Volume 3 - Number 2 - August 2016

Roundup from around the Commons
for the week of February 10 - 16, 2017

New Funding and Job Opportunities

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What's New For Teachers

Downloading Nollywood Movies for teaching purposes

hello everyone, i need some help finding the best place to download some of the movies on the following list, I am a university lecturer and i am starting a nollywood course this semester. I would very much appreciate it if anyone who can help guide me in finding the best resources to download any of these movies, would kindly leave a reply or contact me through : drhodanosman@gmail.com

 if you have any suitable suggestions for other movies that are not on my list, and could be of value to my studetns, please do leave a comment.

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Recent Calls for Papers

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Recent Items For Scholars

Query: Rabbis taking individual circumstances into account

Part of the lore of the shtetl is that rabbis would take individual circumstances -- including economic circumstances -- into account in in reaching ostensibly technical halakhic decisions,  Thus, as the common story has it, if a poor family asked whether its chicken was kosher, the rabbi might in close cases say "yes" even if a chicken with identical defects would be considered treif if brought by a wealthy family.
I am looking for either (a) halakhic sources, preferably in English or in translation, discussing, justifying, or critiquing this practice, or (b) historical or sociolo

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Author: 
Irina Metzler
Reviewer: 
Winston Black

Black on Metzler, 'Fools and Idiots?: Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages'


Irina Metzler. Fools and Idiots?: Intellectual Disability in the Middle Ages. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. 256 pp. $105.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7190-9636-5.

Reviewed by Winston Black (University of Tennessee)
Published on H-Disability (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Iain C. Hutchison

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Sarah Phillips Casteel
Reviewer: 
Patrick Taylor

Taylor on Casteel, 'Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination'


Sarah Phillips Casteel. Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. 336 pp. $60.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-17440-4.

Reviewed by Patrick Taylor (York University)
Published on H-Caribbean (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Audra Abbe Diptee

Author: 
Rachel L. Greenblatt
Reviewer: 
Suzanna Ivanic

Ivanic on Greenblatt, 'To Tell Their children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague'


Rachel L. Greenblatt. To Tell Their children: Jewish Communal Memory in Early Modern Prague. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. 320 pp. $65.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8047-8602-7.

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Published on HABSBURG (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Jonathan Kwan

Gravestones, Hanging Dresses, and Memory in Prague's Early Modern Jewish Community

Author: 
Brian H. Greenwald, Joseph J. Murray, eds.
Reviewer: 
Martin Atherton

Atherton on Greenwald and Murray, 'In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970'


Brian H. Greenwald, Joseph J. Murray, eds. In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970. Washington DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2016. 288 pp. 39.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-56368-660-3.

Reviewed by Martin Atherton (University of Central Lancashire)
Published on H-Disability (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Iain C. Hutchison

Author: 
Matteo Al Kalak
Reviewer: 
Andrew Drenas

Drenas on Al Kalak, 'Il riformatore dimenticato: Egidio Foscarari tra Inquisizione, concilio e governo pastorale (1512-1564)'


Matteo Al Kalak. Il riformatore dimenticato: Egidio Foscarari tra Inquisizione, concilio e governo pastorale (1512-1564). Bologna: il Mulino, 2016. 270 pp. EUR 24.00 (paper), ISBN 978-88-15-26092-5.

Reviewed by Andrew Drenas (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Published on H-Italy (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Matt Vester

Author: 
Marc B. Shapiro
Reviewer: 
Zev Eleff

Eleff on Shapiro, 'Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History'


Marc B. Shapiro. Changing the Immutable: How Orthodox Judaism Rewrites Its History. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2015. 364 pp. $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-904113-60-7.

Reviewed by Zev Eleff (Hebrew Theological College)
Published on H-Judaic (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Katja Vehlow

Author: 
Emeric Bergeaud
Reviewer: 
Nathan Dize

Dize on Bergeaud, 'Stella: A Novel of the Haitian Revolution'


Emeric Bergeaud. Stella: A Novel of the Haitian Revolution. Edited by Lesely S. Curtis and Christen Mucher. New York: New York University Press, 2015. xxxviii + 195 pp. $24.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4798-9240-2.

Reviewed by Nathan Dize (Vanderbilt University)
Published on H-Haiti (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Grégory Pierrot

Author: 
Waltraud Ernst, ed.
Reviewer: 
Amanda Haislip

Haislip on Ernst, 'Work, Psychiatry and Society, c. 1750-2015'


Waltraud Ernst, ed. Work, Psychiatry and Society, c. 1750-2015. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. 392 pp. $125.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7190-9769-0.

Reviewed by Amanda Haislip (Michigan State University)
Published on H-Disability (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Iain C. Hutchison

Author: 
Micki McElya
Reviewer: 
Katie Thompson

Thompson on McElya, 'The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery'


Micki McElya. The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. 416 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-73724-2.

Reviewed by Katie Thompson (West Virginia University)
Published on H-War (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
John F. Wukovits
Reviewer: 
Derek Mallett

Mallett on Wukovits, 'Hell from the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack'


John F. Wukovits. Hell from the Heavens: The Epic Story of the USS Laffey and World War II's Greatest Kamikaze Attack. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2015. xvii + 296 pp. $25.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-306-82324-4.

Reviewed by Derek Mallett (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Gordon, Georgia)
Published on H-War (January, 2017)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

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