Wednesday, November 15

Today is Wednesday of Week 13. The second part of the reading is due today, and I hope you are getting some good ideas for this week's story! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I read and replied to the projects turned in before 5PM on Sunday, and today I'll keep working my way through the Sunday assignments. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Extra Credit. If there was another reading option that tempted you this week, you can do that for extra credit! Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. From yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia, here is something from one of my favorite OU professors at Twitter, DrMCar, aka Meta G. Carstarphen: 11 books to read for National Novel Writing Month.


Words from India. Today's word from India is CHAKRA. The Sanskrit word refers to a circle or a wheel and, thanks to the popularity of yoga, the word chakra now refers in English to the body's centers of spiritual powers.


Storybook Archive. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Tokyo Underworld. Orimi works for the Urban Legend Department of the Tokyo police force, and she has a gruesome murder to solve. You'll have to pay close attention while she interrogates Teke-Teke, Tanuki, Kuchisake-Onna, Jinmenken, and The Professor if you want to find the murderer!


Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Katha Sarit Sagara, or Ocean of the Streams of Story by C. H. Tawney. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a massive collection of stories from India: all ten volumes are available online!


Story of the Day. Today's story is from Aesop's fables: Hercules and the Wagoner. This is a story about how the god (Hercules) helps those that help themselves.


Video: The video for today is one from Manish Vyas: Jaya Shiva Omkara. Find out more at Manish Vyas's website.


Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that learning is more than just about finals: Study to learn, not just to ace the test. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.


Event on Campus: Yes, it's the third Wednesday, so there will be Waffles for Writers at the Writing Center this morning from 9AM-11AM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.


November 15: Johannes Secundus. One of my favorite Latin authors, Johannes (or Janus) Secundus, was born on November 15 in the year 1511. Yes, that's right: 1511 — not in ancient Roman times, but in Renaissance Europe. Johannes Secundus is what is called a "neo-Latin" poet, rather than a classical Roman writer. He is most famous for a series of poems he called Liber Basiorum in Latin, or The Book of Kisses. To learn more about Secundus and his all-too-short life (he died when he was just 24 years old), you can take a look at this Wikipedia article, and here is a portrait:



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Arabic and Persian: Language, Food, and History

Several Fridays ago I attended an incredible event that was a joint effort between the Persian and Arabic language studies programs, in which professors from both departments spoke about their respective language and its role in the history and culture of the Middle Eastern region. I had no idea that both languages used the same alphabet; this seemed incredibly strange to me until I realized that the romance languages share a common alphabet, so why shouldn’t languages from another region draw their words from the same letters?
My interest was definitely piqued in wanting to learn and understand these beautiful languages. I speak somewhat fluent Spanish, and it was interesting to learn that many words in Spanish actually derive from Arabic. I am also learning Hebrew, and can hear similarities between the Hebrew and Arabic languages when I listen to spoken Arabic.
Another element of the lecture was food; there was a delicious array of dishes from both Arabic and Persian culture. Mediterranean cuisine is my all time favorite, so I was familiar with many of the foods laid out. However, one that I had never tried before was a Persian saffron pudding, which was tinted yellow and had hints of rose in its complex flavor array. The head of the Iranian Studies Department spoke on the topic of food from the Middle Eastern region, and about some of the eating habits that differ from our habits in the Western world. She highlighted the importance of community in Arabic and Persian-speaking countries, where people really take the time to sit down together to share a meal. And although in the West we are big on sitting in chairs around a proper table, it turns out there are many health benefits to eating on the floor, which is typical of how people eat in the Middle East.
The final topic talked about was tea. I was fascinated to learn that Middle Easterners were originally religious coffee drinkers; however, with the advent of the silk road, tea became a very common and important commodity in peoples’ lives. When I was in Israel this past December, I often drank black tea with fresh mint. I was delighted when I saw a table with pots of tea and a fresh bowl of the fragrant herb, as it transported me back to my own journey to a country of the Middle East.

Social Media Profiles

This week for our PR Writing class, we worked on our personal social media presence. We did our best to ensure that our social presence was as influential and as impressive as we work to make our client’s pages look. I found that I was incredibly surprised with what I needed to change on my profiles. I ended up having to add more information to many platforms to ensure that I was available to be contacted for any positions or opportunities.

For Canvas, I added a link to my online portfolio and made sure that I added a picture to set myself apart from my classmates. This will ensure that not only professors on campus but my fellow students will recognize and remember me better in the future. I also added my OU e-mail specifically for Canvas to make sure that people on campus can contact me easily

For LinkedIn, I added a picture as well as connected with as many people that I could to increase the outreach of my network. I did my best to do the same on my Twitter account as well and attempted to follow various accounts that were similar to where I would like to end up working one day to get a head start on my career. Please do add me on LinkedIn here.

I am incredibly glad that I took the time to better my social media platforms. I feel that this will be an incredible benefit that will help me in my future. I think that it is important to present what you are capable of doing on your own personal platforms to ensure that your clients can really get a sense of your capabilities! We are also continuing to work on our client presentations, and I am growing increasingly excited as I get closer to completing it and seeing all of my hard work over the semester come together to become an incredible presentation! I am excited to see the final project! I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been working on all semester as well.

Source:Marketing Land

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