On July 28, together with hundreds of Coursera participants from around Northern California, I attended a Meetup at Flood Park in Menlo Park, where we were treated to a lunch of burgers and great conversation with other students AND Ng and Koller and other professors. Again, it felt magical to be a part of this inspiring movement. I met two other women taking the same class I'm enrolled in and many other friendly and eager scholars who are enrolled in a variety of other courses.
If you are even the slightest bit intrigued and/or if you love learning, check out the Coursera website.
"Fantasy and Science Fiction" is a ten-week course that begins with Grimms' Fairytales (Lucy Crane Translation) and works its way through familiar stories like Adventures in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Man, and The Martian Chronicles, along with a number of less common titles I look forward to discovering. Each week focuses on a different book or group of stories and culminates with a brief (read VERY pithy) essay. The assignment for the essay (and I LOVE this) is to "enhance the reading of a hypothetical intelligent and attentive fellow student."
My essay for the Grimm's Fairytale week focused on the irony found in "The Three Spinsters" which actually turned the common fairytale pattern on its head, by giving the "happily ever after" reward to a laggard. In the class, all essays are shared with peers anonymously, but for this venue, I offer my essay below.