Can a book club be a catalyst for social change?

In this age of e-books, Kindles and iPads, the idea of reading a book to then discuss it with other readers face to face can seem like an anachronism.

But in-person book clubs are alive and well in 2016—a quick look at the Edmonton Public Library’s website reveals an impressive list of book club meetings scheduled at branches across the city in the next two months alone.

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Get to know Trudy Cardinal

Trudy Cardinal, assistant professor of Elementary Education, has always loved books. As a young girl, she says she was the “quintessential bookworm.” As an academic today, her research interests include narrative inquiry, teacher education and the identity negotiations of Aboriginal children, youth and families in and out of schools.

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From the comic book store to the classroom

Once thought of as a niche medium appreciated mostly by stereotypical middle-aged comic book collectors like Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons, the graphic novel has been steadily moving from the fringes to the mainstream since the late 1980s.

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How I'm spending my summer - Part 2

For many, summer is a time for camping, outdoor sports and cold drinks on a warm patio. But for educators, summer isn't always about winding down—it's about catching up on research and writing, travelling to international conferences, and devoting time to exciting projects.

We asked some of our Faculty of Education professors and alumni to tell us what they’re doing this summer (spoiler alert: they’re keeping busy). Read “How I'm spending my summer - Part 1” here.

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How I'm spending my summer - Part 1

For many, summer is a time for camping, outdoor sports and cold drinks on a warm patio. But for these educators, summer isn't about winding down—it's about catching up on research and writing, travelling to international conferences, and devoting time to exciting projects.

We asked some of our Faculty of Education professors and alumni to tell us what they’re doing this summer (spoiler alert: they’re keeping busy).

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My mom, the teacher

My late mother, Vera Hampel, graduated with her bachelor of education degree from the University of Alberta and later obtained a master's degree from the University of Calgary. She taught in Alberta for 37 years and retired in 2010. She was proud to be a teacher and dedicated her life to her students. I had the privilege of being the daughter of Mrs. Vera Hampel, a passionate teacher in all aspects of her life.

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Dear future teacher…

The University of Alberta had a spectacular turnout for Alumni Weekend last fall, and our Education grads came out in record numbers.

At the sold out Education Homecoming Luncheon, we asked alumni and guests: What advice would you give our current students?

Here are just a few of their answers:

“Be sure to take one course that is not your favorite area. It will give you a lot of sympathy for students you teach later who are in their least favorite class.”
Cathryn Brecka, BEd ’74

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