Conferences & Lecture Series

IAU hosts lecture series, symposiums, and conferences each term with speakers from the IAU Faculty, Resident Fellows, Visiting Scholars, local community leaders, as well as experts in fields relevant to the current events of the region. IAU strives to remain active and engaged with the academic and cultural community of the region, and one way to achieve this is by maintaining an open and up-to-date dialogue for the student population through events such as those listed below. Information and programs for these events can be found here on the IAU website. All IAU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in IAU events, and many of these events are also open to the public as well as students from other local universities. 

Fall 2017 Lecture Series
Camus Symposium
Summer 2017 Lecture Series

Spring 2017 Lecture Series
Fall 2016 Lecture Series
Spring 2015: 12th Annual Student Conference
Summer 2015 Lecture Series


Fall 2017 Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2 bis rue du Bon Pasteur

"Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women’s Rights and Family Values"
Dr. Marjorie J. Spruill
University of South Carolina
Wednesday, 20 September at 6:30pm 

"James Baldwin’s Escape from America and Exile in Provence"
Interview with Author Jules Farber
Wednesday, 27 September at 6:30pm

"Silicon Provence: Founders' Stories in the French Start-Up Ecosystem"
Dr. Amaury Khelifi
Senior CTO, Out of Tech
Thursday, 28 September at 6:30pm 

"History as Palimpsest: Cross-Cultural Encounters along the Silk Roads"
Dr. Osama Abi-Mershed
Georgetown University
Tuesday, 3 October at 6:30pm

"Traduction et Création: Limites et Libertés"
Lecture given in French
Prof. Aurore Guitry
Aix-Marseille University
Tuesday, 10 October at 6:30pm

“'To Look Again:' The Value of Revision in the Arts"
Ms. Valerie Miner
Stanford University
Wednesday, 11 October at 6:30pm

"The Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture Must Too"
Mr. Materne Maetz
Senior Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Thursday, 12 October at 6:30pm 

"Full Circle: U.S. Democratic Leverage and the Arab Spring"
Dr. Mietek Boduszynski
Pomona College
Wednesday, 18 October at 6:30pm 

"Soirée Sourire: Smile Awhile with Albert Camus"
Theatrical Readings from Dr. David Walker and Vincent Siano
Institute for American Universities (at Salle Bruno Etienne, Sciences-Po, Place de l’Université)
Wednesday, 8 November at 6:30pm 

"Plurilinguisme: Choisir ses Langues et Stratégies d’Écriture"
Lecture given in French
Dr. Muriel Cros and Dr. Noëlle Mathis
Institute for American Universities
Tuesday, 14 November at 6:30pm 

"Applying Cézanne’s Color in Installation Art"
Prof. Micaela Vivero
Denison University
Tuesday, 21 November at 6:30pm 

"An American Entrepreneur in France"
Mr. Richard Harrison
Real Estate Investment Advisor and Developer
Thursday, 23 November at 6:30pm 

"Professional Development in International Organizations"
Student Conference
ITER, Aix-Marseille University, Airbus, Occitane
Thursday, 30 November at 5:30pm 

"Economic Development and Collaboration between Europe and Maghreb"
Mr. Nazim Sini
Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network
Thursday, 7 December at 6:45pm 


Colloque « Le Sourire de Camus »

Institut Américain Universitaire
Aix-en-Provence, France
8-11 novembre 2017 

Lever de rideau: ‘Soirée-sourire avec Camus / Smile a while with Camus’
Vincent Siano et David Walker
Lectures d’extraits de textes, en français et en anglais]
Mercredi 8, 18.30-20.30

‘Les sourires de Camus’
David H. WALKER (Université de Sheffield / IAU) 
‘Le sourire sur les lèvres désespérées: le comique et le tragique chez Albert Camus’ 

Samara GESKE (Université de São Paulo)
Jeudi 9, 10-12.00

‘Le rire dans le théâtre de Camus ou le rire en clair-obscur’
Virginie LUPO (Lyon) 
‘L’État de siège: spectacle aristophanesque ou «salade grouillante»?’
Vincenzo MAZZA (Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre) 
‘Avec L’État de siège, l’humour camusien dans tous ses états’ 
Hélène RUFAT (Université Pompeu Fabra Barcelone) 
Jeudi 9, 13.30-15.30

‘Fleurs de sourires dans la proximité de Camus’ 
Guy BASSET (Orléans / Université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris III) 

Jeudi 9, 16.00-17.30

‘L’Ironie chez Camus journaliste dans ses articles d’Alger républicain et du Soir républicain du 6 octobre 1938 au 1er janvier 1940’
Marie BRÉJON (Master, Paris 3) 

‘Albert Camus, George Orwell et la dérision du langage obscur’
Théodore CAPONIS (Politiste, Corbel Consulting) 

Vendredi 10, 10-11.30

‘Les écrits politiques de Camus: quand le sourire s’estompe’
Arnaud DERCELLES et Rémi BAUDOUÏ (Université de Genève / Fondation Le Corbusier) 

'Se moquer de la philosophie, c'est vraiment philosopher. L'ironie philosophique d’Albert Camus entre Le Mythe de Sisyphe et L'Impromptu des philosophes’
Giovanni GAETANI (Université de Rome Tor Vergata) 

Vendredi 10, 12.00-13.30

‘Le sourire du monde’
Agnès SPIQUEL (Présidente de la SEC; Université de Valenciennes) 
‘Le sourire d’accueil dans les lettres’ 
Inès DE CASSAGNE (Alliance Française de Buenos Aires) 
Vendredi 10, 14.30-16.00

‘La Tchécoslovaquie, pays du rire mal-entendu’
Martin RODAN (Université Hébraïque de Jérusalem) 
‘Le «rire-sourire» chez Camus’ 
Anissa MANAI-ZAYAR (Institut Supérieur des Sciences Humaines, Tunis) 
Vendredi 10, 16.30 –18.00

‘Un homme, ça s’empêche de faire des mines mais ça peut sourire: typologie des sourires masculins dans les récits de Camus’
Linda RASOAMANANA (Université de Mayotte) 
‘Je(u) masqué : Humour et auto-ironie chez Camus’ 
Peter DUNWOODIE (Goldsmith Université de Londres) 
Samedi 11, 10.00- 11.30


‘Enjeux éthique et esthétique du sourire ironique dans les textes brefs d’Albert Camus’
Mustapha TRABELSI (Université de Sfax, Tunisie) 
‘L’Étranger d’Albert Camus, le sourire sur le front: un effet du grotesque’   
Lamia OUCHERIF (ENS de Bouzaréah, Alger) 
Samedi 11, 12.00- 13.30

Renseignements complémentaires : David.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk


Summer 2017 Lecture Series

IAU Main Hall
2 bis rue du Bon Pasteur

"Corporate Responsibility in Democratic Society"
Dr. David Silver
University of British Columbia
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm 

“La France après l’Accord de Paris sur le Climat: Quelle ‘politique environnementale’?”
Dr. Sébastien Llorca
Aix-Marseille Université
Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm, Lecture given in French

“Women in Politics in France and in the US”
Dr. Michele DeMary
Susquehanna University
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30pm 

“How European Union will be Revived”
Professor David Coombes
IAU 
Wednesday, July 5, 6:30pm 


Spring 2017 Lecture Series


"Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story"

Bernadette Murphy, Author, Researcher
Tuesday, 31 January - 6:30pm 

"L’Economie Solidaire"
Groupement des Entreprises du Pays d'Aix
Wednesday, 8 February – 7:00pm
Lecture given in French

"Traduire La Voix: Textes et Personnages"
Professor Audrey Coussy, IAU
Tuesday, 14 February – 6:30pm
Lecture given in French

"Harry Callahan: L’Expérience Photographique d’Aix (1957-58)"
Dr. Robert Pujade, Aix-Marseille Université
Wednesday, 1 March – 6:30pm   


"Tourism Destination Management in Today's Political Climate"
Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network 
Wednesday, 15 March – 6:30pm

"National Identity and Violence"
Dr. Paul Arthur, Foundation for International Education
Thursday, 16 March – 6:30pm

"Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt, via Exile"
Dr. David Walker, University of Sheffield
Wednesday, 22 March – 6:30pm

"Visiting the New and Open Iran: a Travelogue "
Dr. Guillaume Durand, IAU 
Tuesday, 28 March – 6:30pm

"Jesus in the Qur’an and in Islamic Art"

Dr. Yumna Masarwa, IAU
Wednesday, 5 April – 6:30pm

"Choisir ses Langues et ses Stratégies d’Ecriture"
Dr. Muriel Cros & Dr. Noëlle Mathis, IAU
Tuesday, 11 April – 6:30pm
Lecture given in French

"President Trump: Raving Egomaniac or Master Negotiator?"

Philip Breeden, IAU
Wednesday, 12 April - 6:30pm

"69, Année Érotique: Swinging Mademoiselles, Cinema, Sexploitation"
Dr. Antonio Barrenechea, University of Mary Washington
Wednesday, 26 April - 6:30pm

"The Roma/Gypsies: France's Unwanted People"

Dr. Michel Lantelme, University of Oklahoma
Wednesday, 3 May - 6:30pm


Fall 2016 Lecture Series


"Silicon Provence: Founders' Stories in the French Start-Up Ecosystem" 

Dr. Amaury Khelifi, Senior CTO, Out of Tech 
Thursday, 29 September - 6 :30pm

"Ethics in the Corporate World"
Professor Carolina Serrano, Institution d’Administration d’Entreprises, Aix-en-Provence 

Monday, 3 October – 6:30pm 

"Traduire La Voix: Textes et Personnages" 
Professor Audrey Coussy, IAU
Tuesday, 11 October – 6:30pm
Lecture given in French

"An American Entrepreneur in France"
Richard Harrison, Real Estate Investment Advisor and Developer  
Thursday, 13 October – 6:30pm 

"The Climate is Changing: Food and Agriculture Must Too"
Materne Maetz, Senior Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 

Tuesday, 18 October – 6:30pm 

"Behind the Scenes of the UK Press Coverage of Brexit"
Christopher Grimes, Financial Times Analysis Editor 

Thursday, 20 October – 6:30pm

"Low Cost Airline Strategies and Misadventures"
Dr. Richard Lewin, Rollins College 

Thursday, 27 October – 6:30pm 

"The Rise of Euro-Trash Cinema: Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face"
Dr. Antonio Barrenechea, University of Mary Washington 

Wednesday, 9 November – 6:30pm  

"Passer d'une langue à l'autre: les enjeux de Plurilinguisme"
Dr. Noëlle Mathis, IAU
Tuesday, 15 November - 6:30pm
Lecture given in French

"Moonlit Walks with Proust: Alterations of the Perceptible World"
Dr. Patricia Locke, St. John’s College 

Wednesday, 16 November – 6:30pm 

"One-Man Play: Stefan Zweig’s 'The Chess Player'"
Dr. Richard McElvain, Fitchburg State University 
Wednesday, 23 November – 6:30pm 

"Creation of ITER, A Cutting Edge Collaboration"
Moustafa Moteleb, ITER Organization 
Thursday, 1 December – 6:30pm 

"Making Films in the South of France"
Vassili Meimaris, Director, Paca Regional Commission
Thursday, 8 December – 6:30pm 


Spring 2015: 12th Annual Student Conference


Summer 2015 Lecture Series

"J.M.G. Le Clézio entre deux Mondes: Métissage et Voyage"
Dr. Sylvie Requemora-Gros
Aix-Marseille Université
Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30pm

"The Aftershocks of Colonialism: A Look at Haiti"
Dr. Lori Willard
University of Colorado Denver
Wednesday, June 17 at 6:30pm

"Sex & Probability but Not the Probability of Sex"
Dr. Robert A. Hancock
Allegheny College
Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30pm

"Trespassing Literary and Political Boundaries in the Arabian Peninsula Novel"
Dr. William Granara
Harvard University
Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30pm

"The Third Way: Metaphor, Translation, and Travel"
Dr. Fred Robinson
University of San Diego
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30pm

"Les 'Nouveaux' Défis de la Liberté de la Presse"
Professor Aboubakr Jamai
Institute for American Universities
Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30pm