Wednesday, September 25

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6. 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.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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 noon 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!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: South Asian Literature Online. This is an excellent collection of South Asian literature online, including Arthur Ryder's Panchatantra, John Platts's Baital Pachchisi, and Mir Amman Dihlavi's Tale of the Four Dervishes.

Featured Storybook: Happily Ever After? A Prince's Perspective. In this ingenious Storybook from last year, the princes you know from familiar fairy tales decide they are not happy with their "happily ever after" and are given a chance to live their lives over again.

FREE Kindle eBook: Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights by E. Dixon. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes the voyages of Sindbad, along with other fairytale stories from the Nights.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Man is more fragile than a flower, and yet harder than a stone (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Of course, some days you feel more like a flower, and some days you feel more like a stone.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama and his army of monkeys and bears building a bridge to Lanka. There are still remnants of a land bridge from India to Sri Lanka which can be seen with satellite photography even today; some people call this Rama's Bridge while others call it Adam's bridge.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a lecture by Richard A. Clarke, Clinton's director of counter-terrorism and author of Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror, at 6PM in the Kerr Auditorium of the Natural History Museum, following a 5:30PM reception (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 25: Bill of Rights. Today marks the date in 1789 when Congress proposed the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (they were finally ratified in 1791). How many of the amendments can you name? You can read more about the Bill of Rights in this Wikipedia article, with a specific list of the amendments here; Wikipedia is also the source for this image:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.