AU Community mourns the passing of humanitarian alumnus, Manmeet Bhullar

Manmeet Bhullar [photo credit: Government of Alberta]

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

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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

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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...]

Back in A Couple: List of temporary office closures in honour of Employee Recognition Event

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Athabasca University is hosting its annual Employee Recognition Event next Tuesday, Oct. 6.   The following offices will be closed and/or AU staff unavailable between 11:00 a.m. and  1 p.m. on this day: Counselling Services Unit (CSU) Centre for Distance Education Faculty of Health Disciplines (Athabasca Office) Faculty of Humanities and Social … [Read more...]

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

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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”

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“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...]

MA-IS program offers a specialization in Adult Education

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Adult education is one of the most popular MA-IS focus areas (streams), whether you are a community educator, human resource specialist, trainer or simply wanting to know more about the role of adult education in Canada or the world this stream is for you! Courses examine "Canadian adult education," "the purposes of adult  education," "program planning and methods in adult … [Read more...]

Five hundred thousand downloads and counting

Just a few of the impressive and diverse book titles under the AU Press imprint. Photo by Megan Hall

At the launch of AU Press in 2007, Alvin Finkel, a member its editorial committee, told the crowd he is often asked by authors: “Will I make any money if I publish with an open-access press?” He quipped: “Well, you don’t make any money publishing a scholarly monograph anyway, at any press—but AU Press can offer you immortality!” And if download numbers are a further indication … [Read more...]

Educational Studies a popular specialization in the MA-IS Program

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Are you a teacher or a school or college administrator, counselor, or psychologist who wants to achieve a graduate degree with a focus on critical approaches to educational issues and practices? Do you want to be able to complete your graduate degree while maintaining your position at your school or college? Enrolment in the Educational Studies focus area allows you to engage in … [Read more...]

Retired AU Academic Showcases Pottery Exhibit in Library

Retired AU tutor and academic Kathy Williams and husband Lorris in front of their pottery art.

The Athabasca University Art Committee would like to invite staff in Athabasca to drop by the AU library to see the Kathy Williams pottery exhibit in the display cabinet just inside the library's entrance. The exhibit was put together in recognition of Kathy’s contribution to the AU community. In 2014, she retired from AU after 39 years as a tutor and academic.  She was a member … [Read more...]