U.S. Election Notebook #5: Memories of George Wallace

June 11, 1963 – Then Governor George Wallace (third from left), tries to block integration at the University of Alabama (Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine, Wikimedia Commons).

In the fifth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg sees the shadow of the anti-civil rights figure George Wallace in the current U.S. presidential election. In the fourth of the series, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg looked at the ‘birther’ roots of Donald Trump’s political career. Struck a chord Trump’s rhetoric has … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #4: Birther Origins

June 19, 2009 – Bumper stickers on the tailgate of a Maryland pickup truck. Donald Trump. Birth Certificate. Hillary Clinton. ( Wikimedia Commons).

In the fourth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg looks at the ‘birther’ roots of Donald Trump’s political career. Read the third in the series, which suggests that Donald Trump’s extremist rhetoric cannot be dismissed as just ‘misspeaking’. Playing with racially-charged, factually baseless issues has defined Trump’s entire … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #3: Calculus of ‘misspeaking’

U.S. Election Notebook #2: Calculus of ‘misspeaking’

In the third of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg suggests that Donald Trump’s extremist rhetoric cannot be dismissed as just ‘misspeaking’. Read the second in the series, which asks if there is a comparison between the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump, and the 1964 campaign of Barry Goldwater. Donald Trump’s campaign is playing on … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #2: Memories of Goldwater

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In the second of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg asks if there is a comparison between the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump, and the 1964 campaign of Barry Goldwater. Read the first in the series, which discusses the late summer crises of Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States. Trump’s early August … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #1: Grief of the Parents

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In the first of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg focuses on the late summer crises of Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States. Humayun Khan was a US soldier, one of the thousands who died during George W. Bush’s ill-considered war on Iraq. Khan served with the 1st Infantry Division, until killed in a car bomb … [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...]

A poet among us

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Athabasca University creative writing tutor Marilyn Dumont has a bone to pick. She’s discouraged that the craft she teaches and publishes - poetry - seems more akin to the country cousin of the more mainstream literary genre, The Novel. The discrepancy baffles her, especially since poetry is considered a “high art” in the pantheon of literature studies. From Chaucer to Keats to … [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...]

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...]

Q&A with Esi Edugyan, Writer-in-Residence

Esi Edugyan, Athabasca University's 2015-16 Writer in Residence. She is the Scotiabank Giller prize winning author for 2011's Half-Blood Blues.

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...]