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.

Professor Vanesa Miseres will bring to her classroom in October 2019 Argentine tango guitar player Hernan Reinaudo.  The classroom visit will help to develop analytical skills through the exposure to different literary genres and give them further cultural awareness of themselves and others.

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.

Professor Sophie White and her class will attend a performance of Shakespeare's King Lear in Washington Hall during February.  Attending a play where costume is key to clinching the identification of the characters adds an important layer to students' conceptualization.

Professor Sarah Snider and Professor Patrick Clauss along with their classes will attend a performance of Show Some Skin in February at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  Attending this performance will raise student awareness and understanding of the multiplicity of student experiences on campus.

Professor Jesse Lander and his class in February will attend a viewing of the simulcast of Antony and Cleopatra at the Browning Cinema.  Antony and Cleopatra is being studied by students and attending the performance will give students a broader understanding of the play.

Professor Erin McLaughlin and her class attended performances of Show Some Skin at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center during February.  Students were able to analyze the production as part of a major class assignment.

Professor Alexander Martin and his class will attend a production of The Great Gatsby in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in April.  Students will include a discussion of the production in their papers about social debates of the inter-war period.

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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, radicalized 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.

During February and March, Professor Bill Kremer will bring Emily Elliott to campus for a sculpture artist talk and exhibition.  Student will be exposed to a contemporary sculptural artist outside of Notre Dame.  They will hear about her processes and methods.

Professor Joyelle McSweeney has arranged for contemporary poet Sade (Murpjy) LaNay Residency in February and again in April.  This residency will allow students to meet and receive mentorship from a recent alumna who has successfully navigated challenging academic and professional waters.

Professor Austin Collins will bring to Notre Dame gallery exhibition  Manifestations Metal Fabrication and Contemporary Figurative Sculpture and talk by Eric Stephenson in February and March.  This lecture will give students an understanding of how the human figure is portrayed in contemporary sculpture and expose them to different techniques, materials, and process involved in metal sculpture.

Professor Emily Wang will bring to her class Soviet historian Victoria Smolkin in March to discuss her recent work on religious culture in the Soviet Union.  Students will have an opportunity to hear and ask questions from a scholar producing cutting-edge research in an emerging field.

Professor Nina Glibetic has scheduled a classroom visit by guest speaker Professor Teresa Berger during March. Professor is a pioneer in the study of the intersection of liturgy and gender studies.  Students will have the opportunity to engage with the professor both formally and informally during her visit.

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.

Professor Rebecca Gibson will bring guest speaker Becca Peixotta to campus in April to speak to her class about Homo Naledi. Students will learn about the principles of underground excavation, a type of archeological exploration that is uncommon.  Students will also learn how gender is a factor in scientific work and how it is received by the field and the world.

In April, Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado and his class will attend the film screening  of two movies by Director Tito Montero and an interview in both Spanish and English after the screening.

Professor Johannes Goransson will bring to campus in April Argentine poet and scholar Maria Negroni for a class visit.  Students will hear of the poet's work and get advice as they approach their final project which includes writing an essay in the gothic style.

Professor Barbara Green will bring to campus author and professor Carey Snyder from Ohio University to participate in the Things to Do with Women's Magazines event in April, coordinated by the Liu Institute.  This event will bring together two scholars who are specialists in the study of women's periodicals.  Students attending the event will be given the opportunity to participate in a discussion focused on new methods and processes for studying women's magazines and to to think about women's magazines within a global context.

Professor Alain Toumayan along with the Nanovic Institute and the department of Romance Languages and Literatures in April will bring Stephane Wrembel to Notre Dame for a performance and reception.  Students will have the opportunity to attend the performance and reception and have the musicians will come to the classroom for a discussion about the music performed, styles, genres, and performance techniques.

Professor Aldo Tagliabue has arranged for his students a visiting lecture and lunch with Emily Austin, a world expert in the Homeric poems, on September 18, 2019. This lecture will help students understand how emotions work in the Homeric poems, and help to compare the emotions of ancient heroes with today, with a focus on anger, grief and longing.


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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.

Professor Patrick Regan and his class will help prepare and serve breakfast at Our Lady of the Road a morning in March.  Students will learn about the struggles of people and how to interact with those who rely on soup kitchens for food.

During the Spring semester, Professor Dan Graff will provide a Public Intellectual Initiative providing students dinner and discussion of new books on compelling topics.  This will encourage students to participate in public policy and cultural debates, as well as participating in intellectual life through reading, reflection and dialogue outside of class work.

Professor Susan Blum will lead her class in a food and culture experiential learning experience during the Spring semester.  Students will enhance their understanding of the centrality and strangeness of food by regularly sampling, ordering, cooking, and eating together.

Professor Darcia Narvaez and her class in April will participate in a collaborative gardening project with the ECDC children.  This project will foster students' connection to and responsibility for the wellbeing of the natural world and will build skills for taking care of campus spaces and local landscapes after graduation.

Professor Rebecca Gibson and her class will spend approximately 4 hours of filming at the Martin Media Center in April to complete the Indiana Janes final project.  Students will write and produce their own film on how gender plays a key role in becoming an archeologist.  

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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. 

Professor Yeonhee Yoon and the East Asian Languages and Cultures department will host the Journey into the Korean Tradition cultural event in February.  Student attending will gain knowledge and understanding of Korean culture through hands-on activities and maximize their Korean language exposure by using language with native Koreans.

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.

Professor Tatiana Botero and her class will attend a performance of Evita at the Morris Performing Arts Center in January.  Students will experience the Argentinian culture outside of the classroom through this performance.

Professor Annie Coleman and her class will travel to the Indiana Dunes National Park in April to hike the Cowles Bog Trail and explore the Visitors Center.  This trip will allow students a chance to experience the landscape in the heart of the post-industrial Midwest and analyze the ways the National Park Service has chosen to manage and interpret this environment.

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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 Erin Moira Lemrow and her class will attend the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington during February. Students will gain an increased understanding of self and community, as well as a chance to develop networking opportunities.

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, Wisconsin 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.

Professor Jason Ruiz and his class will travel to Chicago in March to visit the murals of the Pilsen neighborhood and take tailored tours by the Pilsen Public Art Tours group and split into small research teams to investigate archival sources at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

In March, Professor Joe Kaboski and his class will travel to the University of Chicago to attend a symposium on ethics and finance with Cardinal Turkson, the head of the SEC, a billionaire investor, and an expert in Catholic social thought.  Students have studied the document Oeconomicae et Pecuniarae Quesastiones and attending this symposium will allow them to hear from extremely qualified respondents.

Professor Carolina Arroyo and Professor Claudia Anewalt-Remsburg will travel in March with their class to Chicago and visit three nonprofit organizations: Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, the American Cancer Society, and the Illinois Policy Institute.  Students will learn first hand about nonprofit's mission, activities and organization by engaging in conversation with those working in the field.

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.

Professor Jason Springs will hold a Peacemaking Circles Workshop/Demonstration in April.  Students will discover peacemaking practices given by practitioners working in the neighborhoods of south and west side Chicago for the Circles and Ciphers.

Professor Matthew Payne and his class will travel to the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, Illinois in May.  Students in this Interactive Storytelling class will examine the foundational design elements of arcade classics that can be integrated into their design thinking projects, as well as develop an appreciation of the global scope and scale of video game production history.

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Awards - Archived