Thursday, April 18

Today is Thursday of WEEK 13 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may turn that in BEFORE NOON for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to complete any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday. 

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now and points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If you want comments back on an assignment before the weekend, make sure you get that turned in by 8AM on Friday morning at the latest.

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. (repeat announcement) 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, April 22, when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. For information about the Week 14 Internet assignment, see Monday's announcements. 

Thursday Events on Campus. Thursday is the last change to test-drive the new Library Discovery platform and register to win an iPad mini - you can find the system set up in the Union from 11AM - 1PM (time-location-details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 18: Lucrezia Borgia. Today, April 18, marks the birthday of Lucrezia Borgia in the year 1480. The illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, a.k.a. Pope Alexander VI, she lived a life full of scandal and intrigue. By her various marriages, she is related to many of the royal families of Europe. She is, for example, an ancestress of King Juan Carlos of Spain - and she is even related to the late Lady Di. For those of you who like historical drama, I highly recommend the television series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia and Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia. It's sinfully fun! The portrait below, by Bartolomeo Veneto, is widely assumed to be that of Lucrezia Borgia: