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Due to COVID-19 and the limitations on travel, no Major or Mid-Size grants were awarded during the Fall 2021 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 events, Projects, On Campus Events, Local Events Near Campus, and Chicago and Beyond.


Spring 2022

During the Spring semester. Professor Alex Chavez had an audio and sound design workshop led by Yollocalli Arts Reach (Chicago, IL) for students in his anthropology course Ballads to Hip-Hop: Music, Migration, and American Latinos. The  workshop took place on the Notre Dame campus and centered around sound editing, sound  recording, and narrative story-telling. The skills acquired will aid students in producing their own multimedia final projects in the form of podcasts on the topic of music and migration. Moreover, these podcasts will subsequently be  featured on Yollocalli’s Studio Y youth-led program Wattz Up! Radio Show broadcast on the Chicago radio station 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio.

Professor Sara Marcus traveled with her USEM (“Performance and Rebellion”) students to Chicago, January 2022, for a performance of the award-winning touring production of Oklahoma! The class watched the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! for class, but the live touring production upended the well-known musical and laid bare some of the work’s most enduring themes about group identity, violence, and the tension between community and the individual. It brought to the surface the deeply political tumult and darkness that is often overlooked in sunnier renditions of the play. This newer production thus reveals the urgent moral and ethical questions at the heart of the story.

Over Spring Break, Professor Eva Dziadula's Economics of Immigration took a Spring Immersion experience to Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico. The course examined theoretical models of migration from the individual’s perspective, as well as the impacts on both the destination and sending countries. While students may be familiar with the impact of immigration in the U.S, this international exposure allows them to consider what the migrants have to go through and what they leave behind. The opportunity to connect with people and hear their experiences in contrast to the political rhetoric in the news creates a deeper understanding of the humanitarian crises that exist around the world, aligned with the university’s mission of social justice and Catholic social tradition. The students had an opportunity to examine the role of stakeholders in responding to migration from Latin America to the United States and reflect on the role of government. They visited a migrant shelter serving those heading to the U.S. on La Bestia train, local church-based shelters, as well as local communities suffering from outmigration. Then, they connected with our ND alumni network serving migrant communities in Mexico City and attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy.

Professor Sarah Stojanovic during the week of March 20-26 hosted a week-long visit of French performance artist Clyde Chabot, co-organized with partners in Atlanta (Emory University and the French Alliance) for cost-sharing  purposes; the proposed activities happened on the Notre Dame campus. Two upper-level contemporary French culture classes which each have a unit  on immigration: ROFR40780 The French at Work and ROFR30781 French Politics Today participated. Chabot’s performances center on memories of migration to and from  Europe, they address contemporary concerns through art and, given their participatory elements,  invite the audience to reflect on these issues and partake in the process of remembering  migration.

On April 9, 2022 Professor Elyse Speaks traveled with her Art History class ("Art in Chicago") to the Art Institute of Chicago, once as a group and then students traveled individually through the semester. The course focused exclusively on the Art Institute’s collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century art.


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

Professor Jennirfer Thorup took her English class, Professor Jacob Schepers took his PLS class, and Professor Joseph Rosenberg took his PLS class to the Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS) performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Washington Hall on January 26, 2022.

On February 27, 2022, all of Professor Gail Bederman's students in both of her College Seminar courses attended the performance of "Show Some Skin: Emerge". 

The Italian Concert was finally held on April 22, 2022 after 2 years of COVID delays. Professor Lesley Sullivan and Professor Patrick Vivirito hosted the Italian program in this long-awaited event.


Guest Speakers/Artists

Professor Jaime Bleck screened "Sun of the Soil" for her Political Science class and then hosted an online talk with the producer and director on September 28,2021.

On September 29, 2021, the art history class of Professor Tatiana Reinoza had a guest lecture by Professor Jennifer Ponce de León who talked about her book "Another Aesthetics is Possible: Arts of Rebellion in the Fourth World War". 

Professor Tim Morton brought in Vivian Evans and Lea Stewart to speak to his Design students on September 29. 2021 about research methodologies used in industry for application to their student projects.

Professor Joyelle McSweeney's English students watched a video presentation by African American alumni poet, Madison McCartha, on October 4, 2021. 

On November 2, 2021, the students in Professor Johanna Frymoyer's  USEM course were joined via Zoom by Professor Lyndsey Copeland to discuss Ghanaian hiplife/Afrobeats and gender. 

In conjunction with other co-sponsors, Professor Koritha Mitchell presented a series of Zoom events on the topic "Homemade Citizenship: Black Success in the Face of White Violence" on October 26 and 27, 2021 including the American Studies students of Professor Perin Gürel. 

The CSEM students of Professor Vania Smith-Oka heard Dr. Cathy Cichon ND '15 (Doc Scribbles) share insights about medicine and art on October 28, 2021. 

On November 3, 2021 the history students of Professor Dan Graff had guest lecturer Professor Naomi R. Williams visit the class to discus her public lecture on her research on labor politics and community coalition building in the de-industrializing heartland during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Professor John Liberatore had guest composers, Alex Temple and Natalie Draper, visit his music composition class on November 5, 2021 to speak with the students and offer constructive feedback on their work in progress. 

Professor Elyse Speaks had Professor Richmond, a Senior Scholar in in the field of contemporary art history, join her art history class to discuss her research on November 11, 2021.

The French students of Professor Sonja Stojanovic had a virtual visit from Dr. Maria Tomlinson to talk about her research with French digital activists on November 22, 2021.

To provide a real-world application of the theoretical concepts of rhythm and synchrony as they are processed in the brain and how they facilitate social bonding and rehabilitation efforts, on November 22, 2021 the psychology students of Professor Vanessa Chan had a group drumming session led by Nicole Williams.  

On December 1, 2021 the Spanish students in Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado's course were in online dialogue with Professor Paul Preston. 

Professor Tiziana Serafini had Professor of Italian, poet, and food expert Luigi Ballerini discuss Aporetic representation of food in Leonardo's paintings with her Italian classes on December 3, 2021.  

On December 7, 2021 Professor Nooshin Hakim Javadi's Art Studio students met an art curator and received a critique of their projects from a professional, Jane Allison Becker Nelson in the field. 

On February 4, 2022, Professor Anne Garcia-Romero had 5 professional playwrights virtually visit her 2 FTT classes. Rachel Lynett (ND ’11) is an award-winning Afro-Latinx playwright, who won the prestigious Yale Drama Prize. Mary Kathryn Nagle is an award-winning writer and one of the most prominent Native-American playwrights in the field of U.S. theatre. 3. Exal Iraheta received his MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University and participated in the Fornés Playwriting Workshop sponsored by the University of Notre Dame. Rohina Malik  is a prominent Asian-American playwright based in Chicago, who is a founding member of the Medina Collective that develops South Asian and Middle Eastern plays. Heather Raffo  is an award-winning Iraqi-American playwright whose work has been produced Off-Broadway, across the U.S. and internationally.

Professor Marisol Moreno invited Haitian-Canadian author Myriam Chancy to her Spanish class on February 7, 2022 to talk about her novel, "What Storm, What Thunder". 

The Anthropology students in Professor Tracie Canada's course virtually met Dr. Michael Ralph on February 8, 2022 to discuss his current work that traces how contemporary insurance companies historically and currently profit from slave insurance policies.

On February 10, 2022 Professor Pam Butler had Hugh Ryan visit their Gender Studies class via Zoom. Hugh Ryan is author of, "The Women's Detention Center: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison". Ryan is the first to research and assemble a history of one of the most significant women's prisons in U.S. history, the Women's Detention Center in Manhattan, NYC.

Professor Sonja Stojanovic's French students had Dr. Sandra Daroczi guest lecture virtually on gender and politics in contemporary France on February 23, 2022.

On February 23, 2022, the Spanish students of Professor Joshua Lund had a class visit by Prof. Anne Garland Mahler to discuss the experience of the Global South and the history of activism that attach the basic global division of labor to protest and independence movements worldwide. 

The FTT students of Professor Susan Ohmer had two guest speakers join their class on Zoom on February 24, 2022. One was Mary Crawford, an alum who spoke to the class about her senior honors thesis on Disney's Star Wars Land. The other was Professor Elizabeth Castaldo-Lunden of the Swedish Film Institute, who has published a book on film and fashion. She spoke about the film "Cruella".

On March 1, 2022 the Philosophy students in Professor Alexander Jech's joint seminar heard a Zoom lecture by Megan Fritts "Simone Weil on Suffering" from a monograph she is writing. 

Professor Eileen Hunt's Honor Seminar students had two Zoom lectures on Camus' classic of plague literature 'La Peste'. The first by David Gunkel and the second by David Armitage on March 15, 2022.

On March 15, 2022, Professor Mary Celeste Kearney's FTT students had a guest lecture by TV Producer Rachael Knudsen to speak on her work producing an episode of 16 & Pregnant. She talked about her team's goals and the production process as well as working on difficult content and dealing with controversy. 

Professor Sonja Stojanovic's French students had Dr. Siham Bouamer guest lecture virtually on the French film "Fatima", which students have seen, and she discussed cinematic representations of marginalized communities and precarious work in contemporary France on April 4, 2022.

The College Seminar students in Professor Tracie Canada's course virtually met Brendane Tynes on April 7, 2022 and discussed her ethnographic research which focuses on the affective experiences of Black girls, women, and non-binary femme people who have lived through gendered violence in Baltimore.

On April 11, 2022, Professor Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal's English students had a guest lecture "Theories of Sound and Data" by Prof. David Cecchetto from York University.

Professor Yeonhee Yoon invited the Hon. Consulate General of Republic of Korea-US Relations, Mr. Woong-ghee Cha, to speak to her Korean students on April 11, 2022.

The USEM students of Professor Tatiana Reinoza had a guest lecture by Professor Mauricio Ramirez on April 14, 2022 on the relationship between art and politics in U.S. Central American art, focusing on race, the politics of visibility, solidarity, and belonging in and beyond San Francisco, CA. 

On April 14, 2922, the FTT students of Professor Mary Celeste Kearney had an in-class meeting with Conor Hanney, an ND alum who specializes in entertainment with/for/about disabled people. 

The Art Studio students from Professor Nooshin Hakim Javadi's course received Curator Critique on April 14, 2022 from Alison Hiltner, who has active and competitive gallery space. 

Professor Matthew Kilbane provided the book "Velario" to his English students to be used in conjunction with the class visit from the author Xavier Aquino Navarro on April 14, 2022.

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Throughout the fall 2021 semester, the psychology students in Professor Kristin Valentino's practicum course will mentor a child in foster care in St. Joseph county by engaging in individual student activities.

The Spanish students of Professor Vanesa Miseres explored African roots in Brazilian cooking with a lecture by NDIAS Fellow Scott Alves Barton on Afro-Brazilian foodscapes on September 22, 2021. After the lecture the students tasted some traditional recipes cooked by the instructor. 

Professor Monica Jancha's Spanish students were able to use their language skills with native speakers through an online platform with trained conversationalists from Latin America and Spain on November 29, 2021.

On November 29. 2021. Professor Claire Reisings' French students discussed topics related to vocabulary and cultural themes from the semester with online conversation partners from French-speaking countries. 

During the Spring semester, the French students of Professor Azeb Haileselassie had a service learning project by going to Clay International Academy once a week and assisting the teacher with teaching French to elementary students.

Professor Cara Ocobock's Anthropology (Exercise Physiology lab) students utilized equipment needed to conduct in-class laboratory exercises to provide students with hands-on experience.

On April 11, 2022. Professor Claire Reisings' French students discussed topics related to vocabulary and cultural themes from the semester with online conversation partners from French-speaking countries. 

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On Campus Events

A debate on Heliocentric and Geocentric theories was held by the PLS students of Professor Tawrin Baker in the Oak Room on September 27, 2021.

On October 3, 2021, the Korean students of Professor Hana Kang celebrated Korean Alphabet Hangul Day. 

The Chinese Food Festival and Gathering was held on October 10, 2021 for all the Chinese students in the classes taught by Professor Chengxu Yin, Professor Congcong Ma, Professor Jincheng Liu, Professor Jin Zhang, and Professor Weibing Ye. 

On October 29. 2021 the Spanish students in Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's, Professor Tatiana Botero's, and Professor Rachel Parroquin's courses gathered with advanced Spanish students from John Adams High School to celebrate the Day of the Dead which included guided conversations, presentations, musical performances, and a community meal.

Professor Tatiana Botero's and Professor Elena Mangione-Lora's Spanish students had a Flamenco experience with Jaime El Estampio on November 11, 2021. 

Professor Noriko Hanabusa's Japanese students enjoyed a Noringo Program Party on November 14, 2021, which aimed to intermingle students in the lower levels with ones in the higher levels to practice language skills in a real-life context and for the upper-level students to work collaboratively to conduct the event and learn the Japanese work ethic. 

On November 15, 2021, the FTT students in Professor Tarryn Chun's course attended a performance of the play "This is Modern Art" and then had a discussion with the Director and ND Alum, Zuri Eshun '14. The discussion focused on the questions opened up by the play around artistic value, taste, and cultural bias through the story of graffiti artists in Chicago.

Professor Johanna Frymoyer provided an accompanist and refreshments for her Music class to have a Christmas Carol music theory review on December 11, 2021.

Professor Richard Klee hosted both classes of his PLS students to Seminar II Dinner and Discussion on March 1, 2022 in the PLS Lounge.

On March 2, 2022 Professor Aaron Michka hosted a mid-term review dinner for his Anthropology class. 

The students in Professor Karen Richman's Caribbean and Creole classes learned about culture, migration, and cuisine through a presentation by a Haitian-born chef who cooked an authentic Haitian meal. 

Professor Marcio Bahia hosted 2 Portuguese Language Tables for his Portuguese students on March 23 and April 7, 2022. This gave students a chance to experience Brazilian and cultural elements outside the classroom and included students, former students, and the Portuguese-speaking community in South Bend.

The Creole Language students in Professor Karen Richman's course watched the film, Madan Sara, by Etant Dupain about Haitian market women after reading a book about Haitian market women on March 31, 2022. After the screening, the filmmaker spoke to the class.

On April 5 and 12, 2022 Professor Eric Haanstad's University Seminar (USEM) students explored Notre Dame's Martial Arts Student Communities by meeting ND Marital Arts Institute Instructors as well as the Men's and Women's Boxing Head Coach and Captains. 

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Local Events Near Campus

The students in Professor Jennifer Huynh's American Studies class attended a film screening of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", Marvel's first Asian American superhero.

On October 6, 2021 Professor James Haring took his theology course to the Horn of Plenty Co-op for a site visit and an opportunity for a discussion with David Yoder, founder of the Co-op with a focus on sustainability and technology. 

Professor Noreen Deane-Moran's English students discussed 19th Century Societal Norms over a meal at Cioa's Restaurant on November 9, 2021.

On November 19. 2021, the students in Professor Karen Richman's Creole Language and Culture class enjoyed a discussion over an authentic Haitian dinner.

The Italian students in Professor Tiziana Serafini's course had an Italian cooking class in Prof. Serafini's home on March 26 and April 1, 2022. She taught her students to make homemade gnocchi while discussing the history behind Italian food and use food vocabulary. 

On March 27, 2022 Professor Lionel Jensen took his USEM students on a field trip to Fernwood Botanical Garden to explore arboreal species diversity while wandering in the nature preserve and marshland along the St. Joseph River with the assistance of a guide and the professor.

The Arabic students in Professor Catherine Bronson's courses enjoyed an Itfar dinner at Aladdin Restaurant on April 13, 2022.

Professor Paul Kollman took his Theology students on a field trip to MennoHof and a dinner at an Amish restaurant in Shipshewana, IN on April 18, 2022

The Korean students in Professor Yeonhee Yoon traveled to her home to enjoy making a Korean meal, discussing etiquette in the Korean culture on April 22, 2022

On April 25, 2022 Professor Anre Venter took his Drunk on Film (an online class) to a Sober Bowling event at Strikes and Spares in Mishawaka, IN. This event was planned to get students to socialize with other students they do not know in a sober event.

Professor Patrick Clauss invited the AnBryce scholars in his Writing and Rhetoric course to his home on April 30, 2022 for dinner and to give their Research presentations in a more relaxed setting

The Hindi Language students in Professor Amitra Sharma's course dined at a local Indian restaurant on May 3, 2022 which provided the students an opportunity to exercise language conversations in a real time set up. 

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Chicago and Beyond

On September 28, 2021, Professor Joshua Lund's Spanish students traveled to the University of Chicago for a workshop with Professor Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky on an essential, but little studies film genre, non-professional civilian videos of police activity. 




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. No Major nor 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.)

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.

On March 26, 2021, artist Sandra Fernandez visited online with Professor Tatiana Botero's Spanish class to give a talk "On Migrations, Dreams and Dreamers".

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". 

On April 13, 2021 Professor Victoria Hui's Political Science students had a meet-the-author session. The class read a large portion of John Pomfret's book "The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom" and he visited online so students could ask him questions and have him talk about US-China relations today.

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. 

On April 15, 2021 Professor Ana Fauri' Portuguese students were given unique opportunity to listen to and dialogue with two scholars who have devoted their academic careers to studying and researching indigenous people in Brazil and in the Americas. One of the speakers, Dr. Dorrico belongs to an indigenous population in the North of Brazil, and has been publishing books for the past few years. Dr. da Cunha has published numerous articles and essays about indigenous cultural movements and literary production in Brazil.

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.  

A series organized for intermediate Spanish classes by Elena Mangione-Lora, Tatiana Botero, and Rachel Parroquin on arts and culture. focusing on music and visual arts and their use as tools for activism. On April 24, 2021, Jaime El EStampio gave a talk and demonstration on Flamenco, Today and Historically.

Novelist Betina Gonzalez visited Professor Joshua Lund's Spanish class and gave an online lecture on her acclaimed novel "American Delerium" on April 26, 2021.

On April 27, 2021 Professor Victoria Hui's College Seminar class took part in a virtual talk by Pema Doma to speak on the politics of the Beijing Olympics and the mobilization to boycott the games.

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". 

The USEM class of Professor Karrie Koesel will be reading part of Prof. Andrew Johnson's recent book "If I Give my Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro" and watching the accompanying documentary "If I Give My Soul". Prof. Johnson joined the class online to give a guest lecture and discuss his research on prison ministry in Brazil and social change.

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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. 

The Education, Schooling, and Society students in Professor Rachel Fulcher Dawson's class collected books and bagged them to be given away to students at the Robinson Community Learning Center on April 1, 2021.

Professor Joshua Koen's paychology class created pamphlets based on their Cognitive Aging blog essays on a variety of topics and distributed these to older adults at the Forever Learning Institute on May 11, 2021.

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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. 

On April 12-16, 2021 as part of Romance Week, a recurring spring event focusing on Cultural Awareness and Cultural Reflectivity, Professors Maria Coloma, Tiziana Serafini, and Patrick Vivirito provided gift cards for students taking part in the various competitions. 

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Please note that due to COVID-19 some grant-funded events slated for Spring 2020 were canceled or delayed.

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.


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 Venues, Guest Speakers/Artists events, Projects, On Campus Events, Local 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 Clauss, Professor 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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Major & Mid-Size Grants

Each semester, faculty members compete for the Mid and Major Teaching Beyond the Classroom awards.  These funds range between $5,000 and $20,000.

Professor Steffen Kaupp and Professor John Deak will travel to Vienna in June with their students.  This excursion will allow students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, modern day Austria, and its role within the European Union.

Professor Matthew Ashley and Professor Tzvi Novick will take their classes on a three-day trip to Washington DC during Fall Break 2018 to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  The goal of this trip will be not to come to the "meaning" of the Holocaust or to "solve" the painful problems it presents, but to appreciate and learn from attempts to respond to it both creatively and responsibly.

Professor Anre Venter and Professor Lucien Steil will take their students on an immersion experience through a community placement throughout the semester with the Clubhouse of St. Joseph County, an organization that provides adults with mental illnesses hope and opportunity.  During Fall Break 2018, students will experience a week long immersion in Italy at San Patrignano, a residential recovery community for youth struggling with addiction.

Professor Aldo Tagliabue and his class will travel to Chicago in March 2019 to attend a performance of the La Traviata Opera at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre.  This trip will help make students more sensitive to the value of Fine Art and Literature.

Professor Richard Jones will travel with his Covering America class over Spring break 2019 to Puerto Rico where they will cover the island's recovery from Hurricane Maria. Students will work with island-based journalists, conduct on-the-ground reporting, and participate in a community service project devoted to helping the island rebuild.

Professors Michael Desch, Daniel Bardayan, Eugene Gholz, and Daniel Lindley will travel in March 2019 with a group of students participating in  nuclear learning event.  They will visit the Nevada National Security Site, the Nellis Air Force Base, and the National Atomic Testing Museum.   This trip will expose students to the history of the nuclear age through direct immersion and expose them to real U.S. military operations, training, and weapons systems.

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

Small Grants

The Small Teaching Beyond the Classroom award is given on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and is for up to $1,500. The awards can be for on-campus projects and off-campus projects. 

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other Theater Venues

In September and again in November, Professor Peter Holland and his class will attend screenings of productions via the Live from the National Theatre at the Browning Cinema.  The class will analyze theatre performances relayed to movie theatres.

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz and his class will attend the theater version of Shelley's Frankenstein at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in October.  Attendance of this performance will enable students to think about the literary work's influence on art and culture.

Professor Pedro Aguilera-Mellado class will attend in October a screening of the Dead Poets Society.  The screening and discussion following the movie will give students ample possibilities to keep discussing, in Spanish, why literature matters.

In November, Professor Tarryn Chun and her class will attend the screening of the film Crazy Rich Asians in Browning Cinema, followed by a panel discussion with faculty from FTT, EALC, and American Studies. This event will alow students opportunities for collaboration across departments and institutes at the University.

Professor Maria McKenna, several other faculty members, and students from the Department of Africana Studies will attend the performance of Renee Elise Goldsberry at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center in February and share a meal afterwards.  Students attendance at this performance will  allow for cross disciplinary, multi-aged, and layered conversations and break down barriers between academic and social/residential life.

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

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

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

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

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

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Guest Speakers/Artists

In September, Professor Eugene Halton will bring to his Sustainable Wisdom, Civilization, and the Good Life class guest lecturer Christopher Connell who will address current issues the class is studying.  

Guest lecturer Colleen Kielton of the Vibrance Center of Michiana will visit Professor Natalie Porter's class in September to demonstrate Complementary & Alternative Medicine.   

In October, Professor Roel Sterckx, University of Cambridge, will visit Professor Liang Cai's Early Chinese Empires class to discuss with students early China.

Guest author Sade Murphy will visit Professor Joyelle McSweeney's class three times during September and October to provide 'master class'-type seminars and devise out and in class activities to help students practice and polish these skills.

During the month of September, Professor Lucas Korte will bring to his senior seminar class guest speakers Diana Palomo, Amy Klingler, Kyle Thorne and Jake Neece to discuss different career paths in studio art and design.  Students will have a chance to interview each speaker.

With the help of Teaching Beyond the Classroom and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Professor Jeff Spoonhower and visiting lecturer's Steve Copeland and Will Roget, II will present a series of lectures, a group panel, and several class visits on the challenges and rewards of game development, during the Fall semester.  Students, faculty, staff, and the public will have the opportunity to learn about the world of video game development from three veteran developers with over 40 years of combined professional experience. Spoonhower, Copeland, and Roget have closely collaborated in the production of an award-winning independent video game titled Anew: The Distant Light.

Professor Erika Doss will bring to her African American Art class, in September, a lecture by art historian and artist Professor Carmenita Higginbotham.  Professor Higginbotham's knowledge will expand students' understanding of modern American art to a larger and more nuanced consideration of the roles that race, radicalized assumptions, and racism play in the construction, and deconstruction, of modern American art history.

In October, Professor Alex Chavez will host for his Ballads to Hip-Hop: Music, Migration, and American Latinos class an audio and sound design workshop led by Yollocalli Arts Reach of Chicago, Illinois.  The workshop will center around sound editing, sound recording, and narrative story-telling. The skills acquired will aid students in producing their own multimedia final projects in the form of podcasts that will subsequently be featured on Yollocalli's Studio Y youth-led program Wattz Up, broadcast on Chicago radio station 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio.

During October, Professor Sonja Stojanovic has arranged for a class visit by contemporary French author Gaël Faye.  Students will learn more about his writing process and be able to ask him about his critique of contemporary French society.

During November, Guest lecturer Joshua Clover will visit Professor Hector Melo Ruiz's Violence and Unrest in Latin American Lettered City classroom to discuss riots, rebellions and revolutions.  An expert in the field, Professor Joshua Clover can substantially contribute to resolve some theoretical inquires and broaden the scope of them.

This Fall semester, Professor Azareen VanDerVlietOloomi will bring to her class winning author and TV personality Eileen Myles.  The students will have the opportunity to discuss form, process, publishing, and the marketplace.

Professor Vanesa Miseres will bring to her class in November Professor Nathalie Bouzaglo. Professor Bouzaglo will participate in reading groups and final project discussions with the students.  This is provide an alternative environment to the class setting to diversify the learning experience and enhance students' analytical and professional skills.

In November, Professor Louis MacKenzie has asked poet and ND alumnus Don Hynes to visit his USEM class.  The students will learn about poetry from an expert in the field.

Professor David Barba will bring to his class in December guest speaker Chloe Lenihan.  She will discuss her work writing and producing the short film How Far She Went.

Professor Pamela Wojcik will bring to Notre Dame in February guest speaker Dana Polan who will provide a class visit as well as a public lecture.  Polan will discuss Frank Sinatra as a singer and the significance of records to his comeback.

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Alison Rice has invited French Author Fabienne Kanor to visit her classroom in April for a discussion of the novel students will read as part of her course. Students will gain insight into the writing process and themes at the heart of the writer's corpus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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During October and November, Professor Monica Jancha and her class will take part in the TalkAbroad Conversation Exchange via video-chat with native speakers of Spanish.  These speakers are trained, professional conversation partners from Latin America.  These conversations will allow students to have authentic conversations about culture in countries that they are studying.  Students will write a reflection about the experience and will give a presentation at the end of the semester.

Professor Nicole Woods and her students will take part in An Evening of Avant-Garde Cinema in November at the Browning Cinema. Students will have the opportunity to curate an evening of films by artists they have studied in the course.  Students will select films, arrange order of presentation, give short introductions at the screening and moderate a Q&A period afterward.

Professor Mary Celeste Kearney and students from the Gender Studies program will take part in the International Girls Studies Association Conference here on campus in February.  This experience will broaden thinking about how gender intersects with age.

During November, Professor Francesca Bordogna and her class will enact a Galileo historical debate between proponents of geocentrism and proponents of heliocentrism.  Students will learn how to think as 16th and 17th-centuries historical actors.

In November, Visiting Professor Marianne Tarcov and her Japanese Horror Class participated in an email interview with Japanese Horror manga artist Ito Junji. Students explored the transnational cultural backdrop of Japanese horror.

Professor Vanesa Miseres and her Texts to Table class will create their own cookbook based on class readings which focus on the connections between food and literature in Latin America.  The cookbook will be published at the end of the Spring semester.

Professor Eric Haanstad and his students will explore Notre Dame's Martial Arts student communities with campus field trips and guest demonstrations during the month of November.   These activities will enhance the assignments and final essay for the class as well as develop a holistic understanding of martial arts and global media through interdisciplinary lenses and analytical tools.

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

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

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

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

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

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Professor Congcong Ma will host a performance party as part of Celebrate Asia held by the Chinese Program annually.  This event helps to expose students to a different culture.  Students have a chance to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture in a casual situation.

Professor Hana Kang and the department of  East Asian Languages and Cultures will celebrate with students the Korean Thanksgiving, Chuseok in September and in October they will celebrate Korean Alphabet Hangul Day. Students will be introduced to Korean folk dance and food.  They also will be provided the opportunity learn the Korean language and history of Korean alphabet writing.

Professors Elena Mangione-Lora and Tatiana Botero will host students from John Adams High School's advanced level Spanish classes for a Day of the Dead Celebration.  This event not only encourages rigorous academic production, but also builds on a continued relationship with our community partner.

Professor Xiaoshan Yang will host East Asian Studies Day in November.  This activity promotes interaction among students from all three language sections.

Professor Wei Wang and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will host the a celebration of the Chinese New Year in February. Through the many planned activities students have a chance to learn Chinese language and understand Chinese culture in a casual situation.

Professor Noriko Hanabusa and the Japanese Program will celebrate Nihongo at Notre Dame this year.  Planned events are Sempai Voices in September; mini cooking events during the year; and a cherry blossom festival in April.  Students will have the opportunity to practice their Japanese language skills, work collaboratively in groups and build a stronger community.

In November, Visiting Professor Qi Wang and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will treat University students to a Chinese Culture Festival.  This event will provide a way for students to learn Chinese language and culture by taking part in actual Chinese cultural activities. 

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

Professors Chengxu Yin, Yongping Zhu and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will host the 2019 Chinese Speech Contest in April.  This is the 11th year for this event.  It provides an opportunity for upper level students to get to know lower level students and for faculty t o assess learning outcomes of students.

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Local Events Near Campus

Visiting Professor Rebecca Gibson and her class will observe primates at the Potawatomi Zoo in September.  The students will be able to observe primates in a relaxed and natural setting.  

Professor Darcia Narvaez and her Science, Psychology and Morality in the Anthropocene class will take part in a retreat at Potato Creek State Park and plant a native garden by St. Mary's Lake.  These activities will foster student comfort in the natural world.

Professor Michael Macaluso and his class will attend a viewing of The Hate U Give at Cinemark 14 Theatre during the 2018 Fall semester.  Students will compare diversity in film and literature.

Professor Elizabeth Evans will take her Writing India class in December to a local authentic Indian restaurant to expose them to the sights, smells, and flavors of traditional Indian cuisine and enrich their understanding of the significance of food in Indian Anglophone writing.

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

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

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Chicago and Beyond

Professor Spencer Hawkins and his class will travel to Chicago in September to see the performance of Homos, or Everyone in America by John Seavey. This experience will assist students in understanding contemporary subcultures historically through engagement with the arts.

Between September and November, Professor Susan Ohmer and her class will experience two field trips.  They will attend the Raindance Festival in Leicester Square, London and take the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, England.​​​​​

Professor Collin Meissner and his class will travel to the Chicago Lyric Opera in October to attend the production of Idomeneo.  This will be a great opportunity for students to broaden their intellectual development.

Professor Emily Remus and her Consuming America class, in October, will travel to Chicago to take part in guided tours of the Driehaus Museum, Samuel Nickerson Mansion, and the Marshall Field Building.

Professor Patrick Clauss and his Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric class visited the American Writers Museum in October.  The class viewed the exhibit of Frederick Douglass which further enhanced their study of Douglass.

Professor Susan Youens, Professor Christopher Chowrimootoo and and Professor David O'Connor will travel with their classes to Chicago in November to experience Siegfried at the Lyric Opera.  This experience will allow students to learn about intersections between opera and philosophy.

Professor Kiera Duffy and her class will travel to Chicago in November to attend a performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  This experience will give students a chance to see first-hand the vocal techniques they have studied in class.

Professor Jennifer Huynh will take her class on a political tour of Chicago in November.  They will tour Chinatown to study current problems of gentrification and displacement, meeting with the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.  The group will enjoy traditional Xinjiang food and visit the National Museum of Mexican Art.  The trip will conclude with a mural tour by Pilsen Public Art Tours.

Professor Marcio Bahia, Professor Sandra Teixeira and students of the Portuguese Program will travel to Chicago in December to experience an authentic Brazilian Churrascario.

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

Professor Elyse Speaks and her class will travel to Chicago in March to visit the Art Institute of Chicago and MCA Chicago.  Viewing the Art Institute collection first-hand is invaluable to learning to look, think, and write about works of art.

Professor Fletcher Coleman and his class will visit the Art Institute of Chicago in March, after having Dr. Diao Changyu, an expert in utilizing 3-D technologies, lead a class session.  Students will have a chance to experience some immersive technologies Dr. Diao has been working with recently.

Professor Francesca Murphy and her class will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in March to attend a performance of Spamalot at the Miller High Life Theatre on March 2, 2019. Students will be able to evaluate the ways modern bricolage/pastiche/parody can open versus close channels of shared meaning.

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

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

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

Professors Henry Weinfield and Joseph Rosenberg will travel with their students in April to the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory to attend a performance of Hamlet. Attending this performance will be a valuable educational experience as both classes will be studying the play.

In April, Professor Karen Richman and her Caribbean Diasporas class will travel to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and attend a performance of the award wining play Sweat and share an authentic cuisine and culture of Caribbean Garifuna people at Garifuna Flava.

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

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

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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. 

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 Want, Professor 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-Rios, Professor 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-Anderson, Professor 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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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.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and Other Theater Venues

Professor Joanna Want and her Writing & Rhetoric class attended a performance of Show Some Skin.  The 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 Blues.  The 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 III.  Students 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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