Tuesday, August 30

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 2, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top (I don't know if that is the main way you are accessing the quizzes, but it is a convenient way to do so). Here is a link to the Week 2 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Reading A-B. Each week, there are two reading assignments, one due by Monday at the latest, and one due by Tuesday. Some weeks, though, you might be really busy and just do on Reading Notes post, and that's okay. As long as you have one Reading Notes post, you are ready to tell a story for the week. More info: Tips for Reading Notes posts.

Extra Credit: Wikipedia Trails. I had so much fun seeing the Wikipedia Trails people made for that Week 1 extra credit option: very cool! I highly recommend that as an extra credit option to everybody... and remember: you don't have to wait until the end of the week to do extra credit. If you get curious about something while you are reading, for example, you can do a Wikipedia Trail to learn more and get extra credit. Here's how that works: Wikipedia Trails.

Project Stack. (repeat announcement) As you finish up Week 2, you will be turning in a Project assignment by email. That Project assignment is the only item you turn in each week by email, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. Something to remember while you read: A book is a dream that you hold in your hands. The words come from Neil Gaiman.

Death-in-the-Iliad Infographic. I thought this would be of interest to those of you reading the Iliad this week! Find out more at GreekMythComix.

Words from Mythology. Today's word is also from the Trojan War: Achilles' Heel.

And here's a beautiful mosaic that shows Achilles' mother, Thetis, the sea goddess:

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class but with a Greek mythology mash-up: 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.

Free Book Online: Heroides: The Heroine Ladies by Ovid. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. These are the letters the ladies write to their heroes; I thought this might be of interest to those of you doing Ovid this week! The Heroides was very popular in the Middle Ages and Renaissance as you can see here in this depiction of Penelope, Odysseus's wife, writing a letter to him:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman? (an English proverb). This proverb was famously invoked by the radical English priest John Ball, a leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. If the Garden of Eden didn't have nobles and peasants, then why should peasants put up with "gentleman" overlords now...? Find out more at the Proverb Lab.

Today's Video: Harry Potter Meets Hindu Mythology . This is a fun video from the Epified channel in India. I thought it would be of interest to anyone in India Epics, and also to Harry Potter fans. After all, those of you in Myth-Folklore can use this class as a chance to learn about mythology from India too!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is heroic in the face of fear: Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you.. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a LGBTQ Ally Meet and Greet in Walker-Adams Mall on Tuesday from 5PM-7PM (details). You can also find out more about LGBTQ Ally Training.

August 30: Jacques-Louis David: Today marks the birthday of the great French painter Jacques-Louis David in the year 1748; you can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia. David is famous for his paintings on Greek and Roman themes, and one of my favorites is the Intervention of the Sabine Women when they stand between their husbands on the one side and their fathers and brothers on the other, insisting that they make peace.

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