Tuesday, October 13

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Monday assignment.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I've replied to the assignments turned in on Friday or on Saturday before 6PM. I'll keep working my way through the stack in the order that they were turned in.

Week 8 Project Feedback assignment. The Week 8 Project Feedback assignment is available now, and there is also an extra credit option this week too (there will be this same extra credit during Weeks 8-12) — for the extra credit, you can visit projects from the other class if you want, or you can go back to projects you saw earlier to read a new story there.

Spring Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting soon for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Monsters in America. It's a cryptological map of the United States!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is CHAOS, which is a Greek word borrowed into English. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Girls of Spring. Imagine Sita's surprise when she sees a beautiful woman in the ashoka grove of Lanka, and you will be surprised, too: it is Persephone, a famous heroine of Greek mythology. (You can see Jenny's Myth-Folklore Storybook for this semester here: Queen of the Underworld.)

Free Book Online: Moon Lore by Timothy Harley. This blog post provides additional information about this collection of moon stories.

India Featured Book: The Missing Queen by Samhita Arni. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. I read this book over the weekend — and, wow, it really is a modern political thriller that is, at the same time, a version of the Ramayana. Highly recommended!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every hour has its end (a saying from Sir Walter Scott). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for hours, days, weeks... and semesters!

Today's Video: Vishnu's Secret, Part 1. This is another one of the videos with thoughts and reflections from Devdutt Pattanaik, Indian mythologist.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is pondering options: To get unstuck, you must first unthink. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Jose Antonio Vargas will be speaking tonight in Catlett Music Center's Sharp Hall at 7PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. I shared the trailer for the screening of Vargas's film, Documented, last week and I'm sharing it again here. This is a talk I really wish I could go hear; if any of you go, let me know what you learned!

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.