Tuesday, February 5

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 4 is on top. This week's topic is ancient Greece in Myth-Folklore and a new version of the Ramayana in Indian Epics. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Announcements by email. For those of you who want to get these daily announcements by email, it's easy to sign up either at the announcements blog or using the sign-up box on the D2L homepage for this class. The only tricky part is that there is a confirmation email (otherwise, spammers could really abuse the system for their own evil purposes, subscribing people to unwanted lists), but OU's email is fond of sending that confirmation into the junk mail folder. So if you wanted to sign up and did not succeed, try signing up again and check your junk mail folder for that confirmation email.

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 on Friday or before noon on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in your assignment later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Remember: you need to wait on my comments back to you before going on to the next Storybook assignment.

My Tuesday schedule. I'll be out of the office for much of this Tuesday afternoon so I will not be as quick to respond to email, but I will get back to you Tuesday evening if I am not able to get back to you in the afternoon.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpages. For your Internet assignment in Week 4, you will be publishing a coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using Google Sites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your Storybook coverpage. I hope you will enjoy creating a website for your Storybook! To see how the Storybooks for this semester are taking shape, here they are: Myth-Folklore Storybooks - Indian Epics Storybooks. I'll keep adding new Storybooks periodically to the list as people turn in their Week 4 Internet assignments.

Tuesday Events on Campus. OU's College of International Studies presents "A Night of Comedy with Ahmed Ahmed" at 7PM in Catlett Music Center (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 5: Inayat Khan. Today, February 5, marks the anniversary of the death of the great Indian Sufi, Inayat Khan, in the year 1927. Inayat Khan's teachings centered on Tawhid, or unity, as in the 10 pronouncements on unity which you can read about in this Wikipedia article; here are the first three principles of unity: There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; None exists save He. ... There is One Master, the Guiding Spirit of all souls, Who constantly leads all followers toward the Light. ... There is One Holy Book, the Sacred Manuscript of Nature, the only Scripture that can enlighten the reader. Inayat Khan was also trained as a music master, and in addition to sharing a knowledge of Sufism with the West, he also spread a knowledge of traditional Indian musical forms: