Tuesday, April 8

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is ballads or more fairy tales, and in Indian Epics you will get to read the marvelous story of Nala and Damayanti. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 11 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. As usual on Tuesday, I am making my way through the big stack of Storybooks turned in over the weekend. If you turned something in before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, 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. For those of you who want to have four stories in your Storybook, Week 11 is the last week to add the third story if you have not done that already.

Overview of Week 12 and Week 13 Internet assignments. The Week 12 Internet assignment is available now! Then, for the Week 13 Internet assignment (available a week from today, on April 15), you will be nominating your personal favorite Storybooks for the semester. After you turn in your nominations, I'll set up a ballot so everybody can vote for the best Storybooks. It's not for a grade or anything; the voting is just a way to give the folks who have done really great work on their Storybooks some well earned recognition. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: 21 Types of Content We Crave. This infographic can be a useful tool for unblocking any writer's block!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is hermetic, which comes to us from the Greek god Hermes, and also Thoth, his Egyptian counterpart. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Deeper into the Forest of the Brothers Grimm. In Emily's Storybook for this semester, all kinds of dangers are lurking in the dark and weird forest of the Brothers Grimm!

FREE Kindle eBook: Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems by Henry Hart Milman. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Another one of the poems is a story some of you will recognize: The Descent of the Ganges.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Even if you don't live in a glass house, this proverb offers good advice.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna. This is a statue in the city of Ubud in Bali.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson will be giving a lecture entitled Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: A Marriage of Necessity at 4:30PM in Gaylord 2020 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 7 2014. Today is the Day of Digital Humanities, and you can find out more at the Day of DH website. If you are not quite sure who the digital humanists are and what they are doing, today is the day to find out. Even better: by creating a Storybook project for this class, you have already been exploring the world of digital humanities for yourselves!

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