Lecture kicks off World War I centennial series

first_imgIn order to commemorate its centennial, Dan Lindley, associate professor of political science, spoke about the First World War in the Annenberg Auditorium on Wednesday. Lindley’s discussion of World War I, started off a five-part lecture series, hosted by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.“The question is what’s changed from then to now,” Lindley said. “Who cares about World War One anymore? It’s very important in history; it was known as ‘The Great War,’ [and] ‘The War to End All Wars.’ Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case.”Beginning with the very start of the war in 1914, Lindley reviewed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and the effect of tight alliances and all-or-nothing mobilization on the war’s frontier.“Nationalism is another factor here …  it’s taken to hyper-nationalism with strong doses of social Darwinism,” he said. “The idea that nations have to fight each other to show their worth … Would we have a war if we thought fighting was good?”Lindley described the conflict as being of a scale and scope simply unimaginable in contemporary times.The first day of the war is a good example, as the British army lost the equivalent of one percent of their country’s total population, he said.“Imagine if in one battle, we lost 3 million people,” he said. “It’s unfathomable. At Verdun, [the French and Germans] started that battle with 37 million artillery shells … [it’s] rather unbelievable.”Lindley also compared the damage done by World War I’s artillery campaigns to the impact of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, showing pictures and describing how they leveled cities to a very similar degree.“We talk about the human cost, but there’s a permanent cost to the beauty which is Europe, and the lovely history that was there,” he said.Lindley introduced a tool of his own creation, the ‘Lindley War Prediction Table,’ which is available on his website. He said the table features a variety of categories to diagnose relations between two nations and the chances of a conflict arising. Such groupings include rapidly shifting power, scapegoating and ethnic brethren abroad.Midway through the lecture, Lindley played a three-minute snippet of Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 film Paths of Glory, an anti-war piece set in the trenches of the Western Front. This was part of an effort to emphasize the brutality of the combat and its Sisyphean nature with days spent fighting over feet of terrain, he said.Dan Graff, the director of undergraduate studies in the department of history, said the lecture series exemplifies the intellectual life of Notre Dame, one where faculty are personally connecting with students in an intimate way. Moreover, he said he stresses the inter-disciplinary nature of the series, which is highlighted by the history department as an “Exploring History” event.The next lecture of the five-part series will be delivered by Dr. Tait Keller of Rhodes College at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8th. The lecture, along with the following three lectures, will take place in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art.Tags: dan lindley, Nanovic Institute, WWI, WWI centenniallast_img read more

Faculty, staff speak on the ‘Cost of Silence’ on college campuses

first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame faculty and administration discussed their experiences with diversity and how the Notre Dame community might encourage it on campus during the Cost of Silence Faculty and Staff panel Thursday night.Timothy Matovina, the chair of the theology department and former co-director of the Institute of Latino Studies, said people should not make assumptions about others, especially Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and Latino students.“Don’t presume because someone is here from a certain background that they’re a diversity admit or that they have a lower SAT score than everyone else,” he said. “ … In my experience, they achieved at the very highest levels at the schools they’re in, which is our policy.”Matovina also said students should consider the implications of politics on some students’ personal lives, especially in light of last year’s national election.“The political is very personal,” he said. “ … [Students who came to talk to him] had no idea what the repercussions would be, and there’s still a tremendous fear. It wasn’t just a matter of political disagreement.”Brian Collier, the director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network, said disrespecting Native Americans and their culture is not something of the past, as evidenced by two students dressing as Native Americans for their Halloween costumes during a football game this season. The students’ costumes included the headdress that is a religious symbol in some cultures, Collier said.“It’s not that people want trouble,” he said. “People don’t want their religious symbols appropriated.”Collier also said students should say something whenever they see someone misusing a culture’s symbols.For the LGBT community, Sara Agostinelli, the assistant director for LGBTQ Initiatives at the Gender Relations Center, said things are “just okay” for LGBT students on campus.“Something I hear a lot is that here at Notre Dame students feel very tolerated,” she said. “There’s not these daily acts of hate or things we might see at other institutions across the country, but there’s not a sense of welcoming, embrace and celebration.”To remedy this problem, Agostinelli recommended that students recognize the importance of allies and to reach out to students to check in on how they are doing, especially when hateful acts happen on other campuses.For an admissions perspective, Don Bishop, the associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, said Notre Dame has made great strides in becoming more diverse due to new recruiting tactics. These tactics, Bishop said, include expanding the spring visitation program, going to new schools and working with community-based organizations.“Rather than waiting for kids to instantly know enough about Notre Dame and apply, we’re trying to go out and seek them and get a conversation with them,” he said.As a result of these efforts, Bishop said Notre Dame is on par with diversity with the average of the top 30 most selective private institutions in the U.S. He said the only categories in which Notre Dame falls behind is with Asian Americans and international students.Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation dean of the College of Science, spoke about her personal experiences. Though she is an accomplished scientist who has a Ph.D. from MIT, she said she oftentimes felt stupid since a third-grade teacher had told her parents she “wasn’t college material.”Due to her background, Galvin said she understands that many students who come to Notre Dame from schools that may not have offered AP science classes may begin to feel they are falling behind in their science and engineering courses. She said students must share their experiences with others to help them not feel bad about themselves.“If you went through the struggle of not thinking you were smart but then got out of it, be willing to talk about it,” she said.Jay Caponigro, the director of community engagement in the Office of Public Affairs, said to help solve social issues today, students must build relationships with others. To develop these partnerships, Caponigro said you must listen to people and ask them about their stories, especially by asking the question, “Why?” Caponigro also said allies must teach others to do things for themselves as well.“An ally isn’t someone who just does stuff for other people,” he said.Tags: allyship, Cost of Silence, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, LGBT, racelast_img read more

Pertamina Foundation distributes hand sanitizer, sinks, in fight against COVID-19

first_img“We also encourage people to always wash their hands and perform social distancing to prevent the contagion of the virus,” Pertamina president director Agus Mashud S. Asngari said in a press statement on Wednesday.Read also: Some good COVID-19-related news you might have missedThe organization, which focuses on the education and environment sectors, previously distributed portable sinks on Monday to the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The sinks will later sent to public spaces such as hospitals, markets and bus stops. The move was aimed at increasing public sanitation as well as awareness on the importance of hand washing to face the pandemic, Agus said.Furthermore, he also called on members of the public to contribute to efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The public could start small by taking care of their health and their environment, he said.“The effort carried out by the Pertamina Foundation is only a small contribution out of all the elements of society that have helped each other to fight COVID-19,” Agus added.“Little efforts could be bigger efforts that involve everyone. We must support this positive energy to be a big energy for Indonesia until the end of the pandemic.”Topics : As part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Pertamina Foundation is distributing hand sanitizer, portable sinks to those in need in capital city Jakarta to promote awareness of cleanliness, which is key in the fight against the respiratory disease.The foundation gave hand sanitizer to several Islamic boarding schools and orphanages in Jakarta such as As Surur, Sa’adatud Darraain and Al Amanah.Pertamina Foundation also delivered posters with messages to encourage residents to carry out safety precautions amid the pandemic. The non-profit organization, tasked with managing the CSR funds of state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina, handed over two jerrycans containing 5 liters of hand sanitizer to each Islamic boarding school and orphanage.last_img read more

Brandon McCarthy lands on disabled list with shoulder injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Brandon McCarthy awoke Monday thinking he might start a baseball game. Later, in the afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told McCarthy he was going on the 10-day disabled list instead.McCarthy went to his locker in the clubhouse and dutifully explained the situation to reporters. He was doing a weightlifting exercise Friday in San Diego prior to a game against the Padres when he dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder. McCarthy’s shoulder was popped back into place, Clayton Kershaw was told to take McCarthy’s start Saturday, and McCarthy would take Kershaw’s start on Sunday.Then rain appeared in the forecast for Sunday. For the third time in the history of Petco Park, a game was postponed before it could even begin.“It’s bad luck I’d say,” McCarthy said. “I was ready to start Saturday, Sunday.” But McCarthy still believed it was possible Monday that he would start that night’s game. In the end, he didn’t even swing a bat while the other starters took batting practice on the field.“There could have been a miscommunication,” Roberts said. “I know I talked to him personally.”By placing McCarthy on the disabled list, the Dodgers were able to recall Adam Liberatore from Triple-A Oklahoma City, giving them an extra left-hander in the bullpen.McCarthy will throw a simulated game Wednesday. His disabled list stint was backdated three days, the maximum allowed under MLB rules. The Dodgers play in San Francisco May 15-17, and McCarthy will start one of the three games against the Giants, Roberts said.Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill are also eligible to return from the disabled list during that series.Bellinger wins awardIn his first full week in the major leagues, Cody Bellinger was chosen the National League Player of the Week.During the week of May 1-7, Bellinger hit .429 (9 for 21) with eight runs scored, a double, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBI and a stolen base in five games.“I found out on Twitter,” he said. “My dad called me. He was pretty proud. It was a cool moment.”Compared to previous hot streaks in his career, Bellinger said the last week ranks “up there.” It was a continuation of his performance at Triple-A; Bellinger was batting .349, with 10 home runs in 29 games, when he was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on April 25.Going back even further, Bellinger said his swing clicked during the last week in spring training.“I just tried to carry that into the season,” he said. “I just want to keep my foot on the gas pedal and keep going.”Bellinger will be awarded a watch, courtesy of Rockwell.Injury updatesHill will make his second rehabilitation start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday in San Jose. That would line the left-hander up to start Monday in San Francisco on regular rest.Hill exited his first rehab start Thursday in Rancho Cucamonga after a 29-pitch first inning, then threw another 31 pitches in the bullpen. His next start is expected to last five innings and 75 pitches.Infielder Logan Forsythe, who is recovering from a fractured toe and strained hamstring, will need another three or four rehab games before he can return from the 10-day disabled list, Roberts said. Forsythe got another day off Monday.Franklin Gutierrez tested his sore left hip by jogging in the outfield prior to Monday’s game. Roberts said the outfielder is available off the bench, but unlikely to start. The Dodgers face right-handed starters Tuesday and Wednesday, and Gutierrez hasn’t started against a righty this season. He was ready to start Monday too.“If I had my way I’d be pitching,” he said.Why didn’t McCarthy get his way? Roberts expressed concern that a comebacker over the pitcher’s head could cause him to reach up instinctively. A bunt grounder to McCarthy’s left might lead him to dive and extend the shoulder. In either scenario, it didn’t make sense to Roberts to take the risk.“When you have five other guys that are capable right now to pitch and help us win baseball games, to then have the benefit of some extra days to strengthen it, to heal it, as an organization I think it’s the right thing,” he said. “I understand his frustration.”Roberts said he told Alex Wood on Sunday that he would start Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Julio Urias will start Tuesday and Kenta Maeda on Wednesday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more