Tuesday, November 12

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in D2L so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available (see below). This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Native American storytelling, and in Indian Epics the Pandavas, in disguise, are about to join the court of King Virata. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. Now that Week 13 has begun, 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, next Monday afternoon, November 18, when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. Thank you in advance for your input! The more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment before 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me by now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check on the contents of the stack here. If you need just the points for the Storybook assignment you have turned in in order to finish up the class, send me a SEPARATE email with "Storybook Final Points" (or something like that) in the subject line so that I'll put your Storybook assignment at the top of the stack. 

Thanksgiving Break. If you did not read the note in Monday's announcements about Thanksgiving Break, be sure to take a look at that now.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Foreign Language Keyboards. This is a handy web-based tool you can use whenever you need to type a few words in a foreign language that uses diacritics, all without having to change your keyboard settings.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Kailasa. Alejandra wanted to experiment with the WIX web publishing tool this semester, and she used it to create this beautiful site with some wonderful stories about Shiva and his mountain.

FREE Kindle eBook: Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael and J. Semeyn. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You can find here the story of the Thunder Bird along with many other legends from the Pacific Northwest.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The world is a theater of love (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is especially true of college campuses, of course!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image shows Kichaka and Draupadi. Draupadi, in disguise as a servant, tries to refuse his advances.

Tuesday Event on Campus: At 7PM in Gaylord Auditorium 1140 the Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Pamela Wagner will introduce a screening of her film "Makers: Women Who Make America" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 12: Bahaullah. Today, November 12, marks the birthday in the year 1817 of the great religious leader named Bahaullah ("Glory of God") who founded the Bahai faith. The Bahai faith is a monotheistic religion in the tradition of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and it has gained followers around the world. Estimates place the number of Bahai faithful at between five and six million ... including a Bahai community in Norman. The life of Bahaullah is filled with many dramatic events, as you can read in this detailed Wikipedia article, which is also the source for the image below. He was born in Tehran, the capital city of what was then called Persia (Iran) and the image below shows Bahaullah's Persian (Iranian) passport:

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