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’

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

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

humayun khan

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...]

The Digital Nexus

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...]

MA-IS program offers a specialization in Adult Education

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...]

Educational Studies a popular specialization in the MA-IS Program

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...]

What is Cultural Studies (and Why Should I Care?)?

Have you ever witnessed people being dismissed because of the way they dress or how they speak, or found yourself making snap judgments about others based on the TV shows they watch or the kinds of music they enjoy listening to? Or possibly you’ve wondered why some consider graffiti to be an art form while others view it as an act of vandalism? And what about such things as yarn … [Read more...]

MAIS- Work, Leadership and Organization

"Retail Banking" by Tandguladze - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Retail_Banking.jpg#/media/File:Retail_Banking.jpg

WORK – It doesn’t mean what it used to. For an earlier generation, work invoked time structured by the factory and the punch clock, or time structured by the fields and the seasons. And in fact, there are still many thousands in Canada who work in factories and on farms. But the fastest growing areas of work are in the service sector – retail, banking, finance, computer services, … [Read more...]