Tuesday, February 23

Today is Tuesday of Week 5. Some of you are taking a break this week, and some of you took the break last week (or are saving it up to finish early). Here is a link to Week 5 for those of you who are doing some/all of the work this week, and I hope you will enjoy the new readings this week! It's a new take on the Ramayana in Indian Epics, and a switch to the Middle East and India in the Myth-Folklore class.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned in something before noon on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now, and I'll be working on the Saturday items today. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your project.

Project lists
. Thanks again to everybody for all these great websites! I've updated the class lists for Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics, and I'm also working on updating the slideshow also (it takes me a little longer to add the slides compared to updating the lists). Today I'll try to get the Week 6 Feedback set up for those projects that are already ready for comments!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog stream. This is from the Padlet rather than from the blog stream; I thought this was such a great image, so thank you to whoever it was that contributed this one! 

And you can see more from Chibird (Jacqueline) at her website.

Twitter stream. Here's an Oklahoma music celebrity doing an NPR Tiny Desk Concert! You can find out more about Bartees Strange, born in England and raised in Mustang, Oklahoma (among other places) at Wikipedia.

I was glad to learn about this gorgeous work of art from Nathdwara, in Rajasthan, India:

And here's an ancient mosaic showing all the Muses of ancient Greece and Rome (larger view):

And brace yourselves for a total cuteness overload: this dog definitely deserves to be the the hero of a story or the star of a TV show:

For those of you reading Egyptian stories this week in Myth-Folklore: here's a Crash Course video about Egyptian and other Mediterranean Pantheons.

And here's a charming graphic with a profound message: going through things differently.

February 23: W.E.B. DuBois. Today marks the birthday of the remarkable writer and activist, W. E. B. DuBois, in the year 1868. You can read more about him at Wikipedia. Here's an animated video inspired by DuBois's article: Strivings of the Negro People, first published in The Atlantic in 1897 (!).

Of DuBois's many projects, one that is especially relevant to this class is his magazine for Black children published in the 1920s: The Brownies' Book. You can read the old issues online at this University of Nebraska website:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.