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APRIL 2, 2020: UPDATE FROM IAU ON CURRENT SITUATION FOR SPRING 2020 STUDENTS & SUMMER/FALL 2020 TERMS

In an effort to bring our community up to date on IAU operations during the COVID-19 epidemic, we would like to share the following update. Our Spring 2020 students have either returned to the United States, their home country or are sheltering in place with host families in Aix-en-Provence. IAU is heartbroken for our spring semester students who needed to leave their program prematurely due to the current COVID-19 crisis. We are pleased that everyone that returned has transitioned safely to their respective homes and that by all accounts, everyone is healthy.  Our present focus is on the completion of the current semester through our remote learning platform, which began on Monday, March 30th, and enabling the students to complete their coursework and receive the academic credit for which they signed up. In the spirit of supporting our spring semester students whose on-site programs were cut short, we will soon be announcing substantial tuition discounts for these students to return on future IAU programs. 

It is our goal to help support all students in this transition, and in an effort to do this we would like to remind you of the following resources:

IAU Weekly Wellness Circles
Every Tuesday at 4:00pm PDT (for Barcelona students), Tuesday at 5:00pm PDT (for Aix students), and Friday at 10:00am PDT (for all students), students will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with IAU’s Wellness Coordinator, Arianna Zabriskie, via Zoom. The goal of these ongoing sessions is to create a safe space for students to share their experiences of returning home or remaining abroad, discuss challenges in adjusting to academics online and life after being abroad, offer students resources and techniques for stress management, and to provide a space for students to connect with one another. Students will receive a weekly email invitation to register for these sessions. Students can also register HERE at any time.

For those still in Aix-en-Provence or Barcelona, the Director of IAU’s Wellness Center, Annabel Martin, remains available. Students may contact her at any time at iauwellness@iau.edu or +33 (0)6 75 00 55 83 (text messages or WhatsApp).

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook
IAU has started an #IAUQuarantineSeries, where staff, administrators, and students currently abroad create posts on their experiences while living under these unique circumstances. In our global community, quarantine is now a shared experience, no matter where one is located, and the posts are meant to reflect on meaning and beauty that one finds while under confinement. The series continues to evolve as the current situation abroad evolves, and we encourage students to share comments online by following @instituteamericanuniversities. 

Staying Connected with IAU
Although students may not be abroad anymore, IAU is here for them and asks that they please consider us a resource as they navigate this new experience. If students experience challenges in regards to remote learning, we ask that they engage with their professors to collaborate on developing a plan of success. The U.S.-based IAU Admissions Counselors are also a resource to help answer questions and connect students to resources.

On-Campus and Community Resources
While students’ home universities may be closed, they continue to offer support services to students remotely. This includes general student support services and wellness support services. In addition to wellness services offered by home universities, IAU asks that students also consider the health-related resources available within the students’ home communities. If students feel that they need mental health support, we encourage them to reach out to their universities and local health care providers to ensure they get the care they need. For students who remain in Aix, please contact Dr. Leigh Smith at leigh.smith@iau.edu or Philip Breeden at philip.breeden@iau.edu if you are ill or need other support.  The health and well-being of our students are of the utmost importance, and we urge our student community to connect with the resources available.

Looking Toward Summer and Fall 2020 Terms
Despite what appears to be a major challenge ahead for our nation and the world in containing the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving forward with contingency plans for the upcoming summer term and fall semester at our Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain locations. We realize many U.S. institutions have outright canceled summer program options for their students. And while we understand the need to make these decisions well in advance, our hope is that we may still be able to salvage a summer abroad opportunity for those students who seek one. That being said, we have moved both of our summer programs back by a month or more in the hopes that doing so will buy enough time to see border, shelter-in-place, travel, and on-the-ground restrictions lifted. At our Aix campus, the French Honors Program and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts will still operate within the revised calendar. The new calendars can be found below: 


For the fall 2020 semester, IAU will continue monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and should restrictions be lifted, we will move forward with the normal academic calendar. However, if we feel that the already-challenging student visa process will be negatively affected by the current crisis, we may adjust the semester calendar to where the program is fewer than 90 days (with the possibility of some academic work prior to and after the on-the-ground programming), thereby mitigating any issues related to procuring a student visa. We will aim to make this decision no later than June 1st. 

Please do not hesitate to contact IAU using the information below with any questions you might have—we are here for you!

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
Jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
Leigh.smith@iau.edu 

Professor Philip J. Breeden
Vice President of Administration
TEL: +33 (0) 442 217 630
MOB: +33 (0) 783 285 795
Philip.Breeden@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Barcelona Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
Ignasi.perez@iau.edu 


MARCH 19, 2020: U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES TRAVEL WARNING - U.S. CITIZENS ARE DISCOURAGED FROM TRAVELING ABROAD


On March 19, 2020, the U.S. State Department issued a statement in which they advise all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel. You can see the statement here. IAU is making sure that students who have chosen to stay up to this point on their programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain are aware of this latest travel warning. As part of the warning, the U.S. State Department says, "U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.” Given the uncertainty of mobility, IAU is encouraging – yet not mandating – its students to leave their respective campuses and to return to the U.S. IAU staff remain available in Aix and Barcelona and students are encouraged to contact them, using the information provided below, should they need to. Students should keep IAU updated on their travel itineraries and/or complete the remote request form and/or link to the attestation for travel to the airport.

This is a developing situation and IAU will continue to monitor it and provide updates as needed.

All students are Aix encouraged to following the contact information and instructions below. For students who remain in Barcelona, they may contact Dr. Ignasi Perez, IAU Barcelona Center Director, at +34 696 96 44 55 (mobile) or Ignasi.perez@iau.edu.   

AIX CONTACTS

Dean Leigh Smith
Email: leigh.smith@iau.edu
Telephone: 0682596448

Vice President Philip Breeden
Email: philip.breeden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0783285795

For Housing Matters, please contact Fleur Arella and Margaux Hofstedt:

Fleur Arella:  
Mobile phone :  +33 682 59 64 51
Email :  fleur.arella@iau.edu

Margaux Hofstedt: 
Mobile phone : +33 687687018
Email: 
margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu  

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of IAU student IDs).  Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Our amazing Alumni Fellows are here for students as well.  They are also in confinement but are available at:

Sophia Deyden
Email: sophia.deyden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769955321

Israel Fregoso
Email: israel.fregoso@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769911499


MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE: IAU CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE COVID-19 SITUATION

IAU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation on its campuses in Aix-en-Provence and Barcelona. On Thursday, March 19, Vice President Breeden sent the following message to all students remaining in Aix-en-Provence: 


Dear IAU/ACM Students in Aix:  

First, I want you to know that IAU/ACM staff and teaching personnel are available for you at any time.  You are not alone during this confinement period.  We will be in regular contact with you and you should never hesitate to contact us.  We will get through this period together, with solidarity, creativity, and generosity.

I want to update you on how we are managing access to Manning Hall for the confinement period.  

As of Friday, March 20, we will move to an appointment-only system for access to Manning Hall.  If you need to come to Manning Hall for any reason, please make an appointment by contacting:

Dean Leigh Smith
Email: leigh.smith@iau.edu
Telephone: 0682596448

or

Vice President Philip Breeden
Email: philip.breeden@iau.edu 
Telephone: 0783285795

During this time, the Wellness Center Director Annabelle Martin remains available.  You can contact her at any time at iauwellness@iau.edu or 06 75 00 55 83 (text messages or WhatsApp)

For Housing Matters, your contacts remain Fleur Arella and Margaux Hofstedt

Fleur Arella:  
Mobile phone :  +33 682 59 64 51
Email :  fleur.arella@iau.edu

Margaux Hofstedt: 
Mobile phone : +33 687687018
Email: margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu  

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of your IAU student ID).  Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Our amazing Alumni Fellows are here for you as well.  They are also in confinement but are available at:

Sophia Deyden
Email: sophia.deyden@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769955321

Israel Fregoso
Email: israel.fregoso@iau.edu
Telephone: 0769911499

Lastly, the U.S. Embassy put out a renewed health and travel  alert today, March 19, which I share below:

Health Alert - U.S. Embassy Paris, France (March 19, 2020)

Location:  France

Event:  France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are strongly urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  As of March 17, 2020, all European Union external borders, including those of France, are closed.  U.S. citizens may still depart France to return to the United States, but travel across the Schengen area’s internal borders will be significantly restricted.

On March 16, 2020, the Government of France announced measures to minimize contact and travel. A containment system has been put into effect throughout France.  If necessary, travel is permitted in the following cases:

  • Between home and work when telework is not possible;
  • To make essential purchases in authorized local shops;
  • For health reasons;
  • To care for children or help vulnerable people; or
  • Brief movements near or around one’s residence for individual exercise or pet care. 

Travel to the airport is also permitted.  If you must travel for one of these reasons, you must carry an attestation (the form with an English translation is available on our U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage).

Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseille.  Very limited visa services for those who qualify for an exception to the Presidential Proclamation restricting travel to the United States are available in Paris.

Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease. 
  • Dial 15 for emergency services in France if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing.  Do not go directly to an emergency department, doctor’s office, or clinic.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in France.
  • For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
  • Have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Assistance:

American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
France
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfo@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE: FRENCH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW RESTRICTIONS ON MOBILITY OF CITIZENS

On Monday, March 16, French President Emmanuel Macron announced new restrictions to minimize contact and travel in France. A containment system is in place throughout the country starting Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m., for a minimum of fifteen days. Travel is prohibited except for exceptional cases, which can be found in detail on the French government's website. 

All IAU students studying in Aix-en-Provence received the following message on Tuesday, March 17 from IAU Vice President Philip Breeden: 


Dear Students : 

The new movement restrictions announced by the French government on March 16 mean we must adjust our posture at our Aix-en-Provence campus.  We remain available to any and all IAU/ACM students with questions and concerns.  Effective immediately our posture is as follows:

Most IAU/ACM staff are working from home and accessible via email and phone.  Beginning Tuesday, March 17 we are closed to the public and will institute a minimum admin presence in Manning Hall, 8 rue de Littera,  from 12:00-17:00, Monday to Friday.  We will do this as long as we have IAU/ACM students present in Aix, and movement restrictions permit.  Students who need to access Manning Hall should make an appointment by calling the central number: +33 0442230282 to ensure they can access Manning Hall.  Such visits should be kept to a minimum, particularly for the next two weeks.

For students returning to the U.S. rest assured that the new French border restrictions will not prevent you from returning to the U.S., although you should expect delays and disruptions as airlines continue to change their schedules. 

The necessary attestation for coming to Manning Hall is here. The Health Guidance is repeated below.  In addition, French Health authorities have warned against the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen if you are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Key personnel and their phone numbers are below.

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
Jessica.calhoun@iau.edu

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
Leigh.smith@iau.edu

Professor Philip J. Breeden
Vice President of Administration
TEL: +33 (0) 442 217 630
MOB: +33 (0) 783 285 795

Housing:
Fleur Arella: Mobile phone : +33 682 59 64 51 Email : fleur.arella@iau.edu
Margaux Hofstedt: Mobile phone : +33 687687018 Email: margaux.hofstedt@iau.edu

As a reminder, the IAU emergency number is 00 800 1957 1958 (on the back of your IAU student ID)
Otherwise, within France, you can call the SAMU (service d'aide médicale urgente) by dialing simply 15 as another source of information

Health Guidance:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoid close contact with people who show flu-like symptoms or who suffer from acute respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.)
  3. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and cough in your arm, not your hands
  5. Do not take antibiotics or antiviral medication unless prescribed by your doctor
  6. Clean surfaces with alcohol or Clorox disinfectants
  7. Use a mask only if you think you're sick or if you are assisting a sick person

MARCH 14, 2020 UPDATE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY RELEASES NOTICE OF ARRIVAL RESTRICTIONS


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has outlined a new process for the arrival of American citizens after visiting certain countries in Europe. The entire article can be found on the DHS website and states the following:

"Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.''

IAU students returning to the U.S. from their respective programs should keep this information in mind when booking/rebooking their flights.



MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATES

MARCH 13, 2020: BARCELONA, SPAIN - UPDATE ON IAU OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

There have been some significant changes in Europe over the past 24 hours. On March 13 (today), the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a national “state of alarm”, which gives the Spanish government the authority to take steps to prohibit the free movement of people and to guarantee the supply of food in supermarkets.  Additionally, all universities in Spain will be closed from March 16-27. 

Given these unprecedented circumstances, IAU in Barcelona will move to a fully remote teaching posture until further notice for all students, whether they return to the US or remain in Barcelona
.  Students who have already departed Barcelona can count on courses being delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester.  For those who remain in Spain, courses will be delivered remotely until further notice and may resume in an in-person format at a later date. 

IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Barcelona.  During the week of March 16, IAU Barcelona Center will be closed.  However, during this short and temporary period of closure, the IAU Barcelona administration will be available by phone 24/7 and can meet in-person with students by appointment.  The IAU Barcelona Center will fully re-open on Monday, March 23 (although courses will continue remotely). 

IAU continues to advise all students in the strongest possible terms to avoid travel outside of Barcelona at this time, unless it is to return to the United States or their home country.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

We also wanted to make you aware of the messaging that was sent out to students today on behalf of IAU’s Barcelona Director, Dr. Ignasi Pérez:


Dear IAU Barcelona Students,

We were sad to see so many of you leave and hope that your travels have gone as smoothly as possible. You may have heard that this morning the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez declared a national “state of alarm”, which gives the Spanish government the authority to take steps to prohibit the free movement of people and to guarantee the supply of food in supermarkets.  Additionally, all universities in Spain will be closed from March 16-27.  

Given these unprecedented circumstances:  

  • IAU will move to 100% remote teaching until further notice.  All IAU students, whether they have stayed in Barcelona or departed, will receive remote teaching until further notice, using the tools and resources we have in hand.
  • IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Barcelona. 
  • The IAU Barcelona Center will TEMPORARILY be closed for the week of March 16-20.  However, during this short and temporary period of closure, the IAU Barcelona administration will be available by phone 24/7 and can meet in-person with students by appointment.  The IAU Barcelona Center will fully re-open on Monday, March 23 (although courses will continue remotely).

Midterms and Scheduling

The changing situation may disrupt midterms for many of our students, who also faced the need to travel and make new living arrangements.  For this reason, we are adjusting the academic schedule, and implementing a system for taking exams remotely.  For anyone who needs to take a remote midterm, you will be contacted by your professors with instructions.

As concerns remote teaching, IAU will officially resume classes remotely starting Monday, March 16. Your professors may begin contacting you about how you will organize your courses and your assignments.

Travel for those still in Spain

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU continues to strongly recommend that students stay within Barcelona until further notice. We are currently seeing abrupt changes in border restrictions. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in your being stranded far afield with limited to no help available from the Institute.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Barcelona Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
Ignasi.perez@iau.edu  



MARCH 13, 2020:
 AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE - UPDATE ON IAU OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC 

There have been significant changes in France over the past 24 hours.  Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced additional measures to combat the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, including ordering that all schools and universities in France close as of March 16 until further notice. In keeping with our contingency planning, IAU in France will move to a fully remote teaching posture for all students, whether they return to the U.S. or remain in Aix-en-Provence.  IAU offices in Aix remain open and IAU will continue to provide administrative services and housing for students who remain in Aix-en-Provence. 

IAU continues to advise all students in the strongest possible terms to avoid travel outside of France at this time, unless it is to return to the United States or their home country.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. We encourage students to become familiar with the World Health Organization’s suggested safety precautions, which include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet (1 meter) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

We also would like to share the messaging that was sent out to students today on behalf of IAU’s Dean, Dr. Leigh Smith: 


Dear IAU Students,

We were sad to see so many of you leave and hope that your travels have gone as smoothly as possible. You may have heard that on the evening of March 12 French President Emmanuel Macron announced that all schools and universities will close as of Monday, March 16 until further notice.  This message gives broad guidelines on how we will operate during this period.

First, IAU will move to 100% remote teaching.  There will be no physical classes.  All IAU and ACM students, whether they have stayed in Aix or departed, will receive remote teaching until further notice, using the tools and resources we have in hand.

Second, IAU will remain open administratively.  Students will have access to our buildings and facilities for studying or meeting.  Small meetings that maintain appropriate sanitary barriers can be held.  Office hours for our buildings as of March 16 will be 08:30-17:30.   

Third, all field studies are cancelled for the remainder of this semester.

Midterms and Scheduling

The changing situation disrupted midterms for many of our students, who also faced the need to travel and make new living arrangements.  For this reason, we are adjusting the academic schedule, and implementing a system for taking exams remotely.  For anyone who needs to take a remote midterm, you will be contacted by your professors with instructions. The deadline for completing mid-terms is Wednesday, March 25.

As concerns remote teaching, IAU/ACM will officially resumeclasses remotely starting Monday, March 30. Your professors may begin contacting you about how you will organize your courses and your assignments starting March 23, but coursework should normally start on March 30.        

Travel for those still in France

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU continues to strongly recommend that students stay within France until further notice. We are currently seeing abrupt changes in border restrictions. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in your being stranded far afield with limited to no help available from the Institute.

Best of luck to you all,

Leigh Smith



Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA
Kurt Schick
Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
630-399-7997
Kurt.schick@iau.edu  

Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu  

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 



MARCH 12, 2020: U.S. Homeland Security Clarifies Travel Ban Announced Earlier by President Trump

Following the announcement from President Trump concerning the 30-day suspension of travel from Europe to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security released a clarifying statement regarding the exceptions to the ban indicating, "This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.'' While this statement may present some clarity, we understand it may not go far in easing the anxiety. To that end, if students still wish to return home, that is entirely their prerogative. Our stance on completing the semester by remote learning has not changed and by working with the students' home universities, we will continue to support their needs to satisfy their academic credits for Spring 2020. IAU will continue to follow guidelines as established by the French and Spanish Ministries of Health, World Health Organization and the local network of health officials. For the moment, that means we remain open and operational with the student support we have offered from the beginning. Obviously, it will be for students to decide about plans for immediate departure. Should students wish to remain in France/Spain, housing, courses, and activities remain available. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that your studies are not permanently disrupted.

For the full statement from the Department of U.S. Homeland Security, please visit their website


MARCH 11, 2020: IAU Barcelona Center Moves to Online Program Delivery For Next Two Weeks

Out of an abundance of caution, IAU has made the decision to offer courses remotely for a period of two weeks.  Remote delivery of instruction will take place Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 26 (in-person courses will still take place tomorrow, March 12). The plan currently in place is that in-person courses will resume on Monday, March 30. 

During this two-week period, IAU will be monitoring the situation in Barcelona and may make changes to the plan should circumstances change. The IAU Barcelona Center will remain open and staff are ready and available to support students. Program activities will resume as planned, as many of them take place outdoors (as the current concern is related to closed-in spaces). This decision is in-line with many of our peer institutions in Barcelona and was made as a precautionary measure in order to help protect the IAU community. 

We understand that the situation abroad is quite fluid and that your institution may develop contingency plans to offer the students the option to return to the US and complete coursework remotely. We encourage students to speak with Dr. Ignasi Pérez, Director of IAU Barcelona, if they are considering returning home prior to the semester end date as they will be requested to complete the attached form. If your institution ultimately makes this decision, please know that IAU will support your office and your students to ensure that coursework can be completed remotely.  Since all institutions differ in how “remote” coursework may be viewed in this extraordinary situation, we encourage your office to have the appropriate conversations on campus to help students earn the academic units they had anticipated. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of the contacts listed below with any questions or concerns.

IN USA 
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office) 
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Pérez
IAU Center Director (Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile) 
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 





MARCH 9, 2020: IAU Provides Program Updates Due to Coronavirus/COVID-19

IAU continues to monitor the situation with respect to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is committed to working with our students and partners as we manage our response to this unprecedented situation. We understand it raises many questions for students, families, our U.S. partner institutions, and study abroad colleges such as IAU. We will continue to provide our best possible guidance to help address questions or concerns.

IAU CURRENT STATUS: IAU spring programs in France and Spain continue to run and there are no plans to suspend operations. We continue to accept enrollments for Summer and Fall programs as well.   

RECALL OF STUDENTS BY HOME INSTITUTION: At present, a small number of U.S. institutions have announced they are recalling students who are currently studying abroad. Some of the recalled students at IAU have opted to continue their studies on-site and have received approval from their home institution to do so. For students who return to the U.S. in response to guidance from their home institution, IAU is putting into place a remote learning completion option using our technology and faculty expertise. This option will enable students to receive IAU credits for their coursework.

VOLUNTARY WITHDRAWAL: If a student decides to withdraw voluntarily from the IAU program, the remote learning completion option will be available to them if their home institution supports their decision to depart. Sending institutions are responsible for validating credit for the courses completed remotely with IAU.

GOING FORWARD: IAU will continue to base our decisions based on what we think is the best approach for our visiting and permanent degree students. These decisions draw on guidance from a variety of sources including the U.S. State Department, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), French and Spanish national authorities, peer American institutions in France, Europe, and North Africa, partner institutions in the U.S., and industry organizations such as NAFSA (National Association of Foreign Student Admission) and The Forum on Education Abroad

REFUNDS: As long as IAU continues to operate and does not close, the decision to leave the program and complete the semester remotely is a decision made by students and/or their home institutions. IAU is willing to accommodate these decisions and to ensure that students can complete their semester but cannot guarantee that refunds will be possible while the program is still in operation.

The health and safety of IAU students remain our top priority. As a reminder, here are the contacts in our respective countries:

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Dr. Ignasi Perez
IAU Center Director (Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 



MARCH 2, 2020: IAU Issues Statement and Resources Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 

The primary goal of IAU College is the safety and security of all IAU students. To that end, IAU continues to closely monitor the situation in Europe following a recent increase in the number of cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in various European countries. On Friday, February 28, all students received a message from IAU recommending that students suspend all upcoming travel to Italy until further notice.

Given the fluidity of the situation in Europe and in the best interest of the well-being of the IAU community, IAU is strongly recommending that students stay within the borders of their country of study (France or Spain) until further notice. We understand this means that students may need to make adjustments to their travel plans for the upcoming spring break. Please know that this recommendation is being made with the best interest of the students - and the entire campus community - in mind. Disregarding these travel recommendations may result in mandated self-isolation, which will limit students' active participation in the academic program. IAU’s recommendation to reconsider travel outside of France/Spain gives students the opportunity to focus interest on their host country and city of study as the immediate surrounding has an abundance of culturally and historically rich sites of interest. If students need recommendations on local excursions, they should contact the Student Affairs team on-site as they would be happy to assist.

Out of an abundance of caution, IAU is canceling all field studies and excursions for the month on March and future recommendations on travel are being discussed by IAU’s Academic Dean’s Council and will be based on guidance provided by the CDC, WHO, The U.S. State Department, ECDC, and local authorities. Other than the cancellation of field studies trips during the month of March, the IAU College programs in Aix-en-Provence, France and Barcelona, Spain are running as normal without interruption. IAU is monitoring local, regional, and country-specific reports and will adhere to the French and Spanish Ministries of Education’s stance on school attendance and closures. 

IAU strongly urges students to remain within the campus community and limit their mobility to attending classes and closed IAU community events. We strongly believe that the best policy is to limit nonessential travel in and outside of France and Spain at this time and for students to restrict their mobility to and from classes and their homestay or apartment. If any student wishes to leave the program, they will be doing so at their own volition and we will work with each student and their home institution on developing an academic plan of completion. That being said, however, exposing students to international travel through highly populated airports at this time exponentially increases the potential for exposure and transmission.

If there are any significant changes that require IAU to cancel classes and send students home for any reason, a contingency plan has been developed to continue the academic program through the use of technology platforms.  IAU will use its remote learning technology through the collaboration of our U.S., France, and Spain offices to ensure consistency and coherence within each academic program. 

IAU faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to delivering on our academic promise to the student body and will do everything in our power to steward students through the completion of the spring semester.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact IAU at the following:

IN USA
Dr. Jessica Calhoun
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs
800-221-2051 (office)
858-282-1630 (mobile)
jessica.calhoun@iau.edu 

IN FRANCE
Dr. Leigh Smith
Dean of Students (in Aix-en-Provence)
+33 6 82 59 64 48 (mobile)
leigh.smith@iau.edu 

IN SPAIN
Professor Ignasi Perez
IAU Center Director (in Barcelona)
+34 696 96 44 55 (mobile)
ignasi.perez@iau.edu 

RESOURCES


IAU President Carl Jubran and Daniel Palm, Associate Vice President of the Center for International Education at Northern Arizona University, recently signed a partnership agreement while attending the AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) conference in Washington, DC.

The new agreement between IAU and NAU opens up many new, low cost and high quality study abroad opportunities for NAU students at IAU study abroad sites, including its flagship campus in Aix-en-Provence, France, its Centers in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, and its 14 thematic multi-country January term seminars held across Europe and North Africa. In addition, as a partner, NAU’s faculty now have access to IAU’s Resident Fellows Program, created specifically for university faculty on sabbatical who wish to work on their research or book project while abroad.

Dr. Jubran signing MOA with NAU
Dr. Jubran and Dr. Daniel Palm, at the MOA signing at AIEA in DC 


University of Oregon Athletes Explore Identity, Place, and Representation through the Arts in Aix-en-Provence
In summer 2019, 20 University of Oregon athletes came to Aix-en-Provence to learn about post-impressionists Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh. The group was led by IAU alumna ('88) and UO instructor, Lisa Abia-Smith. 

The program began in Aix-en-Provence, a city that offered momentary sancuary for major artists to express notions of place, identity, and representation. Here, the Ducks participated in outdoor town and country excursions, plein air painting and local museum trips. The students created oil paintings of landscapes, self-portraits, and the city of Aix and surroundings. The program concluded in Paris, where students used museum galleries and collections at the Louvre for observations, discussions and sketching.

To learn more about this unique program and see video footage, please visit the links below.

Video credit: Joe Ryan Stephan

University of Oregon athletes study abroad in Aix
Documentary of University of Oregon students in Aix

Athletes study art in Aix



IAU College to Offer New Madrid Program Starting in Fall 2020
IAU College, in collaboration with Universidad Pontificia Comillas, will open its new Madrid Center in fall 2020.  The dynamic program boasts over 50 course offerings from various disciplines including business, engineering, religious studies, Spanish, psychology, and environmental science all of which are designed and taught by IAU faculty. Courses will be held on the Comillas campus and students will have access to all university facilities including libraries, study spaces, gyms, and cafeterias and can participate in extracurricular activities together with local students.  In addition to IAU courses, students may also choose to enroll in courses at Comillas alongside local and international peers. To further enhance their academic experience, all students have access to unpaid, for-credit internships at prestigious companies and NGOs throughout the city.  The program curriculum and support services mirror those found at U.S. institutions giving students an American-style education abroad.


  Madrid

IAU College and University of New England Sign Partnership Agreement
IAU College President, Dr. Carl Jubran, and Dr. Anouar Majid, the University of New England’s Vice President for Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Humanities, met last week in Tangier, Morocco to formalize their institutions' partnership by signing an official memorandum of agreement. The exclusive agreement will allow UNE students to pursue an extensive array of educational opportunities at the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence as well as expand collaborative opportunities for faculty and traditional study abroad students. The signing ceremony included over 40 IAU students who joined Dr. Jubran on a January term seminar which traveled through Northern Africa and southern Europe. 

Dr. Jubran and VP Majid Sign MOA
Dr. Jubran (right) and Dr. Majid sign partnership agreement in Morocco

IAU College and George Washington University Sign Partnership Agreement

IAU President, Dr. Carl Jubran, and George Washington University's Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Donna Scarboro, met on November 14, 2019 on the GWU campus to sign an official memorandum of agreement between the two institutions. While IAU and GWU have collaborated on programming in the past, including a customized program in summer 2019 in Barcelona in which GW led a cohort of 11 students to IAU's Barcelona campus, this marks the official beginning of a formal partnership. IAU looks forward to future innovative programming opportunities for both GW faculty and students and to further expanding collaborative efforts.

President Jubran and Assoc. Provost Scarboro sign MOA at GWU campus
Dr. Jubran (right) and Dr. Scarboro sign agreement at GWU campus

Fall 2019 Closing Ceremony in Aix-en-Provence    
  

IAU hosted its Fall Closing Ceremony on December 12, 2019 in the historic Salle des Etats de Provence at the Aix en Provence City Hall. Surrounded by figures from the history of Provence, Dean Leigh Smith lauded the Fall 2019 students for their perseverance and sense of adventure. Professors awarded academic prizes for excellence in French, translation, philosophy, literature, fine arts, creative writing, art history, business and international relations. A new prize was awarded for Excellence in European Studies, endowed by an anonymous donation from an IAU professor. Recently retired Professor Philippe Lorrain was honored for his decades of service to the French Program. Several students spoke about their experiences, including Jamie Hoeft, who spoke about the Marchutz Core Arts Program, focusing on the emotional rewards of being in a community that is learning how to see together. In closing, three students shared their experiences. Madison Dougherty of Gonzaga University spoke of getting outside her comfort zone to discover a new country, and of her internship with a French company devoted to sustainable living. Isabela Santos of Rollins College meditated on how living in France informed her conception of identity, both her own and others. Evan Tedesco of Gettysburg College discussed how he used his study abroad experience to dive into the brand new activity of painting. All were united in saying their study abroad experience in France was deeply rewarding.

For a full list of award winners, please visit this link. 


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




Margaret Voelker-Ferrier, M.A.
(1948-2019)
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. .

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 thehill.com

"...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.


 

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



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!


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!




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.


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



 


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


"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


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


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



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.







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].


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


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 lakome.com, 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.



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