Tuesday, April 7

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Project commenting assignment for this week is now available! Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check here to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

Week 15. (repeat announcement) Week 15 is a review week (like Week 8), and there are some review blog posts in that week where I would really like to get your thoughts and feedback about the course. So, if you are close to finishing and want to jump ahead to the Week 15 review week, those assignments are available now. I would be really glad if those of you who are close to finishing want to use those review assignments to get the points you need!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Your Own Story. This great quote from the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is very good advice for this class: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is HERCULEAN, from the name of the hero Hercules. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Sky Warrior: A Tournament of Champions. The brave warrior Pyppa does battle with the flying creatures of the gods' arena as each round threatens death in a new form — Medean dragons, the bloodthirsty flying goddesses called Keres, and more. What will she do in order to survive the ordeal?

FREE eBook: The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains stories of Mowgli and his further adventures.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large? (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, ponder both the world without and the world within!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna as depicted in a statue in Bali, Indonesia.

Tuesday Event on Campus: Professor Alon Confino, UVA, will present a lecture entitled "A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination" at 6PM in Gould Hall 130, with a prelecture reception at 5PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 7: Ravi Shankar. Today is the birthday of the amazing Indian musician, Ravi Shankar, one of the modern masters of the sitar. He was born in 1920, and he died in 2012. You can read about Ravi Shankar's life and career at his official website (with audio!) and in this Wikipedia article, which is the source for this photo of Ravi Shankar with George Harrison of the Beatles, back in 1967. You can also find some great Ravi Shankar videos at YouTube.com - such as this wonderful video of Shankar's appearance on the Dick Cavett show. He left us with much beautiful music!

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.