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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
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
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
(Left) Member of Parliament Delphine O with Conference Participants
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. .
USC Center for Public Diplomacy
"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.
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.
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.
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
Prof. Paul Arthur
Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
CoFounder and Project Manager - Radio SouriaLi
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
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and Adjunct Faculty
Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University
President of Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Paris
Political Analyst and Regional Editor
Balkan Investigative Reporter Network, BIRN
Prof. Monica McWilliams
Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University
Amb. Cameron Munter
President, EastWest Institute
Senior Advisor for Peace Building in Syria
World Council of Churches
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.
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.
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
IAU hosts Conference Camus Conference
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.
June 1, 2017
Read the full article at La Provence, including a special exerpt from President Jubran!
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.
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.
"Making to Think" | Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 | 18h30-20h00
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.
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.
"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
Recipient's Thank You Letter
- Julia Shipley, Suny Oswego, French Honors Program, Summer 2015
Julia Shipley, the 2015 Yedlicka Summer Scholarship recipient [left],
hiking at The Bibemus Quarries
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
- Jennifer Julius, Fall 2015
Conduct Painting Workshop at Princeton University
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.”
May 5-7, 2015: Progressives & Islamists
History & Current Events, Challenges & Responses
to the Ideological Divide of Arab Oppositions
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.
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.”
Featured Article in La Provence
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