Teaching Beyond the Classroom activities are made possible by the support of a generous benefactor.  We are grateful that our students are able to have such enriching experiences outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Please note that due to COVID-19, limitations were set on Teaching Beyond the Classroom awards to abide by the university guidelines to ensure the health of the community. 

Major & Mid-Size Grants
Small Grants 

Major & Mid-Size Grants

Due to COVID-19 and the limitations on travel, no Major or Mid-Size grants were awarded during the Fall 2021 semester.

Spring 2022

During the Spring semester. Professor Alex Chavez will have an audio and sound design workshop led by Yollocalli Arts Reach (Chicago, IL) for students in his anthropology course Ballads to Hip-Hop: Music, Migration, and American Latinos. The  workshop will take place on the Notre Dame campus and will center around sound editing, sound  recording, and narrative story-telling. The skills acquired will aid students in producing their  own multimedia final projects in the form of podcasts on the topic of music and migration. Moreover, these podcasts will subsequently be  featured on Yollocalli’s Studio Y youth-led program Wattz Up! Radio Show broadcast on the  Chicago radio station 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio.

Professor Sara Marcus will travel with her USEM(“Performance and Rebellion”) students to Chicago, January 2022, for a performance of the award-winning touring production of Oklahoma! The class will be watching the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! for class, but the live touring production upends the well-known musical and lays bare some of the work’s most enduring themes about group identity, violence, and the tension between community and the individual. It brings to the surface the deeply political tumult and darkness that is often overlooked in sunnier renditions of the play.This newer production thus reveals the urgent moral and ethical questions at the heart of the story.

Over Spring Break, Professor Eva Dziadula's Economics of Immigration will take a Spring Immersion experience to Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico. The course examines theoretical models of migration from the individual’s perspective, as well as the impacts on both the destination and sending countries. While students may be familiar with the impact of immigration in the U.S, this international exposure allows them to consider what the migrants have to go through and what they leave behind. The opportunity to connect with people and hear their experiences in contrast to the political rhetoric in the news creates a deeper understanding of the humanitarian crises that exist around the world, aligned with the university’s mission of social justice and Catholic social tradition. The students will have an opportunity to examine the role of stakeholders in responding to migration from Latin America to the United States and reflect on the role of government. We will visit a migrant shelter serving those heading to the U.S. on La Bestia train, local church-based shelters, as well as local communities suffering from outmigration. Then, we will connect with our ND alumni network serving migrant communities in Mexico City and attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy.

Professor Sarah Stojanovic during the week of March 20-26 will host a week-long visit of French performance artist Clyde Chabot, co-organized with partners in Atlanta (Emory University and the French Alliance) for cost-sharing  purposes; the proposed activities will be happening on the Notre Dame campus. Two upper-level contemporary French culture classes which each have a unit  on immigration: ROFR40780 The French at Work and ROFR30781 French Politics Today will participate. Chabot’s performances center on memories of migration to and from  Europe, they address contemporary concerns through art and, given their participatory elements,  invite the audience to reflect on these issues and partake in the process of remembering  migration.

On April 9, 2022 Professor Elyse Speaks will travel with her Art History class ("Art in Chicago") to the Art Institute of Chicago, once as a group and then students will travel individually through the semester. The course will focus exclusively on the Art Institute’s collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century art.

Small Grants

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other On-Campus Venues

Professor Jennirfer Thorup will take her English class, Professor Jacob Schepers will take his PLS class, and Professor Joseph Rosenberg will take his PLS class to the Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Washington Hall on January 26, 2022.

On February 27, 2022, all of Professor Gail Bederman's students in both of her College Seminar courses attended the performance of "Show Some Skin: Emerge". 

The Italian Concert was finally held on April 22, 2022 after 2 years of COVID delays. Professor Lesley Sullivan and Professor Patrick Vivirito hosted the Italian program in this long-awaited event.


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Guest Speakers/Artists

Professor Jaime Bleck will screen "Sun of the Soil" for her Political Science class and then host an online talk with the producer and director on September 28,2021.

On September 29, 2021, the art history class of Professor Tatiana Reinoza will have a guest lecture by Professor Jennifer Ponce de León who will talk about her book "Another Aesthetics is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War". 

Professor Tim Morton is bring in Vivian Evans and Lea Stewart to speak to his Design students on September 29. 2021 about research methodologies used in industry for application to their student projects.

Professor Joyelle McSweeney's English students will watch a video presentation by African American alumni poet, Madison McCartha, on October 4, 2021. 

On November 2. 2021, the students in Professor Johanna Frymoyer's  USEM course will be joined via Zoom by Professor Lyndsey Copeland to discuss Ghanaian hiplife/Afrobeats and gender. 

In conjunction with other co-sponsors, Professor Koritha Mitchell will present a series of Zoom events on the topic "Homemade Citizenship: Black Success in the Face of White Violence" on October 26 and 27, 2021 including the American Studies students of Professor Perin Gürel

The CSEM students of Professor Vania Smith-Oka will hear Dr. Cathy Cichon ND '15 (Doc Scribbles) share insights about medicine and art on October 28, 2021. 

On November 3, 2021 the history students of Professor Dan Graff will have guest lecturer Professor Naomi R. Williams visit the class to discus her public lecture on her research on labor politics and community coalition building in the de-industrializing heartland during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Professor John Liberatore will have guest composers, Alex Temple and Natalie Draper,  visit his music composition class on November 5, 2021 to speak with the students and offer constructive feedback on their work in progress. 

Professor Elyse Speaks will have Professor Richmond, a Senior Scholar in in the field of contemporary art history, join her art history class to discuss her research on November 11, 2021.

The French students of Professor Sonja Stojanovic will have a virtual visit from Dr. Maria Tomlinson to talk about her research with French digital activists on November 22, 2021.

To provide a real-world application of the theoretical concepts of rhythm and synchrony as they are processed in the brain and how they facilitate social bonding and rehabilitation efforts, on November 22, 2021 the psychology students of Professor Vanessa Chan will have a group drumming session led by Nicole Williams.  

On December 1, 2021 the Spanish students in Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado's course will be in online dialogue with Professor Paul Preston

Professor Tiziana Serafini will have Professor of Italian, poet, and food expert Luigi Ballerini discuss Aporetic representation of food in Leonardo's paintings with her Italian classes on December 3, 2021.  

On December 7, 2021 Professor Nooshin Hakim Javadi's Art Studio students will meet an art curator and receive a critique of their projects from a professional, Jane Allison Becker Nelson in the field. 

On February 4, 2022, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero will have 5 professional playwrights virtually visit her 2 FTT classes. Rachel Lynett (ND ’11) is an award-winning Afro-Latinx playwright, who recently won the prestigious Yale Drama Prize. Mary Kathryn Nagle is an award-winning writer and one of the most prominent Native-American playwrights in the field of U.S. theatre. 3. Exal Iraheta recently received his MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University and participated in the Fornés Playwriting Workshop sponsored by the University of Notre Dame. Rohina Malik  is a prominent Asian-American playwright based in Chicago, who is a founding member of the Medina Collective that develops South Asian and Middle Eastern plays. Heather Raffo  is an award-winning Iraqi-American playwright whose work has been produced Off-Broadway, across the U.S. and internationally.

Professor Marisol Moreno will invite Haitian-Canadian author Myriam Chancy to her Spanish class on February 7, 2022 to talk about her novel, "What Storm, What Thunder". 

The Anthropology students in Professor Tracie Canada's course will virtually meet Dr. Michael Ralph on February 8, 2022 to discuss his current work that traces how contemporary insurance companies historically and currently profit from slave insurance policies.

On February 10, 2022 Professor Pam Butler will have Hugh Ryan visit their Gender Studies class via Zoom. Hugh Ryan is author of the forthcoming book, "The Women's Detention Center: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison".Ryan is the first to research and assemble a history of one of the most significant women's prisons in U.S. history, the Women's Detention Center in Manhattan, NYC.

Professor Sonja Stojanovic's French students will have Dr. Sandra Daroczi guest lecture virtually on gender and politics in contemporary France on February 23, 2022.

On February 23, 2022, the Spanish students of Professor Joshua Lund will have a class visit by Prof. Anne Garland Mahler to discuss the experience of the Global South and the history of activism that attach the basic global division of labor to protest and independence movements worldwide. 

The FTT students of Professor Susan Ohmer will have two guest speakers join their class on Zoom on February 24, 2022. One is Mary Crawford, an alum who will speak to the class about her senior honors thesis on Disney's Star Wars Land. The other is Professor Elizabeth Castaldo-Lunden of the Swedish Film Institute, who has published a book on film and fashion. She will speak to us about the film "Cruella".

On March 1, 2022 the Philosophy students in Professor Alexander Jech's joint seminar will hear a Zoom lecture by Megan Fritts "Simone Weil on Suffering" from a monograph she is writing. 

Professor Eileen Hunt's Honor Seminar students will have two Zoom lectures on Camus' classic of plague literature 'La Peste'. The first by David Gunkel and the second by David Armitage on March 15, 2022.

On March 15, 2022, Professor Mary Celeste Kearney's FTT students will have a guest lecture by TV Producer Rachael Knudsen to speak on her work producing an episode of 16 & Pregnant. She will talk about her team's goals and the production process as well as working on difficult content and dealing with controversy. 

Professor Sonja Stojanovic's French students will have Dr. Siham Bouamer guest lecture virtually on the French film "Fatima", which students will have seen, and she will discuss cinematic representations of marginalized communities and precarious work in contemporary France on April 4, 2022.

The College Seminar students in Professor Tracie Canada's course will virtually meet Brendane Tynes on April 7, 2022 to discuss her ethnographic research which focuses on the affective experiences of Black girls, women, and non-binary femme people who have lived through gendered violence in Baltimore.

On April 11, 2022, Professor Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal's English students had a guest lecture "Theories of Sound and Data" by Prof. David Cecchetto from York University.

Professor Yeonhee Yoon invited the Hon. Consulate General of Republic of Korea-US Relations, Mr. Woong-ghee Cha, to speak to her Korean students on April 11, 2022.

The USEM students of Professor Tatiana Reinoza had a guest lecture by Professor Mauricio Ramirez on April 14, 2022 on the relationship between art and politics in U.S. Central American art, focusing on race, the politics of visibility, solidarity, and belonging in and beyond San Francisco, CA. 

On April 14, 2922, the FTT students of Professor Mary Celeste Kearney had an in-class meeting with Conor Hanney, an ND alum who specializes in entertainment with/for/about disabled people. 

The Art Studio students from Professor Nooshin Hakim Javadi's course received Curator Critique on April 14, 2022 from Alison Hiltner, who has active and competitive gallery space. 

Professor Matthew Kilbane provided the book "Velario" to his English students to be used in conjunction with the class visit from the author Xavier Aquino Navarro on April 14, 2022.

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Throughout the fall 2021 semester, the psychology students in Professor Kristin Valentino's practicum course will mentor a child in foster care in St. Joseph county by engaging in individual student activities.

The Spanish students of Professor Vanesa Miseres will explore African roots in Brazilian cooking with a lecture by NDIAS Fellow Scott Alves Barton on Afro-Brazilian foodscapes on September 22, 2021. After the lecture the students will taste some traditional recipes cooked by the instructor. 

Professor Monica Jancha's Spanish students will be able to use their language skills with native speakers through an online platform with trained conversationalists from Latin America and Spain on November 29, 2021.

On November 29. 2021. Professor Claire Reisings' French students will discuss topics related to vocabulary and cultural themes from the semester with online conversation partners from French-speaking countries. 

During the Spring semester, the French students of Professor Azeb Haileselassie will have a service learning project by going to Clay International Academy once a week and assisting the teacher with teaching French to elementary students.

Professor Cara Ocobock's Anthropology (Exercise Physiology lab) students will utilize equipment purchased needed to conduct in-class laboratory exercises to provide students with hands-on experience.

On April 11, 2022. Professor Claire Reisings' French students will discuss topics related to vocabulary and cultural themes from the semester with online conversation partners from French-speaking countries. 

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On Campus Events

A debate on Heliocentric and Geocentric theories will be held by the PLS students of Professor Tawrin Baker in the Oak Room on September 27, 2021.

On October 3, 2021, the Korean students of Professor Hana Kang will celebrate Korean Alphabet Hangul Day. 

The Chinese Food Festival and Gathering will be held this year on October 10, 2021 for all the Chinese students in the classes taught by Professor Chengxu Yin, Professor Congcong Ma, Professor Jincheng Liu, Professor Jin Zhang, and Professor Weibing Ye

On October 29. 2021 the Spanish students in Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's, Professor Tatiana Botero's, and Professor Rachel Parroquin's courses will gather with advanced Spanish students from John Adams High School to celebrate the Day of the Dead which will include guided conversations, presentations, musical performances, and a community meal.

Professor Tatiana Botero's and Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's Spanish students will have a Flamenco experience with Jaime El Estampio on November 11, 2021. 

Professor Noriko Hanabusa's Japanese students will enjoy a Noringo Program Party on November 14, 2021, which aims to intermingle students in the lower levels with ones in the higher levels to practice language skills in a real-life context and for the upper-level students to work collaboratively to conduct the event and learn the Japanese work ethic. 

On November 15, 2021, the FTT students in Professor Tarryn Chun's course will attend a performance of the play "This is Modern Art" and then have a discussion with the Director and ND Alum, Zuri Eshun '14. The discussion will focus on the questions opened up by the play around artistic value, taste, and cultural bias through the story of graffiti artists in Chicago.

Professor Johanna Frymoyer will provide an accompanist and refreshments for her Music class to have a Christmas Carol music theory review on December 11, 2021.

Professor Richard Klee will host both classes of his PLS students to Seminar II Dinner and Discussion on March 1, 2022 in the PLS Lounge.

On March 2, 2022 Professor Aaron Michka will host a mid-term review dinner for his Anthropology class. 

The students in Professor Karen Richman's Caribbean and Creole classes learned about culture, migration, and cuisine through a presentation by a Haitian-born chef who cooked an authentic Haitian meal. 

Professor Marcio Bahia will host 2 Portuguese Language Tables for his Portuguese students on March 23 and April 7, 2022. This gives students a chance to experience Brazilian and cultural elements outside the classroom and includes students, former students, and the Portuguese-speaking community in South Bend.

The Creole Language students in Professor Karen Richman's course will watch a new film, Madan Sara, by Etant Dupain about Haitian market women after reading a book about Haitian market women on March 31, 2022. After the screening, the filmmaker will speak to the class.

On April 5 and 12, 2022 Professor Eric Haanstad's University Seminar (USEM) students will explore Notre Dame's Martial Arts Student Communities by meeting ND Marital Arts Institute Instructors as well as the Men's and Women's Boxing Head Coach and Captains. 

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Local Events Near Campus

The students in Professor Jennifer Huynh's American Studies class will attend a film screening of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", Marvel's first Asian American superhero.

On October 6, 2021 Professor James Haring will take his theology course to the Horn of Plenty Co-op for a site visit and opportunity for a discussion with David Yoder, founder of the Co-op with a focus on sustainability and technology. 

Professor Noreen Deane-Moran's English students will discuss 19th Century Societal Norms over a meal at Cioa's Restaurant on November 9, 2021.

On November 19. 2021, the students in Professor Karen Richman's Creole Language and Culture class will enjoy a discussion over an authentic Haitian dinner.

The Italian students in Professor Tiziana Serafini's course will have an Italian cooking class in Prof. Serafini's home on March 26 and April 1, 2022. She will teach her students to make homemade gnocchi while discussing the history behind Italian food and use food vocabulary. 

On March 27, 2022 Professor Lionel Jensen took his USEM students on a field trip to Fernwood Botanical Garden to explore arboreal species diversity while wandering in the nature preserve and marshland along the St. Joseph River with the assistance of a guide and the professor.

The Arabic students in Professor Catherine Bronson's courses enjoyed an Itfar dinner at Aladdin Restaurant on April 13, 2022.

Professor Paul Kollman will take his Theology students on a field trip to MennoHof and a dinner at an Amish restaurant in Shipshewana, IN on April 18, 2022

The Korean students in Professor Yeonhee Yoon traveled to her home to enjoy making a Korean meal, discussing etiquette in the Korean culture on April 22, 2022

On April 25, 2022 Professor Anre Venter took his Drunk on Film (an online class) to a Sober Bowling event at Strikes and Spares in Mishawaka, IN. This event was planned to get students to socialize with other students they do not know in a sober event.

Professor Patrick Clauss invited the AnBryce scholars in his Writing and Rhetoric course to his home on April 30, 2022 for dinner and to give their Research presentations in a more relaxed setting

The Hindi Language students in Professor Amitra Sharma's course will dine at a local Indian restaurant on May 3, 2022 to provide the students an opportunity to exercise language conversations in a real time set up. 

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Chicago and Beyond

On September 28, 2021, Professor Joshua Lund's Spanish students will travel to the University of Chicago for a workshop with Professor Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky on an essential, but little studies film genre, non-professional civilian videos of police activity. 

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