Mommies In-Step

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall: Who's the fairest of them all? Why stepmothers, of course. This according to one AU researcher and 2016 graduate, Cara Zaharychuk. Through the years, television, motion-picture and fairy-tale portrayals haven’t been kind to the stepmother. From Cinderella’s venomous grey-bunned arch-enemy (who, in Disney's version, forced the latter to scrub bare … [Read more...]

Explore Italy this summer— Eco-educational-style

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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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]