Wednesday, February 20

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 8PM 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
. Learn about The History and Art of Chinese Calligraphy with Nian Liu, 2PM-4PM in Kaufman 230 (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 20: Frederick Douglass. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the American abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass. Douglass died on February 20 in 1895; as he was born in slavery, he did not know with certainty the day or year of his birth - he guessed he was born around 1818 and he chose to celebrate February 14 as his birthday. Among his written works, his autobiography is the most famous, and justifiably so - if you have never read it, I highly recommend that you do; it is one of the most amazing works of American literature: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Douglass published The Narrative in 1845 (after having escaped to freedom in 1838); this photograph shows Douglass circa 1850: