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.

Young Adult Books for Canada’s 150th

As we approach Canada’s sesquicentennial, I find myself thinking about some of my favourite children’s and young adult books by Canadian writers. Here are five books to read as you celebrate Canada’s 150th. Some will be familiar, but I hope not all. I’ll even give you a reason why I love the books. And remember, each of these authors has many more books to explore, which will keep … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

Mommies In-Step

Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [Read more...]

Explore Italy this summer— Eco-educational-style

Have you ever wanted to explore Italy's Old World Tuscany countryside from a New World, eco-educational vantage point? Athabasca University, in partnership with The Synergia Institute, is providing an opportunity for interested students to do just that from July 10 to 21. Summer school you want to attend The Transition to Cooperative Commonwealth: Pathways to a New Political … [Read more...]

New Seminar this Fall: Alternative Facts in a Post-Truth Century

Interested in exploring the world of "post-truth" and "alternative facts"? This fall, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and its Master of Arts — Integrated Studies (MA-IS) program are inviting you to join in attending an exciting and timely seminar (MAIS 752) led by AU’s resident MA-IS teacher and scholar Dr. Paul Kellogg. Entitled “Alternative Facts in a Post-Truth Century,” … [Read more...]

Actions & Words: Three years since the TRC

If you are in Edmonton this Thursday evening, pop by City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. for Actions and Words, a free event sponsored by Athabasca University Press, Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE)  and the City of Edmonton. RISE Book Club On its Facebook page, RISE describes itself as “a group of citizens in the Edmonton region committed to supporting reconciliation in words … [Read more...]

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

Writer In Residence John Vaillant Election

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

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

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...]