Friday, April 27, 2007

Who are we? Laura Gibbs...

My name is Laura, and I teach online courses at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Here are the three courses I teach each semester: Mythology-Folklore, Ancient Indian Epics and World Literature.

I've also taught Biblical Greek Online, and I keep a daily blog of Latin learning materials (especially fables and proverbs) at the Bestiaria Latina website.

Curious about why I blog? Then read this post: Why blog?

And if you're curious to learn more about me, read on:

I did both my B.A. (Classical and Slavic Languages) and Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) at the University of California at Berkeley. My dissertation was on Aesop's fables, and I continue to publish Aesop's fables galore online at

I've published two books: Aesop's Fables: A New Translation (2003) and, more recently, Latin Via Proverbs: 4000 Proverbs, Mottoes and Sayings for Students of Latin (2006). I'm hoping to publish an anthology of Aesop's fables in Latin sometime during 2007... fingers crossed!

I decided to create the blog after reading Stephen Prothero's book, Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--And Doesn't. This blog is a way for me to increase my own religious literacy, and share what I learn with others! Although I do not agree with all of Prothero's conclusions, I do have a strong sense that there is a crisis in religious literacy in this country, with serious consequences for all of us who are teachers today.

In particular, I hope that this blog will give people an opportunity to learn and think about religious traditions in a way that fits into their daily lives. That "daily" and "weekly" approach is one that is perfect for blogging, and I've created some religious widgets that let you add a "Bible Woman of the Week," "Hindu God of the Week," etc. to your own blog or webpage. You can find out more about that at my website.

Well, from all the websites I've listed in this post, you can tell that I am a total web geek... it's true, I'm deeply digital. I just hope that this blog will be a way to take that geekiness and use it for good!

Comments and suggestions would be very welcome!


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