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2009 Seminar Schedule

The Center for the Study of
International Communications Paris and
the School of Media and Public Affairs
at the George Washington University
International Media Seminar

March 15 to March 21, 2009
The American University of Paris (AUP) 31 avenue Bosquet and 6 rue du Colonel Combes


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

Hotel Tulipe-33, rue Malar 75007 Paris - tel: +33 1 45 51 67 21 Contact phone numbers: 01 45 00 42 83 (fixed)

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 15

*3:00 p.m.  Optional Event. Boat cruise on the Seine — an ideal introduction to Paris. Meet at the Hotel Malar at 3:00 p.m. for those who want to walk to the boat dock together. Pick up your boat tickets at the desk of Hotel Malar.

6:15 p.m. Meet at Hotel Malar to travel together to the welcoming event..

*7:00 p.m.  *Reception in a unique Parisian setting, the home of Constance and Dominique Borde, one of Paris’s pace setting French-American couples. Connie Borde & Nancy Asthalter (both Center board members) will discuss social and educational life in France and how it is different from the US. 240 bis Blvd. St. Germain, 75007 Paris. Métro: rue du Bac.

Monday, March 16
AUP: Grand Salon – 31, Avenue Bosquet, Top Floor

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Europe — Covering the Economic Scene." Anne Swarsdon. Senior European Editor, Bloomberg News Service. Former Paris Bureau Chief, The Washington Post.

9:30 – 11:00 am. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  “New Media — New Opportunities.” Eileen Bastianelli, Ex-Managing Director of Shake Content BBDO, currently a strategic advisor and producer bridging the gap between the worlds of advertising and content.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (at AUP)

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.  “Places at the End of the World: Writing From the Edge.” Janine de Giovanni is one of the world’s most experienced journalists in covering war and conflict from the first Palestinian Intifada in the late 1980s to Bosnia and Chechnya, and much of Africa, as well as Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and East Timor. Her books and magazine articles have won major awards.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  “Food as a Metaphor for French Culture.” Harriet Welty Rochefort, Journalist, Medill graduate, and author of French Toast and French Fried, both very popular books about cultural differences and similarities. Late Afternoon  At leisure

7:00 - 8: 30 p.m.  Reception in a unique Parisian setting, the home of Jim Bittermann and Pat Thompson. Plus a discussion led by our hosts: Pat Thompson is the Managing Documentary Producer, the Paris Bureau Productions; and Jim Bittermann is the Senior On-Air Correspondent for Europe, CNN International and formerly Bureau Chief in Paris for ABC and for NBC Television News. Address: 4th floor. 2 Blvd. Raispail, Paris 7me. Metro: rue du Bac. Ligne No. 12.

Tuesday, March 17
AUP: Combes Building – 6, rue Colonel Combes Room C32

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  “The French Political Scene” with by Steven Ekovitch, Professor of International Politics at the American University of Paris.

10:30 - 12:00 noon  “Foreign Reporting in a Dangerous World,” Jon Randall former war correspondent for the Washington Post.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch on your own.

1:45 p.m  Leave AUP for the IHT.

*2:30 - 3:45 p.m.  “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, 6 rue des Graviers, 92200 Neuilly. Métro Ligne 1 Pont de Neuilly.

*4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Visit to Publicis, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. 133, avenue des Champs Elysées 75008 Paris. Metro: Etoile. Meeting with Robert Fredovich, Director of Marketing Communications, Publicis Groupe.

*7:00 p.m  Dinner at the home of Lee and Berna Huebner. Metro Lignes 1 or 2. Argentine or Porte Dauphine. Guests : "Global Media; Developing World Perspectives," with AUP international journalism scholarship students who will exchange views about their countries, cultures and careers in international media.

Wednesday, March 18
AUP: Grand Salon - 31, Avenue Bosquet

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Jean-Marc Illouz, Senior International Correspondent for France 2 TV: “Reporting the Changing World from the European Perspective.”

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Diplomacy and the European Media.” Adnan A. Siddiqi, Chief Press and Information Officer at the US Embassy in Paris.  

12:15 p.m. Lunch at AUP 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  

(over lunch) "The World of Versailles” by Mr. Frank Schork, former Librarian in Washington with the American University and with SAIS (Johns Hopkins University) and presently VIP Guide at the Palais de Versailles.

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

Thursday, March 19
AUP: Grand Salon, 31 avenue Bosquet

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  ‘A Career in Media Management.’ Kay Rolland. Formerly in management posts with The Wall Street Journal Europe, the International Herald Tribune, and Where Magazine—Paris.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  "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.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Free time for lunch. Meet at 12 :45 at Hotel Malar to travel to Liberation.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Visit to *Libération. M François Sergent: ”A Close Up Look at a Leading French Daily.” 11, rue Béranger 75003 Paris Métro République or Temple.

*3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Location: 56 rue de Tournelles. "Searching Images: Six Decades of Front-line Photojournalism." At the home of John Morris. Now a very active 92 years of age, John Morris is widely considered to be the leading photo news editor of the twentieth century. Former head of Magnum Agency, former senior 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: 56 rue des Tournelles, ring Morris at street door, go to rear of court. 01 4804 5340. Nearest Metro Chemin Vert or Bastille. Near the Place des Vosges (be sure to see).

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  “The 5th Estate; The Watchdogs over the Watchdogs.” With Professor Ornella Guyet of the ACRIMED organization. Action-CRItique-MEDias is a French association founded in 1996 as a forum for media criticism. This program is sponsored by American University of Paris journalism Professor George Kazolias and his students.At 6, rue Colonel Combes, Room C-13 75007 Paris.

Friday, March 20

9:15 a.m.  Meet at the Hotel Malar to leave for France 24 studios.

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Visit to France TV24, all-news cable channel. With Jean Lesieur, Executive Producer. Address: 5, rue Nations Unis, entrance is on rue Camille Desmoulins; take RER C to Molineau from Pont de Alma, direction Versailles. Get off at Issy Val de Seine; walk downstairs; turn left. At the light is rue Camille Desmoulins, turn left and on left side is France TV24. Entrance around corner.

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.  “First, Foremost and Unrivaled – Celebrity Journalism in a International Setting.” Cathy Nolan, former Paris Bureau Chief of People Magazine.

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  "Covering the Changing Fashion Scene in the World's Fashion Capital." Madeleine Czigler, Paris Correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Company.    

Late Afternoon and Evening: At leisure

Saturday, March 21    

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

8:30 p.m.  OPTIONAL EVENT. Montmartre Cabaret dinner; Meet at Hotel Malar at 7 p.m. for short walking tour of Montmartre with dinner and show following.