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’

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...]

A poet among us

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...]

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

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...]

Environmental research at Athabasca University will help create a new energy future for Alberta

Athabasca University Environmental Studies coordinator Dr. Lorelei Hanson has been named a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab (EFL). She joins a diverse group of 40 influential leaders in research working across sectors to transition Alberta’s energy system to one that is sustainable and resilient. Her research on critical sustainability, especially that focused on energy and … [Read more...]