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.

Small Grants

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

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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. 

On November 10, 2021 Professor Julia Thomas' history class will enjoy an online presentation on Sustainable Farming from Barbara Kingsolver's farm after reading her book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle".

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.   

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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. 

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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

The Driscoll scholars class will meet with Assistant Dean Maureen Dawson on October 7, 2021 for an informal dinner to build fellowship among this diverse group of transfer students before going to the Grotto for prayerful reflection.

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 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 graffit 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.

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Local Events Near Campus

Professor Annie Gilbert Coleman will take her American Studies class to the Indiana Dunes National park for a hike of the Cowles Bog trail and then have lunch together on September 26, 2021. 

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.

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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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