AU Press: Speaking power to truth

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A power of being online Much of the discussion surrounding the U.S. election has taken place on social media: memes of Donald Trump’s latest outrageous statements, extremist groups pledging allegiance to candidates on Twitter, fact-checkers verifying a candidate’s claims in real-time, and heated exchanges in the comment boxes of every major news outlet. It’s clear that online … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

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The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]

Deadline for five student awards: May 15

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The deadline is fast approaching to apply for a number of AU student awards, scholarships and bursaries. AU's Awards Program  recognizes students who excel academically and in their careers and communities. Please note the deadline to apply for the following awards, scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2016. These awards include: The Albert & Pirkko Karvonen … [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...]

Hot off the AU Press: new sustainability book with a community focus

Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability

Athabasca University Press (AU Press) has just released the book, Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, co-edited by AU’s Dr. Michael Gismondi. The book examines the potential of the social economy to transform the systems that make our current ways of life unsustainable. Gismondi, the book's lead editor, is a professor of sociology and global studies … [Read more...]

AU’s gift to the United Way

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As we wind down another calendar year, it’s important to appreciate what's at the core of the holiday spirit. Giving. Whether it’s your time, your energy, your accomplishments or your earnings — giving allows for a healthier and safer future for communities at large. This year, through the hard work and donations of time and money from employees at AU and through generous … [Read more...]

Mobile Learning – plugged in across AU

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With the exponentially growing popularity of e-learning throughout Canadian post-secondary institutions—from the emergence of multiple technology tools and mobile learning modalities related to education—it’s become clear e-learning isn’t going anywhere. e-learning fits into Athabasca University’s philosophy around the flexibility in education and learning anywhere, anytime. … [Read more...]

#UPWeek is happening now: See what AU Press has in store during University Press Week

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It’s exciting times at AU Press these days. Not only have we updated our look with our new and dazzling blog, but this week through November 14, we’re joining our many scholarly colleagues around the world to celebrate University Press Week .  And you can join in the festivities, too! Getting involved in the celebration is easy. Search the hashtag #UPWeek or #ReadUP to find out … [Read more...]

Hobohemia and the Crucifixion Machine: Rival Images of a New World in 1930s Vancouver

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In the early years of the Great Depression, thousands of unemployed homeless transients settled into Vancouver’s “hobo jungle.” The jungle operated as a distinct community, in which goods were exchanged and shared directly, without benefit of currency. The organization of life was immediate and consensual, conducted in the absence of capital accumulation. But as the transients moved … [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...]