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...]

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

Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University's 2015-16 Writer in Residence. She is the Scotiabank Giller prize winning author for 2011's Half-Blood Blues.

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...]

Listening & Learning: January

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Have you ever heard of the musical phenomenon called the Mozart Effect? A French researcher named Dr. Alfred Tomatis introduced the concept in his 1991 book Pourquoi Mozart? (Why Mozart?), suggesting that listening to the music of Mozart can help ‘retrain’ the ear of children with learning disabilities – it can help stimulate healing of the mind, or even expansion of the brain … [Read more...]

FREE library webinar – to help you stay the course!

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Keep Organized as You Search! AU's Library and Scholarly Resources is offering a free webinar from 5 p.m to 6 p.m (MT) on Tuesday, Jan. 26. To see the date and time in your time zone, click here http://tinyurl.com/jan26search. Major topics include strategies for understanding your research topic, note taking, and keeping a search journal. The Adobe Connect link is: … [Read more...]

AU Writer-in-Residence Esi Edugyan to give inaugural lecture

Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University's 2015-16 Writer in Residence. She is the Scotiabank Giller prize winning author for 2011's Half-Blood Blues.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to feature the inaugural talk of Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University’s 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence/Writer for Health on January 26 at AU's Edmonton office. Esi is an award-winning writer and novelist whose second novel, Half-Blood Blues, was nominated for the the prestigious Man Booker Prize, and received the 2011 … [Read more...]