Tuesday, February 21

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 6 is on top. This week's topic is the Middle East in Myth-Folklore, and in Indian Epics, Hanuman is on his way to Lanka! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available. You will be reading and commenting on four different Introductions this week. You'll find detailed instructions at the Internet assignment page - that assignment is ready to go now, and will be available all week.

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 on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or Monday, 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. It is really important that you check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Every week, it seems that at least one email is mysteriously gobbled up by the OU email system (either an email from you to me or from me to you) - and the sooner you can let me know about that, the better!

Tuesday Events on Campus. There will be a classical guitar performance by Christina Auda as part of the A&S Focus Week; come listen at 11AM in 230 Kaufman Hall (time/location/details). There are actually quite a few free musical performances happening around campus at various times today! Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 21: Mardi Gras. Last Thursday, I mentioned the holiday of "Fat Thursday" which comes before Lent, and today is the more famous holiday of "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras in French, a traditional time of celebration before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday. You can read about the holiday of Mardi Gras in Wikipedia and for a great mixture of Mardi Gras and mythology, I highly recommend the Brazilian film Black Orpheus, which is set in Rio during the extravagant Mardi Gras Carnival which is held there every year:

Here is a scene from the movie, courtesy of YouTube: