Monday, March 9

Today is Monday. Week 8 is now over... and Week 9 has begun! Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 8 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Native American stories (and that will also be the topic in Week 10), and in Indian Epics you will be starting the Mahabharata  — it's Narayan's Mahabharata for both Week 9 and Week 10. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Spring Break. For Spring Break, you have March 16-20 off as you can see on the Semester Calendar here. That means, will have your regular Week 9 assignments due this week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 9-10-11-12). Then, I would encourage everybody to finish up the final Week 9 assignments this Friday, March 13 (yes, I know: Friday the 13th! eeek!) — but if you want to wait and do those final Week 9 assignments on the weekend after Spring Break (March 21-22), that will work too. The grace period for wrapping up Week 9 will be on Monday morning, March 23, after Spring Break.

Project stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Project stack waiting for me to look at. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Project stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Imagine the Box. Here is some advice, not so much to think "outside" the box, but instead to IMAGINE that the box ... is not a box.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is JULEP, as in the Indian sweet gulab jamun. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Fairytale Case Files. From light-hearted tales of elves to the brutal baking of a witch in her own oven, Wolfgang Forrester is on the case!

FREE eBook: Stories From Livy by Alfred Church. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find all the famous Roman historical legends here, beginning with the story of Romulus, founder of the city of Rome.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is skittles the bowling game, not the candy! :-)

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the goddess Ganga; you can see that King Shantanu is chasing her, desperate to save their child from the river's waters.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a Student Composers recital in the Pitman Recital Hall of Catlett Music Center at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 9: Vespucci. Today, March 9, marks the birthday of Amerigo Vespucci in the year 1454. He is the Italian explorer, born and raised in Florence, whose first name - Amerigo - gives us the name "America." Unlike Columbus, Vespucci realized that Brazil and the West Indies were not part of Asia, but instead part of a new landmass, a continent that later came to be called America. This statue of Vespucci below stands outside the Uffizi in Florence; you can find out more about Vespucci at Wikipedia:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.