Wednesday, February 6

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 3 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 comments. Please make sure you look for my comments in the emails I send back to you; in addition to comments at the top of the email, there are comments marked with ==> in the body of the email. Please read through all the comments in the email and if you have any questions, definitely write and ask me! You should save these emails, too, since you will be working on the Storybook all semester and you might need to look back at a past email to get some information to help you with a later Storybook assignment.

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 or before Sunday at 6PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday night or on Monday or Tuesday, 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. I reply to the assignments in the order that they are turned in, so if you want comments back earlier, try to turn your Storybook in on Saturday - you will get comments back much sooner. About 50 people usually turn in their work every Sunday; it takes me a few days to get through that big stack!

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) Some of you still seem to feel like you need to call me Professor or Dr. or something like that. No need for that, really! (Plus, I am just an instructor and not a professor, so I don't want to get in trouble with the professor police, ha ha.) Anyway, since I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura.

Wednesday Events on Campus. There will be lunch and a discussion with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell) on the subject of "Iran and the Middle East: Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy" at 11:30AM in Hester Hall, Room 170 (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 6: Aldus Pius Manutius
. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Aldus Pius Manutius in the year 1515. Manutius founded the Aldine Press of Venice in 1494, which issued some of the first printed editions of the Latin and Greek classics. The Aldine Press was also the first publishing house to issue "octavo" printed books, something like our modern paperbacks, for easy handling and portability. Aldus was an innovator in typography, too; most famously, he invented the italic font! You can read more at Wikipedia about Aldus and about the Aldine Press. The image below shows a page from his 1501 edition of Horace; even though it is a printed book, it is designed to imitate the style and layout of a medieval manuscript: