Wednesday, March 6

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 7 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
. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in by 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment
. (repeat announcement) The Week 8 Internet assignment is now available. Once again, you will be commenting on the Storybooks that already have at least one STORY available for you to read. Most of the Storybooks do now have at least one story, since many folks who did not publish a story in Week 6 did publish a story last week. Plus, there's an extra credit option this week - you can visit the Storybooks in the other class and find a Storybook to read there!

Fall Enrollment
. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting for Fall classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore (Western Civ. Gen. Ed.) or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics (Non-Western Civ. Gen. Ed.), please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Fall.

Wednesday Events on Campus
. There will be a screening of the film "Ocean of Tears" as part of a panel discussion about "Gendered Violence in the State of Kashmir," featuring OU professors Emily Rook-Koepsel, Mariam Mufti, and Nyla Ali Khan, a Kashmiri native - the event will take place from 5:30PM-7:30 PM in the Kerr Auditorium of the Museum of Natural History (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 6: Andrzej Wajda. Today marks the birthday of one of the world's great film directors: Andrzej Wajda, who was born in 1926 and who is still an active filmmaker. In fact, one of his recent films, Katyń, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2007. Katyń is the name of a forest near Smolensk in western Russia where over 20,000 Polish military officers and other Polish prisoners of war were executed. At first, the Nazis blamed the crime on Stalin, and then Stalin blamed the crime on the Nazis, and only recently has it become clear that the executions were in fact carried out by the Soviet NKVD on Stalin's orders. This was a very personal film for Wajda to make, as his father was one of the slain Polish officers. I highly recommend the film; you can read a review I wrote about it here to learn more.