Saturday, September 14

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn your work in today or on Sunday morning. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you. Next week is probably the single busiest week of the semester because of the Introductions and all the coverpages, so getting your work turned in early is definitely a good idea if you don't want to have to wait for comments until late in the week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Suggestion Box. You might have noticed the link in the right-hand sidebar of these announcements to the anonymous Suggestion Box. This is a way for you to share feedback with me about the class - what's going well, what I could improve, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer!

Featured Storybook: Dreaming of India: What is Real Anymore?. This book describes a surreal visit to India, with supernatural events beginning already on the plane flight when one of the flight attendants turns out to be . . . the monkey Sugriva, balancing a tray of beverages on his tail.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Alfred Church. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the tragedies retold in this book, including the stories of Medea, Alcestis, and Antigone, among others.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. Chariots are a feature of the battles of ancient Indian epic, as also in the ancient Greek epics.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows the marriage of Rama and Sita. The illustration is from a book entitled Nine Ideal Indian Women: Sati, Sunity, Sakuntala, Savitri, Shaibya, Sita, Promila, Damayanti, and Uttara. Of these, Savitri, Sita, Damayanti and Uttara are all characters whom you will meet in the epics!

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a free matinee film today in the Union: Iron Man 3 in Meacham Auditorium at 4PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 14: Yom Kippur. At sunset last night, Friday, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement," began. Yom Kippur is the last day of the holidays marking the Ten Days of Repentance which began on New Year's Day, or Rosh Hashanah. You can read more about Yom Kippur in this detailed Wikipedia article, which is also the source for the image shown below: Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, a painting by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878).

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