Shoah Foundation merges history, technology

first_imgAt the entrance of the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education in Leavey Library, a framed picture of survivors hangs in the hallway with a quote from Holocaust survivor Walter Thalheimer encapsulating their mission: “When you see an injustice, stand up, speak up, take a stand.”Founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994, one year after his Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List, the USC Shoah Foundation  preserves testimonies of genocide survivors, employing inventive technology to expand their audience.The Shoah Foundation initially sought to highlight stories of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. Now viewed as the world’s largest archive of genocide testimonies, these personalized accounts illuminate stories of survivors around the world.As the organization expands the conversation to recognize more incidents of genocide, the foundation plans to further develop the Visual History Archive Program. The program enhances how users can connect to these testimonies. Currently housing a collection of more than 53,000 eyewitness testimonies of genocide, the Visual History Archive has seen considerable growth since its inception. Now, by using their search engine, finding these testimonies only requires clicking a few buttons. These testimonies are provided by witnesses from 63 represented nations and in 39 different languages.One of the foundations many testimonies includes one by Liu Suzhen, who after 80 years revealed her experience surviving the Nanjing Massacre. With the death toll of the massacre at 300,000, her testimony will be added to a well-established reserve of fellow survivors. Described by the Los Angeles Times as the “bloodiest episode in the Chinese theater during World War II,” her memories during this two month rampage will be used to educate and inspire.As the foundation moves forward, they are discovering new ways to maximize outreach initiatives. According to public communications manager Josh Grossberg, the current goal of the Shoah Foundation is to continue expanding.“Right now we are available at 50 university museums around the world,” Grossberg said. “Our demand is growing and we want to reach as reach as many people as possible.”The program has plans to implement a five-year plan sought to increase accessibility on more platforms and introduce a new Visual History Archive platform leading to better search results.A major component of the Shoah Foundation is its use of cutting-edge technology which gives people a chance to interact with these personal stories in unique ways, according to Grossberg.“We are recording and interviewing Holocaust survivors using new technologies that allow for us to record for voices using voice recognition software with the goal of people actually being able to ask questions to a three-dimensional image of a survivor and engaging in a conversation with them,” Grossberg said.As the foundation continues to educate the next generation by applying technology to shed light on these testimonies, they hope to further advance in time for the institute’s 25th anniversary in 2019.last_img read more

Villa drawn against Junior Cup favourites

first_imgThe matches are due to be played on the weekend of March 10th, 11th and 12th. The Thurles club will have home advantage for their tie with Sheriff YC of Dublin.Carrick Utd has also got a home tie – they’ll meet Boyle Celtic from Roscommon in the last eight.In the other quarter-final games Killarney Celtic will meet Limerick side Janesboro FC while Evergreen FC of Kilkenny take on the other Limerick club still in the running to win the tournament, Kilmallock Utd AFC.last_img

Thursday January 24th Local Sports

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nick McGlynn has 20 points and 10 rebounds and Drake pulled away early in the second half for a 78-66 victory over Evansville on Wednesday night.McGlynn collected his fifth 20-point game and fourth double-double of the season. Tremell Murphy, D.J. Wilkins, and Garrett Sturtz added 11 points apiece, and Noah Thomas chipped in 10 for Drake (15-5, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference). The Bulldogs have won three of its last four games and improved to 9-1 at home.John Hall and Marty Hill scored 13 points each to lead Evansville (9-11, 3-4). K.J. Riley added 12 points.The Bulldogs took the lead for good midway through the first half and built a 35-31 halftime advantage. The Purple Aces stayed within single digits until a 9-2 surge made it 67-48 with about seven minutes left. MASON CITY — Mandy Willems had 31 points while Autam Mendez had a double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds as the 9th-ranked NIACC women beat Little Priest Tribal College116-69 last night at the NIACC gym, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. NIACC jumped out to a 38-18 lead after the first quarter, as the Lady Trojans for the contest were 35-44 from the free throw line. NIACC is now 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. MASON CITY — The 17th-ranked NIACC men beat Little Priest Tribal College 110-85, as you also heard on KGLO. Wendell Matthews had his sixth double-double of the season with 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Trojans. Deundra Roberson added 21, James Harris had 19 while Christian Kelly also had 12 for the Trojans. NIACC is now 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Both NIACC teams travel to Ellsworth on Saturday, games you’ll hear on KGLO starting at about 1 o’clock. IOWA CITY — Transition defense has been the focus as the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes get set to host sixth ranked Michigan State. The Spartans hammered the Hawkeyes 90-68 back in early December.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who says the Hawkeyes need to have good shot selection.The Hawkeyes will be out to snap the Spartans’ 20-game winning streak in Big Ten play.Iowa is 5-3 in the Big Ten and 16-3 overall. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan State game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 5 o’clock, with the tipoff from Carver-Hawkeye Arena scheduled for 6 o’clock . CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Aaron Cook had 17 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. and Darius Beane each added 16 more as Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa for the second time in 18 days, 70-62 in a Missouri Valley Conference contest on Wednesday night.The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Salukis, who had not won since its 58-51 win at Cedar Falls.A.J. Green hit a 3 with 3:43 left to get Northern Iowa within 3, 53-50, but the Salukis pushed the advantage to 13 points before Green hit two 3s in the final minute to get the final deficit to single digits.Southern Illinois (10-10, 3-4) shot 50 percent from the field (26 of 52), including 7 of 20 from long range.Green hit 6 of 7 from distance and finished with 22 points for Northern Iowa (8-12, 3-4). IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson scored 32 points and added 12 rebounds as 18th ranked Iowa beat 14th ranked Rutgers 72-66, handing the Scarlet Knights their first Big Ten loss. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.Bluder says the Hawkeyes did a good job against the Rutgers defense.Kathleen Doyle had 17 points while Mason City native Makenzie Meyer had 11 points, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes of play. The win was the fourth straight for the Hawkeyes who improve to 6-2 in the Big Ten.center_img — high school girls basketball WednesdayNewman 73, Rockford 56 WACO, TEXAS — Second ranked Baylor outscored Iowa State 25-12 in the third quarter in an 84-69 win over the 20th ranked Cyclones. Senior Bridget Carleton scored 24 points in the opening half before being saddled with foul trouble. She finished with 28.Alexa Middleton chipped in with 18 points but the Cyclones made only seven of 25 from three point range.Iowa State falls to 4-3 in the Big 12.Iowa State visits Oklahoma State Saturday evening. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Michigan State — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, KRIB mobile app — Clear Lake vs. Crestwood — girls 6:15, boys follow MASON CITY – The NIACC wrestling team dropped a 28-15 decision to Iowa Central in an ICCAC dual meet on Wednesday in the NIACC Recreation Center.NIACC picked up wins from Tony Mendoza (149), Xavier Judge (165), Mason Carpenter (174) and Zach Santee (285).Mendoza stopped Iowa Central’s eighth-ranked Yarhoski Aldiva, 3-2. Judge pinned the Tritons’ Russ Jennett in 1 minute, 40 seconds, Carpenter took a 3-1 decision from Iowa Central’s Austin Lamm and Santee topped Iowa Central’s Gunner Cash, 9-6.NIACC returns to action Jan. 31 in a dual meet at Iowa Western.last_img read more