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

Two Rare White Giraffes Killed In Kenya

first_imgThe manager of the reserve called it a very sad day for Kenya, and said, “We are the only community in the world who are custodians of the white giraffes.”There is just one white giraffe left at the sanctuary.The giraffes were not albino, but lacked pigment for coloration. (Nairobi) — Two rare white giraffes, a female and her calf, have been allegedly killed by poachers in Kenya.Wildlife officials said Tuesday the skeletal remains of the giraffes have been found in a wildlife sanctuary in eastern Kenya.Officials estimate that the bones had been there for at least four months. last_img read more

Evernote Totally Redesigns Its iPhone App

first_imgEvernote is releasing a completely redesigned app for iPhone and iPod Touch today (iTunes link). Noting that its iPhone app was first released the same day as Apple launched the iTunes App Store, Evernote says it’s learned a lot about what it takes to make a great app. And equipped with two years worth of feedback, the notetaking and storage platform says it’s gone “back to the drawing board and reconsidered every single aspect of Evernote for iPhone.The changes are pretty impressive, and if you’re reliant on Evernote for your mobile device you’ll find the app faster and the interface more intuitive – all making the app a lot easier for not just note-taking but for note retrieval.Evernote has changed the home screen, so the changes are apparent right when you open the app. Browsing and note creation are unified there, and you can see a Snippet View of your notes right on that screen. That snippet can include a slice of an image, the title of the note, as much text as possible – details that in many cases will mean you needn’t open the note to view its content. The screen for creating a note has been updated as well. When you go to add a note, you’ll see a split screen – with the top half for your data entry and the bottom half with options to attach images, audio, tags, and your location. You can now attach multiple items to a single note, which is hugely helpful if you’re compiling various media – pictures, audio, and text – into a single note.Tagging (including tagging with location data), browsing, and searching are all improved in this update as well.Evernote releases updates to its mobile and desktop apps quite regularly, but these changes to the iPhone app are pretty significant (and I’d say, once again, puts the iPhone app ahead of the Android app, which saw huge improvements late last year). Evernote says that it has more changes in the works, including the ability to performed in-app editing of notes with styled text and multimedia. These and other changes will also make their way to a new iPad app as well. audrey watters Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more