Monday, October 17

Week 8 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of those end-of-week assignments. Week 9 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack waiting for me to look at. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in. During a "new story" week, it takes me quite a while to get through the stack, so I would really urge everybody to check the stack to make sure your assignment is there. If you have not turned it in yet, please do that as soon as you can!

After 10 Years of War. SDS and Friends and Friends (FaFs – the Quaker student organization on campus) organized a vigil on the occasion of our 10 years of war in Afghanistan (one of the students organizing the event was someone who took Indian Epics last semester). They have just written that up in a blog post, and you can find there a statement from Stephanie, a student who is the Myth-Folklore class this semester and who is also a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, preparing for deployment to Afghanistan. I would really urge everybody to read her statement; thank you, Stephanie! You can contact her if you want via her Ning Profile.

Monday Events on Campus. A Trombone Choir concert - a wide variety of music performed by the trombonists of OU! The free concert is at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Monday at the Campus Calendar online.

October 17: Adam Michnik. Today marks the birthday of Adam Michnik, born in 1946, who was a leader of the Polish Solidarity movement and who is now the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, a newspaper which was first published on May 8, 1989, just as Poland began to win its freedom; the motto of the newspaper in Polish is: Nie ma wolności bez Solidarności ("There is no freedom without Solidarity" - in Polish, it rhymes). As some of you know, I used to live in Poland (back in the late 1980s, when Poland was still under communist rule), and Adam Michnik has been a hero of mine for all these decades. Some of his work has been translated into English; his essays on political freedom are brilliant. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. Here is the book cover of his latest collection of essays in English: