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

Main Street Realty joins Lang McLaughry Spera real estate

first_imgSource: Lang. May 5th, 2010, Londonderry and Manchester, Vermont —### Main Street Realty today announced they have joined Vermont’s and Northern New Hampshire’s largest independent Real Estate firm, Lang McLaughry Spera.  Lang McLaughry Spera, serves homebuyers and sellers in the two-state geographic area encompassing the Upper Connecticut River Valley, the Central Vermont region and Northwestern Vermont including the Champlain Valley. With 14 offices, and a 150-member sales and support team the firm is known as being one of the leading real estate companies in the Northeast. “I am delighted to be a part of the team at Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate. This new endeavor will offer us the support to increase our real estate services and to enlarge our coverage area,” said Maureen Harmon, Owner and Principal Broker of Main Street Realty. “Our business has been growing steadily, despite the recent economic woes. This merger was the next step for our associates and for our company. We are all feeling very enthusiastic and excited about this new venture!”  Maureen will serve as the Managing Broker of the Manchester office and Southern Vermont Regional Director of Development.  Bobby Waite will continue as the Managing Broker of the Londonderry office.“We are very pleased to announce that Main Street Realty and Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate are joining together,” said Staige Davis, CEO of Lang McLaughry Spera. “We are confident that our expansion into Bennington and Windham Counties will benefit both buyers and sellers.  The opportunity to work closely with Maureen Harmon and her sales associates is very exciting.  I’ve known Maureen for years and our business philosophies integrate wonderfully.””This joining brings together highly-regarded companies from separate, non-competing markets. Joining forces creates a tremendous opportunity for us to expand our presence from being local players to being the premier firm in the area and among the leading real estate associates in Vermont and the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire. For our customers and clients, it means greater marketing support and, most importantly, increased exposure of our properties on regional, national and global levels. We’re proud of each of the firm’s history, connections and local market expertise.”About Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate:Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate’s family of experienced Vermont and New Hampshire real estate associates and staff are ready to assist with your real estate needs. Specializing in representing buyers and sellers throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and around the world with residential properties, land, building lots, commercial buildings and businesses, vacation homes, rental property and relocation services.Whether you are looking to purchase a lovely lake home or prefer a home tucked away amongst the beautiful mountains of Vermont or New Hampshire, the team at LMSRE will to help make your real estate transaction a pleasant experience. LMSRE’s impeccable service, vast knowledge of the Vermont real estate and New Hampshire real estate markets, and affiliation with a global network of independent real estate companies ensures that our highly trained real estate agents will be able to handle all of your real estate needs. last_img read more

Albert T. Graf

first_imgAlbert T. Graf, of Brookville, was born on March 24, 1928 in New Alsace, Indiana, the son of Otto P. and Pearl Mary Lingg Graf.  He married the love of his life, Maryln C. Mergenthal on August 6, 1949 and she preceded him in death on January 23, 2013.  Albert was owner of Graf Concrete Construction, Inc. which was established in 1965.  He was a member of Holy Guardian Angel Church, NRA, and the Franklin County Conservation Club.  He enjoyed spending time with family, playing Texas Hold’em with family and friends, bowling, trap-shooting, singing and dancing, and farming.  On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the age of 88, Albert passed away at McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Those surviving who will honor Albert’s memory include his eight children, Yvonne (husband: Linden) Brandes, Shelly (husband: Larry) Lunsford, Rena (husband: Jim) Sacksteder, Trisha (husband: the late Dickie) Rosenberger, Alan (wife: Mary) Graf and Greg (wife: Stephanie) Graf, all of Brookville; Lee (wife: Cathy) Graf and Don (wife: Pam) Graf both of Cedar Grove; 24 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mary Ann Knueven of Sunman.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Graf; a son-in-law, Dickie Rosenberger; sister, Helen Klump, and brothers, Edward Graf and Wilbur Graf.Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Rosary will be said at 1:15 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Sean Danda, is Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Guardian Angel Church in Cedar Grove.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Dickie Rosenberger Memorial Fund at Franklin County Community Foundation, or to the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Albert Graf.last_img read more