L. M. Montgomery, Remembering the Great War

Remembering the Great War Bill Thompson Athabasca University AU #AthaU English Department Anne of Green Gables Remembrance Day November 11 World War

One of the books I tutor as part of ENGL 305 is L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The book is a popular text with students, and I always enjoy reading student essays that comment on Anne and her antics. Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, and Montgomery went on to write many more books in the Anne series. If you know Montgomery as an author, you know that … [Read more...]

AU and RAIC renew partnership agreement

Athabasca University and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) have signed a new Memorandum of Agreement to continue their relationship for another five years. Partnership History Under the terms of the original agreement, AU and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada created the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University to assist in the delivery of … [Read more...]

Lessons on Life and Learning from a 93-year-old graduate

By Heidi Staseson Another Athabasca University Convocation, another resounding success. Perhaps (so we’ve been hearing) even one of the better ones to date! From Thursday through Saturday last week, 400 of the nearly 2,000 graduates, from across Canada and beyond, descended upon the impressively festive Town of Athabasca, Alberta, to receive their university … [Read more...]

Explore Italy this summer— Eco-educational-style

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...]

Black History Month

First established on February 7, 1926 as Negro History Week under the leadership of African American historian Carter G Woodson, director of the Association for the Study of Negro American Life and History, which was renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in 1972, Black History Month honours the achievement of black people under the adversities … [Read more...]

Alumna puts sexuality out in the open

Nothing tells the story of Athabasca University better than the success of our students and alumni — people who are making their marks on the job and in their communities. Meet Nina Sangra, MC ’16, AU Future Alumna recipient, Calgary It takes a special person to be a good therapist, especially when helping individuals along the healing journey from sexual violence. They should be … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #13: Political futures

In the final entry in a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg identifies some of the possible future directions in U.S. politics, made visible by the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In the last blog post, Kellogg discussed insight from W.E.B. Du Bois. Hopes Whatever the short-term result of the 2016 election, in the long run, Donald … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #12: ‘A sort of public and psychological wage’

January 15, 1975 – Reverend Jesse Jackson (centre) in a march for jobs around the White House (Thomas J. O’Halloran, Wikimedia Commons). Psychological Public

In the twelfth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca professor Paul Kellogg reminds us of a great insight from W.E.B. Du Bois. In the tenth of the, Paul Kellogg examined arguments which equate the Democratic and Republican Parties. Populist voices It is not uncommon to see working class populist anger as the key to the 2016 election campaign, fuelling both Bernie … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #11: Not a dime’s worth of difference?

U.S. Election Notebook #11 Richard Nixon George Wallace Republican Dime

In the eleventh of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca professor Paul Kellogg examines arguments which equate the Democratic and Republican Parties. In the tenth blog, he explored Michelle Alexander’s important reframing of contemporary U.S. politics. Two party system? There is a well-worn path taken by critical thinkers, equating the Republican Party with the … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #10: The New Jim Crow

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In the tenth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg explores Michelle Alexander’s important reframing of contemporary U.S. politics. In the ninth in the series, Kellogg looked at mass incarceration and its implications for U.S. electoral politics. Trigger warning – article discusses racialized and sexualized violence. Michelle … [Read more...]