Tuesday, November 13

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13 of the class. That means it is time for the Pandavas to hide at the court of King Virata in Indian Epics, while in Myth-Folklore, the topic is Native American legends. I've moved the Week 13 quizzes up to the top of the quizzing area in Desire2Learn. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE
. Now that Week 13 has begun, the Week 13 Internet assignment is available: you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also leave some thank-yous for the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, on Monday afternoon, November 26, when everybody has submitted their nominations (that's after Thanksgiving Break), I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks.

Thanksgiving Break
. If you did not read Monday's announcements for the information about Thanksgiving Break, please make sure that you do that now!

Storybook Stack
. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Saturday, you should have comments back from me by now. If you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check on the contents of the stack here. If you need just the points for the Storybook assignment you have turned in in order to finish up the class, send me a SEPARATE email with "Storybook Final Points" (or something like that) in the subject line so that I'll put your Storybook assignment at the top of the stack.

Tech Tip Tuesday
. Because the class Ning is going away at the end of the semester, I want to remind people to copy any stories or other writing from your Ning blog that you want to save - and if you want to put those stories online to share with others or have another blog of your own for any reason, you can create a Blogger blog as a Tech Tip.

Tuesday Events on Campus
. From 1:30PM - 4:30PM in Bizzell Memorial Library Room 149D, there will be a workshop on Online Native American Art presented by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Library of Congress (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Diwali 2012
. One of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar is Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights." The festival takes place over a five-day period, starting this year on Tuesday, November 13, and you can read about all the stories and legends associated with each day of the festival in this Wikipedia article. The word Diwali is a contraction of "Deepavali," which means "row of lamps," and one of the Diwali rituals is the lighting of candles and lamps to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Those of you in the Indian Epics class might be interested to know that the lighting of these lamps is also associated with the lamps that were lit for Rama in honor of his having defeated Ravana and returning to his kingdom after his years of exile. The image below shows a Divali festival in Chandigarh, India: