Wednesday, October 20

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 9 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in before 8PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Spring 2011 enrollment. (repeat announcement) For those of you who will enrolling for next semester, I wanted to give you a chance to reserve a place in one of the online classes that I teach, if you are interested. Please see Monday's announcements for more information: TODAY IS THE DAY when I need to know if you want me to reserve you a space in the class, so even if you just think it is a possibility that you might enroll, let me know. Spring is the busiest semester for these classes because of the people who suddenly discover they need upper-division Gen. Ed., and an online class is the only thing that will fit into their schedule! I'm glad to reserve a place for you, but I need to do that now.

Grading. For those of you who did not see the Tuesday announcements, check there for information about the number of points remaining the semester and strategizing about how you want to manage the rest of the semester for this class.

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 1844. 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. You can also learn more at the Bahais of Norman website. The image below shows the Shrine of the Bab which is located in Haifa, Israel: