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 some grant-funded events slated for Spring 2020 were canceled or delayed.

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.  One Major Grant is awarded each semester for up to $20,000. Several Mid-Sized Grants may be awarded up to $5,000 each semester. 


During Spring Break 2020, Professor Eva Dziadula will take her Economics of Immigration students to an immersion experience in Mexico. This international exposure will allow Professor Dziadula's students to consider what the migrants might have to go through when they immigrate as well as what they leave behind. Together with the economics faculty at Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla and their undergraduate students, they will visit a migrant shelter and local communities suffering from outmigration. Finally, the class will connect with the ND alumni network serving migrant communities in Mexico City and attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy

Professor Alex Chávez will bring activist, hip-hop artist, and public intellectual Olmeca from Los Angeles, CA on March 30-April 1, 2020. Olmeca will guest lecture in both of Prof. Chávez' courses, Introduction to Latino Studies and the College Seminar American Borderlands, about the connections between Latino music, hip-hop, specifically, and grassroots political struggles in the U.S. Latino community. In addition, Olmeca will give a public hip-hop performance on campus as well. 

FALL 2019

The interdisciplinary "Great War and Modern Memory" class will be team-taught by Professor Robert Norton and Professor John Deak will travel to Europe over Fall break, October 18-25, 2019. The class will study some of the principle sites of World War I along the Western Front in Belgium and Northern France, stopping first in London to visit the Imperial War Museum, continuing on to Louvain/Leuven, Verdun, the Somme battleground, along with pertinent museums. Many import memorial sites, such as the Menin Gate at Ypres, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, and the Langemark German War Cemetary, will be visited. The focus of the trip is to extend the learning beyond the events of the war, to how the events have lingered on and recurred in memory, memorials, and literary works.

Professor Vanesa Miseres will bring Argentine tango guitar player Hernan Reinaudo for classroom and performances October 7-11, 2019. The classroom visit will help develop analytical skills through the exposure to different literary genres and give them further cultural awareness of themselves and others. The performances will include a live-music performance during the screening of Argentine silent film La Quena (1929) and a tango concert inspired by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges titled "Borges and Tango". 

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 eventsProjects, On Campus EventsLocal Events Near Campus, and Chicago and Beyond.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other On Campus Venues

Professor Romana Huk will take her class to Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" performed by The Actors from the London Stage in Washington Hall on September 11, 2019.

DUS Maria McKenna is providing the students and faculty of the Department of Africana Studies the opportunity to attend Kathleen Battle's performance of Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey at DPAC on November 15, 2019. 

The "Staging the Daffy Dame" at DPAC will be attended by the students of Professor Valeria Mora-Hernandez's Spanish course on November 20, 2019 and Professor Sarah Quesada's English students as well as her USEM students on November 21, 2019.

A number of classes will be seeing  "The Tempest" performed by The Actors from the London Stage in early February, 2020. Professor W. Martin Bloomer's College Seminar class, Professor Ben Heller's Spanish class, Professor Chanté Mouton Kinyon's Africana Studies class, Professor Joseph Rosenberg's and Professor Margaret Blume Freddoso's PLS classes, and  Professor Deborah Tor's College Seminar class will all be attending.

Professor Alexis Torrance's Theology students will attend "A Hidden Life" at Browning Cinema on February 20, 2020.

The CSEM class of Professor Nick Russo will screen the movie "Agora" and share a meal together on February 26, 2020.

In March 2020, Professor Patrick ClaussProfessor Joanna Want and Professor Nicole MacLaughlin will take their Writing and Rhetoric students to Washington Hall for a performance of Show Some Skin.

The PLS class of Professor Katie Bugyis will attend "Jesus Christ Superstar" at DPAC on April 1, 2020.

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Guest Speakers/Artists

Throughout the Fall Semester, Professor Lucas Korte will bring in a variety of guest speakers to the Capstone BFA Seminar to provide possible career trajectories in the arts and design. The guest speakers include Emily Hoffman (department alumna BFA and in Strategic Development, Stryker IMT), Jackson Wrede (department alumni BFA and now pursuing a Master's in Painting at Kendall College), Sarah Edmonds Martin (department alumna MFA and now a full-time instructor in design at IU), Ramiro Rodriguez (Artist and Exhibition Coordinator at the Snite Museum of Art), and Alexandra Schaufele (Assistant Curator of Education, Public Programs at the Snite Museum of Art). 

On September 7-8, 2019, Romance Languages and Literature Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado will bring to campus Almudena Carracedo, the award-winning director of the documentary "The Silence of Others". She will visit the class, then be a part of the screening and following Q&A after.

Emily Austin, a world expert in the Homeric poems, will lecture and have lunch with Professor Aldo Tagliabue's class. She will offer an evening lecture for all students and faculty in the Classics Department on September 18, 2019.

Anglican/Episcopal priest and Professor Emeritus, Paul Bradshaw will discuss the earliest Christian Eucharist: Meal, Sacrifice, and Christian unity with Professor Kimberly Belcher's Theology class on September 25, 2019.

The USEM class of Professor Francisco Robles will attend a Monday night lecture on October 7,2019 by Briallen Hopper who will then lead the class in writing their familial histories with regards to migration on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

From October 16 through November 19, 2019, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero will bring 6 professional playwrights to her FTT class via Skype to analyze and respond to the new American plays, understand the process of playwriting production, and research the work of a contemporary playwright they have met and whose work they have analyzed,

Guest lecturer Lindsay Ceballos will present a public talk on October 28,2019 on her research on the changing way that readers of Dostoevsky have considered his relationship to nationalism. Professor Emily Wang's College Seminar class will discuss both the topic as well as how the research is orally presented.

Professor Jaimie Bleck is bringing world-class musician Dramane Toure to speak to her Political Science class and perform a live-score event while on campus November 17-19, 2019.

On November 18, 2019, Professor Jennifer Huynh will bring guest speaker, Omiela Hsu to lecture on "Reading Chinese Food into American Politics" in her American Studies class.

A structured debate is to be held on December 5, 2019 between Jason Brennan (Georgetown University) and Christopher Wellman (Washington University, St. Louis) on the topics of (1) what it is to be a citizen, (2) how easy should it be to become a citizen, and (3) what US immigration policy should be. Professor Graham Clay's philosophy class will have a debate on these same topics, learning from these professional ethicists on debating in a collegial and productive manner.

On December 5,2019, the USEM class of Professor Joyelle McSweeney will have a Virtual Class Visit by Alumni Peter Twal, winner of the 2018 Etel Adnan Prize for Arab-American poetry.

Professor Jennifer Huynh will have Immigration Attorney and Activist Barbara Szweda lecture with a follow-up Q&A on December 9, 2019 in her American Studies course.

On December 10, 2019, Professor Daniel Hobbins will have a guest speaker in to his USEM class to describe the modern board-game industry as one who is publishing his own board game. He will also lead a discussion of the various types of modern board games and how they compare to historical board games.

Professor Clark Power's PLS class inspired the "Boxing Out Negativity: Empowering Youth in Our Forgotten Neighborhoods" event through class discussion. The event features two guest speakers: Derek Brown, the Founder of Boxing Out Negativity, and Julie Globokar, a sociologist studying Chicago gangs. Then a panel of local youth sports leaders will discuss the relevance to South Bend and beyond.

Professor Robin Jensen will have a classroom visit to her Theology course from museum curator and Contemporary Christian Art scholar, Daniel Siedell, on December 11, 2019.

A discussion dinner will be held after each of six guests speak in Professor Rachel Rupprecht Philosophy class during the spring semester. This will allow the students and speaker to interact in a semi-informal environment to further discuss the topics from the class. 

Professor Mary Coffey will give a guest lecture on Mexican Muralism in the Americas during Professor Tatiana Reinoza's Art History class on January 29-30, 2019.

On January 30, 2020 Professor Eugene Halton's USEM will enjoy a guest lecture by naturalist and tracker Christopher Connell concerning traditional native American indigenous nature awareness practices. 

The Archivist for the Kinsey Institute, Liana Zhou will speak to Professor Karen Graubart's gender studies course on February 3, 2020.

On February 12-13, 2020, Professor Daniel Graff's will have Professor Peter Cole visit his History class and lecture on Public History and Memory "Racial Violence, Historical Memory: Commemorating Chicago's 1919 Race Riot" and he will also offer a lecture on his new book "(Dock) Workers Matter: Struggles for Racial Equality in the United States and South Africa".

Professor Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi will have the award-winning author Zeyn Zoukhedar visit her English class for a lecture as well as offer a public reading on February 12-14, 2020.

The Advanced Russian class of Professor Melissa Miller will learn from the class visit, presentation, and interactive discussion on February 20, 2020 with author Anna Krushelnitskaya on her newly published book of oral history interviews.

Visiting Artist Matt Wedel will spend two days in the Notre Dame ceramics studio at Riley Hall demonstrating his techniques and giving a slide lecture for Professor Bill Kremer's ceramics students on February 26-27, 2020.

Professor Lindsey Breitwieser will bring Hilary Malatino to campus for a class visit and public lecture in her Gender Studies course, March 2-4, 2020.

The musicians from the Stepane Wrembel Band will meet with Professor Alain Toumayan's French students and offer a public concert of the distinctive Parisian jazz music of the 1930's and 1940's.

On April 1, 2020 Professor Marianne Tarcov will have guest speaker, Kathryn Hemmann lecture her Japanese class on situating Japanese video games and anime in relation to discourses of post-apocalypse.

Professor Jennifer Huynh has invited two guest speakers, Barbara Szweda, an immigration lawyer, and Jude Ash, a Syrian refugee, to speak with her American Studies class on March 18 and March 25, 2020.

Professor Ian Johnson will moderate a panel of experts to discuss their experience with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on April 20, 2020. His history classes will hear Regan Jones (a former major), alumnus Gunnery Sargeantt John Chao, and Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lundgren.

In tandem with the exhibition "Divine Illusions" at the Snite Museum of Art, focusing on 13 paintings from 17th and 18th century Peru and Bolivia, Professor Michael Schreffler invited the leading specialist in the US, Dr. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, to lecture his Art History students. There will also be opportunity for the students to discuss their own research, receiving feedback.

A lecture and mini-concert by Chilean singer/songwriter Eduardo Leon Escobar will be rescheduled during the Spring semester for Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's Spanish class. 

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Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's Spanish class will enjoy a cooking class on traditional Peruvian dishes with Señora Guzmán on October 18, 2019.

The 3D Foundatiosn-Sculpture class of Professor Justin Barfield will have a collaborative experience with Artist Michael Willett on November 11-13, 2019. The artist will lecture, then the class will create a project together to be displayed in Riley Hall of Art the following week.

The Spanish class of Professor Vanesa Miseres connects Notre Dame students with children from the South Bend community attending the Holy Cross Catholic School bilingual program. They will read and write about food, share a simple recipe and cook it together.

Professor Kristin Valentino's Practicum in Child Maltreatment students work with children in the foster care system in a mentor/mentee relationship, planning individualized activities based on the child's developmental level and needs. At the end of the semester the class, the children, and their foster families come together for a celebratory event. 

The Spanish students of Professor Monica Jancha's, through the Talk Abroad's Cultural Conversation Exchange, will video-chat in Spanish with a trained conversation partner in Latin America late in the semester. 

Late in the Fall semester, the Music Theory students of Professor Johanna Frymoyer will gather together to enjoy snacks and sing Christmas carols, while applying concepts used. 

The English students of Professor Stacy Sivinski are partnering with St. Paul's Retirement and Assisted Living Center to conduct oral history projects with residents focusing on clothing and memory. The key component of the project is the book, Worn Stories by Emily Spivack, connecting clothing and memory. Books will be provided on February 22, 2020 to the residents to read in preparation of their interviews with the students.

Professor Gerald Haeffel's Psychology class is distributing new Board Books to families in mid-April 2020 as part of a literacy intervention through the Families First Center in South Bend. 

Professor Clinton Carlson's Design students will explore the South Bend Farmers' Market during the Spring semester focusing on the experience by various types of users and compare with online and digital experiences. Students will purchase food to create a shared meal to discuss their experience.

Throughout the Spring semester the American Studies students of Professor Jennifer Huynh will work with a local South Bend organization "Neighbor to Neighbor" that connects refugees to people in the community to be liaisons and build mutual friendships. Small groups of students will work with an individual asylum seeker to assist in cultural adjustment. The semester work will culminate in a celebratory event with all the refugees and students together to assist them in the relationships cultivated over the semester. 

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On Campus Events

Professor Hana Kang and her Korean students will celebrate the traditional Korean Fall Harvest Celebration (Chuseok) on September 15, 2019 and also Korean Alphabet Day on October 19, 2019. Students will experience Korean folk dance and food as well as interacting with other Korean students and faculty. During the second event students will learn the history of the Korean alphabet and practice Korean calligraphy.

On September 22, 2019, the East Asian Languages and Cultures department will Celebrate Asia, a cultural event combining the celebrations of 3 major East Asian fall festivals: The Chinese Moon Festival (for harvest and family reunion), Tanabata  (a Japanese equivalent of Valentine's Day), and Korean Alphabet Day (the commemorative day marking the invention of the Hangul alphabet).

The Celebration of Chinese Moon Festival will be enjoyed on October 3, 2019 by Professor Congcong Ma's Chinese students, both for learning and practicing the Chinese language as well as learning the culture in a casual situation.

Professor Elena Mangione-Lora and Professor Tatiana Botero will combine their Spanish students with Spanish students from John Adams High School in South Bend for a Day of the Dead event on November 1, 2019.

Nihongo at ND: Japanese Events for the 2019-2020 academic year is being organized by Professor Noriko Hanabusa, the Japanese Language Program Coordinator. There are four events throughout including a Japanese Curry Party November 3, 2019; Japanese program mixer events in December 2019 and February 2020; and the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom event on April 5, 2020. 

The "Journey into the Korean Tradition" is an annual cultural event for the Korean program to celebrate the Korean traditional holiday (Sol.nal), the Lunar New Year Celebration on February 1, 2020.

Professor Fletcher Coleman's Art History students will experience a Chinese Ink painting demonstration at the Snite Museum of Art on February 6, 2020. 

The Chinese Food Cultural Events of Dumpling making on March 17 and Tea Making on April 15 will be enjoyed by all students in the Chinese program. Students will learn vocabulary and sentence patterns related to food and cooking as well as the culture through making dumplings and tea the Chinese way. 

Notre Dame's Gender Studies Program will host the "New Directions 2020 Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies" this spring, March 27-28, 2020. This biennial conference hosts Gender Studies students from across the US to provide a public forum for students to share and discuss their research in the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies.

Professor Katherine Brown's French students will attend the "Transcend: Immersive Runway Experience" on April 5, 2020. The collection for this show, which will be shown at Chicago Fashion Week, is all hand-sewn and the designer is showcasing issues of faith and interfaith understandings.

For the past 12 years, the Chinese Speech Contest has been the signature event of the Chinese Program. The Chinese Speech Contest 2020 will take place April 15, 2020 and one week before the Midwest Regional Chinese Speech Contest 2020 where our winners will compete. This event is sponsored by Chinese Professor Chengxu Yin and the Department Chair of East Asian Languages and Culture, Yongping Zhu. 

Professor Chanté Mouton Kinyon will take her English class to the Trevor Noah "Loud and Clear" performance on April 19, 2020. The evening of Trevor Noah's cultural criticism will add to the students' overall understanding of the racialization processes in a transnational context. 

The Italian Professors Alessia Blad and Patrick Vivirito with their colleagues Kathleen Boyle, Lesley Marcantonio, and Tiziana Serafini are organizing the 4th Annual Italian Spring Concert on April 24, 2020 for all students studying the Italian language, families from Darden Primary Center, and members of the ND and South Bend community.

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Local Events Near Campus

Professor Annie Coleman will take her American Wilderness and USEM class on a field trip on September 8, 2019 to the Indiana Dunes National Park guided by two National Park Rangers, including a stop at the Visitor's Center, a hike, and a picnic lunch on the beach. 

On September 21, 2019, Professor Marisel Moreno took her two classes (one in Romance Languages and one in Spanish) to tour the Westside of South Bend. They began at La Casa de Amistad where her students volunteer and then walked around the neighborhood to learn about the history, culture, and resources offered on the Westside to create closer links between ND and the community.

The FTT class of Professor Susan Ohmer will travel to the South Bend Civic Theatre performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" on October 6, 2019.

Professor Maria McKenna will take her CSEM students to the South Bend Civic Theatre performance of "Gem of the Ocean" on February 21, 2020. In addition, Ms Kimberly Ellis, August Wilson's niece will speak to the class adding to the gravity of the show and the historical significance of August Wilson's contributions to contemporary American theatre.

In March 2020, Professor C. Kenneth Cole will take his FTT students to the South Bend Civic Theatre for the performance of Lion King and a backstage tour to see close up the work of various artists and artisans.

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Pamela Butler will take her Gender Studies class to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to view the exhibition "Envisioning Justice: New Visions Beyond the Incarceration by Chicago Artists and Communities" on October 10, 2019.

The Art History class of Professor Nicole Woods is taking a field trip on October 18, 2019 to visit the exhibition "Envisioning Impressionism" at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

A class trip on November 2, 2019 to the Lyric Opera of Chicago is planned by Professor Kiera Duffy for her Voice Lessons for Majors course to experience the contemporary musical performance "Dead Man Walking". The living American composer, Jake Heggie, based the opera on the movie of the same name.

The Classics USEM taught by Professor Elizabeth Mazurek and the Greek courses taught by Professor Tadeusz Mazurek will enjoy a trip to Chicago to see the performance of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the Court Theatre and tour the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago on November 10, 2019. Due to the relevance to the study of the history, art, and architecture of ancient civilizations, the Classics department is including all interested students in the department to join in this class trip.

Professor Christopher Chowrimootoo and Professor Emma Planinc will take their PLS classes via bus to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a live matinee performance of "Don Giovanni" on November 17, 2019. 

Professor Jennifer Martin is taking her PLS and USEM students and Professor Francesca Bordogna is taking her USEM students to the Court Theatre in Chicago to see Oedipus Rex on November 17, 2019. 

A Benedictine Monastery in Chicago is the destination of Professor Vinod Shah's theology class on December 7, 2019 for a lecture on the rise of monasticism in the West and then join the monks in evening prayer.

On February 7, 2020, the design students of Professor Scott Shim and Professor Ann-Marie Conrado will travel to Chicago to meet and learn from Design Professionals in a working environment.

Professor Erika Doss will take her American Studies class to Chicago on February 22, 2020 to see and discuss public art.

On February 29, 2020 Professor Alisha Reaves will take her French students to the Art Institute of Chicago to visit the French Impressionism collection with a guided tour given in French.

Professor Carly Hagins will take her Design students to Chicago on March 20, 2020 for midterm presentations to industry professionals at the home office of Radio Flyer, giving students a first-hand, professional experience. Afterwards, the students will be able to engage with the professionals as well as tour the facility including the play lab, outdoor test track, prototype model shop, competitive sample library, and patent collection.

On March 21, 2020 Professor Wiebke-Marie Stock will accompany her Honors Seminar students to the Art Institute of Chicago to engage with great works of art, inspired by Ovid. 

Professor W. Martin Bloomer will take his CSEM class to the Art Institute of Chicago to explore the collection of art relevant to Ovid's Metamorphoses. 

A trip to Chicago on March 22, 2020 to see the play "What the Constitution Means to Me" by two professors with different goals in attending. Professor Anne García-Romero is taking her FTT class and focusing on the playwriting, while Professor Pamela Wojcik will take her Gender Studies class and focus on the author's changing relationship with the Constitution within the context of feminist theory. Professor Sandra Gustafson's students will also attend this play as they cover the constitution as part of her CSEM "What is Democracy?"

Professor Tiziana Serafini and Professor Matias Sur will take their Italian students to Chicago for an Italian Food Tasting and Culture event on March 22, 2020. The event will consist of cooking lessons and then lunch in Eataly's location in Chicago.

On March 29, 2020, Professor Mark Roche will take his German class to the Chicago Lyric Opera to enjoy Sir András Schiff perform four Beethoven Sonatas from 1801 to gain a greater understanding of Beethoven and the German musical tradition. 

A class trip on April 4, 2020 will be taken to the Art Institute of Chicago for Professor Elyse Speaks' Art History course to view individual works within the collection and then to discuss them onsite and within the broader context of the museum format. 

Professor Marcio Bahia and Professor Elaine Navia will take their Portuguese classes to Fogo de Chao in Chicago for a Brazilian experience on April 12, 2020.

Professor Fletcher Coleman will take his art history class to the Art Institute of Chicago on April 24 for a Japanese Woodblock Viewing with the Curators. 

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