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.
Due to COVID-19 and the limitations on travel, no Major or Mid-Size grants were awarded.
Professor Janet Kourany invited two scientists to remotely visit her Gender Studies/Philosophy course beginning September 9. 2020 with additional visits throughout the semester. Prof. Jessica Collett helped the students understand the construal of gender by sociologists and Prof. Gina Rippon led a discussion on 3 chapters of her book, "Gender and Our Brains: How Neuroscience Explodes the Myth of the Male and Female Minds".
On October 7, 2020. Professor Karen Graubart's history course enjoyed a Zoom-visit with Dr. Erika Edwards to discuss her book "Hiding in Plain Sight" as well as her experience as an US Black woman researching Blackness in Argentina.
The Gender Studies students of Professor Pam Butler read Dr. A. Naomi Paik's book "Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding US Immigration for the 21st Century". Dr. Paik joined the class via Zoom to lecture on the book and then held a Q&A session.
Professor Liang Cai invited Yunxin Li to introduce digital humanities research to her history class on October 20, 2020 with an online lecture "Mapping Social Networks with Gephi and Palladio--Illustrated with data on the Han Empire".
On October 26, 2020, Professor Tim Morton invited guest lecturer Jennifer Schiffman to his Design class to discuss the professional application of design thinking and the designer's mindset in business, finance, and experience.
Professor Paul Weithman offered a Zoom lecture by Henry Richardson, from Georgetown University to the students in the Justice Seminar. Prof. Richardson provided a paper for the students to review that he co-authored with Ezekiel Emmanuel of Penn (one of the architects of Obama-care) to develop standards for the just distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine who it becomes available.
In the French course taught by Professor Olivier Morel, students had an online visit on October 29, 2020 by filmmaker and producer Quentin Delcourt to watch and discuss his film "Pygmaliones", about women in the film industry which has had an enormous impact in France and beyond.
Professor Julia Thomas invited Jason Von Kundra, farmer and former manager of Barbara Kingsolver's Harvest Table Farm, to Zoom talk with her HIstory class on November 4, 2020. They will experience not only the abstract discussion of the problems and solutions as the Earth becomes less hospitable, but the practical conversation with someone who is a farmer; the relationships between food security, social justice, and sustainability; how a college-educated non-farmer can get involved; and make an assigned reading come to life.
On November 5, 2020 The Italian students in Professor Tiziana Serafini's courses read the book "Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio" and then had a book discussion with the renowned Algerian-Italian author, Amara Lakhous.
The students from Professor Mary Kearney's FTT course engaged online on November 10, 2020 with Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, Founder and Head of Development and Research for Open TV, after reading his research on independent television companies in the USA. The students will discuss not only the research, but the development of his own company, and projects within.
Professor Monica Jancha utilized the Conversation Exchange Project to pair the students in her Spanish course with a partner in Latin America to practice conversation skills and learn directly about the culture. The students completed these conversations on October 14, 2020.
In Professor Vanesa Miseres' Spanish course, students combined food and literary studies that focused on Latin America. Ingredients and other supplies needed for students to complete their hands-on activities were provided. These projects included preparing recipes from 19th century cookbooks, grinding grains, and individual tasting of native Latin American ingredients
An online talent show "Portuguese Got Talent" was held on October 21, 2020 for the Portuguese students taught by Professor Marcio Bahia and Professor Ana Fauri. This community-building event allowed students to come together and enjoy the music and poetry selections in Portuguese and to vote for the winner.