Tuesday, October 20

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9 of the class. That means in Indian Epics you are beginning the Mahabharata, while it's Robin Hood or King Arthur in the Mythology-Folklore class, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in World Literature. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in before 6PM on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you still have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment, you can still do that late for partial credit - and the sooner you can turn that in, the better!

Spring 2010 enrollment. I know that some of you are graduating in December (congratulations!), but for those of you who will be in school next semester, I wanted to give you a chance to reserve a place in one of these online classes for Spring, if you are interested. The online courses all fill up very fast, but if you let me know BY NEXT MONDAY, October 26, that you would like to take one of these classes in the Spring, I should be able to reserve a space for you. You can get more information about each of the three classes at MythFolklore.net, where you will find links to the websites for each class: World Literature (lower-division Western Culture Gen. Ed.), Myth-Folklore (upper-division Western Culture Gen. Ed.), and Indian Epics (upper-division Non-Western Culture Gen. Ed.).

October 20: Birth of the Bab. Today, October 20, is a holiday in the Bahai religious calendar, celebrating the birthday of the Bab, one of the central figures in the Bahai tradition. He was born in Iran in 1819, and took the name "Bab" (meaning "Gate") when he announced his claims to be God's messenger in 1944. His radical religious claims were not accepted by the Muslim clergy of the time, and he was executed in 1850. You can read about his life and religious teachings in this detailed Wikipedia article, where you can also read this detailed article about the Bahai faith. The image below shows the Shrine of the Bab which is located in Haifa, Israel: