IAU News and Articles

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.

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

Kurt Volker

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

Article in French

Article in English

Summer 2017 Lecture Series

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

Aboubakr on France 24

60th Anniversary Celebration
May 17-20, 2017

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

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

The Mayor of Aix says Happy Birthday, IAU!

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

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

Conférence de Gilles Cantagrel
December 9, 2016

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

Bush, Chirac, and the War in Iraq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Letter from Rabat"

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

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

- Carnegie Europe

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

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

- Sanford J. Ungar, IAU Trustee

2015 Joseph Yedlicka Summer Scholarship
Recipient's Thank 
You Letter

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

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

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

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

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

Spring 2016 Lecture Series

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

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

Join IAU in Congratulating our Spring 2016 Scholarship Recipients!

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


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

Fall 2015 Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2bis rue du Bon Pasteur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall 2015 Business Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2bis rue du Bon Pasteur

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAU partners with Scholars at Risk

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

Tips for London Travel

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

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

2015 Summer Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IAU's Fall 2014 Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy at IAU Aix-en-Provence

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

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

Summer and Fall 2014 Scholarship Recipients


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

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

Amos Booth French Honors Scholarship
Isabel Randolph - Denison University

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

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

Theatre Workshop - Combatants for Peace
Featured Article in La Provence

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

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

Professor Aboubakr Jamaï Receives Leaders for Democracy Award

Continued international recognition for Professor Aboubakr Jamaï. The prestigious Washington group, the Project on Middle East Democracy, has awarded Aboubakr Jamaï and his co-founding partner of 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.

Spring 2014 Scholarship Recipients

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

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

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

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

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

IAU Hosts Albert Camus Conference
November 7-9, 2013

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

See photos from the event!

Theatrical Reading by IAU students directed by David Hay