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

Due to COVID-19 and the limitations on travel, no Major or Mid-Size grants were awarded. 

Small Grants

Guest Speakers/Artists

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". 

The author of the critically acclaimed drama "I Ain't Yo Uncle", Robert Alexander, held an online Q&A discussion on September 14,202 with students in Professor La Donna Forsgren's FTT course. The focus was on African American theatre history, his process for adapting the canonical play "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and insights into the current crisis within the theatre industry (i.e., COVID, antiracist theatre, etc.)

Professor Johanna Frymoyer will host a speaker series for her USEM class. Alicia Jones (IU-Bloomington) will discuss gendered performance on October 6, 2020. A panel on music and social justice featuring Leila Adu-Glimore (NYU) and Gregory Barz (Boston University) will be held October 15, 2020.   

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.

Professor La Donna Forsgren invited playwright Ty Greenwood to a student- led discussion of his choreopoem "NIGGA, DIGRESS" in her College Seminar course. The students will engage with a black artist working within the theatre industry today. They will focus on topics such as, black representation in the media, queer black sexual politics, and the theatre industry in the wake of COVID-19.

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 on October 13, 2020 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 "Pygmalions", 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 4, 2020, Professor John Conlan's English students enjoyed a guest talk by filmmaker Emily Richardson

Professor Jennifer Huynh's invited two speakers to her American Studies class on November 4, 2020. Chong Moua, a specialist in Hmong Studies and Critical Refugee Studies, will share the history of the Secret War in Laos and Hmong folktales. Andrea Cramer, Executive Director and Founder of Neighbor to Neighbor that creates mutual relationships among South Bend's refugee and asylee community and non-immigrant population, will share her experiences working with African aslyees in the South Bend community.  

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.  

Professor Jennifer Huynh's invited Dr. Radha Modi and Dr. Soo Mee Kim to speak to her American Studies classes on November 9, 2020, leading discussions on race and immigration for South Asians and Korean Americans based on articles each have written.

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.

On January 28, 2021 Professor Maria McKenna's USEM students had an online speaker, Alex Montoya, a 1996 ND graduate who is now a writer, editor, and speaker specifically around disability and immigration rights.

During the spring semester, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero invited 5 award-winning professional playwrights to discuss their work with her FTT class providing a rare and valuable opportunity to connect with leaders in the theatre field. These 5 include: Rachel Lynett, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Elaine Romero, Rohina Malik, and Yussef El Guindi

The STV students of Professor Lindsey Breitwieser will hear from guest speakers who are share their experiences as social workers, nurses, and physicians. These "Insight Days"  throughout the spring semester are intended to provide students the opportunity to ask questions about different career paths, ethical issues in their field, and social relations they take part in. 

Professor Greg Havrilak invited Stegner Fellow Lydia Conklin to provide a fiction reading on February 22, 2021 to his English students from her work on adolescence. She pose craft questions during Q&A, applying lessons gleaned to the students' own developing fiction.

The French students of Professor Katherine Brown enjoyed a talk in French by Dr. Sandra Mefoude Obiono on February 24, 2021 about immigration, diversity, and sub-Saharan African Francophone culture. She will respond to students' questions about immigration in France and the Francophone world. 

On February 25, 2021, Professor Liang Cai invited guest lecturer, Professor Zhang Hanmo to speak to her USEM students on the Silk Road titled "The Conception and Imagination of the Foreign Land in Early Imperial China". 

The FTT students of Professor Tarryn Chun participated in a virtual lecture on March 5, 2021 by Stacy Wolf on her work on amateur musical theatre production recently published in "Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America". 

On March 9, 2021, Professor Erika Doss invited guest lecturer Doug Dowd to discuss his book, "A is for Autocrat: A Trumpian Alphabet, Illustrated" with her American Studies class. Students and the Hesburgh Library received copies of the book. The nature of this event centers on the visual dimensions of contemporary political protest.

The Gender Studies students of Professor Erik Fuhrer will have Wren Hanks talk with them about Queer Inhumanisms as an expert in the field. 

Professor Sonja Stojanovic will host a conversation between two authors and her French class on March 22, 2021. Professor Robin Mitchell and Professor Annette Joseph-Gabriel will speak during the unit "Is French Universalism a Myth?" Each of their books speak to a different time period in French history, and will allow discussion on race, gender, and politics in France.

The Irish students of Professor Brian O'Conchubhair will interact with the authors they are reading for class with an online discussion, on March, 23, 2021. This will allows the authors to share their understanding of the stories and themes, and to discuss the writing process. In addition, the authors see that their work is taught, valued, and discussed at Notre Dame.   

Professor Tim Morton will have a guest speaker, Paul Martus, talk with his Design class on meaningful use of technology in the kitchen on March 29,2021.  

On March 31, 2021 students in Professor Karen Graubart's history course will have a book discussion with author Jessica Marie Johnson about her new book "Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World".

The Italian students of Professor Lorenzo Dell'Oso will listen to an online talk on April 5, 2021 by Professor Pier Mattia Tommasino titled "What is Text? Reading, Wearing, and Drinking the Qur'an in Early Modern Italy". 

Professor Laura Callahan invited guest speaker Dr. Christina Van Dyke to join her philosophy class online on April 15, 2021 to provide perspective on her fascinating feminist ethics of food paper, "Manly Meat and Gendered Eating" which is the main reading on feminist philosophy of food for the course. 

The students in Professor Margot Fassler's CSEM course will be visited online on April 15, 2021 by Professor Braxton Shelley, the leading authority on Black Gospel in the USA, will explain aspects of race and racism as they have played out in the lives of some leading Gospel singers, with a focus on Richard Smallwood. 

Professor Janet Kourany's philosophy students will have a class visit by medical biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling on April 19,2021. After reading portions from her book, "Sexing the Body", with very cutting-edge material, students will be given the chance to interact and pose questions to this gender studies path-breaker.    

The Sociology students of Professor Abigail Ocobock will have a guest speaker on April 20. 2021. Dr. Jayne Swift, a well-known public scholar and activist on the issue of sex worker, will talk to the class about both her academic research on sex worker social movements in the United States and her experiences as the Principal Organizer of the Sex Worker's Outreach Project (Minneapolis).

On April 20, 2021, Professor Michael Schreffler's USEM students will learn about Japanese woodblock printing from Janice Katz, associate curator of Japanese art at the Art Institute of Chicago. This presentation will complement the students' examination of a set of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints at the Snite Museum of Art.  

Professor Mary Celeste Kearney's FTT and Gender Studies students will have a virtual visit with Professor Jessalynn Keller on May 6, 2021 discussing her work on girls' social media activism. 

On May 6, 2021, Professor Victoria Hui's political science course will participate in a webinar by Tendor (Tenzin Dorjee) on "The Role of Dispora in the Tibetan Struggle". 

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On October 5, 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.

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. 

Eleven students in Professor Thomas Merluzzi's Psychology Senior Honors Thesis class had their poster presentation proposal accepted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Virtual Conference. The grant provides registration fees for their participation in the conference, including the recording and uploading of the presentations. 

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On Campus Events

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. 

Professor Elena Magione-Lora hosted a lecture and mini-concert for her Spanish students with musicians from two generations, Sabor Canela Urbano  and Kurmi Aymara - the dictatorship of Pinochet and the riots of October 2019. They will talk about the role of artists and their art in the context of social justice during these violent periods, then play and compare music from their respective generations. 

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