Query: Women's centers at Lusophone African universities

I have recently seen a list being compiled of all women's research centers and similar entities at African universities. It did not include any Lusophone centers.

I know about the Centro de Coordenacao dos Assuntos do Genero de Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, and the Mozambique branch of Women and Law in Southern Africa, but have not found other centers despite some searching. If anyone knows about other centers with or without a university connection, please let me know, and if possible include a link.


Royal Yugoslav Army 1941

Dear H-Warriors,


I'm looking at a map of Yugoslavia before German invasion Operation 25, and see a division a bit north of Nis named "ZAD." Those units were often named after town they were based in (Div HQs), or this may be an abbreviation. Any ideas?


Thanks, Rob K.

Re: Native American History Comprehensive Reading List

Hi Dawn,
That's wonderful that you're teaching a seminar in Native American history. Some books you might consider: Julian Barr, Peace came in the form of a woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas borderlands, Kathleen Duval, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, and Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater frontier: Indians and the contest for the American coast. I also like Bonds of Alliance by Brett Rushforth.

Re: Research Query: Source of a Yiddish Joke

Sholem Aleichem wrote an ironic allegorical story about an abject stray, "Rabtshik: a yidisher hunt" (1901). It can be found in "Mayses far yidishe kinder," Book 1, which is v.8 of the standard Folksfond edition of the complete works. An English translation by Leonard Woolf, "Rabchik, A Jewish Dog," appeared in eds. Howe and Greenberg, "Yiddish Stories Old and New" (1974), and subsequently in "Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Dog Stories" (1987).

Ronald Robboy

Re: Research Query: Source of a Yiddish Joke

A more complex description of the relationship between Jews and dogs is found in Agnon's Only Yesterday, where a dog and the Jews who abhor him are equal subjects of the book's terrifying black humor. Similarly, Avot de-Rabbi Natan 6 states that Rabbi Akiva's wealthy father-in-law, Kalba Savua, was known by that name because anyone who entered his house as hungry as a dog (kelev) would leave satisfied (savea). Here the dog is referred to contemptuously but with a positive association.

Elayne Grossbard

Re: QUERY: Film-based assignment for a history class

I teach a course entitled Hollywood and History with sections dedicated to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. I would discourage an assigmment in which you ask students to discuss accuracy. This could lead to picking apart details that are not necessarily important to the story arc. Robert Rosenstone suggests a better approach: help students understand what filmmakers must do to create a historical movie. For example, they compress, alter, create dialogue, invent characters. All of which are necessary.


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