Arts

In the arts at Athabasca University, you'll broaden your horizons with subjects that run from Indigenous studies to professional arts, and you can customize programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Read on for news and stories about arts at AU, and learn more by visiting the AU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Black History Month

Black History Month

First established on February 7, 1926 as Negro History Week under the leadership of African American historian Carter G Woodson, director of the Association for the Study of Negro American Life and History, which was renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1972, Black History Month honours the achievement of black people under the adversities … [Read more...]

Negotiating nature and the thirst for the truth

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Q&A Part 2: AU's 2016-17 Writer in Residence John Vaillant AU's newest Writer in Residence/Writer for Health for 2016-17, author John Vaillant, has seen much success in his career writing non-fiction. His first book, The Golden Spruce won the 2005 Governor General's Award, as well as the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. But his latest novel and fiction debut The Jaguar’s … [Read more...]

AU’s Rising Star & RCMP change agent

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Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Jeremie Landry, BPA Criminal Justice ’13,  Cold Lake, Alberta Forming a sea of crimson among the flotillas at the 26th annual Pride Parade in downtown Calgary in September, 27 members of the Alberta RCMP … [Read more...]

Garden of giving

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Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Jacqui Empson-Laporte, BPA ’14,  from Goderich, Ontario. When Jacqui Empson-Laporte answered a call from Athabasca University this past summer, her instinct was to panic. Had there been a mistake with … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

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The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]

Propelled to lifelong learning

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In an economic downturn and the increasingly volatile world of news media, recent Athabasca University graduate, Cathy McDonald, found a way to weather the storm. She embraced it, head-on. The Calgary-based, former broadcast news reporter and radio promotions personality was able to shift career gears in a flash – all because she stayed the course when it came to her AU degree … [Read more...]

Pride month to be celebrated

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s official adoption of June as Pride Month, matched by a similar official embrace in Toronto, should be celebrated as an important gain for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, (LGBTQ) civil rights since the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village riot of June 28, 1969. While the Stonewall Riot deserves its pre-eminent place in LGBTQ … [Read more...]

Slow and steady wins the race

Cristina Vanderhaden, Athabasca University, B.A. grad, June 9, 2016 [photo credit: Gary Vanderhaden]

The term "paced program" couldn't be more fitting for recent AU graduate Cristina Vanderhaden. The Ottawa-based, BA (French) major and recent retiree from the RCMP, spread out her AU adventure over a full 30 years — a snail's pace for some — but a perfectly timed journey for Cristina. Starting AU in 1985 gave her the opportunity to watch our university transition from a distance … [Read more...]

Never too late to graduate

AU 2016 Graduate Douglas Hoover having fun with #AUGrad16 selfie stations!

"Sweet 16" has a new meaning for Douglas Edward Hoover. That's the number of years it took  him to get his AU Bachelor of Arts Degree. "I would say I'm 39, but since that joke is as old as the Jack Benny Program, I will fess up and say I turned 62 on May 2!" jokes Hoover. "It was well worth the time," he adds, noting that in those years he got to watch his daughter Elsie go … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: May

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As a student of Athabasca University, you not only have access to brilliant minds and mind-blowing programs or courses, you have access to a very extensive music library database. In this month's Listening & Learning, Dr. Kevin Whittingham walks us through duets for violin and organ that can be found in the Naxos Music Library. Like in previous months, we think the suggestions … [Read more...]