Spiders in the classroom

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If facing your fears is still on your 2016 resolution list, then autumn is definitely a good time to take the leap. The stage is set with a new nip in the air, daylight hours fade to darkness by the dinner hour, and households like to unleash their inner witches, churning cauldron-like pots of thick chilis or soups designed to warm their every inch. And if Halloween fever … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Get to know your new president

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AU Newsroom editor and writer Heidi Staseson recently caught up with Athabasca University's new president, Neil Fassina, for a detailed Q&A — on everything from his sock drawer and Netflix picks, to enrolling in AU and tips for achieving respect in the workplace. AU: Who are your favourite authors and do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? NF: On the fiction side, Bryce … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #9: Locking up the vote

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In Glass ceilings and backlash, Athabasca University  Professor Paul Kellogg examined the shocking sexism frequently directed against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In our ninth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Kellogg looks at mass incarceration and its implications for U.S. electoral politics. Trends Donald Trump’s support amongst African-Americans is at … [Read more...]

AU Courses @ Grande Prairie Regional College (In Classroom)

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Athabasca University has a number of in-classroom courses being offered at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). The winter semester starts January 9, 2017. Registration and Advising with Athabasca University staff will take place on October 26 & 27  — to make an appointment please contact the GPRC Information desk at 780-539-2229 or email Bernie Matlock. Courses follow the … [Read more...]

AU Courses @ Lethbridge College (In Classroom)

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Athabasca University has a number of in-classroom courses being offered at Lethbridge College in  Lethbridge. The winter semester starts January 12, 2016. Registration for these courses is now open by following the registration process on the in-classroom (Grouped Study) site. An advisor will be onsite and available the afternoon of November 2, 2016 at the Information Booth/Kiosk … [Read more...]

AU Courses @ Bow Valley College (In Classroom)

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Athabasca University has a number of in-classroom courses being offered at Bow Valley College in Calgary. The winter semester starts January 9, 2017. Registration for these courses is now open by following the registration process on the in-classroom (Grouped Study) site.  Courses follow the traditional semester format and will run from January- April.  The deadline to register is … [Read more...]

Garden of giving

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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 Jacqui Empson-Laporte, BPA ’14,  from Goderich, Ontario. When Jacqui Empson-Laporte answered a call from Athabasca University this past summer, her instinct was to panic. Had there been a mistake with … [Read more...]

U.S. Election Notebook #8: Approval and Disapproval

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In the eighth of a series entitled U.S. Election Notebook, Athabasca University professor Paul Kellogg explores the thesis, that Donald Trump’s campaign represents a backlash against the presence, for eight years, of an African-American president in the White House. In the seventh of the series entitled Glass ceilings and backlash, Dr. Kellogg examined the sexism frequently directed … [Read more...]