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...]

Canada, the North, and the Globe

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

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

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...]

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

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...]

AU Community mourns the passing of humanitarian alumnus, Manmeet Bhullar

Athabasca University is mourning the passing of one of its own. Alberta MLA Manmeet Bhullar was a beloved and distinguished member of the AU community, and respected by the many Canadians who were lucky to have connected with him. Tragically, on Monday evening, Manmeet passed away, doing what he did best, trying to help someone in need. He was only 35 years old. "We at … [Read more...]

AU welcomes new Writer-in-Residence: Acclaimed “Half-Blood Blues” novelist Esi Edugyan

Please join the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in welcoming Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University’s 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence/Writer for Health. Esi is an award-winning writer and novelist whose second novel, Half Blood Blues, won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, among other awards and nominations. Please visit the Writer-in-Residence website … [Read more...]

Heritage and Social History Focus Area- Master of Arts

Athabasca University’s Master of Arts - Integrated Studies Program (MA-IS) has recently developed the Heritage and Social History focus area which integrates the heritage and history programs and provides a unique opportunity for students to study theoretical and applied issues in heritage and history, social traditions and institutions and historical patterns, using an … [Read more...]

New sociology class launching in September: Examines sociological factors and impact of workplace and environmental exposures.

Athabasca University's Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences is launching a new Sociology of Aging course beginning in September that will explore how and why workplace and environmental factors can affect individual health. SOCI 331 “Environmental Influences on Development and Aging Across the Life Course” is a three-credit, intermediate-level course. The class will … [Read more...]

AU Press – New Publication: van Gogh’s “My Own Portrait in Writing”

“I’d also like to see if I can’t make my own portrait in writing. First I start by saying that to my mind the same person supplies material for very diverse portraits.” ~ Vincent van Gogh, Arles, 1888 Vincent van Gogh’s life and work has been thoroughly studied by art critics, historians, and biographers. We know about the artist’s personal struggles and the development of his … [Read more...]