesting in pursuing their study of French language and culture.

Does the West Have A Vision For The Western Balkans?
By Michael Carpenter and Mieczyslaw P. Boduszynski, Pomona College and IAU Resident Fellow

IAU Hosts Track II Diplomacy Conference
March 28-29, 2018
Aix-en-Provence, France

On March 28-29 IAU brought together nine specialists in non-violent conflict resolution from Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Syria to discuss Track II diplomacy – a term encompassing wide-ranging efforts by unofficial groups and personalities to resolve international conflicts. Whether it was Monica McWilliams discussing how she built a women’s coalition for peace in Northern Ireland, or Amb. Cameron Munter examining how the EastWest Institute works behind the scenes to head off future conflicts, the conference was a chance for IAU students to learn from eminent practitioners of Track II Diplomacy about how it contributes to building the conditions of peace.  The conference also allowed participants to share experiences across regions and discuss how the changing international environment of the 21st Century creates new challenges and opportunities for Track II Diplomacy. IAU Master students in international relations helped develop the program, and all the participants appreciated the time given over to dialogue with each other and with students. Such conferences are a part of IAU's devotion to experiential learning; putting students together with notable personalities who are trying to make the world a better place.
The Participants in the Conference were:

Prof. Paul Arthur
Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
Ulster University

Caroline Ayoub
CoFounder and Project Manager - Radio SouriaLi

Kurt Bassuener
Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council PhD Candidate/Fulbright Scholar
School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews

Prof. R. Bruce Hitchner
Professor of Classics and International Relations Director, Archaeology Program
Tufts University

Pat Hynes
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Adjunct Faculty
Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University

Salam Kawakibi
President of Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Paris

Srecko Latal
Political Analyst and Regional Editor
Balkan Investigative Reporter Network, BIRN

Prof. Monica McWilliams
Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University

Amb. Cameron Munter
President, EastWest Institute

Michel Nseir
Senior Advisor for Peace Building in Syria
World Council of Churches

IAU Signs Memorandum of Agreement with Gonzaga University

IAU and Gonzaga University, a private, Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Washington, signed a Memorandum of Agreement this March effective with the fall 2018 semester. This partnership allows Gonzaga students access to all IAU programs abroad including IAU scholarships. It also allows Gonzaga faculty to apply for the IAU Resident Fellows Program and priority access to customized/faculty-led program planning. Gonzaga is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and sends over 700 students abroad each year.  IAU President Dr. Carl Jubran said, “We are excited by the possibilities created by our new partnership with Gonzaga, which will make important contributions to our goal of changing the face of study abroad.”

IAU’s mission and the goals of the Gonzaga study abroad office are well-aligned. Both institutions seek to develop a community of global citizens by providing immersive and enriching study abroad opportunities.  Richard Menard, Director of Operations & Study Abroad for the Center for Global Engagement at Gonzaga, says, “Gonzaga is extremely happy with the partnership. Our faculty, staff, and students are excited about the ongoing relationship, and it is showing in the number of students who are applying to the program.  We went from three this first year to nine applications for this fall (2018).  The faculty are grateful that we added this program, and we are pleased as well because we expect that it will help increase our enrollments in French majors and minors.”  

IAU looks forward to welcoming its cohort of Gonzaga students this coming fall.

The Institute for American Universities and West Virginia University Sign Memorandum of Agreement

WVU MOA Signing
Dr. David Stewart (Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs, WVU), Mr. Kurt Schick (Dean of Admissions, IAU), Dr. Carl Jubran (President, IAU) and Dr. William Brustein (Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs, WVU)

The Institute for American Universities (IAU), a study abroad institution with European headquarters in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with West Virginia University (WVU) on February 21, 2018. At the signing, IAU President Dr. Carl Jubran said, “We are excited by the possibilities created by our new partnership with WVU, which will make important contributions to our goal of changing the face of study abroad.”

The new IAU partnership will launch for the Fall 2018 semester in support of WVU’s commitment to providing unique, educational, and rewarding international opportunities to its students. WVU is a public, land-grant, space-grant, research-intensive university in Morgantown, West Virginia serving close to 33,000 students. WVU currently sends approximately 1,200 students abroad each year. The agreement was signed for WVU by Dr. William I. Brustein, Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of History at WVU and Dr. David Stewart, Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs for the Office of Global Affairs and Associate Professor of English. Dr. Stewart commented that, “West Virginia University is thrilled to be a partner with the Institute for American Universities (IAU). IAU has a long-standing reputation for delivering first class education, at locations which are attractive to students, and through courses which are very innovative and engaging. This partnership will make available to our students a wide array of education aboard opportunities which only serve to further enhance their educational experience.”

This new partnership is the culmination of several years of careful work to craft an agreement that will advance WVU’s “2020 Global Goals” which include “increasing the international experience for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, increasing international engagements and collaborations for faculty, promoting scholarship on major global issues, and creating and expanding robust international partnerships.”

IAU Resident Fellow and Assistant Professor
of Politics and International Relations Pomona College, Mietek Boduszynski
on the Current State of American Diplomacy
Published on

"...As a former foreign service officer who is still in touch with many currently serving American diplomats, I worry that the relentless criticism gives the impression that U.S. diplomacy is at a standstill while not giving credit to the important work being done in Washington, D.C., and around the world by career foreign service officers who carry on the work of advancing U.S. foreign policy interests..." Read more here.

New IAU Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Lisa Anderson

IAU is delighted to announce that Dr. Lisa Anderson has joined the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Anderson is a distinguished scholar and administrator specialized in state formation and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.  She is Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Gruss-Lipper Visiting Scholar in Middle East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.  Dr. Anderson served as President of the American University in Cairo for five years, from 2011-2016.  Welcome, Dr. Anderson!

Students from the
School of Business & International Relations (SBIR)
Participate in 48 Hour Challenge

November 2017

This November, the School of Business & International Relations will be sending five students to CESI Business School in Lyon to participate in an innovation competition. Over the course of 48 hours, IAU business students will collaborate with French university students from a variety of disciplines, including business, tech, and engineering, to develop innovative solutions to solve contemporary business and social issues. Students will improve their critical thinking skills and learn to work in fast-paced multicultural environment. At the end of the contest, the students will present their ideas to a jury of subject matter experts. View more udpates from the SBIR.

IAU hosts Conference Camus Conference
November 2017

Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir la Société des Etudes Camusiennes pour le colloque « Le Sourire  de Camus » qui aura lieu du 8-11 novembre au sein des bâtiments IAU. Nous remercions aussi David Walker d’avoir orchestré l’organisation de ce colloque qui réunira des camusiens venants de France, Argentin, Tunisie, Brésil, Israel, Espagne et autres.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson names Kurt Volker
to lead U.S. diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis.
July 7, 2017

Kurt Volker

Dean of the School of Business & International Relations, Professor Aboubakr Jamai, contributes to Le Monde Diplomatique
July 2017

Article in French

Article in English

Summer 2017 Lecture Series

Dean of the School of Business & International Relations, Professor Aboubakr Jamai, is interviewed by France 24 on the topic of social and economic tensions in The Rif region of Northern Morocco
June 1, 2017

Aboubakr on France 24

60th Anniversary Celebration
May 17-20, 2017

This May IAU celebrated 60 years in Aix-en-Provence, France. This milestone is an especially exciting time in IAU's history, as it also marks the celebration of IAU's first graduating class with U.S. Masters Degrees in Fine Arts, International Relations, and French Studies. IAU continues to grow its academic programs for both study abroad and degree-seeking students and is looking forward to what the next 60 years will hold.

Read the full article at La Provence, including a special exerpt from President Jubran!

The Mayor of Aix says Happy Birthday, IAU!

To mark our 60th anniversary, Mayor Maryse Joissains Masini of Aix-en-Provence sent us a letter congratulating IAU for 60 years of international education, "in the heart of the city."  In celebrating the "strong ties" that link IAU with the City of Aix, the Mayor said the "beautiful adventure" that IAU and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts offers American students allows them to profit from the rich history and culture of Aix, making them all "true Ambassadors of Aix-en-Provence."  She concluded by saying the "unique educational mission" of IAU and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts was noble work which she was confident would continue for decades to come. Thank you Madam Mayor!

Trustee Kurt Volker, Former US Ambassador to NATO, Interviewed on BBC
February 2, 2017

Conférence de Gilles Cantagrel
December 9, 2016

IAU partners with the Académie Bach Aix to celebrate the second annual Festival A Fleur and the fifth anniversary of the Académie. Featured above is président d'honneur, Gilles Cantagrel.

Bush, Chirac, and the War in Iraq

IAU Trustee and former U.S. ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership shares his perpectives on former President George W. Bush, former French President Jacques Chirac and the war in Iraq.

Artist Aithan Shapira to Give Lecture on Art and Business to IAU Students
"Making to Think" | Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 | 18h30-20h00

Aithan Shapira MFA Ph.D., Lecturer, MIT Sloan / Lecturer, Museum School of Fine Arts / Co-Founder, Artepreneurship.Academy / CEO, Making to Think | Artist, Entrepreneur, Creative Strategist, Educator, Researcher, Innovator

Aithan exhibits internationally and has been a visiting critic and teacher in studio arts across continents over 15 years, from the Royal College of Art and RISD, to Yale-NUS, Museum School of Fine Arts, and Sydney College of Art. He has also pioneered the top-rated leadership development course for MIT’s Sloan Innovation Period; co-founded several successful start-ups linking art, business, and social enterprise; developed tools for creative strategies, talent retention and building cultures and systems for success (and failure) at Fortune 500 tech, financial, aviation, healthcare and power firms; and designed programming for MIT Media Lab, Stanford d.School, the launch of MIT’s Hacking Arts, Cambridge Innovation Center, C2 Montreal, and Berklee College of Music's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. His research spans a PhD in creative process to 3 years living with Aboriginal Australians studying innovation in cultures of survival. Aithan is most passionate when helping teams take apart urgent global challenges and reassemble them in strategic ways that multiply results.

Making to Think
:  A unique look into art from the maker's perspective, Making to Think intersects art and business and asks what we can learn about strategy for leading change from the decision-making and behaviors behind the evolution of art giants. Artists are constantly developing new strategies for creativity that fuel innovation, vitality, endurance. These strategies are rooted in deeply practiced and tuned abilities to recognize opportunities, increase self awareness, challenge assumptions, and hold different perspectives.

French Honors Program 'Cérémonie de Clôture' Discours
by IAU student Lauren Butler of Muhlenberg College, Spring 2016

"Il y a des expériences dans la vie qui dépassent les mots - et je pense qu’il n’y a personne dans cette salle qui ne le sait pas. Oui, il y a des expériences comme ça, et je suis sûre que celle-ci, elle en est une." Read the whole discours here.

Dr. Muriel Cros, Director of the French Honors Program with the Spring Class of 2016

IAU Professor Philip Breeden on the
International Impact of US Presidential Candidate Rhetoric

IAU Trustee Brian Proctor Named to Loyola University
Health System's Board of Directors

"Letter from Rabat"

Professor Aboubakr Jami, Dean of IAU's School of Business and International Relations, discusses Morocco as seen by the EU in his "Letter from Rabat" published in Carnegie Europe.

"We have asked our contributors from each capital to give a candid assessment of the EU’s approach toward their state, with a ranking on a scale from “irrelevant” to “helpful.” This week, the spotlight is on Morocco."

- Carnegie Europe

IAU Trustee Sanford J. Ungar writes about the impact of Study Abroad

"The benefits of an overseas experience are difficult to quantify, but there is little doubt that studying abroad can be beneficial for all students, regardless of their income level, background, or the school they attend."

- Sanford J. Ungar, IAU Trustee

2015 Joseph Yedlicka Summer Scholarship
Recipient's Thank 
You Letter

Dear Dr. Evans,
The time that I have spent at the Institute of American Universities (IAU) in Aix-En-Provence has been unlike anything that I could have imagined, and I am so grateful for having been given this opportunity. This experience has made me more proficient in the French language, and has given me a new perspective on the world.  I was able to not only immerse myself in the language and culture of Aix-en-Provence, but also to fully understand its people thanks in part to my loving host family.  
The French Honors Program Was everything that I had hoped for, both challenging and immensely rewarding.  I was tested from the start, not just by the difficulty of the coursework but also by the requirements of the program. Being Required to always speak French within the program was very helpful, it allowed us to learn different phrases and local slang, and to share experiences together. Our professor, Madame Cros, was as enthusiastic to teach as we were to learn, creating conversation topics that would sometimes last the entire class period. Her knowledge of the local culture gave us an insight how to truly adapt ourselves into the culture. The learning experience was not limited to the classroom, as our passion for language drove us to practice with each other and with the locals so that we continued to improve. Though there were only eleven of us, this small group quickly grew into a family. The bonds we formed in the trustee’s room of the Centre d’Etudes Françaises will last a lifetime.
Though I learned a great deal from the program’s curriculum, much and more was learned through experience. Time spent in Aix, interacting with the locals, walking the streets and enjoying the markets, are things that made me a better French student and a more confident young woman. Seeing cities like Arles, Avignon, Cassis, La Ciotat, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and Marseille showed me how historically rich and vibrant the south of France is. Having the opportunity to take a weekend to see Barcelona was the cherry on top of the sundae; it was a city so alive and rich in culture, and the memories of the times I shared with friends will stay with me forever.  
Finally, I want to thank my host mom, Marie-Ange, who was such a wonderful person throughout my entire stay. She is a ray of sunshine, one of the best storytellers, and was always there to support me during difficult times. She spoke French with me, corrected my grammar, and taught me all sorts of new words that I would never have known without having such a caring host mom. The best part of IAU was the host stays, and I hope that each student in the future has such a positive experience with their host family as I did with mine. 

Thank you again to Dr. Evans and all members of Pi Delta Phi for choosing me to experience a world that I’ve dreamed about since I started studying French. I know that I will be back to France as soon as possible. Until then, I have wonderful memories to share with my  friends and family.

- Julia Shipley, Suny Oswego, French Honors Program, Summer 2015

Julia Shipley, the 2015 Yedlicka Summer Scholarship recipient [left],  hiking at The Bibemus Quarries

Julia Shipley, the 2015 Yedlicka Summer Scholarship recipient [left],
hiking at The Bibemus Quarries

Spring 2016 Lecture Series

New York: Jews Honor Moroccan King Who Saved them From the Nazis

IAU joins San Diego State University
at a Flag Ceremony to show solidarity with France

Join IAU in Congratulating our Spring 2016 Scholarship Recipients!

 Rebecca Herz  Muhlenberg College  Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship
 Andrea Sherwood  Carnegie Mellon University  Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship
 Jasmine Gonzalez  Hobart and William Smith Colleges  Constatin Christofides Art & Art History Scholarship
 Erica Schaumberg  Gettysburg College  Constatin Christofides Art & Art History Scholarship
 Abigail Glaessner  University of Colorado at Boulder  Dean's Scholarship
 Jaclyn Jayo  University of Denver  Dean's Scholarship
 Jayme Rhoads  Pennsylvania State University  Deans Scholarship
 Yi Wen  Mills College  Dean's Scholarship
 Rachel Wolfgang  Ithaca University  Dean's Scholarship
 Kristen Annn Cueva  California Lutheran University  Diversity Scholarship
 Carlin Frias  Denison University  Diversity Scholarship
 Devon Gerstenhaber  Rice University  Diversity Scholarship
 Ameena Makhdoomi  Hobart and William Smith Colleges  Diversity Scholarship
 Rachel Barret  Dennison University  Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies  Scholarship
 Matthew Mrozek  University of Texas at Austin  Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies  Scholarship
 Maja Thomas  Gettysburg College  Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies  Scholarship
 Audrey Peeples  Dennison University  Presidential Scholarship
 Brooke Stouffer  The Pennsylvania State University  Presidential Scholarship
 Nicolette Walsh  El Camino College  Presidential Scholarship
 Anna Wang  Cornell University  Presidential Scholarship


IAU Students in the News
Professor of Sociology, Yumna Masarwa, accompanies 30 students
to a local Mosque in Southern France where they receive
a warm welcome by local French Muslims

Fall 2015 Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2bis rue du Bon Pasteur

Tuesday, September 22 - 6 :30pm
J.M.G. Le Clézio entre deux Mondes : Métissage et Voyage (in French)
Dr. Sylvie Requemora-Gros, Aix-Marseille Université

Thursday, October 1 – 6 :30pm
Biblical Stories in Islamic Art
Dr. Yumna Masarwa, IAU

Wednesday, October 7 – 6:30pm
The Socialism of Fools?: Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism
Dr. William Brustein, Ohio State University

Wednesday, 21 October – 6:30pm
Adam and Eve in the Scriptures and in the Arts
Dr. Yumna Masarwa, IAU

Wednesday, 4 November – 6:30pm
The ITER Project: A Story of Clean Energy and International Cooperation
Dr. Spencer Pitcher, ITER Organization

Tuesday, 10 November – 6:30pm
Beyond News and Stereotypes: the Origin and History of the Roma
Dr. Guillaume Durand, IAU

Wednesday, 18 November – 6:30pm
France and Nuclear Energy: an Ongoing Love Story?
Dr. Sebastien Llorca, Aix-Marseille Université

Tuesday, 24 November – 6:30pm
Les Nouvelles Libertés et Responsabilités de la Presse (in French)
Prof. Aboubakr Jamaï, IAU

Fall 2015 Business Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2bis rue du Bon Pasteur

Monday, September 28, 6:30pm
“The Digital + Fashion Week Connection”
Danika Daly, President « Danika Daly PR » in conversation with Gretchen Harnick, Professor of Fashion Marketing

Thursday, October 8, 6:30pm
“The EUROMED Project in Marseille: The Largest Urban Renovation Plan of
Southern Europe”
Alexandre Sorrentino, Prospective Studies at Euro-Méditerranée

Thursday, October 15, 6:30pm
“Social Media Impact on Corporations”
Caroline Isautier, Consultant On Social Media

Thursday, October 22, 6:30pm
“Doing Business in France in 2015”
Frédéric Scotto, “Serial” Entrepreneur

Thursday, November 5, 6:30pm
“Sustainable Tourism / The French Way”
Nicola Geoffroy, Tourism Expert at The Commerce Chamber Marseille Provence

Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm
“Labor Unions in Europe : The German and French Cases”
Silke Ruhm, Labor Law Expert

Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm
“Whither the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership?”
Manal Tabe, Invest in Med & ANIMA Investment Network

European Union Class visits the European Parliament & the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France

In October, the IAU International Economics in the European Union course taught by Professor Amy Mumma visited the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.  The class was fortunate that the European Parliament was in plenary session and students observed the debate concerning the issue of Greece in the Eurozone and the EU.  This was very pertinent as it is a case study during our semester.  Students listened to the debate with headphones for translation.  Over 1,000 language translators work in Parliament. 

At the Council of Europe, students had the opportunity for a private session with Mr. Guiseppe Zaffuto, the Director of Communications for the Council of Europe.  Mr. Zaffuto explained the role of the Council, it's place in the European Union and global initiatives.  This was followed by a question and answer session.  In addition, students had a historical tour of Strasbourg via boat through the numerous canals winding through the city.   

"I truly value the depth of learning this experience provided and hold a much clearer understanding of how the European Parliament and Council of Europe function. Sitting in on the Greek debate plenary session was invaluable and so interesting to hear so many different opinions and perspectives. Reading about it on the cover of a newspaper is not nearly as eye-opening as watching history happen in person."
- Jennifer Julius, Fall 2015

Econ Students with Mr. Zaffuto, Director of Communications for the Council of Europe

Dean Roberts & Assoc. Dean Gasparach
Conduct Painting Workshop at Princeton University

"The Strong Connection Between Art and Science" 
By Tiffany Riley
Marchutz School of Fine Arts
Summer of 2013

“In order to be inventive, one must be curious and motivated to think differently than others. Even though I may not be creating art when practicing pharmacy, I am still using my imagination to solve problems.” 

IAU partners with Scholars at Risk

In collaboration with the Resident Fellows Program, IAU is proud to announce its partnership with Scholars At Risk, an international network of higher education institutions dedicated to protecting threatened scholars, preventing attacks on higher education communities and promoting academic freedom worldwide.

Tips for London Travel

Food: You say cookie, they say “biscuit.”
French fries are “chips.”
Chips are “crisps.”
All Desserts are “pudding.”
And if you’re hungry you’re feeling “peckish.”

Learn more here before departing on IAU's Traveling J-Term: Shakespeare and the Theatre!

2015 Summer Lecture Series

IAU Dean Aboubakr Jamai quoted in New York Times Article
on Moroccan Politics & US Influence

IAU Conference
May 5-7, 2015: Progressives & Islamists

History & Current Events, Challenges & Responses
to the Ideological Divide of Arab Oppositions

How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter: Research shows that experience in other Countries makes us more Flexible, Creative, and Complex Thinkers

How does studying or working abroad change you? You return with a photo album full of memories and a suitcase full of souvenirs, sure. But you may also come back from your time in another country with an ability to think more complexly and creatively—and you may be professionally more successful as a result. Click here to read more.

These are the conclusions of a growing body of research on the effects of study- and work-abroad experiences. For example: A study led by William Maddux, an associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, found that among students enrolled in an international MBA program, their “multicultural engagement”—the extent to which they adapted to and learned about new cultures—predicted how “integratively complex” their thinking became.

That is, students who adopted an open and adaptive attitude toward foreign cultures became more able to make connections among disparate ideas. The students’ multicultural engagement also predicted the number of job offers they received after the program ended.

More generally, writes Maddux, “People who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity, our research suggests. What’s more, we found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses and products and to be promoted.”

Angela Leung, an associate professor of psychology at Singapore Management University, is another researcher who has investigated the psychological effects of living abroad. She reports that people with more experiences of different cultures are better able to generate creative ideas and make unexpected links among concepts.

Like Maddux, Leung found that the advantages of living abroad accrue to those who are willing to adapt themselves to the ways of their host country: “The serendipitous creative benefits resulting from multicultural experiences,” she writes, “may depend on the extent to which individuals open themselves to foreign cultures.” This openness, she adds, includes a tolerance for ambiguity and open-endedness, a lack of closure and firm answers.

Could it be that people who choose to study or work in other countries are already more inclined to be complex and creative thinkers? David Therriault, associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Florida, anticipated this possibility. He and his coauthors administered creative thinking tasks to three groups of undergraduates: students who had studied abroad, students who were planning to study abroad, and students who had not and did not plan to study abroad. The students who had actually studied abroad outperformed the two other groups in creative thinking.

Studying or working in another country can make us better thinkers—more flexible, creative, and complex—if we’re willing to adapt and learn from other cultures. As the title of an article by William Maddux advises: “When in Rome . . . Learn Why the Romans Do What They Do.”

Paul, A. M. (2014, April 29). How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter [source]. 

IAU's Fall 2014 Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 8, 18h30 
“La Représentation de l'Islam dans les pays occidentaux”
Professor Aboubakr Jamai, IAU

Tuesday, October 21, 18h30 
“Voting Rights and the Coming US Elections”
Dr. Alexander Keyssar, Harvard University 

Wednesday, November 5, 18h30 
“Manierre Dawson: Influences of Cezanne and Picasso”
Dr. Randy J. Ploog, The Pennsylvania State University 

Wednesday, November 12, 18h30 
“André Gide’s The Vatican Cellars”
Dr. David H. Walker, University of Sheffield 

Wednesday, November 19, 18h30 
Jesus and Mary in the Arts and in the Scriptures”
Dr. Yumna Masarwa, Princeton University 

Wednesday, November 26, 18h30 
“Littérature, consummation et tourisme: Les belles images de Simone De Beauvoir”
Dr. David H. Walker, University of Sheffield 

Wednesday, December 3, 18h30 
“Muslim Presence in Europe: An Introduction”
Dr. Yumna Masarwa, Princeton University 

Happy at IAU Aix-en-Provence

See how "Happy" IAU's students were this spring! Watch for cameos by IAU alumni, faculty, staff and administration, including President Jubran!

And a special thank you to the Production Team for the creation of the video. Cinematographer: Stephen Katz, ASC and Cameramen: George Greenlee, Charley Umbarger

Summer and Fall 2014 Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the IAU scholarship recipients for the Summer and Fall 2014 terms.

Constantin Christofides Art & Art History Scholarship
Jasmine Aldershoff - University of Florida
Robin Colombin - University of Denver

Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship
Isabel Randolph - Denison University

Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies Scholarship
Meghan Hall - University of San Diego

Dean’s Merit Scholarship
Rosemary O'Regan - Cornell University

Theatre Workshop - Combatants for Peace
Featured Article in La Provence

During the 11th Annual International Student Conference on Euro-US Relations hosted on the IAU campus in Aix-en-Provence, students attended the Theatre Workshop for Combatants for Peace. Former Israeli soldier, and now playwright, Idan Meir of Combatants for Peace conducted with Fadl Mustapha, Palestinian actor, an all-day workshop on using theatre as a means for reconciliation and understanding of the other. He has conducted these workshops throughout the world, bringing theatre into the arduous task of peace-building.

The workshop was featured in the local paper, La Provence, in Aix-en-Provence during the week of March 9th. The student conference featured in the article as well.

Professor Aboubakr Jamaï Receives Leaders for Democracy Award

Continued international recognition for Professor Aboubakr Jamaï. The prestigious Washington group, the Project on Middle East Democracy, has awarded Aboubakr Jamaï and his co-founding partner of, Ali Anouzla, their 6th annual Leaders for Democracy Award. Professor Jamaï has been invited to Washington, D.C. to receive these much-deserved accolades. The Project on Middle East Democracy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracy can develop in the Middle East and how the United States can best support that process. Professor Jamaï and his colleague have tirelessly and relentlessly promoted and practiced freedom of the press in North Africa and in the Middle East. It is our honor and privilege to be able to congratulate Professor Jamaï in person. 

Photo courtesy of EMAJ Magazine

11th Annual International Student Conference on Euro-US Relations
March 13-15, 2014

The Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College is pleased to announce the 11th Annual International Student Conference on European–U.S. Relations to be held in Aix-en-Provence, France at IAU from March 13–15, 2014. The annual conference, also co-sponsored by AEGEE - the European Students’ Forum, has been held since 2004, so that students can explore the character and future of US– European relations, as well as the fundamental differences between the European Union and the United States both structurally, and on important international issues.

This year’s conference explores the changing nature of the information environment and how surveillance becomes ever more normalized in contemporary societies. Whether in the form of phone calls and emails or through tracking devices recording everything from medical conditions, to shopping habits and driving behavior, the normalization of surveillance has the potential to change not only individual behavior but is likely to alter politics and society itself. The conference will address the subject of surveillance from a Peace and Conflict Studies perspective focusing on arenas of contestation between the surveyed and those surveying.  In addition to examining surveillance from an historical perspective the conference participants will also elaborate significant differences related to surveillance between Europe and the United States.

Participating students will hear from experts on the subject and participate in reflections with their European counterparts on the issue as well as seek solutions together to confronting the challenges of living in today’s world.  

The conference fee of $175 will include three nights lodging and meals through Saturday evening.  Students interested in participating should contact Dr. Leigh Smith, IAU’s Dean of Students.

Spring 2014 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the IAU scholarship recipients for the Spring 2014 semester.

Constantin Christofides Art & Art History Scholarship
Stevie Morrison - Transylvania University
Ashley Ables - Independent

Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship
Nicolai Roland-Chicvara - Ithaca College

Judith L. Rice International Relations & Global Studies Scholarship
Samah Asfour - SUNY Buffalo

Dean’s Merit Scholarship
Sam Jacobson - University of Texas at Austin

IAU Hosts Albert Camus Conference
November 7-9, 2013

IAU is pleased to have hosted a conference on famous French author, Albert Camus. The conference, held on November 7-9, 2013 at IAU in Aix-en-Provence, France, featured keynote speaker Professor David H. Walker of the University of Sheffield.  Professor Walker is the Editor, Pleaides Edition of Camus' Complete Works. Visit the Camus Conference Agenda to learn more.

See photos from the event!

Theatrical Reading by IAU students directed by David Hay