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 Steffen Kaupp and Professor John Deak will travel to Vienna in June with their students.  This excursion will allow students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, modern day Austria, and its role within the European Union.

Professor Matthew Ashley and Professor Tzvi Novick will take their classes on a three-day trip to Washington DC during Fall Break 2018 to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The goal of this trip will be not to come to the "meaning" of the Holocaust or to "solve" the painful problems it presents, but to appreciate and learn from attempts to respond to it both creatively and responsibly.

Professor Anre Venter and Professor Lucien Steil will take their students on an immersion experience through a community placement throughout the semester with the Clubhouse of St. Joseph County, an organization that provides adults with mental illnesses hope and opportunity.  During Fall Break 2018, students will experience a week long immersion in Italy at San Patrignano, a residential recovery community for youth struggling with addiction.

Professor Aldo Tagliabue and his class will travel to Chicago in March 2019 to attend a performance of the La Traviata Opera at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre.  This trip will help make students more sensitive to the value of Fine Art and Literature.

Professor Richard Jones will travel with his Covering America class over Spring break 2019 to Puerto Rico where they will cover the island's recovery from Hurricane Maria. Students will work with island-based journalists, conduct on-the-ground reporting, and participate in a community service project devoted to helping the island rebuild.

Professors Michael Desch, Daniel Bardayan, Eugene Gholz, and Daniel Lindley will travel in March 2019 with a group of students participating in  nuclear learning event.  They will visit the Nevada National Security Site, the Nellis Air Force Base, and the National Atomic Testing Museum.   This trip will expose students to the history of the nuclear age through direct immersion and expose them to real U.S. military operations, training, and weapons systems.

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

In September and again in November, Professor Peter Holland and his class will attend screenings of productions via the Live from the National Theatre at the Browning Cinema.  The class will analyze theatre performances relayed to movie theatres.

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz and his class will attend the theater version of Shelley's Frankenstein at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in October.  Attendance of this performance will enable students to think about the literary work's influence on art and culture.

Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado class will attend in October a screening of the Dead Poets Society.  The screening and discussion following the movie will give students ample possibilities to keep discussing, in Spanish, why literature matters.

In November, Professor Tarryn Chun and her class will attend the screening of the film Crazy Rich Asians in Browning Cinema, followed by a panel discussion with faculty from FTT, EALC, and American Studies. This event will alow students opportunities for collaboration across departments and institutes at the University.

Professor Maria McKenna, several other faculty members, and students from the Department of Africana Studies will attend the performance of Renee Elise Goldsberry at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in February and share a meal afterwards.  Students attendance at this performance will  allow for cross disciplinary, multi-aged, and layered conversations and break down barriers between academic and social/residential life.

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Guest Speakers/Artists

In September, Professor Eugene Halton will bring to his Sustainable Wisdom, Civilization, and the Good Life class guest lecturer Christopher Connell who will address current issues the class is studying.  

Guest lecturer Colleen Kielton of the Vibrance Center of Michiana will visit Professor Natalie Porter's class in September to demonstrate Complementary & Alternative Medicine.   

In October, Professor Roel Sterckx, University of Cambridge, will visit Professor Liang Cai's Early Chinese Empires class to discuss with students early China.

Guest author Sade Murphy will visit Professor Joyelle McSweeney's class three times during September and October to provide 'master class'-type seminars and devise out and in class activities to help students practice and polish these skills.

During the month of September, Professor Lucas Korte will bring to his senior seminar class guest speakers Diana Palomo, Amy Klingler, Kyle Thorne and Jake Neece to discuss different career paths in studio art and design.  Students will have a chance to interview each speaker.

With the help of Teaching Beyond the Classroom and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Professor Jeff Spoonhower and visiting lecturer's Steve Copeland and Will Roget, II will present a series of lectures, a group panel, and several class visits on the challenges and rewards of game development, during the Fall semester.  Students, faculty, staff, and the public will have the opportunity to learn about the world of video game development from three veteran developers with over 40 years of combined professional experience. Spoonhower, Copeland, and Roget have closely collaborated in the production of an award-winning independent video game titled Anew: The Distant Light.

Professor Erika Doss will bring to her African American Art class, in September, a lecture by art historian and artist Professor Carmenita Higginbotham.  Professor Higginbotham's knowledge will expand students' understanding of modern American art to a larger and more nuanced consideration of the roles that race, racialized assumptions, and racism play in the construction, and deconstruction, of modern American art history.

In October, Professor Alex Chavez will host for his Ballads to Hip-Hop: Music, Migration, and American Latinos class an audio and sound design workshop led by Yollocalli Arts Reach of Chicago, Illinois.  The workshop 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 that will subsequently be featured on Yollocalli's Studio Y youth-led program Wattz Up, broadcast on Chicago radio station 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio.

During October, Professor Sonja Stojanovic has arranged for a class visit by contemporary French author Gaël Faye.  Students will learn more about his writing process and be able to ask him about his critique of contemporary French society.

During November, Guest lecturer Joshua Clover will visit Professor Hector Melo Ruiz's Violence and Unrest in Latin American Lettered City classroom to discuss riots, rebellions and revolutions.  An expert in the field, Professor Joshua Clover can substantially contribute to resolve some theoretical inquires and broaden the scope of them.

This Fall semester, Professor Azareen VanDerVlietOloomi will bring to her class winning author and TV personality Eileen Myles.  The students will have the opportunity to discuss form, process, publishing, and the marketplace.

Professor Vanesa Miseres will bring to her class in November Professor Nathalie Bouzaglo. Professor Bouzaglo will participate in reading groups and final project discussions with the students.  This is provide an alternative environment to the class setting to diversify the learning experience and enhance students' analytical and professional skills.

In November, Professor Louis MacKenzie has asked poet and ND alumnus Don Hynes to visit his USEM class.  The students will learn about poetry from an expert in the field.

Professor David Barba will bring to his class in December guest speaker Chloe Lenihan.  She will discuss her work writing and producing the short film How Far She Went.

Professor Pamela Wojcik will bring to Notre Dame in February guest speaker Dana Polan who will provide a class visit as well as a public lecture.  Polan will discuss Frank Sinatra as a singer and the significance of records to his comeback.

Professor Alison Rice has invited French Author Fabienne Kanor to visit her classroom in April for a discussion of the novel students will read as part of her course. Students will gain insight into the writing process and themes at the heart of the writer's corpus.

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During October and November, Professor Monica Jancha and her class will take part in the TalkAbroad Conversation Exchange via video-chat with native speakers of Spanish.  These speakers are trained, professional conversation partners from Latin America.  These conversations will allow students to have authentic conversations about culture in countries that they are studying.  Students will write a reflection about the experience and will give a presentation at the end of the semester.

Professor Nicole Woods and her students will take part in An Evening of Avant-Garde Cinema in November at the Browning Cinema. Students will have the opportunity to curate an evening of films by artists they have studied in the course.  Students will select films, arrange order of presentation, give short introductions at the screening and moderate a Q&A period afterward.

Professor Mary Celeste Kearney and students from the Gender Studies program will take part in the International Girls Studies Association Conference here on campus in February.  This experience will broaden thinking about how gender intersects with age.

During November, Professor Francesca Bordogna and her class will enact a Galileo historical debate between proponents of geocentrism and proponents of heliocentrism.  Students will learn how to think as 16th and 17th-centuries historical actors.

In November, Visiting Professor Marianne Tarcov and her Japanese Horror Class participated in an email interview with Japanese Horror manga artist Ito Junji. Students explored the transnational cultural backdrop of Japanese horror.

Professor Vanesa Miseres and her Texts to Table class will create their own cookbook based on class readings which focus on the connections between food and literature in Latin America.  The cookbook will be published at the end of the Spring semester.

Professor Eric Haanstad and his students will explore Notre Dame's Martial Arts student communities with campus field trips and guest demonstrations during the month of November.   These activities will enhance the assignments and final essay for the class as well as develop a holistic understanding of martial arts and global media through interdisciplinary lenses and analytical tools.

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Professor Congcong Ma will host a performance party as part of Celebrate Asia held by the Chinese Program annually.  This event helps to expose students to a different culture.  Students have a chance to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture in a casual situation.

Professor Hana Kang and the department of  East Asian Languages and Cultures will celebrate with students the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok in September and in October they will celebrate Korean Alphabet Hangul Day. Students will be introduced to Korean folk dance and food.  They also will be provided the opportunity learn the Korean language and history of Korean alphabet writing.

Professors Elena Mangione-Lora and Tatiana Botero will host students from John Adams High School's advanced level Spanish classes for a Day of the Dead Celebration.  This event not only encourages rigorous academic production, but also builds on a continued relationship with our community partner.

Professor Xiaoshan Yang will host East Asian Studies Day in November.  This activity promotes interaction among students from all three language sections.

Professor Wei Wang and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will host the a celebration of the Chinese New Year in February. Through the many planned activities students have a chance to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture in a casual situation.

Professor Noriko Hanabusa and the Japanese Program will celebrate Nihongo at Notre Dame this year.  Planned events are Sempai Voices in September; mini cooking events during the year; and a cherry blossom festival in April.  Students will have the opportunity to practice their Japanese language skills, work collaboratively in groups and build a stronger community.

In November, Visiting Professor Qi Wang and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will treat University students to a Chinese Culture Festival.  This event will provide a way for students to learn Chinese language and culture by taking part in actual Chinese cultural activities. 

Professors Chengxu YinYongping Zhu and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will host the 2019 Chinese Speech Contest in April.  This is the 11th year for this event.  It provides an opportunity for upper level students to get to know lower level students and for faculty t o assess learning outcomes of students.

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Local Events Near Campus

Visiting Professor Rebecca Gibson and her class will observe primates at the Potawatomi Zoo in September.  The students will be able to observe primates in a relaxed and natural setting.  

Professor Darcia Narvaez and her Science, Psychology and Morality in the Anthropocene class will take part in a retreat at Potato Creek State Park and plant a native garden by St. Mary's Lake.  These activities will foster student comfort in the natural world.

Professor Michael Macaluso and his class will attend a viewing of The Hate U Give at Cinemark 14 Theatre during the 2018 Fall semester.  Students will compare diversity in film and literature.

Professor Elizabeth Evans will take her Writing India class in December to a local authentic Indian restaurant to expose them to the sights, smells, and flavors of traditional Indian cuisine and enrich their understanding of the significance of food in Indian Anglophone writing.

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Spencer Hawkins and his class will travel to Chicago in September to see the performance of Homos, or Everyone in America by John Seavey. This experience will assist students in understanding contemporary subcultures historically through engagement with the arts.

Between September and November, Professor Susan Ohmer and her class will experience two field trips.  They will attend the Raindance Festival in Leicester Square, London and take the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, England.​​​​​

Professor Collin Meissner and his class will travel to the Chicago Lyric Opera in October to attend the production of Idomeneo.  This will be a great opportunity for students to broaden their intellectual development.

Professor Emily Remus and her Consuming America class, in October, will travel to Chicago to take part in guided tours of the Driehaus Museum, Samuel Nickerson Mansion, and the Marshall Field Building.

Professor Patrick Clauss and his Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric class visited the American Writers Museum in October.  The class viewed the exhibit of Frederick Douglass which further enhanced their study of Douglass.

Professor Susan Youens, Professor Christopher Chowrimootoo and and Professor David O'Connor will travel with their classes to Chicago in November to experience Siegfried at the Lyric Opera.  This experience will allow students to learn about intersections between opera and philosophy.

Professor Kiera Duffy and her class will travel to Chicago in November to attend a performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  This experience will give students a chance to see first-hand the vocal techniques they have studied in class.

Professor Jennifer Huynh will take her class on a political tour of Chicago in November.  They will tour Chinatown to study current problems of gentrification and displacement, meeting with the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.  The group will enjoy traditional Xinjiang food and visit the National Museum of Mexican Art.  The trip will conclude with a mural tour by Pilsen Public Art Tours.

Professor Marcio Bahia, Professor Sandra Teixeira and students of the Portuguese Program will travel to Chicago in December to experience an authentic Brazilian Churrascario.

Professor Elyse Speaks and her class will travel to Chicago in March to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and MCA Chicago.  Viewing the Art Institute collection first-hand is invaluable to learning to look, think, and write about works of art.

Professor Fletcher Coleman and his class will visit the Art Institute of Chicago in March, after having Dr. Diao Changyu, an expert in utilizing 3-D technologies, lead a class session.  Students will have a chance to experience some immersive technologies Dr. Diao has been working with recently.

Professor Francesca Murphy and her class will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconson in March to attend a performance of Spamalot at the Miller High Life Theatre on March 2, 2019. Students will be able to evaluate the ways modern bricolage/pastiche/parody can open versus close channels of shared meaning.

Professors Henry Weinfield and Joseph Rosenberg will travel with their students in April to the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory to attend a performance of Hamlet. Attending this performance will be a valuable educational experience as both classes will be studying the play.

In April, Professor Karen Richman and her Caribbean Diasporas class will travel to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and attend a performance of the award wining play Sweat and share an authentic cuisine and culture of Caribbean Garifuna people at Garifuna Flava.


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