Saturday, January 30

Today is Saturday of Week 2. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Introductions. I think I managed to leave comments on every Introduction now, but it's a little complicated to keep track of that, so if somehow I missed your blog by accident, let me know! Meanwhile, you'll be getting more comments on Introductions all semester long from other students, and you can edit and tinker with your Introduction, editing and adding new things, whenever you want.

Project Stack. The one assignment each week that you turn in by email is your Project assignment, and I'll then send you back detailed comments by email. Since it takes me until the end of the week to work my way through all the Project assignments, I keep an online list of assignments in "The Stack," so you can check the Stack to make sure I received your email. I don't do any school work over the weekends, but I will update the Stack periodically as people send in their Project assignments (for Week 2 that's Storybook topic brainstorming).

Extra Credit. There are extra credit options for Week 2, just like in Week 1 along with the Growth Mindset Challenges and Learning by H.E.A.R.T. Challenges if you want to follow up on those options from Week 1. I hope that you might want to try either or both of those, especially now at the beginning of the semester when you have more time and freedom to experiment with new things than you will have later on as the semester gets more hectic.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Serial Comma. I don't usually use an Oxford comma, but I always remember this example when I ask myself if leaving out the comma might have unintended consequences.

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

Featured Storybook: The Vampire Lexicon. In this world of vampires you will find stories of forbidden love, bravery, betrayal... above all: be careful — you cannot trust everything you see. This is a project from last semester by Lore Scarlet who is taking Indian Epics this semester, so you'll get to enjoy more of her writing!

Free Book Online: Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Despite the title, this is a book of Greek and Roman mythology — gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines; it is not Aesop's fables.

India Featured Book: Vishvamitra: The King Who Became an Ascetic. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which is on reserve in Bizzell Library. You've met Vishmamitra in the Ramayana, and this comic book gives his back story.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A barley corn is better than a diamond to a cock (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is inspired by a famous Aesop's fable which some of you may have read in Myth-Folklore last week.

Today's Video: Banjara. This is one of my favorite songs by Maati Baani, and it is inspired by the poetry of the medieval saint and mystic, Kabir.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is going to keep on growing: Our true potential is unknown ... and unknowable. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: This is your last chance to see the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays at the Sam Noble Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 30: Assassination of Gandhi. On January 30 in 1948, Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated. The image below shows the memorial in New Delhi where Gandhi's body was cremated. If you look closely at the photograph, you will see some words written in Devanagari script, gold letters on the black stone, just behind the burning stick of incense: the words are "Hey Ram" (Oh Rama!), which were reportedly the words Gandhi uttered as he was shot. Gandhi's invocation of the god Rama will definitely mean something to the students in the Indian Epics class. Although it is a matter of some controversy as to whether those were Gandhi's last words, here is something he wrote in December 1947, just weeks before his assassination: "In the end it will be as Rama commands me. Thus I dance as He pulls the strings. I am in His hands and so I am experiencing ineffable peace."

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.