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2008 Seminar Schedule

The Center for the Study of
International Communications
International Media Seminar

March 16 to March 21, 2008
The American University of Paris (AUP) 31 avenue Bosquet and 6 rue du Colonel Combes


Hotel Malar-29, rue Malar 75007 Paris - tel: - fax:

All programs are at the American University of Paris (AUP), except where marked by (*). You must have identification to be admitted to some venues.

The International Media Seminar will be chaired by Lee W. Huebner, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.


Sunday, March 16

*4:30 p.m.  Optional Event. Boat cruise on the Seine — an ideal introduction to Paris. Meeting at the Hotel Malar at 4:00 for those who want to travel together. 5:30 p.m.  

Meet at Hotel Malar to walk to Opening Reception.

*6:00 p.m.  *Welcome reception and program overview at the home of Nancy and Richard Asthalter. Richard is a leading American lawyer in Paris. Nancy is a Center board member, Professor of American History at the University of Paris and Academic Director of the MICEFA (Mission Interuniversitaire des Exchanges entre la France et l'Amerique) which exchanges over 200 students in each direction each year. She will talk about contrasts in French and American education.

Monday, March 17
AUP: 147 rue de Grenelle in "GST," lunchroom

9:00 a.m. Meet at Hotel Malar to go to France TV 24.

*10:00 a.m.  Visit to France TV 24, new all-news cable channel. Jean Lesieur, Executive Producer.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.  "Food as a Metaphor for French Culture." Harriet Welty Rochefort, Journalist and author of French Toast and French Fried," both very popular books about cultural differences and similarities.    

Lunch at AUP

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  "The Media Culture in France." Waddick Doyle, Professor and Chairman, Department of International Communications, AUP.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  "First, Foremost & Unrivaled — Celebrity Journalism in an International Setting." Cathy Nolan, former Paris bureau chief, Peoples Magazine, now a free lance writer.

*7:00 p.m.  Dinner at the home of Lee and Berna Huebner. Guest speaker: Sally Shelton Colby, former U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Secretary-General, OECD. Headed Global Issues Bureau at USAID under President Clinton.

Tuesday, March 18
AUP: Grenelle Building — 147, rue de Genelle, Room G34

9:45 - 11:00 a.m.  "The Growth of Business News in Europe." Ann Swarsdon, Senior European Editor, Bloomberg News Service. Former Paris Bureau Chief, The Washington Post.  

11:00 - 12:00 noon  "The Uses and Misuses of Power: Cross-Border Journalism in a Global Age." Alan Riding. The New York Times: Former Chief European Cultural Correspondent. Formerly Chief Latin American Correspondent for the New York Times.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch on your own.

1:30 p.m.  (appointment at 2:30 p.m.) Leave from the Hotel Malar to visit the International Herald Tribune. "How the World's First Global Newspaper Serves a Globalizing World." With a talk and a tour led by Ann Bagamery, Senior Editor, International Herald Tribune.

*5:00 p.m.  "Global Media; Developing World Perspectives," with five AUP international journalism students from developing countries. Held at the home of Roger and Vivian Cruise. The Cruises have been leaders in the financial and educational communities in Paris for over 30 years.    

Evening open

Wednesday, March 19
Grenelle Building 147 rue de Grenelle G34    

Morning Open

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.  Diplomacy and the European Media." Lynne Platt, Chief Press and Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Former press officer at US missions in Brussels, Cairo and other capitals.    

Lunch at AUP

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Covering Fashion in the World's Fashion Capital." Madeleine Czigler, Paris Correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  "The Wall Street Journal Europe and the European Business Scene." Kay Rolland, Business Development Manager, The Wall Street Journal Europe. Former Publisher of Where-Magazine — Paris.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Free time    AUP, Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C32

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Dominique Moisi, French Institute of International Relations. Noted scholar and writer, specializing in the area of French-American relations.    

Evening Open

Thursday, March 20
Combes Building, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C11

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.  "Informed, Irreverent and Unblinking — Two Careers in International Television News." Pat Thompson, Managing Documentary Producer, the Paris Bureau Productions, and Jim Bittermann, Senior On-Air Correspondent for Europe, CNN International and formerly Bureau Chief in Paris for ABC and for NBC Television News.

11:00 - 12:00 noon  "New Media — New Opportunities." Eileen Bastianelli, founding president of Milestone Media, now a senior executive at BBDO Advertising Agency in Paris.    

Lunch on your own.

1:30 p.m.  Leave Hotel Malar for visit to Libération.

*2:15 p.m.  "Visit to Libération, a leading French newspaper. "A Close Up Look at a Leading French Daily."

*4:00 p.m.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Auditorium of new OECD Headquarters. Journalist Meggan Dissly, now an OECD public affairs officer, will speak about its history, structure, functions, and media relationships.    

Evening Open

Friday, March 21
At AUP, Grenelle Building 147 rue de Grenelle G34

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  "Confessions of a Lifelong International Marketer." Peter Barnet, Associate Professor, American University of Paris, Former Executive VP for International Advertising at Young and Rubicam and other global ad agencies.

11:00 - 12:15 p.m.  "Reporting From Dangerous Places," with Jonathan Randall, Author and Former Senior International Correspondent, the Washington Post.

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Closing reception. At the home of Center Board member Catherine Grava. Featured speaker will be Madeleine Czigler, culture television correspondent in Paris for the Canadian Broadcating Company,172 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris    

Lunch on your own.

*3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Searching Images: Six Decades of Front-line Photojournalism." Now a very active 91 years of age, John Morris was one of the leading photo news editors of the 20th century. Former head of Magnum photo agency, former chief photo editor for Life Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications. Author of Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism." At the home of John Morris.

8:30 p.m.  OPTIONAL EVENT. Cabaret dinner in Montmarte.

Saturday, March 22    

OPTIONAL EVENT. Private bus trip and guided tour. Chateau de Versailles.