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

Alpine Helen, North Georgia Mountains: No Passport Required

first_imgTaste: Helen offers over 25 restaurants, including cafés, bakeries and farm to table. Our many candy shops are open to tempt your taste buds.  Explore: the many waterfalls and hiking trails in the region – including Unicoi State Park’s lake trail where you can canoe, swim, geocache, and take part in daily activities. Rent or bring your own mountain bike to tackle the many adventurous trails in the area. Enjoy: mining for gemstones in three different locations. Tube, kayak, or canoe down the Chattahoochee River, ride horses and ATV’s in the mountains, zip line at three breathtaking locations, and mini golf with your family.   Travel: to a place that has Old World towers, gingerbread trim, traditional German foodstuffs, and strasses and platzes spilling over with Scandinavian goods.  Stay: downtown in one of our hotels and condominiums or in the woods at one of our cabins or campgrounds.  Take: the Unicoi Wine trail and enjoy seven award winning White County Wineries/Tasting rooms. Photograph Indian mounds, old mills, historical buildings and nature at its best.  Tour: the Historic Hardman Farm and Smithgall Woods Conservation area, as well as several Antique shops. Go: fly fishing on Smith Creek, Dukes Creek, or the Chattahoochee River, and golfing on a Champion par 72 mountain course See: a natural beauty perched on the Chattahoochee River in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Alpine Helen-White County is an outdoors persons dream come true.  For these and many more options visit us at helenga.org or call 1-800-858-8027last_img read more

Meet Megan Kirby, SU ultimate frisbee’s captain and only ESF member

first_imgWhen one thinks about playing frisbee, they might imagine throwing a disc on the beach or hurling one to their dog. To senior Megan Kirby, however, playing frisbee is more than just a casual toss of a plastic circle. Ultimate Frisbee means everything to her and her family.She started playing in elementary school because her father, Tom Kirby, played in college at SUNY Oswego and SUNY Albany. Now, at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Kirby has used her lifelong experience with the game to become a captain for Fox Force Seven, an all-girls club team at Syracuse. “She’s been playing ultimate forever. She has the community aspect embedded in her life,” said Caroline Noone, Kirby’s co-captain. “She really has the knowledge and experience of the game and really understands the fundamentals of what frisbee means.”By the time Kirby entered middle school, she was already involved in women’s leagues around the Albany area. When Kirby entered high school, she played in a small league that local high schools participated in. What made this league so special, though, was that Kirby’s father was the coach of the team — they had always bonded through the sport. During her junior year, she got more serious about ultimate, joining a club team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEva Suppa | Digital Design EditorKirby knew she didn’t want her ultimate frisbee career to end when she walked across the stage at her high school graduation. SUNY-ESF was on her radar because of its environmental science major, but she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to continue playing ultimate at a smaller school — there’s no ultimate club at ESF. One time, when Kirby travelled to a club tournament, she met an active ESF student who played on Syracuse’s team. Kirby realized her dream of playing college ultimate frisbee in college was realistic. Now, Kirby is the only ESF student on the team. However, she blends right in on the team, her teammates said.“A lot of times we actually forget that she goes to ESF… the two communities are so close and we all do such similar things that I don’t even remember that she’s in ESF,” said sophomore teammate Daria Latvis. Although Kirby has found her niche at Syracuse, her biological family is not too far away. Her father tries to come to as many of her games as he can. When he does come, he sometimes helps coach the team and give pointers. Kirby’s brother now plays ultimate frisbee as well.“If we have any tournaments around her house when we travel, we always stay at her house and her dad is so nice and her family is so welcoming,” Latvis said.Courtesy of Megan KirbyKirby, now a captain of the Fox Force Seven, is focused on improving on last year’s 8-9 record in the spring season. Kirby’s goal is to play well enough in local and state tournaments during the regular season to make the regional postseason tournament. To achieve this, Kirby helps lead her teammates through drills at practice three times per week. Her teammates also turn to her when they need a boost, whether they’re losing on the scoreboard or dealing with issues off the field, Kirby’s teammates said. Even Noone, Kirby’s co-captain, counts on Kirby’s leadership to make sure the team succeeds.“With everything she does, she’s very encouraging. She never puts you down and she also just pulls you aside a lot and privately tells you how to improve your skills or your throws,” Latvis said.For Kirby, frisbee’s more than just a beach game. Through helping her Fox Force Seven teammates improve and connecting with her dad, Kirby has kept ultimate frisbee as an important aspect of her life. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 3, 2019 at 12:46 am Contact Sophie: srlevine@syr.edulast_img read more