Awards - Archived


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 Melissa Miller and her Post-Soviet Russian Cinema class will travel to the Chicago International Film Festival where they will view 8-10 films from Russia and other Eastern European/Central Asian countries, meeting with filmmakers, actors and screenwriters. This Festival will help students make powerful networking connections in the sphere of Russian media culture, providing them with diverse personal perspectives on sociocultural ramifications of the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as enable students to hone their critical thinking skills in both English and Russian.

Professor Neeta Verma will send eight students to Ahmedabad, India for three weeks.  They will work in collaboration with eight students from India at the National Institute of Design to understand social problems within a new paradigm and socio-economic parameter. The students will conduct preliminary research, and commence and complete field studies. Then the 16 will come to make a final presentation at Notre Dame.

Professor Richard Jones and his advanced reporting class will participate, over Spring Break 2018, in the "Covering America" experience, traveling to Houston so the students can cover the progress made after Hurricane Harvey.  This trip will give the students real world experience covering an important national story.

Professor Thomas Merluzzi will take his Senior Honors Thesis Class in Psychology to the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in April 2018.  Attending the conference will give the students the opportunity to gain skills in creating a competitive abstract, completing a research project, and presenting their work.

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 ProfessorTzvi 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.

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 Venues, Guest Speakers/Artists events, Projects, Celebrations, Local Events Near Campus, and Chicago and Beyond.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other Theater Venues

Professor Jennifer Martin  and her class will attend the St. John's Bible concert at Leighton Concert Hall in September.  This concert will provide an occasion for reflecting on the complex relation between written documents and divine revelation, and will illuminate concretely the excess of that which is revealed in the non-discursive forms of art, music, dance, and poetry.

Professor Yasmin Solomonescu and her Literary Studies class will attend a production of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest at the DPAC in November. The students will hear nineteenth-century turns of phrase spoken aloud, with the accompaniment of tone, look, and gesture.   This will enrich students’ understanding of Wilde’s sharp verbal wit and irony.

Professor Fred Rush and his Philosophy and Film class will attend the performance of Cage Shuffle in October at DPAC.  The class will have the opportunity to attend a Q&A discussion afterwards with the actor Paul Lazar. This will provide the students a chance to speak one-on-one about performance theory with an actor.

Professor Romana Huk and her students will attend a production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by the Actors From the London Stage at DPAC in October. 

Professor Susan Ohmer and her University Seminar class will attend a screening of the National Theatre production of Peter Pan at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in November.

Professor Neil Arner and his Theology class will attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah at DPAC. 

Professor Joanna WantProfessor Elizabeth Capdevielle, Professor Maria McKenna and Instructor Leanne MacDonald and their classes will attend a performance of Katori Hall's award-winning play The Mountaintop at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in January.  This experience will allow the students to experience how the text differs between reading it and witnessing its performance .

Professor Patrick Clauss and his class will attend a performance of Show Some Skin at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in February.

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Guest Speakers/Artists

Between September and November, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero will bring to her Script Analysis class a series of professional playwright guest artist visits from Christina Gorman, Ryan Oliverira, Mashuq Mushtag Deen, Georgina Escobar, Stuart Flack, Isaac Gomez, Aleshea Harris, Mary Kathryn Nagle, Monica Palacios, Kemp Powers, and Alice Tuan. These visits will be in person, as well as through Skype.  The students will gain knowledge regarding contemporary U.S. professional theater artists and their work.

Professor Victoria Tin-bor Hui invited alumna Lindsay Brown to speak in September to her College Seminar class on the empowerment of women through soccer. Ms. Brown will also speak on how she developed her cause in Nepal and countered resistance for disrupting the gender/power status quo.  She will discuss what she has done to mobilize support in the US and on the global stage.

Professor Peter Holland and Film, Television, and Theatre Chair, Jim Collins will sponsor Professor Judith Buchanan's visit to campus to talk about her work as co-writer for a new film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth and to screen the film in October.

In November, Professor Erika Doss will bring to her First-year Seminar Memorial Mania class Professor Ingrid Gessner, American Studies professor at University of Regensburg, Gernany. Professor Gessner will present a talk on Moving Beyond Manzanar, followed by a shared meal. 

Professor Jason Springs will bring Circles and Ciphers field practitioners to his two Peace Studies Junior Seminar courses in November to demonstrate their work in peacemaking circles.  The visitors will then lead a peace circle demonstration in-class with the students.  The students will have an opportunity to debrief the experience with the Circles and Ciphers representatives.

Professor Jaimie Bleck has invited guest speakers Ladan Osman and Joe Penney to visit her Globalization in Africa class in November.  Osman and Penney will offer fresh, contemporary takes on Arts in a Globalized Africa.

Professor Justin Barfield, in November, will bring into his class Professor Ernest Milsted to lecture on his art and create a multi-layer print edition, using Riley Hall’s new Boss Laser cutter.  The students will see the importance of layering information, how layering can strengthen concept in two-dimensional art, and bridge a gap between foundation level students, printmaking and art department laser cutting capability.

Professor Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is inviting award winning author and photographer Teju Cole to visit Notre Dame during the Spring 2018 semester.  Undergraduate students will attend a writing workshop.

Visiting Professor Ryosuke Sano and Notre Dame's Japanese Program arranged for a Kamikiri performance and lecture by Master Hayashiya Niraku and Dr. Kazumi Hatasa in February 2018. This event will have a positive impact on promoting Japanese culture on campus and possible lead to course growth.

In February, Professor Aldo Tagliabue will bring to campus Artist Joe Goodkin to perform and discuss Homer's Odyssey.  This visit will give students a clear sense of the oral dimension typical of Homer's Odyssey.

Professor Maria McKenna will bring to campus this academic year four guest speakers: Matt Stoop, a local public school engineer; Annette Derouin, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Wilmar Public Schools; Martha Thieneman, leader of the Readiness Center; and Dr. Mira Debs, head of Yale University's Educational Studies program. These speakers will extend the learning of students out of the theoretical realm and into the "weeds" of various facets of American education.

Professor Elena Mangione-Lora will team up with others at Notre Dame to bring Dr. Sharmistha Saha to campus. Dr. Saha's talks and research focus on the use of performance as a means to challenge colonial censorship acts and mechanisms. She will visit classes and compare Swadeshi Jatra, a popular folk performance form from India and to Spanish theater during and immediately after the Franco regime.

Professor Susan Guise Sheridan will bring a biological anthropologist to her class in Spring 2018.  This guest specializes in reconstructing evidence of violence in archeological collections. Her visit will give students knowledge that is not normally taught in class.  The speaker will present a series of hands-on modules that will show the process of working through a differential diagnosis, observing details first rather than jumping straight to a conclusion.

Professor Natalie Porter has arranged for a visiting lecture and hands-on demonstration by Stephany O'Dell in February.  She will lecture on and engage in interactive class activities that will teach students methods for positive behavior training with dogs.

Professor Pamela Butler has arranged for a class visit by guest lecturer and scholar Ryan Patrick Murphy in February.  Dr. Murphy's class visit will deepen students understanding of the intersections between gender and work, and get them excited about social justice in the realm of gender and labor.

Professor La Donna Forsgren will bring to campus in February guest artist, director, producer, and author Olga Sanchez Salveit to talk to students about AfroLatindad drama and her work as a Latinix director/producer.

Professor Sarah McKibben and her class will attend a lecture at Saint Mary's College by contemporary feminist Roxane Gay.  Attending this lecture will help students understand feminist approaches to literature, feminist thinking, and problems of representing self/woman in literature and life-writing.

Professor Gary Sczerbaniewicz and the Art, Art History, and Design Department will have multi-disciplinary artist Jason Middlebrook speak to students at Notre Dame about his art practice.  His talk will provide valuable insight on the use of alternative materials and processes in the making of contemporary sculpture and site-specific installation art.

The Dean's Fellows, with the help of many other areas of the University, will bring to Notre Dame in March guest speaker Jerry Greenfield.  Mr. Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, will discuss the social responsibility of corporate America.

Professor Mark Sanders, with the help of many University departments and programs, will bring to Notre Dame in March American poet Natasha Tretheway.  Ms. Tretheway was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2014. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, and she is a former Poet Laureate of Mississippi.

Professor Melissa Miller has organized the Zolotoj Plyos Russian Folk Music Concert, lecture and workshop to take place in April.  Students will learn about all the different kinds of authentic Russian folk music instruments and will have an opportunity to learn how to play them.  The lecture will also give techniques of preserving folk music.

Professor Dianne Pinderhughes has arranged for a class visit in April by Ford Foundation Board of Trustees Member Paula Moreno. Moreno is a talented leader from Colombia and runs Manos Visibles, an NGO. Students will learn about the issues of Race Ethnicity and American Democracy in countries in the Americas outside of the USA.

Postdoctoral Scholar Emily Wang will bring to her Contemporary Russian Culture class in April the Plots Against Russia lecture.  This lecture will give students an important perspective into one of the narratives informing contemporary Russian culture and politics - the conspiracy theory - as well as learn about the role of the internet in shaping this narrative.

Professor Robin Baker has arranged for James Wade Jr., Senior Lecturer in Foundations and Digital Fabrication at the University of Kentucky to spend five days in April teaching his class unique ways to turn 3D prints into cast metal.

Professor Leonardo Francalanci will bring to Notre Dame, in April, guest lecturer Dr. Albert Lloret, leading expert on Medieval Catalan poet Ausias March.  Students will have the opportunity to learn more about March’s work and its influence on Early Modern Catalan and Spanish poetry.

Professor Yacine Daddi Addoun, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Music Department and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies will bring to Notre Dame the music in Islamic Africa through artists Ahmed Ag Kaedi, Dramane Toure, and Belco Guindo.

In September 2018, Professor Jeff Spoonhower, with the assistance of additional funding from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, will bring to campus visiting speakers Steve Copeland and Will Roget, II.  They will present with Professor Spoonhower a series of lectures, a group panel and several class visits.  Students and faculty will have the unique opportunity to learn about the world of video game development from veteran developers with over 40 years of combined professional experience.

Professor Erika Doss has invited guest speaker Professor Carmenita Higginbotham to visit her African American Art class in September 2018. Having Professor Higginbotham lecture about artists in exhibit and meet with the students will enhance their understanding of the intersections of art, race, and modernism.

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During November, Professor Monica Jancha and her class will participate in the TalkAbroad Conversation Partner Exchange. This program will allow students to have a one-on-one conversation with a native speaker.  This program will help the students gain confidence in speaking a different language with an unfamiliar person.

Professor Eric Haanstad will give his USEM class two opportunities to engage with martial arts clubs and athletic associations.  In November, the class will visit with the Sensei Will Badart of the Notre Dame Martial Arts Institute.  Later in the month, the class will meet with Coach Nathan Walker at the training facilities of the Notre Dame Boxing Club for a boxing demonstration and discussion of boxing practices and aesthetics in comparison with other martial arts.

Professor Eric Haanstad is providing his Police Cultures college seminar students with a number of local community activities during the Spring semester.  Students will have the opportunity to converse and interview police about their experiences through site visits and field trips.

Professor Dan Graff, in March and April, will bring a group of diverse students together for the Public Intellectual Initiative.  This initiative will foster intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an expansive appreciation for the multiplicity of perspectives necessary to generate answers to pressing problems.

Professor John Duffy and the University Writing Program will help bring the traveling performance of On the Row to the South Bend Civic Theatre in April.  David Jolliffe, director of The Prison Project will travel to Notre Dame and work with local actors to bring the powerful stories of Arkansas Death Row Inmates, written in their own words, to life on the stage.  University Writing Program students will analyze this show as a form of argumentation and story-telling in the public domain.

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Professor Mary Flannery and the Economics Department will host their annual picnic in September to welcome Economics students back to campus.

Professor Hana Kang and the Korean program will host a Korean Alphabet Hangul Day in October.  Students will write in the Hangul alphabet, try traditional air painting and eat Korean food.

Professor Congcong Ma will host cultural events in October to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. This Festival will support learning Chinese and learning about Chinese culture.

Professor Xiaoshan Yang and the East Asian Languages and Cultures department will host their fifth annual Celebrate Asia in November. Celebrate Asia will allow students from the three language programs (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) to mingle with each other, share a multicultural experience, and cultivate a strong sense of community.

In November, Professor Eleanor Mangione-Lora and Professor Tatiana Botero will host John Adams High School's advanced level Spanish classes for a Day of the Dead activity. This event will build on a continued relationship with our community partner, showcasing Notre Dame's language program and students to this local high school.

Professor Fang Liu (Visiting Professor), along with the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, will sponsor the Chinese Food and Business Culture Series between November 2017 and January 2018.  These events are designed to give students a great understanding of the Chinese language, as well as the Chinese business and food culture.

Professor Noriko Hanabusa and the Japanese Program will host Nihongo at ND: Japanese Events for FA17-SP18.  Planned events are a Japanese Cooking event and the 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. These events will have a positive impact on promoting the Japanese culture on campus.

Professor Nini Li (Visiting Professor) together with the Chinese Language Program will host the Celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival in February.  Students attending will experience Chinese language and culture.

Professor Yeonhee Yoon will provide a journey into the Korean tradition during February.  This cultural event will enhance students learning with hands-on activities as they celebrate the Korean traditional holiday Sol.nal.

Professor Yongping Zhu, Professor Chengxu Yin, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will hold its 11th annual Chinese Speech Contest in April.  This contest will enhance the study of Chinese at Notre Dame and foster a sense of community among language students.

Professor Wei Wang has arranged for a celebration of the Chinese Lantern Festival and a dumpling-making dinner in April.  This event will offer the students a learning platform for Chinese culture that they will not get in the classroom.

Professor Kathleen Boyle, Professor Andrea Topash-RiosProfessor Kathleen Werner, and Professor Shauna Williams, along with the entire Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will celebrate International Week in April.  The celebration will host many cultural events with faculty and students in all four languages: Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.  The week of activities will include concerts, culinary events, religious services, soccer and other team games, and a film series.

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Local Events Near Campus

Professor Pamela Wojcik and her class will attend the silent film The Kid Brother at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart in November.

Professor Michael Macaluso and his Issues of Diversity in Young Adult Literature class will attend the movie version of the novel Wonder in November.  The students will compare how issues of diversity, specifically disability, arise in the novel versus a major motion picture.

Professor Kristin Valentino will take her students, during the Fall semester, into the community for her upper level Psychology Practicum in Child Maltreatment. Students will be immersed in the context of foster care, and will learn through the eyes of their mentees what it is like to be abused by a parent, to be taken away from that parent, to be sent to live with strangers, and to not know whether he/she will live with that parent again.

Professor Darcia Narvaez and her University Seminar class will participate in two immersion experiences during the Fall 2017 semester and again in the Spring 2018 semester.  First, they will travel to Potato Creek State Park for an overnight retreat under the guidance of local shaman Jeff Nixa.  Then they will plant native plants by St. Mary’s Lake, on campus, under the guidance of Doug Marsh and the buildings and grounds staff.  These activities will foster student immersion in the natural world, their connection to and responsibility for its well-being.

Professor Annie Coleman will take her American Wilderness class and her University Seminar class on National Parks to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in October.  The trip will add an experiential component to the reading and writing of both classes.  The students will see how a landscape in the heart of the post-industrial Midwest can be coded as Nature or Wilderness.

Professor Sandra Gustafson and her CSEM class met with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in September.  Mayor Buttigieg gave the students compelling insight into the nature of American democracy as a local phenomenon.

Professor Marisel Moreno-AndersonProfessor Connie Mick, Post Doctoral Fellow Santiago Quintero and their classes will attend, during March, the musical In the Heights at the South Bend Civic Theatre.

Professor Natalie Porter and her students will take a field trip, in April, to the Potawatomi Zoo.  This trip will allow students to critically engage with the social and ethical questions raised in class, using a particular captive animal as an illustration.

Postdoctoral Fellow Karie Cross and her class will go on a guided tour in April of the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center.  This visit will provide an opportunity for students to see how civil rights have played out locally, helping them to connect classroom readings and discussions to their own experiences in South Bend.

Professor Tatiana Botero and her Spanish class, in April, will view the private collection of Chicano art; visit La Casa de Amistad to take part in a writing workshop, then end by sharing a meal at a local Hispanic restaurant to orally reflect on the event. Participants will have the opportunity to write and share their stories, bringing together everything they have studied during the semester.

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Susan Youens will travel with her class to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to see a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto in October.  For many students, it is their first live opera. This experience brings a major genre of classical music to life for them.

In October, Professor Elizabeth Mazurek and Professor Tadeusz Mazurek and their students will travel to the Chicago Lyric Opera's performance of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice. Students will be able to analyze the performance during class discussions and in their written coursework. Professor Eleanor Cloutier, visiting faculty with the Program of Liberal Studies, will also travel with her class, in October, to see a performance of Gluck's opera.  Seeing the opera live will give students the opportunity to discuss how performance differs from the work as a text.

During October, Professor Emily Remus and her class will participate in guided tours of the Driehaus Museum Samuel Nickerson Mansion and the Marshall Field Building in Chicago. The students will learn how to examine the built environment as a primary source and artifact.

Professor David O’Connor and his CSEM students will attend a performance of Richard Wagner’s The Valkyrie at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, during November.  Seeing a live opera is a formative experience and the students will study the opera in class.

Professor Sara Maurer and her seminar class will travel to the Looking Glass Theater in Chicago to see a play based on Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times, in October.  Students will come to have a firmer grasp of how print fiction communicates true things about the world.

Professor Jennifer Huynh will take her Asian American Experience class on a political tour of Chicago Chinatown and the Field Museum in October.  Students will gain a new perspective on the current challenges that Chinatown residents face, including the displacement of its elderly population and affordable housing challenges. The trip to the Field Museum will present material culture, photography, and visual arts showcasing how Indian Americans have contributed to the US economy since the 1800s to the present.

In September, Professor Susan Harris will take her class on an excursion to the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago to see a live performance of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist drama MACHINAL. Students will see American drama and how it engages with issues of gender and sexuality.

In November, Professor Collin Meissner and his Glynn Seminar students will travel to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to attend a performance of Wagner's Die Walkure.

In November, Professor Catherine Cangany and Professor Jake Lundberg will take 28 students from their History seminars to see Hamilton: The Musical in Chicago. With a solid grounding in early American history, these students will be able to think critically about this production.

Professor Anré Venter is combining his Teaching Beyond the Classroom award with other funds to take his students to Beijing, during Fall break. His Psychology class explores flânerie as a means of developing a holistic understanding of sustainability.

Professor Mark Golitko will take his students on an excursion to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago in November.  The trip will provide students with a historical perspective on the mutual development of museum collections and the field of anthropology, and how theoretical trends during the 20th and 21st centuries changed how anthropology engaged with material culture.

Professors Marcio Bahia and Sandra Teixeira will travel with their Portuguese and Brazilian students to Chicago in November.  They will experience an authentic Churrascaria at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Churrascaria.

Professor Pamela Butler will select four students to attend the Scholar & Feminist Conference at Barnard College in February. The opportunity to attend the conference will bring to life the intellectual work being done in the classroom.

Professor Julia Marvin and Professor Henry Weinfield will travel to Chicago with their classes in April to attend a performance of Macbeth at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  The students will be able to consider the differences between the play on the page and the play as imagined and performed in a particular production.

Professor Karen Richman, in April, will take her class on an excursion to Chicago.  While there, they will attend a performance on On Your Feet!, a story of Latino star Gloria Estefan's rise to fame, and the love story of her and her husband Emilio, Cuban immigrants who traveled to America and became two of the biggest names in the music business!  After the show, they will enjoy an authentic Caribbean dinner at Garifuna Flava.

In April, Professor Neil Arner and his God, Science, and Morality class will travel to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. They will visit the Helen Branch Primate House in order to practice the fieldwork conducted by primatologists.

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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

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 Richard Donnelly traveled with his Broadway Theatre Experience class to New York City to attend several Broadway shows.  The trip allowed his students to experience professional theatre at its finest and appreciate the excellence of a fully produced for-profit show.

Professor Erika Doss took her American Ruins class on a field trip to Detroit, Michigan and to Gary, Indiana, allowing them to experience American landscapes and meet with cultural representatives who are actively engaged in historical, creative, and environmental  recovery and reinvention projects.

Professor Jason Ruiz and his Latinos in American Film class attended five films during a trip to the Chicago Latino Film Festival.  This festival is the Midwest's premiere exhibition of films by and about U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans.  Students were able to view exciting new films that put into practice the concepts and theories they learned over the course of the semester.


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 Venues, Guest Speakers/Artists EventsProjects, Celebrations, Local Events Near Campus, and Chicago and Beyond.


DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other Theater Venues

Professor Joanna Want and her Writing & Rhetoric class attended a performance of Show Some SkinThe class learned about the concept of rhetorical listening.  Attending the performance gave the students an opportunity to practice rhetorical listening.

Professor Henry Weinfield took two of his Liberal Studies classes to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Actors from the London Stage.

Professor Yasmin Solomonescu and her class attended a broadcast of the UK’s National Theatre production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at DPAC. Seeing this performance helped advance the students’ knowledge of the historical and biographical contexts in which the literature was produced and stimulated their thinking about what is lost and gained in themes.

Professor Catherine Schlegel and her Reception of Classical Lit in English class attended a viewing of Romeo and Juliet at Washington Hall.  The students were able to look at an English work derived from a classical Latin source, Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Professor Catherine Schlegel took her Identity and Estrangement College Seminar class to see the National Theatre Live production of Frankenstein at the Browning Cinema. This performance gave students a chance to understand how film can represent narrative in subtly different ways to generate new meanings.

Professor Matthew Payne took his Transmedia Storytelling class to a performance of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fam Film Ever Made at DPAC. The film connected with many issues raised in class and further complemented and expanded classroom discussions.

Professor Sarah McKibben and her USEM class attended a performance of master fiddler Eileen Ivers at DPAC.  The performance enhanced students’ appreciation of Irish culture beyond literary texts alone.

Professors Jennifer Newsome Martin and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz took their classes to a performance of Christ’s Passion: Medieval Mystery Plays, adapted by Mark Pilkinton. This performance provided further discussion of the Biblical texts and how the interpretative decisions of artists, directors, and set and costume designers keep or withhold certain details from the text.

Professors Elena Mangione-Lora and Tatiana Botero teamed up to bring to Notre Dame a concert by Live City BluesThe concert was performed in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese as part of the International Festival and it was open to the entire Notre Dame Community.  The group also visited classes and talked about the music scene in Rome and their original music.

Professor Alexander Larsen and his students attended two different live performances of Frankenstein, by the National Theatre, London, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre, at DPAC. After seeing both performances, the students submitted an interpretive evaluation of the two performances.

Professor Joshua Lund and his class attended a screening of the new film, Do Not Resist, as well as a discussion with director, Craig Atkinson and Producer, Laura Hartrick.  The students were met with artists who are dealing creatively with the issues raised by their course: Men and Guns: Cultures of Para Militarism and the Modern Americas.

Professor Susan Harris took her “Gender & Sexuality in American Drama” class to see a performance of Amiri Baraka’s play Dutchman and Darren Canady’s response to it, TRANSit.

Professor Peter Holland took his Shakespeare and Film course to a performance of Richard III given by the Actors From the London Stage company. The Actors From the London Stage spoke to the class later in the week.

Professor Romana Huk took her Introduction to Literary Studies students to a performance of Richard III given by the Actors From the London Stage company. The Actors From the London Stage spoke to the class later in the week.

Professor Sandra Gustafson took her Introduction to Literary Studies class to see the production of The Tempest. The class read Shakespeare’s play together and studied its sources, interpretations, and adaptations, then wrote a response after viewing the play.

Professor Neil Arner and his Theology class attended a performance of Handel's Messiah at DPAC. This performance provided a concluding summary of the Christian story that the students studied in small sections over the prior three months.

Professor Jaimie Bleck and her Globalization in Africa class screened the acclaimed film, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It and participated in a Q&A session with Director Chris Kirkley.  Director Kirkley spoke to the class about his experiences producing films and music in West Africa and the increasing climate instability and terrorist threats in the region.

Professor Liang Cai and her Classical Chinese Thought and History of China class attended a traditional Chinese Pipa (lute) performance by the Kronos Quartet with Wu Man at DPAC.  Professor Cai took two other classes: Early Chinese Empires and Where East Meets West, on a trip to the Chicago Field Museum to view a collection of Chinese artifacts and see a special exhibition on the Terracotta army of the first Emperor of China.  The students learned how to interpret the artifacts in a historical context and this helped them gain a deeper understanding of the idea of the afterlife, the exchange of material goods, and the differences between religions in the West and East.

Professor Noreen Deane-Moran and her The Gothic Novel class attended a performance of Frankenstein at  DPAC.  Through viewing this original performance, reading the novel and discussing the three forms – text, film and drama, the students were able to have a deeper understanding of Mary Shelley’s work and how the various media shaped the story.

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Professor Yeonhee Yoon arranged for guest speaker William O’Grady to give a special lecture at Notre Dame.  Professor O’Grady is one of the most eminent professors in Linguistics in the United States. The students learned about Korean history and about the Hangul writing system.

Professor Roy Scranton arranged for author Hilary Plum to visit his Intermediate Creative Nonfiction writing class. Ms. Plum’s visit gave students a fuller sense of the writing and publishing process.  The students discussed Plum's Watchfires with the author, and this gave them insight into writing and publishing creative nonfiction.

Professor Rachel Parroquin invited guest speaker Maribel Parroquin, an internationally renowned speaker on the Virgin of Guadalupe.  Through this evening lecture, students learned in the target language about a central aspect of Mexican culture and the important role of the Virgin of Guadalupe within the Catholic faith as practiced in Mexico.

Professor Louis MacKenzie surprised his USEM class with guest poet Don Hynes. The students read his poetry without knowing he was the author.  Mr. Hynes sat in the back of the classroom and listened to the observations, analyses and interpretations of the students.  Once students were done evaluating the poetry, Mr. Hynes identified himself. 

Professor Victoria Hui invited Lindsay Brown to her CSEM Culture and Politics class and Political Movements in Asia class to speak on women’s rights in Nepal.  Her visit helped recruit new members and reenergize current members of the She’s The First Club that she founded

Professor Justin Barfield  introduced students to cutting edge technologies in their academic career by bringing in artist Jeff Mickey for a week-long visit.  While here, he gave a lecture on his artwork and demonstrated traditional and laser-cut wood carving techniques.  Mr. Mickey's lecture focused on how he combines both manual and digital techniques in his art making.

Professor Christiane Baumeister brought in guest lecturer Dr. Regis Barnichon to give a lecture on Monetary Policy and Financial Markets to her Economics class. Dr. Barnichon is a Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Dr. Barnichon brought to the class a unique inside perspective of the considerations that prompted the Federal Reserve to rely on non-standard monetary policy measures.

Professor Emily Beck brought to her class guest artist Nestor Armando Gil for a lecture, collaborative installation, as well as class and studio visits.  Nestor's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work extends from sculpture and new media to performance and social practice art.

Professor Kevin Grove, C.S.C. brought to campus renowned author of religious art, Ross King.  Professor Grove’s theology students discussed the portrayal of theological ideas in arts with Mr. King, using Leonardo’s Last Supper and King's book Leonardo and the Last Supper.  The students were able to further grasp how theological ideas take artistic forms.

Professor Perin Gurel invited a guest speaker, Imam Mohammad Sirajuddin of the Islamic Society of Michiana, to talk with her class “Islam and America.”  She also organized two class visits to the Islamic Society of Michiana.  The class gained insight to the diversity of American Muslims, empowering them to transcend simplistic ideas about “Islam vs. America”.  The hope is they will become forces of change against Islamophobia.

Professor Claire Taylor Jones hosted a mini-conference, bringing in historian Professor Fiona Griffiths from Stanford and Professor Ann Marie Rasmussen, a scholar of German from the University of Waterloo. Professor Griffiths and Professor Rasmussen gave keynote lectures, along with a panel of graduate students and medievalists from various departments. This conference was an important networking opportunity for students to make connections within their fields of study.

Professor Mary Celeste Kearney and the department of Gender Studies hosted the undergraduate conference Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race.  The conference offered a platform for scholars from various fields to interrogate the intersections of race and gender from a broad range of historical, global, and contemporary contexts. 

Professor Vania Smith-Oka arranged for guest speakers Dr. Amanda Veile and Dr. Riikka Homanen to visit her Anthropology of Reproduction class.  The students had a unique and exciting opportunity that encouraged their interdisicplinary interest in medicine, culture, and cultural relativism.  

Professor Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi arranged for guest author Gregory Howard to visit her fiction writing class.  The students learned to read as a writer reads, and practiced critical and creative thinking skills through exploratory fiction and prose writing exercises. 

Professor Natalie Porter brought Professor Christena Nippert-Eng and Professor Juno (Rheana) Salazar Parreñas to the classroom. The students engaged in interactive class activities that taught them methods for researching and strategies for writing about human-animal interactions.  They had an invaluable learning experience..

Professor Monica Jancha and her class participated in the TalkAbroad Conversation Partner Exchange. This program allowed students to have a one-on-one conversation with a native speaker.  This program helped the students to gain confidence in speaking a different language with an unfamiliar person.

Professor Susan Blum's class examined the ways food touches human lives by experiencing, in the classroom, unfamiliar food items, ethnic foods. The class heard a lecture by Professor John Brett from the University of Colorado.  Prof. Brett's research is focused on sustainable livelihoods and microfinance in Bolivia, dietary decision-making and urban food systems and sustainability. 

Professor Wenhan Duan, visiting professor of Chinese, was part of the Chinese Food and Business Culture Series events.  Students who took part in these events experienced the preparation of authentic Chinese food and met with a Chinese entrepreneur from a top Chinese high-tech company. The students learned about the business culture and etiquettes in China.

Professor Leonardo Francalanci invited translator and scholar of Catalan language and culture, Mary Ann Newman, to address his University Seminar class Reading the City: Barcelona in Literature and Cinema. Students explored translation as a form of mediation. Students also discussed Josep Maria de Sagarra, author of the novel Private Life, and the accuracy of his portal of early-twentieth-century Spanish culture and society.

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Professor Kristin Valentino introduced the students in her Practicum in Child Maltreatment class to foster care. The students cultivated positive, stable relationships with their mentees, which benefited both mentee and mentor.

Professor Pamela Butler edited the eighth volume of the Gender Studies Honor Society's annual undergraduate academic journal, Through Gendered Lenses. The journal features original scholarly work and research analyzing the significance of gender--and cognate subjects such as sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, economics, religion, and citizenship.  It also provided a valuable learning experience for members of the Society, allowing them to apply critical analysis and reasoning skills. 

Professor Daniel Graff engaged his students in important public policy and cultural debates, challenging the binaries that separate college work from “real life.”  This core group of students met twice each semester in 2016-2017.


Professors Chengxu Yin and Yongping Zhu teamed up to host the tenth annual Chinese Speech Contest.  This event enhances the study of Chinese at Notre Dame and fosters a sense of community among the language students.  

Professor Xiaoshan Yang and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures hosted the fifth annual Celebrate Asia. Celebrate Asia combines the celebrations of three major East Asian festivals: the Chinese Moon Festival, a festival for harvest and family reunion; Tanabata, the Japanese star festival; and Korean Alphabet Day, the commemorative day marking the invention of the Hangul alphabet. Professor Congcong Ma and her class took part in the Chinese Moon Festival.  The students had a chance to practice their language skills and to learn more about Chinese culture. Professor Hana Kang and the Korean program hosted a Celebrating Korean Alphabet Hangul Day during Celebrate Asia, a cross-cultural extracurricular activity that involved students from all three-language programs. Professor Nini Li, a visiting faculty member in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, invited her students to participate in the celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival

Professors Elena Mangione-Lora and Tatiana Botero teamed up to host John Adams High School’s advanced level Spanish classes for a Day of the Dead activity.  

Professor Noriko Hanabusa hosted a Sushi cooking workshop, enhancing the students’ understanding of contemporary Japan in an exciting and hands-on way.  Professor Hanabusa also organized a Japanese New Year Party, which is the biggest national holiday in Japan, involving various traditional activities.  This celebration allowed students to experience traditional food as well as tradition toys and games. 

Professor Shauna Williams, Professor Alessia Blad, Professor Azeb Haileselassie, and Professor Vanesa Miseres  from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures organized an International Week. The week provided a series of cultural events with faculty and students in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. Events included a concert by internationally renowned guitarist Hernan Reinaudo, culinary events, a religious service, an international soccer tournament, and a film series. Professor Maria Jose Fernandez Moreno hosted a panel and a documentary screening of Democracy, Gender, and Human Development in the Andes. Nélida Silva, the subject of the documentary Soy Andina II, and Doris Loayza, the Associate Producer took part in the panel. The event brought together faculty, students, and film producers to discuss the Kellogg Institute's research topic on democracy and human development and with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures research topic on justice and education.

Professor Mary Flannery hosted the annual Economic departmental picnic to kick off the academic year for both students and faculty.  The event provides important opportunities for interaction between faculty and students, enhancing the learning experience of undergraduate majors.  

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Local Events Near Campus

Professor Todd Walatka and his Foundations of Theology class visited the Midwest Torah Center, followed by dinner with local Jewish families.  By visiting a service and sharing a meal with the local Jewish community, students were able to recognize the diverse ways in which the Old Testament is interpreted and made meaningful by different  faith communities. 

Professor Anré Venter and his class explored architecture which hurts and architecture which heals.  As part of this learning experience, the students had in-depth interactions with staff and inmates at the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center. The students redesigned a residential pod, in collaboration with the inmates and staff, and evaluated the effects of architecture on the behavior of the young people.  Students gained an interdisciplinary understanding of the principles that shape the relationship between the built environment and human experience.  They also compared and contrasted the consequences that differing approaches to the design of detention centers have on the behavior of the residents.

Professor Darcia Narvaez took her College Seminar class on field trips to Fernwood Botanical Garden, to the South Bend Farmer’s Market, and to the Purple Porch Co-op. The trip to Fernwood allowed students a chance to practice meditatively enjoying nature and being present to the life around them. The Farmer’s Market and Purple Porch gave the students an opportunity to plan and purchase local foods and cook them together.

Professor Martina Lopez and her class visited the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend where they discussed the role and importance of photography in the archive. For their final project, they sourced images from this archive, as well as various online archives.  The students then reworked the images and re-presented as new works of art.  This process taught students to question the ways in which the archive can both preserve and repress information.

Professor Stephen Lancaster made possible for his students to participate in the Indiana State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Their participation enabled them to gain invaluable feedback through the judging and comments of outside voice teachers, as well as the opportunity to compete with fellow singers at their level.

Professor Eric Haanstad arranged for his College Seminar class on police cultures to meet with Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski at the South Bend Police Department. Following the meeting with Chief Ruszkowski, the class met with Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata, Deputy Chief Stephan Smith, Deputy Chief Keith Kopinski, and Director of Finance and Administration Kyle Johnson and other members of the Notre Dame Security Police for a discussion of campus police issues.  The class also met with Indiana’s Excise Police, and community groups concerned with police and social justice issues. 

Professor Brian Edlefson, Professor Sarah Martin, and Visting Assistant Special Professional Faculty Lucas Korte connected their undergraduate design and drawing students with working artists, community organizers, and formal art institutions. Through a collaborative art installation, the students and community partners explored contemporary art and design issues and non-traditional media. The work culminated in a three-week long exhibition in the East Race district, near downtown South Bend, Indiana.

Professor Gilberto Cárdenas took his students to the studio in the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture to talk with visiting artist Professor Claudia Bernardi of the California College of the Arts. Prof. Bernadi's work helps foster meaningful discussion of human rights and how art can effect social change. Professor Marisel Moreno-Anderson also took her class to meet with Professor Bernadi. Meeting with this artist provided students an opportunity to see how to express art, not just as a decorative element, but also as a tool for social justice, cultural change, and insight into the human condition.

Professor Donald Crafton organized a cultural excursion for his Global Cinema class.  They visited the historic Lerner Theatre in Elkhart, Indiana for a presentation of the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This experience brought silent cinema to life by enabling students to see and hear what a typical night at the movies was like nearly a century ago.

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond took her Theology for a Fragile Earth class on a field trip to Warren Woods State Park in Sawyer, Michigan. This trip inspired students to think carefully about environmental issues through direct contact with the natural world.  Warren Woods is one of the most fragile landscapes local to this area, and contains rare and ancient trees.

Professor Stuart Greene organized four panel discussions that included experts from the Notre Dame and South Bend communities.  The discussions focused on 1) Literacy, 2) Health and Wellness, 3) The Built Environment, and 4) Community Investment.  The panels helped students and other attendees highlight existing partnerships between the University and South Bend, think about sustained community interaction, and to discuss action.  Professor David E. Kirkland, Associate Professor of English and Urban Education at New York University, was a panelist and offered an address on campus about the importance of education and literacy in community building.

Professor Maria McKenna provided several daylong retreats for her Landscapes of Urban Education class. The class worked at the Unity Gardens, participated in a prayer service, toured two local schools, took part in a community yoga practice, took part in a talk at the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, engaged in a workshop at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture related to Dia de los Muertos, and shared meals.

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Nicole Woods and her Art History seminar class took an excursion to Chicago to view the exhibitions Helio Oiticica: Organize Delirium and Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance at the Art Institute of Chicago. The students were given a private tour which gave them a unique viewpoint of the exhibitions.  

Professors Pamela Wojcik and Christine Becker provided their classes with a field trip to the Newberry Library in Chicago for a guided tour of the Hamilton papers and then to see the performance of Hamilton.  Prior to the play, students had the opportunity to share a meal with the actors, the associate director, and the head of digital technology.   The students were able to gain a better understanding of the interplay between media, of the musical genre, and of Hamilton as an historical figure.

Professor Elyse Speaks and her Art in Chicago class traveled to Chicago for a guided tour of the Art Institute, then on to a performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen at the Lyric Opera House.  The trip concluded with a concert by pianist Daniil Trifonov at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  This trip allowed the class to experience the arts in multiple genres. Professors Alain Toumayan and Louis MacKenzie  took their classes to Carmen at the Chicago Lyric Opera.  Their students got a first-hand change to attend a live opera, which gave them a greater understanding of their studies. Professor Christopher Shields and his College Seminar Class went to the same opera. From there, they went on a guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago and viewed works of mercy and compassion in connection with Pope Francis’s designation of 2016 as a Year of Mercy.

Professor Nicholas Teh traveled to Chicago with his Aesthetic Understanding class to The Art Institute of Chicago.  This trip gave students a transformative experience of seeing and discussing aesthetic value on one of the country’s finest art museums.

Professor Emily Remus and her Consuming America class went to Chicago for guided tours of the Driehaus Museum Samuel Nickerson Mansion and the Marshall Field Building. These tours brought to life the course readings and discussion of Thorstein Veblen’s concept of “conspicuous consumption.”  Students had an opportunity to consider class difference as they explored the servant quarters, kitchen, and other backrooms. The visit to Marshall Field provided students with an opportunity to explore the material culture of early consumer capitalism.

Professor Jason Ruiz and his Latinos in American Film class went to the Chicago Latino Film Festival.  The class attended five films and interpreted three of the films for a class project. The students put into practice the concepts and theories that they learned over the course of the semester.

Professor Pierpaolo Polzonetti and his Music and Culture class attended a performance of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold.  This performance helped students to develop a deep understanding and aesthetic appreciation of opera by becoming familiar with its conventions and its rich interplay of textual, musical and visual realms of expression. Professor David O’Connor and his College Seminar students attended a performance of of the same opera at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. Professor Christopher Chowrimootoo and his Music and Culture class also attended this opera.  For them, the production presented a unique opportunity to experience one of the most influential operas live in performance. Students in attendance learned to connect music as an abstract form to its present role in contemporary society. Afterward they demonstrated this knowledge in small review and in their substantial final papers.

Professor Collin Meissner took a group of Glynn Family Honors Program students to the Lyric Opera in Chicago to see a performance of Berlioz's Les Troyens. Attending this performance enriched the students understanding of the motivation, responsibilities and consequences of empire building. Professor Anton Juan and his Performance Analysis class  also attended a performance of Les Troyens. Professor Juan's students deepened their understanding of the premises of sound/sense, and the movement from utterance and sound to text and musical expression.

Professors Catherine Schlegel and Tadeusz Mazurek traveled to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago with 55 students.  They also attended a performance of Sophocles’ Electra at the Court Theatre. The Oriental Institute visit was crucial to understanding the interaction between ancient Greece, ancient Rome and their immediate neighbors. The themes of abuse, revenge, justice and compromise of Electra were relevant to questions raised regarding the justice of recent wars, reparations for past injustices, and the need for those in power to compromise. 

Professor Essaka Joshua and her College Seminar Disability class participated in attended performances of Henry VI parts 2 and 3 and Richard IIIStudents studied the plays as part of their class.  The plays traced the progress of Richard, one of the most iconic characters with a disability in English literature.

Adjunct Professor Sarah Iker Hansberry took her Music History III student to a performance of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. The students learned the cultural norms for attending a live opera and became familiar with how audiences react to operatic tropes in real-time.  They compared how operatic performances today compare in style, staging, and cultural purpose to the opera’s original premiere in 1835 Naples.

Professor Barbara Green and her Gender Studies class traveled to the Art Institute of Chicago for a guided tour of Feminist and Women’s Art.  Class discussions were enhanced by a close look at examples of women’s and feminist art that relates to the cultures described in Laura Mulvey's landmark critical work Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.

Professor Anne Garcia-Romero took her playwriting students to the Chicago Goodman Theatre to attend the performance of the play Destiny of Desire by Karen Zacarias. The students analyzed the play, learned about the professional playwriting proces, and researched the work of a contemporary playwright. Professor Tatiana Botero and her class also saw the play and visited Latin American restaurant.  The play deals with themes closely related to Professor Botero's class material, including transnational communities from Latin American and the Caribbean, and immigrants' social institutions and cultural practices in the United States.

Professor Mark Golitko, Professor Donna Glowacki, and Professor Rahul Oka provided their Anthropology classes an excursion to the Field Museum in Chicago.  The museum houses one of the largest anthropological and archaeological collections in the world, spanning three million years of the human past. The trip provided students with an historical perspective on the mutual development of museum collections and the field of anthropology, and how theoretical trends during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries changed how anthropology engaged with material culture.  The students were also introduced to internship programs at the museum through which they can gain experience in museum research and operations.

Professor Ann-Marie Conrado gave senior students majoring in either industrial design or visual communication design the opportunity to connect with professionals in their respective fields, and opportunities to show them their work during the second annual Senior Design Show & Profession Night at Doblin Innovation Consultants in Chicago.  The students learned how to prepare portfolio materials and how to present their work to design professionals.  They also learned how to interact with industry professionals, talk about their work, as well as network, and build industry connections. Professor Michael Elwell's class prepared portfolio materials, learned how to present their work to design professionals, and interacted with industry professionals and talked about their work, networking and building relationships with industry connections. Professor Andre Murnieks also gave his students a chance to connect with professionals in their respective fields during the show. The students learned how to prepare portfolio materials and present their work to design professionals.  These activities challenged students to think on their feet, demonstrate a mastery of design knowledge and theory without prompting and intellectually engaging with professionals unfamiliar with them and their work in ways that cannot be replicated within the classroom.

Professor Marcio Bahia took a group of students to Chicago to visit Fogo de Chao, one of the best churrascarias in the US.  This allowed the students to have a full cultural experience with dance presentations and traditional Brazilian food.

Professor Tobias Boes took his Truth, Rights, and Justice on the German Stage class to three performances: to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center to attend the live broadcast of the National Theatre's UK's production of The Threepenny Opera, and the live performance by LA Theater Works of Judgment at Nuremberg.  The third visit was to the Chicago Lyric Opera's performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute.  Through these three performances, the class was able to investigate the practical considerations involved in turning a piece of literature into a lived experience for the audience.

Professor Weibing Ye and the East Asian Languages and Cultures department selected students from all levels to attend the Princeton Conference How and Why Language Learning is Useful in China Careers.  Attendance at this conference inspired and gave insight to students wishing to use the Chinese language to develop their career.

Professor Scott Shim took industrial design students to the Industrial Designers Society of America’s Midwest District Design Conference on Radical Concepts.  Participation in the conference was critical to the successful shaping of the student’s design sensibilities, outlook and body of work.  In addition, students had the opportunity to network with professionals and investigate internship and post-graduate channels.

Professor Annie Coleman took her American Wilderness class to visit the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to see how the National Park System protects, manages, and interprets nature. This trip added an experiential component to the reading and writing the class had done on the history of national parks and the challenges involved in managing them.  The visit to the Dunes allowed students to see how a landscape in the heart of the post-industrial Midwest can be coded as Nature or Wilderness, and enabled them to experience and critique the ways The National Park Service has chosen to manage and interpret this environment.

Professor Vittorio Montemaggi took his class on a weeklong visit to Jerusalem, based at Notre Dame’s Global Gateway in Tantur. They visited significant sites that allowed them to reflect on inter-religious dialogue and understanding. To further understanding, they met with local scholars and communities.

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