Monday, October 19

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 the final Week 8 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Native American stories, and in Indian Epics everybody is going off in their own directions. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

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. You will then be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Deadlines and Reminders. (repeat announcement) I learned a lot from reading the Reflection posts last week (thank you for all the good ideas!), and the main thing that surprised me was how many people are doing the work for this class without a schedule, just "catch as catch can" based on the grace period reminders. Given that the class requires around 6-8 hours of work per week, to do the work without a schedule really sounds stressful, and I am hoping I can urge more of you to make your own schedule. So, I revised this page to try to make it more helpful: How to Design Your Own Schedule. In addition, I will try sending out due date reminders in addition to the grace period reminders. Perhaps that will help people do the work on the due date. Even better: just to save yourself from the emails, you might start working a day or two ahead of the due dates, and then you won't get any of those reminder emails at all!

Indian Epics Reading Options. (repeat announcement) During Weeks 9-14, there is a huge range of reading options for Indian Epics, and I will also be adding new options based on specific interests of specific students, like the videos by Devdutt Pattanaik below. To keep up with the new options I am adding check the latest entries in the Reading Guides blog. Whenever I add something new to the list of options, I'll be sure to feature that new content with a new blog post. I'm excited to see what you think of the different reading options!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Literary Map of London. See the large version at the Independent newspaper.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are PRAY and PREY. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Creek Stories. This Storybook contains entertaining and instructive tales from the Creek people as found in the stories passed down by Ernest Gouge, who was born in the Creek nation, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), around 1865.

Free Book Online: Wigwam Evenings - Sioux Folk Tales by C. Eastman and E. G. Eastman. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which include some tales of the trickster Unktomee.

India Comic Book: Krishna and Narakasura: Confidence Versus Arrogance. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. Narakasura was a terrifying asura, son of Bhoomi, the Earth Goddess. He makes a formidable opponent for Krishna and Krishna's valiant wife Satyabhama.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The early bird catches the worm (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is still alive and well; I'm guessing all of you have heard this one!

Today's Video: 19th-Century Native Americans. This video contains the brief bits of film footage that are the oldest recorded films of Native American dancers and musicians dating back to the late 19th century.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is working hard on her semester project too: Creativity is the result of hard work. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Come to the Sam Noble Museum's Kerr Auditorium at 7PM for "Greek Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos Up Close: An Evening with Phoebe Economopoulou" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 19: Philip Pullman. Today is the birthday of one of my very favorite writers, Philip Pullman. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PHILIP PULLMAN! Every year or two I re-read his "Dark Materials" trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass (The Subtle Knife is my favorite, but I love all three of them). You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. If you like fantasy fiction, I can highly recommend these books: mind-bending and beautiful! The cover below is for the audio version, which is usually how I read (listen) to the books. Philip Pullman is a marvelous narrator in addition to being a great writer.

Note: You can page back through the 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.