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.

Major & Mid-Size Grants
Small Grants 

Major & Mid-Size Grants

Each semester, faculty members compete for the Mid and Major Teaching Beyond the Classroom awards.  These funds range between $5,000 and $20,000.

Professor Melissa Miller and her Post-Soviet Russian Cinema class will travel to the Chicago International Film Festival where they will view 8-10 films from Russia and other Eastern European/Central Asian countries, meeting with filmmakers, actors and screenwriters. This Festival will help students make powerful networking connections in the sphere of Russian media culture, providing them with diverse personal perspectives on sociocultural ramifications of the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as enable students to hone their critical thinking skills in both English and Russian.

Professor Neeta Verma will send eight students to Ahmedabad, India for three weeks.  They will work in collaboration with eight students from India at the National Institute of Design to understand social problems within a new paradigm and socio-economic parameter. The students will conduct preliminary research, and commence and complete field studies. Then the 16 will come to make a final presentation at Notre Dame.

Professor Richard Jones and his advanced reporting class will participate, over Spring Break 2018, in the "Covering America" experience, traveling to Houston so the students can cover the progress made after Hurricane Harvey.  This trip will give the students real world experience covering an important national story.

Professor Thomas Merluzzi will take his Senior Honors Thesis Class in Psychology to the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in April 2018.  Attending the conference will give the students the opportunity to gain skills in creating a competitive abstract, completing a research project, and presenting their work.

Small Grants

The Small Teaching Beyond the Classroom award is given on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and is for up to $1,500. The awards can be for on-campus projects and off-campus projects. Included below are events at the DeBartolo Performing Arts and Other Campus VenuesGuest Speakers/Artists events, ProjectsCelebrationsLocal Events Near Campus, and Chicago and Beyond.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other Theater Venues

Professor Jennifer Martin  and her class will attend the St. John's Bible concert at Leighton Concert Hall in September.  This concert will provide an occasion for reflecting on the complex relation between written documents and divine revelation, and will illuminate concretely the excess of that which is revealed in the non-discursive forms of art, music, dance, and poetry.

Professor Yasmin Solomonescu and her Literary Studies class will attend a production of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest at the DPAC in November. The students will hear nineteenth-century turns of phrase spoken aloud, with the accompaniment of tone, look, and gesture.   This will enrich students’ understanding of Wilde’s sharp verbal wit and irony.

Professor Fred Rush and his Philosophy and Film class will attend the performance of Cage Shuffle in October at DPAC.  The class will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A discussion afterwards with the actor Paul Lazar. This will provide the students a chance to speak one-on-one about performance theory with an actor.

Professor Romana Huk and her students will attend a production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by the Actors From the London Stage at DPAC in October. 

Professor Susan Ohmer and her University Seminar class will attend a screening of the National Theatre production of Peter Pan at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in November.

Professor Neil Arner and his Theology class will attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah at DPAC. 

Professor Joanna WantProfessor Elizabeth Capdevielle and their classes will attend a performance of Katori Hall's award-winning play The Mountaintop at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in January.  This experience will allow the students to experience how the text differs between reading it and witnessing its performance.

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Guest Speakers/Artists

Between September and November, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero will bring to her Script Analysis class a series of professional playwright guest artist visits from Christina Gorman, Ryan Oliverira, Mashuq Mushtag Deen, Georgina Escobar, Stuart Flack, Isaac Gomez, Aleshea Harris, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Monica Palacios, Kemp Powers, and Alice Tuan. These visits will be in person, as well as through Skype.  The students will gain knowledge regarding contemporary U.S. professional theater artists and their work.

Professor Victoria Tin-bor Hui invited alumna Lindsay Brown to speak in September to her College Seminar class on the empowerment of women through soccer. Ms. Brown will also speak on how she developed her cause in Nepal and countered resistance for disrupting the gender/power status quo.  She will discuss what she has done to mobilize support in the US and on the global stage.

Professor Peter Holland and Film, Television, and Theatre Chair, Jim Collins will sponsor Professor Judith Buchanan's visit to campus to talk about her work as co-writer for a new film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth and to screen the film in October.

In November, Professor Erika Doss will bring to her First-year Seminar Memorial Mania class Professor Ingrid Gessner, American Studies professor at University of Regensburg, Gernany. Professor Gessner will present a talk on Moving Beyond Manzanar, followed by a shared meal. 

Professor Jason Springs will bring Circles and Ciphers field practitioners to his two Peace Studies Junior Seminar courses in November to demonstrate their work in peacemaking circles.  The visitors will then lead a peace circle demonstration in-class with the students.  The students will have an opportunity to debrief the experience with the Circles and Ciphers representatives.

Professor Jaimie Bleck has invited guest speakers Ladan Osman and Joe Penney to visit her Globalization in Africa class in November.  Osman and Penney will offer fresh, contemporary takes on Arts in a Globalized Africa.

Professor Justin Barfield, in November, will bring into his class Professor Ernest Milsted to lecture on his art and create a multi-layer print edition, using Riley Hall’s new Boss Laser cutter.  The students will see the importance of layering information, how layering can strengthen concept in two-dimensional art, and bridge a gap between foundation level students, printmaking and art department laser cutting capability.

Professor Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is inviting award winning author and photographer Teju Cole to visit Notre Dame during the Spring 2018 semester.  Undergraduate students will attend a writing workshop.

Visiting Professor Ryosuke Sano and Notre Dame's Japanese Program arranged for a Kamikiri performance and lecture by Master Hayashiya Niraku and Dr. Kazumi Hatasa in February 2018. This event will have a positive impact on promoting Japanese culture on campus and possible lead to course growth.

In February, Professor Aldo Tagliabue will bring to campus Artist Joe Goodkin to perform and discuss Homer's Odyssey.  This visit will give students a clear sense of the oral dimension typical of Homer's Odyssey.

Professor Maria McKenna will bring to campus this academic year four guest speakers: Matt Stoop, a local public school engineer; Annette Derouin, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Wilmar Public Schools; Martha Thieneman, leader of the Readiness Center; and Dr. Mira Debs, head of Yale University's Educational Studies program. These speakers will extend the learning of students out of the theoretical realm and into the "weeds" of various facets of American education.

Professor Elena Mangione-Lora will team up with others at Notre Dame to bring Dr. Sharmistha Saha to campus. Dr. Saha's talks and research focus on the use of performance as a means to challenge colonial censorship acts and mechanisms. She will visit classes and compare Swadeshi Jatra, a popular folk performance form from India and to Spanish theater during and immediately after the Franco regime.

Professor Susan Guise Sheridan will bring a biological anthropologist to her class in Spring 2018.  This guest specializes in reconstructing evidence of violence in archaeological collections. Her visit will give students knowledge that is not normally taught in class.  The speaker will present a series of hands-on modules that will show the process of working through a differential diagnosis, observing details first rather than jumping straight to a conclusion.

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During November, Professor Monica Jancha and her class will participate in the TalkAbroad Conversation Partner Exchange. This program will allow students to have a one-on-one conversation with a native speaker.  This program will help the students gain confidence in speaking a different language with an unfamiliar person.

Professor Eric Haanstad will give his USEM class two opportunities to engage with martial arts clubs and athletic associations.  In November, the class will visit with the Sensei Will Badart of the Notre Dame Martial Arts Institute.  Later in the month, the class will meet with Coach Nathan Walker at the training facilities of the Notre Dame Boxing Club for a boxing demonstration and discussion of boxing practices and aesthetics in comparison with other martial arts.

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Professor Mary Flannery and the Economics Department will host their annual picnic in September to welcome Economics students back to campus.

Professor Hana Kang and the Korean program will host a Korean Alphabet Hangul Day in October.  Students will write in the Hangul alphabet, try traditional air painting and eat Korean food.

Professor Congcong Ma will host cultural events in October to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. This Festival will support learning Chinese and learning about Chinese culture.

Professor Xiaoshan Yang and the East Asian Languages and Cultures department will host their fifth annual Celebrate Asia in November. Celebrate Asia will allow students from the three language programs (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) to mingle with each other, share a multicultural experience, and cultivate a strong sense of community.

In November, Professor Eleanor Mangione-Lora and Professor Tatiana Botero will host John Adams High School's advanced level Spanish classes for a Day of the Dead activity. This event will build on a continued relationship with our community partner, showcasing Notre Dame's language program and students to this local high school.

Professor Fang Liu (Visiting Professor), along with the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, will sponsor the Chinese Food and Business Culture Series between November 2017 and January 2018.  These events are designed to give students a great understanding of the Chinese language, as well as the Chinese business and food culture.

Professor Nini Li (Visiting Professor) together with the Chinese Language Program will host the Celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival in February.  Students attending will experience Chinese language and culture.

Professor Yongping Zhu, Professor Chengxu Yin, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will hold its 11th annual Chinese Speech Contest on April 13, 2018.  This contest will enhance the study of Chinese at Notre Dame and foster a sense of community among language students.

Professor Noriko Hanabusa and the Japanese Program will host Nihongo at ND: Japanese Events for FA17-SP18.  Planned events are a Japanese Cooking event and the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. These events will have a positive impact on promoting the Japanese culture on campus.

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Local Events Near Campus

Professor Pamela Wojcik and her class will attend the silent film The Kid Brother at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart in November.

Professor Michael Macaluso and his Issues of Diversity in Young Adult Literature class will attend the movie version of the novel Wonder in November.  The students will compare how issues of diversity, specifically disability, arise in the novel versus a major motion picture.

Professor Kristin Valentino will take her students, during the Fall semester, into the community for her upper level Psychology Practicum in Child Maltreatment. Students will be immersed in the context of foster care, and will learn through the eyes of their mentees what it is like to be abused by a parent, to be taken away from that parent, to be sent to live with strangers, and to not know whether he/she will live with that parent again.

Professor Darcia Narvaez and her University Seminar class will participate in two immersion experiences this semester.  First, they will travel to Potato Creek State Park for an overnight retreat under the guidance of local shaman Jeff Nixa.  Then, in October, they will plant native plants by St. Mary’s Lake, on campus, under the guidance of Doug Marsh and the buildings and grounds staff.  These activities will foster student immersion in the natural world, their connection to and responsibility for its well-being.

Professor Annie Coleman will take her American Wilderness class and her University Seminar class on National Parks to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in October.  The trip will add an experiential component to the reading and writing of both classes.  The students will see how a landscape in the heart of the post-industrial Midwest can be coded as Nature or Wilderness.

Professor Sandra Gustafson and her CSEM class met with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in September.  Mayor Buttigieg gave the students compelling insight into the nature of American democracy as a local phenomenon.

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Susan Youens will travel with her class to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to see a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto in October.  For many students, it is their first live opera. This experience brings a major genre of classical music to life for them.

In October, Professor Elizabeth Mazurek and Professor Tadeusz Mazurek and their students will travel to the Chicago Lyric Opera's performance of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice. Students will be able to analyze the performance during class discussions and in their written coursework. Professor Eleanor Cloutier, visiting faculty with the Program of Liberal Studies, will also travel with her class, in October, to see a performance of Gluck's opera.  Seeing the opera live will give students the opportunity to discuss how performance differs from the work as a text.

During October, Professor Emily Remus and her class will participate in guided tours of the Driehaus Museum Samuel Nickerson Mansion and the Marshall Field Building in Chicago. The students will learn how to examine the built environment as a primary source and artifact.

Professor David O’Connor and his CSEM students will attend a performance of Richard Wagner’s The Valkyrie at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, during November.  Seeing a live opera is a formative experience and the students will study the opera in class.

Professor Sara Maurer and her seminar class will travel to the Looking Glass Theater in Chicago to see a play based on Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times, in October.  Students will come to have a firmer grasp of how print fiction communicates true things about the world.

Professor Jennifer Huynh will take her Asian American Experience class on a political tour of Chicago Chinatown and the Field Museum in October.  Students will gain a new perspective on the current challenges that Chinatown residents face, including the displacement of its elderly population and affordable housing challenges. The trip to the Field Museum will present material culture, photography, and visual arts showcasing how Indian Americans have contributed to the US economy since the 1800s to the present.

In September, Professor Susan Harris will take her class on an excursion to the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago to see a live performance of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist drama MACHINAL. Students will see American drama and how it engages with issues of gender and sexuality.

In November, Professor Collin Meissner and his Glynn Seminar students will travel to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to attend a performance of Wagner's Die Walkure.

In November, Professor Catherine Cangany and Professor Jake Lundberg will take 28 students from their History seminars to see Hamilton: The Musical in Chicago. With a solid grounding in early American history, these students will be able to think critically about this production.

Professor David Thomas and his English Senior Seminar class will travel to Chicago, in October, to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and walk through the Fine Arts Building.  Students will have an opportunity to view world-class collections of modern art.

Professor Anré Venter is combining his Teaching Beyond the Classroom award with other funds to take his students to Beijing, during Fall break. His Psychology class explores flânerie as a means of developing a holistic understanding of sustainability.

Professor Mark Golitko will take his students on an excursion to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in November.  The trip will provide students with a historical perspective on the mutual development of museum collections and the field of anthropology, and how theoretical trends during the 20th and 21st centuries changed how anthropology engaged with material culture.

Professors Marcio Bahia and Sandra Teixeira will travel with their Portuguese and Brazilian students to Chicago in November.  They will experience an authentic Churrascaria at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Churrascaria.

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