An Invitation to Paris
Journalism educators and their students gathered in Paris for an International Media Seminar March 11-21, 2016.
The Paris-based Center for the Study of International Communications, in cooperation with the American University of Paris, again organized an extensive program of guest speakers and media tours in 2016.
Missouri Southern State University and Northwestern University have sent the largest delegations to the seminar over the longest period of time, but schools such as the George Washington University, Trinity College, Washburn University, and Bowling Green State University have also been regular participants.
Dr. Lee Huebner, Professor of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, organizes the International Media Seminar with the assistance of his wife, Berna. Lee Huebner was publisher of the International Herald Tribune from 1979 to 1993 and interim president of the American University in Paris from 1995 to 1996.
- Joan Dandres, an American journalist whose Middle East press experiences include reading news for the Qatar Television's English language newscast and Al Jazeera, Qatar's local satellite Arabic news station;
- Cathy Nolan, People Magazine correspondent in Paris;
- Harriet Welty Rochefort , author of the books French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de Vivre: Wining, Dining, and Romancing like the French;
- Jim Bittermann , Paris correspondent for CNN and NPR commentator;
- Bret Kline, an American-born reporter for French TV station FR3and Radio France;
- Peter Mikelbank, European correspondent for People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight;
- Nicola Keegan, longtime Paris resident, novelist, and Fodor's Travel Guide editor;
- Diane Seligsohn, African press specialist;
- Francçois Sergent, former foreign correspondent for Liberation.
Sessions and Tours
Sessions are conducted in English at the American University of Paris, a short walk from either the Hotel Malar or the Hotel La Serre.
Tours have included theInternational Herald Tribune, the French newspaper Liberation , andUNESCO plus an optional tour of the historical Chateau de Versailles, a literary walk, free time for shopping and visiting other historic sights.
Transportation and Lodging:
(All costs refer to 2016 Seminar, now over.)
Costs include airfare to Paris, a program fee, and approximately $65 per night (based on double occupancy) lodging at the Hotel Malar or the Hotel La Serre in the Seventh Arrondissement (7e), or similar hotels located near the Eiffel Tower. (
15 or more students from a school = € 300 per student
10 to 14 students from a school = € 340 per student
5 to 9 students from a school = € 380 per student
Fewer than 5 students = € 400 per student
The program fee is waived for faculty members bringing five or more students. Several meals are included in the program fee, including most lunches and a dinner at the Huebners' comfortable apartment in the trendy Sixteenth Arrondissement (16e).
E-mail Lee Huebner or call 202.994.0042. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies at Missouri Southern State University, 417-625-9736. Dr. Stebbins will be working with other institutions interested in offering the seminar to their students.