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...]

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...]

The Digital Nexus

An exciting new book called The Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement has just been published by AU Press. Edited and introduced by MA-IS professor, Dr. Raphael Foshay, this cutting-edge set of reflections emerged from a symposium of the same name, hosted by the MA-IS Program. More than a half-century ago, in The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), Marshall McLuhan noted … [Read more...]

A poet among us

Athabasca University creative writing tutor Marilyn Dumont has a bone to pick. She’s discouraged that the craft she teaches and publishes - poetry - seems more akin to the country cousin of the more mainstream literary genre, The Novel. The discrepancy baffles her, especially since poetry is considered a “high art” in the pantheon of literature studies. From Chaucer to Keats to … [Read more...]

Q&A with Esi Edugyan, Writer-in-Residence

A Writer-in-Residence is a lot more than a visiting author who provides advice to students while working on their masterpieces. He or she is also a public arts ambassador and an integral teaching and research resource among faculty. Athabasca University's Writer-in-Residence program boasts a long roster of preeminent and award-winning authors, including this year's acclaimed … [Read more...]