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...]

The Digital Nexus

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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

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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...]

Listening & Learning: March

Ambient 1: Music for Airports

If you’ve ever had a discussion about listening to music while studying, you have surely heard that it can be too distracting or it's too difficult to concentrate with all of the noise. But not everyone feels this way— in fact, in a recent Facebook survey done by the Athabasca University Students' Union, 69% of students said they listen to music when they hit the books. According to … [Read more...]

Listening & Learning: February

Listening & Learning: Music for Studying, Athabasca University

February's Listening & Learning comes to us from Dr. David Gregory, a Professor of History and Humanities at Athabasca University. Music is one of the cultural fields to which black artists have made huge contributions since the popularity of minstrelsy and spirituals in the late nineteenth century. While jazz is now an international genre, it was pioneered by such great … [Read more...]

Library orientation webinar

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The AU Library is offering a free noon-hour Library Orientation webinar via Adobe Connect for students from noon to 1:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, February 25. See the date and time in your time zone. The webinar will provide an orientation and overview of the Library and the services it offers. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Please share this information … [Read more...]

Canada, the North, and the Globe

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AU's Master of Arts - Integrated Studies (MA-IS) is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new focus area called “Canada, the North, and the Globe,” which examines the north and the near-north as it pertains to indigenous peoples, northern ecologies, and Canada. Canada is, quintessentially, a northern nation, and this focus area has to do with the north as a unique … [Read more...]