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

Spring 2022

During the Spring semester, Professor Christopher Chowrimootoo will take his "British Culture and the Arts, 1900-1950" class to a performance of Peter Grimes (1945) at the Paris Opera. This particular opera is widely recognized to have encapsulated the British experience of war and the hopes for postwar future. The students will complete a substantial performance review as part of their experience.

Professor Erika Doss will travel with her American Studies students to Detroit, MI and Gary, IN during the Spring 2023 semester to introduce students to ruined American landscapes and to meet with cultural representatives from both cities who are engaged in recovery and reinvention projects on historical, creative, and environmentally conscious terms. 

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 Red Cross 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 Azeb Haileselassie will host the  Paris-born Singer-Actor Claudia Hommel for a two-day residency as part of the Language Week 2023. Her performances paint a compassionate picture of "African Americans in Paris" and address the question of French identity or Frenchness. Students will participate in Claudia Hommel's "explication de texte" (analysis of French songs) session.

During the week of February 13-17, 2023, Professor Eva Hoeckner will help host Foreign Language Week on campus. This week includes a multitude of events ranging from music, art and film, to cultural presentations and lessons, multi-language interactive games and reading club, discussion panels on career (alumni), study-abroad (ND students) and current events (faculty across disciplines), faith (Holy Mass in foreign language, guided tour of the Basilica in French) and much more.

On April 2, 2023 Professor Heather Wiebe will travel with her "The Worlds of Opera" class to The Lyric Opera in Chicago to experience Carmen live. This will give students an opportunity to critically examine late-19th-century attitudes to race, class, gender, and violence, and how those attitudes are treated in a contemporary production. 

Professor John Liberatore will bring in artists from the American Wild Ensemble to Notre Dame, where they will serve as an ensemble-in-residence for his "Creative Composition" course. As semester projects, students will write music for members of the American Wild Ensemble to perform in a public workshop in April 2023. In this workshop, musicians will offer live feedback to students and help them realize their works to their fullest potential. 


Small Grants

Fall 2022

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

On October 6, 2022, Professor Romana Huk took her Introduction to Literary Studies students and Professor Emily McLemore took her Making the Monster: Magic Medicine, and Murder students to the performance of “Macbeth” at Washington Hall.

Professor Emily McLemore attended the Medea (Cherubini) performance at Browning Cinema with her “Making the Monster: Magic, Medicine, and Murder” students.

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Guest Speakers/Artists

On October 12, 2022 , the students in Professor Victoria Hui’s “Contention in China” course will be joined via Zoom by Rights Defense Lawyer in exile, Teng Biao. They will discuss the role of rights defense lawyers which occupies a central role in the contention in China.

Dr. Maria Tomlinson visited “The French at Work” class, taught by Professor Sonja Stojanovic in November 2022. Together they discussed digital activism and how Dr. Tomlinson uses her French degree to work in Media Studies.

On November 17, 2022 the history students of Professor Dan Graff had guest lecturer Professor Heath Carter visit the class to discuss the history of social justice movements in the USA and to talk with the students about their research projects.

Prof. Lawrence Zbikowski (University of Chicago) visited Prof. Johanna Frymoyer's course "Expression in the Classical Style" on November 3, 2022 and discussed his work on music and cognition. The visit was sponsored in collaboration with the Department of Music Colloquium Series, and Professor Zbikowski also presented a public lecture "Listening to Alien Listening."

Dr. Simon Turner (University College London) will join Professor Julia Thomas’s students of “Our Global Environment, History and the Anthropocene” via Zoom to present evidence, which will be used by the Anthropocene Working Group, for its formal proposal of the Anthropocene Epoch in December of this year.

In November, the Honors Philosophy Seminar of Professor Barbara Montero had a question and answer session with Dave Chalmers. Each student had an opportunity to ask Professor Chalmers a question about his new book Reality+ which they have read in class.

In December 2022, Guest Speaker: Barbara Szweda, an immigration attorney and pro-bono lawyer will meet with Professor Jennifer Huynh’s American Studies class and discuss international refugee law and community based research.

Professor Erika Doss's American Studies class watched the film "The Art of Unwar" (2022) by director Maria Niro. Niro then met online with the class to discuss the film and this public art. 

On October 10, 2022 students in Professor Jennifer Huynh's American Studies class read the published journal article by Professor Kristin Oberiano from the Crucial Ethnic Studies Journal. They spent class time discussing and asking Professor Oberiano questions about the journal article, which focuses on the decolonization of Guam and relations between Filipinos and ethnic Chamorus on the island of Guam. 

The students in Professor Eileen Hunt's Honors Seminar had a virtual visit by Professor David Armitage (History, Harvard University). They discussed Locke's Second treatise and were able to engage with Professor Armitage on the topic.

Guest Speaker Alan Titley visited "The Irish Story" students of Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair's class. They discussed Titley's work and explored topics arising from class discussions and external readings which pertained to their final projects and essays. This class was also able to interview author Michael O'Conghaile. During this time they were able to ask questions about his work that they've studied and could explore themes and topics they wished to develop on in their own essays and projects. 

Professor Ryan Pepin had a guest lecture by Robert Gordon for his Primo Levi: Literature and Life class. Students were able to further their knowledge of cutting-edge research in the field. 

November 14-15, 2022 Professor Meredith Chesson hosted a guest lecturer to demonstrate to her Archeology and Gender classes how to simultaneously conduct rigorous scientific archeological inquiries and co-produce knowledge by collaborating with local descendant communities.

Professor Francisco Robles's American migrant Communities class read selected poems by two visiting writers, Yesenia Montilla and Roberto Carlos Garcia. Lunch was provided for the visit, and students asked the poets questions about their work, about their careers, influences, and more. They also discussed the poets's poems with them contributing information about the works.

Guest speaker Silvia Guerra, one of the most prominent contemporary Uruguayan poets, who published two key books on Mistral and the network of Uruguayan writers and intellectuals that Mistral formed during her lifetime, came to Professor María Rosa Olivera-Williams's class (Gabriela Mistral 100 Years After Desolation) to talk about the famous conference that Mistral gave in Montevideo with her poet peers, the Argentine Alfonsina Storni and the Uruguayan Juana de Ibarbourou in 1938.

The students in Professor Aldo Tagliabue's Rebels in Myth: From Antigone to the Joker class had a guest lecture by Jeffrey Ulrich, an expert in Plato. Plato's Myths are a fundamental primary text of the Rebels Course, since in the last part of the class they watched and discussed movies re-enacting some of these myths, most importantly the myth of the cave. By having Jeffrey Ulrich come to teach, students were helped to learn more about this myth of Plato in both its literary and philosophical connotations, and, as a consequence, they were able to enjoy more the last of part of the course.

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During the Fall 2022 semester, Professor Katherine Walden's Baseball and America students visited the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center during a week where they talked about baseball's color line and racial politics during the Jim Crow era. Additionally, the Center's work and the significance and stories connected to the Natatorium location provided rich and essential ways for students to think about (public) local history and community engagement, especially as it relates to sports/athletics and segregation. Students were also able to visit the Southeast Community Park where they learned more about the southeast neighborhood community from the community members and partners who have been working on this initiative for years provided students with a concrete knowledge of the future impact and audience for their work.

Professor Angela McCarthy will be hosting several events for undergraduate political science students throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. There will be Open Houses, a Research Seminar Series, Monthly Focus Group Meetings to discuss issues in Political Science and a Senior Thesis Conference (Spring 2023).

Students in Professor Vanessa Chan's Auditory Cognition class applied the content learned over the semester to a proposal for a small community-based intervention to improve the lives of older adults (particularly those with hearing loss). The students have previously met with some older adults at the Forever Learning Institute to hear about their concerns and understand their experience. At the event, students presented to older adults, and they had an opportunity to discuss further steps together.

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On Campus Events

A translation workshop was held for Professor Emily Wang's Russian Journalism & Advanced Russian students. The workshop was led by Professor Stephanie Sandler (Harvard) featuring the work of Russian opposition poet and journalist Elena Fanailova. Students improved their Russian skills and learned about an important cultural figure (Fanailova) from an outside expert who has won awards for her translations of Fanailova's work. Since Fanailova's work is political, they also learned more about Russian politics, opposition to the war in Ukraine, and the cultural-political background from which this conflict emerged.

Professor Hana Kang hosted Korean Alphabet Hangul Day 2022 which was celebrated on campus October 9, 2022. Students learned about the history of the Korean Alphabet and were able to attend a a calligraphy writing workshop. The event started with introducing the history of the Korean Alphabet. After that, a Hangul calligraphy writing workshop was held. Korean faculty members demonstrated the basic of Hangul calligraphy and traditional Korean brush painting. All students had the chance to practice the writing and traditional Korean painting. At the end of the event, students shared Korean traditional food. Faculty from CSLC were also there to introduce various grant and scholarship opportunities related to Korean study. Korean language students attending the event were asked to write a reaction paper as part of their course requirement.

Professor Marcio Bahia held a Portuguese Language Tables and Cafezinho Português for his Brazilian Portuguese Language and Culture I and Brazil Music, Culture & Society students. Students were able to attend the social events to practice their Portuguese skills beyond the classroom. It also allowed students to have musical experiences and discussions that complemented their classroom reflections in the Brazilian Music and Culture and Society classes. 

The 14th Annual Chinese Speech Contest was held on campus by Professor Chengxu Yin. The primary goal in organizing this event was to enhance the study of Chinese at Notre Dame and to foster a sense of community among our language students. The speech contest provided an excellent opportunity for students to get to know each other better and for students at lower levels to be inspired by the achievements of those at higher levels. The contest also provided an opportunity for our students to improve their speaking abilities and for our faculty to assess the learning outcome of our students, especially in the area of pronunciation and intonation.

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Local Events Near Campus

As part of the Intro to Hispanic Literature and Cultures course, Professor Katherine Oswald's students saw West Side Story at the Morris Performing Arts Center on October 9, 2022. Students were able to identify the challenges experiences by Puerto Ricans living in the United States in the 1950s and make connections to other works they've read, such as "'Mericans" by Sandra Cisneros, "Mujer Negra" by Nancy Morejon, and "Ay ay ay de la Grifa Negra" by Julia de Burgos. 

Professor Sara Marcus also took her University Seminar, "Performance and Rebellion" students to the West Side Story at the Morris Performing Arts Center. Her students first watched the 1961 movie version and then focused on the different ways characters enacted individual and collective identities through performed acts in the musical. It was extremely useful for the students to be able to compare and contrast two different approaches to the musical, and to analyze the specific decisions made by the directors and performers in each version.

Finally, Professor Tatiana Botero's Cultural Conversations and Writing and Spanish Community-Based Learning (CBL) Language, Culture, and Community students attended the production of the West Side Story. These students, through an analysis of this musical along with reading and discussions held in class, developed a more sophisticated level of oral expression as well as critical and abstract thinking skills. Students were also able to develop a better understanding of the target language and culture through authentic materials, and gained more profound insight into the relationship between the two.

Students from Professor Judith Benz's Beginning German class learned how to prepare German-style apple strudel. The class was covering food and meal preparation and the grammatical structures used in the latter's context.

On November 18, 2022, students from Professor Tetyana Shlikhar's Advanced Russian class attended Sleeping Beauty by the State ballet of Ukraine at the Morris Center.  This was a cultural enrichment event which allowed students to experience Ukrainian performing arts. It was an authentic performance that the students discussed in their essays in Russian. 

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Chicago and Beyond

On November 4, 2022, Professor Patrick Yim took his Violin and Viola students to the Pre-Concert Lecture and Concert presented by the Chicago Symphony. Students were given an opportunity to hear a world-class orchestra and world-class violin soloist live in concert. 

Professor Erika Doss took students from her Public Art & Memory in America class to downtown Chicago to see and discuss public art in the city's "Loop." Each student was assigned a specific artwork along the 2.5 mile route that they walked and they had to discuss it for 5-7 minutes.

Students from Professor Jason Carley's Advanced Visualization class traveled to Chicago to visit three professional industrial design studios, hosted by alums of the program. Students took a tour of each studio and learned about the work the studios perform through presentations and hands-on demonstrations.

On November 18, 202, Professor Kiera Duffy's Voice Majors traveled to the Lyrica Opera of Chicago to watch Rossini's Le Comte Ory which featured the Black American tenor Lawrence Brownlee in the title role. This opera also exposes students firsthand to the concept of fully resonant singing--a technique that they develop in the applied studio--and its importance in a fully-acoustic venue like that of the Lyric.

Professor Elyse Speaks took her Art In Chicago class to the Art Institute of Chicago. Viewing the Art Institute collection first-hand was a key component of the course. All of their writing assignments are based on works in the collection they viewed. Seeing them in person was invaluable in learning to look, think, and write about works of art. Going to the museum also allows them to discuss the methodologies of collection and display, which are engaging ways to think about how art is packaged, promoted, and critiqued. 

Students from Professor Erika Hosselkus's Stories of Power and Diversity class visited Chicago on September 30, 2022. There they visited three repositories - the Newberry Library, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, which included a visit with the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center and with the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. 

On November 12, 2022, Professor Tadeusz Mazurek took students from multiple Classics courses to Chicago. This event was organized to have a broad appeal to a cross-section of students enrolled in a variety of Classics courses, including Ancient Greece and Rome (CLAS 10100); Sex and Gender in Antiquity (CLAS 30315); History of Ancient Greece (CLAS 20105); History of Architecture (CLAS 20411) and two USEMs (How and Why to Read Greco-Roman Classics; and Visions of Cleopatra). Students were able to visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s world-renowned collection on the history, art and archeology of the ancient Greco-Roman world. A the time of the visit the museum had a special exhibit on Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Both of these collections supported the teaching and learning of all students in the ancient civilization courses (CLAS). For example, students gained a whole new appreciation of gender in the Greek world when they viewed the gorgeous Dolphin Head Earrings from the 2nd c. BCE. In class our students learned about lictors who accompanied ancient Roman magistrates, but to see the museum’s relief sculpture with these images allowed students to analyze details in a way that brings the concept to life. Students were encouraged to incorporate the museum’s pieces into their writing for the rest of the semester.

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