Friday, November 11

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12! The blog commenting and project feedback assignments are both available, and I'm guessing there are probably still new students for you to meet and new Storybooks to read. Here is a link to the class calendar where you can find the Week 12 assignments, along with Weeks 13, 14, and 15 too.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read and replied to all the projects turned in on Sunday, so today I'll be working on the assignments turned in during the week. Hopefully I can get through all the assignments turned in before Thursday; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Michaela's survey. (repeat announcement) Here is another Capstone survey; this one comes from Michaela in Indian Epics, and it is for past study abroad participants (Michaela is studying the relationship between language study and study abroad satisfaction): Study Abroad Survey. If you have done Study Abroad, please share your thoughts!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. I really liked this graphic from Last Lemon: There's no such thing as too many books.

No Borders. There is a world of stories and storytellers out there, all sharing. Without borders. Here's a quote from the world explorer, Thor Heyerdahl: Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.

Spelling. This is an especially sneaky pair: CAPITAL v. CAPITOL.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: The Heroes' Diaries. Who will turn out to be the real hero: the Monkey King, Sindbad the Sailor, King Arthur, or Perseus? Read their diaries to reach your own decision.

Free Book Online: A Group of Eastern Romances and Stories by W. A. Clouston. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The stories come from Persian, Tamil, and Urdu sources.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day (a Congolese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. As you can guess, I was so excited to find a picture with a bee and a beer bottle!

Today's Video: Yaara (Friend)Turn on the subtitles to see the lyrics to this wonderful new song featuring Maati Baani along with many more, singing about a world without borders:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat believes in colearning: I am inspired by my friends. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Friday Art Walk series at 5:30PM in Bizzell to celebrate composer Steven Reich's 80th birthday with a performance by the OU Percussion Ensemble (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Armistice Day
. Today, November 11, is Armistice Day, "The Day of the Setting-Down-of-Arms," marking the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I on November 11 in 1918. November 11 is also the birthday of one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, Kurt Vonnegut. Here Vonnegut talks about the fact that he was born on Armistice Day in 1922: "When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind." This shows the announcement of Armistice Day in Philadelphia in 1918:

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