Wednesday, February 22

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 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. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack; here are the contents of the stack.

Week 6 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcement about the Week 6 Internet assignment (reading and commenting on Storybook Introductions), please make sure to take a look at that - the assignment is available now!

Working ahead. In this class, unlike in traditional classroom-based classes, you have a lot of options for scheduling your work and managing your time, including the option to to work ahead - and I would really urge you to do that in order to reduce the stress and make better use of your time. If you can just work a day or two ahead, you can save yourself the stress and anxiety of trying to do the work for this class while watching the clock ticking. By working a week ahead, you can get extra credit just for working ahead, and also have the luxury of taking a week off in this class when things get busy in your other classes. Click here for some more good reasons for working ahead in this class!

Wednesday Events on Campus. As part of the Ruggles Native American Music Series there will be a performance of Five Native Flutists from Oklahoma, 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center. The performers will be Terry Tsotigh (Kiowa), Tommy Wildcat (Cherokee), Thoma Mauchahty-Ware III (Kiowa-Comanche), Calvert Nevaquaya (Comanche) and Timothy Nevaquaya (Comanche). Tickets are $5 for students (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 22: Rashi. Today marks the birthday in the year 1040 of the great French rabbi Rashi, who wrote one of the most important commentaries on the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible. His name, Rashi, is an acronom: his actual name was Shlomo Yitzhaki, so from his name and title, Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, we get the nickname R-SH-I (it's kind of like the way we use JFK or LBJ to refer to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson). You can read about his career in this detailed Wikipedia article. The image below comes from The Rothschild Miscellany, an illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages that contains Rashi's commentary on the Biblical Book of Proverbs; the image show King Solomon, the putative author of Proverbs, expounding their meaning: