TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (April 12)


For the Week of April 12

University Initiatives

Notre Dame Day
The eighth annual Notre Dame Day is here! Please tune in to the live broadcast featuring amazing stories of students, professors, alumni and friends of Notre Dame who are making an impact all over the world and make a gift to further the work of the areas of campus that mean the most to you! Speaking of which ... did you know ERGs are included in Notre Dame Day?
The Notre Dame Day broadcast will be live from campus on:
Sunday, April 18; 6:42 p.m. to 12:11 a.m.
Monday, April 19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:42 p.m. to 12:11 a.m.

Arts and Performances


Student Exhibition: “Pivot”
“Pivot” represents work from across concentrations within the Department of Art, Art History and Design. This exhibition features art selected by instructors based solely on merit. Art on display will cover the gamut from drawings to sculpture and everything in between.
Monday, April 12; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in AAHD Gallery, 214 Riley Hall of Art and Design

Slow Look
Relax and recharge during a slow look at Terry Evans’s “Specimen Drawer of Cardinals, Field Museum, Chicago.” Tools of mindfulness meditation will be used as a way to approach and understand this work of art.
Thursday, April 15; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom


Radio Plays: Projects from The Art and Performance of Voice Acting
Students in FTT course “The Art and Performance of Voice Acting” share excerpts from radio plays. Tasked with creating mini recording studios in residence halls, closets and blanket forts, each group created foley sound effects, chose their visuals and edited these short contemporary audio dramas, which were rehearsed and recorded remotely.
Thursday, April 15; 7:30 p.m. online

Deadlines or Registrations

Application Closes for Community Engagement Faculty Institute
The Community Engagement Faculty Institute (CEFI) is offered for all who want to explore or deepen their knowledge, skills and passion for community-engaged teaching, learning and research. CEFI 2021 will focus conversations, readings and site visits on the theme of “Childhood Adversity and Solidarity in South Bend.” Register by Friday, April 16.
The institute will take place Wednesday through Friday, June 2-4

Use Your Educational Benefit Toward Summer Online Courses 
Are you interested in enhancing your skills or diving into big ideas this summer? Take a Summer Online course and enjoy the convenience and flexibility of studying anywhere. The employee educational benefit can be used to help pay for Summer Online courses for you or your children. Apply today at  

Deals and Discounts

New Pet Insurance Discount Program
What is pet insurance? Pet insurance can help your pet get the best veterinary care available when they need it by reducing the financial burden of unexpected medical costs due to illness or injury. Plus, preventive wellness options could help you stay ahead of any potential issues all together.

Diversity and Inclusion

Talk: “Raising Anti-Racist Children”
This lively session, presented by Thrive! Inspiring ND Women, will focus on the importance of positive identity and representation as well as age-appropriate conversations to build courage in the kids in your life to combat racism. Register by Tuesday, April 13.
Wednesday, April 14; noon to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Taking Control: 3 Ways to Start Feeling Good about Your Finances
If you’re looking to get your financial situation back on track, join Fidelity for an educational webinar where you’ll learn financial know-how from the ground up and walk away with three specific to-dos: build a rainy-day fund, prioritize spending and manage debt.
Tuesday, April 13; 8 a.m. via webinar
Thursday, April 15; 3 p.m.

Facilitating Effective Discussions in Social Sciences and Humanities
In this workshop, participants will explore strategies for sparking effective discussions and generating inclusive student interactions. We will also brainstorm how to turn those strategies into concrete action in social sciences and humanities classrooms by practicing a range of discussion techniques.
Tuesday, April 13; 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. via Zoom

Intro to Github and Markdown
Learn the basic functions of contributing to a repository and writing documents in its preferred plain-text format, markdown.
Wednesday, April 14; 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 246 (Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship), Hesburgh Library

Why Black Education is a Life Issue: Racial Justice and the Church’s Call to Action
The McGrath Institute for Church Life welcomes Ernest Morrell to a conversation about Black education as a life issue, focusing on the possibilities of global education in the Catholic Social Tradition to enhance civic, social, spiritual and personal futures for this community.
Wednesday, April 14; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Personal and Professional Branding at Work
Most people think about networking as key to finding new positions or opportunities. This workshop explores the importance and benefits of also networking within your own team and department. Participants will review best practices and creative exercises and activities that may help expand and increase their brand and network.
Wednesday, April 14; 1 to 2 p.m. virtually

Using Open Educational Resources in Your Class
Open Educational Resources are free educational materials that are publicly available for use in the classroom. This workshop will explain some of the advantages of using these resources, give multiple examples of them, illustrate how they’ve been incorporated into classes and detail strategies finding and incorporating these resources into your own course.
Wednesday, April 14; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. via Zoom

Designing Effective Short Courses
Thursday, April 15; 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. via Zoom

Mindfulness 101
Take a break in the midst of a stressful time. This workshop will focus on sharing the foundational principles of mindfulness, while leaving plenty of time for guided practice. Participants will leave with new strategies for supporting their well-being. All levels of mindfulness experience welcome. Presented by Jenna Gehl Jones.
Friday, April 16; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Identify and Prioritize Your Savings Goals
If you want help saving for multiple goals, join Fidelity for an educational webinar where you’ll learn strategies and tips on prioritizing and funding your specific savings goals, like buying a new home or car, saving for a child’s college costs and more.
Tuesday, April 20; 4 p.m. via webinar
Thursday, April 22; noon

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ GLez Training, Tuesday, April 20; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ InDesign CC, Level I: Basic Document Creation, Tuesday, April 20; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ InDesign CC, Level II: Tips and Tricks, Wednesday, April 21; 9 to 11 a.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level I: Working in Docs, Sheets and Slides, Wednesday, April 21; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Spreadsheets, Level II: Formulas and Functions, Thursday, April 22; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Google Sheets, Level III: Intermediate Functions, Thursday, April 22; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at 

Faith and Service

Open Wide Our Hearts Week
The Center for Social Concerns and the Right to Life Club collaborate to create a week of activities centered on the pastoral letter given by the United States Bishops. The conversation throughout the week is focused on race as a life issue and life as a race issue.
∙ Mass
Monday, April 12; 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
∙ Prayer Service for an End to Racial Injustice
Wednesday, April 14; 9 to 9:30 p.m. at the Grotto

Easter Prayer Series for Staff
Staff are invited to a virtual Easter prayer series led by Staff Chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C. Take time for prayer and reflection in your day as Father Jim offers different forms of prayer throughout the Easter season. All faith traditions are welcome. RSVP here.  
Wednesday, April 14; 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
Mark your calendar for one or all of the following Wednesdays.
April 14: Prayer of Welcoming
April 28: Contemplative Prayer
May 5: Centering Prayer

Lectures and Presentations

Lecture: “The Struggle of Muslims for Religious Freedom in the United States”
Join the Constitutional Studies and Tocqueville programs for a lecture by Asma Uddin, author of “When Islam is Not a Religion.”
Tuesday, April 13; 9:35 to 10:50 a.m. virtually

Kellogg Institute Panel: State Responses to COVID in Comparative Perspective
Across democratic states, public policy responses to COVID-19 have varied dramatically. This panel will consider the great divergence of government responses and outcomes, examining case studies from the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Free to attend; registration required.
Tuesday, April 13; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Nation Building and National Minorities: Case Studies from Europe”
The Nanovic Institute hosts Andrea Cartney as Notre Dame’s spring Visiting Italian Fulbright Scholar in collaboration with the Center for Italian Studies and the College of Arts and Letters. His research is mainly focused on the concept of national identity, nationalism and ethnocentrism, and on Euro-Asian history and pan-Turanism. Registration required.
Tuesday, April 13; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Inspiring Conversations: “The Myths and Terrible Truths of Human Trafficking”
Presented by Sister Gabriella Bottani, S.M.C., of Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking, and Sister Ann Oestreich, I.H.M., of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.
Tuesday, April 13; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Hands-On Technology: Master the Screencast
In this 30-minute workshop, participants will learn to record, edit and share videos using Screencastify. Simple step-by-step instructions will be provided, as well as an opportunity to practice screen-recording independently after the session.
Tuesday, April 13; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Discussion: “The History of Christianity in Africa”
What has Christianity looked like in Africa throughout history? Join Rev. Paul Kollman, C.S.C., for a discussion of ancient Christianity in northern Africa, the spread of the religion to sub-Saharan Africa and the role of Catholic and Protestant missionaries more recently. Live discussions will take place on April 13 and 20.
Tuesday, April 13; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Discussion — “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine”
Noura Erakat, human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University, offers a new approach to understanding the Palestinian struggle for freedom by examining the power and control of international law. Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and research professor of international dispute resolution, will respond.
Tuesday, April 13; 4 to 5 p.m. virtually

Discussion — “Capitol Insurrection: The Legal-Political Future of Domestic Terrorism”
Women in International Security will host this discussion led by Jimmy Gurulé, Notre Dame Law professor and expert on international criminal law and national security law, to explore the various security implications of Jan. 6.
Tuesday, April 13; 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom

Time-Out for Tech: “I Know Your Password”
The internet frequently exposes your password. Changing passwords and remembering new ones is annoying and difficult. We will show you how to know when your passwords leak and how to keep secure and sane in a world of constant data breaches. Once you’re registered, the Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Wednesday, April 14; 10:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Interview: “Heart’s Desire and Social Change”
Join Vice President and Associate Provost Rev. Dan Groody, C.S.C., as he interviews Sara Martinez Tucker, the former chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents and current member of Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees.
Wednesday, April 14; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. online

The 2021 Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics: “Ethics in an Age of Disruptions”
Keith Darcy is president of Darcy Partners Inc., a boutique consulting firm formed in 2002 that works with boards and senior executives on a variety of complex governance, ethics, compliance and reputation risk challenges. In addition to his work as an independent senior adviser to Deloitte, Darcy has more than 40 years of experience and has worked with clients across six continents and in all business sectors. Click here to register.
Wednesday, April 14; 4 p.m. via Zoom

Global Health Colloquium: “Conditionally Dependent Group Behaviors of the Pathogenic Bacterium Pseudomonas Aeruginosa”
Seminar presented by Joshua Shrout, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences and concurrent associate professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame. Contact for the Zoom link to attend.
Wednesday, April 14; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Discussion: “Ecuadorian Indigenous Marriage Rites and Traditions”
Marriage is one tradition found in virtually every society — even if it looks different across cultures. For Ecuadorian indigenous people, rites and traditions affect all aspects of marriage, from engagement to face washing. Join Kichwa Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Laura Carvajal in discussing these traditions.
Wednesday, April 14; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Illegal Wildlife Trade and Community Engagement Strategies”
Part of the GLOBES Science Policy Lecture Series, “Engaging Communities in Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade — Opportunities and Challenges?” Dilys Roe, principal researcher, Natural Resources and Biodiversity Research Group, International Institute for Environment and Development. Email for more info and registration.
Thursday, April 15; 11 a.m. to noon online

NDI Global Roundtable Series: “Home Under the Dome: Notre Dame’s Engagement with the International Student Community on Campus and Beyond”
This roundtable will focus on Notre Dame’s current engagement with the international student community, at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Our graduate and undergraduate representatives will speak about their experiences at Notre Dame and their engagement with the community.
Thursday, April 15; 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom

Lecture — “The American Trip: Revisiting Ed Kienholz’s Concept Tableaux”
Damon Willick is professor and chair of the Department of Art History at Loyola Marymount University, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary art and has a particular research concentration on American visual culture of the post-World War II period. Register in advance to receive an email containing information about joining the lecture.
Thursday, April 15; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. virtually

ND in the Fight against Human Trafficking
Join the final event of the Human Trafficking and Forced Labor series, which seeks to teach about the problem and ways to end this evil. The third event features speakers from around the Notre Dame community on topics including business models and forced labor, campus advocacy, and Notre Dame supply chains. Register to attend.
Thursday, April 15; 6 p.m. virtually

Edith Stein Project Conference 2021
Presented by The Identity Project of Notre Dame. Find the full conference abstract on the website.
Friday, April 16; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. via livestream
Saturday, April 17; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

CST Research Seminar — “Living Solidarity: Exploring Pathways toward Participation”
What does commitment to the common good look like? This research seminar will explore this question in presenting a praxis of solidarity, identifying obstacles in its application and offering a model that accounts for how each of us, in our varying positions of power and privilege, might deepen our commitment to one another.
Friday, April 16; 9 to 10 a.m. virtually

Ten Years Hence Lecture: “Disinformation, China and Beijing’s Broader Global Media Influence”
Presented by Sarah Cook, research director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at Freedom House. Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program. Registration is required.
Friday, April 16; 10:30 a.m. to noon online

Global Irish Network Series: “Post COVID: A New Irish Studies?”
How will new technologies given widespread use during the pandemic affect our teaching, research and pedagogy once we return to the classroom? Several panelists will identify technology-enabled practices they believe have the most transformative potential and discuss what instruction/conferences/research might look like in the near future.
Friday, April 16; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via webinar

Politics of Racial Resentment
 “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” is a weekly lecture series to guide our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland,” explores tensions between prejudice and economic self-interest.
Friday, April 16; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Inclusive Language Pedagogy
Karolina Serafin of Indiana University Bloomington researches teaching culture and stereotypes in second-language classrooms, as well as online and hybrid-model classrooms. Join her for a conversation on incorporating inclusive language into teaching methods.
Friday, April 16; 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

“Rational Individuals: An Introduction to Aquinas’s Philosophical Anthropology”
Tianyue Wu from Peking University will consider the concepts of “reason” and “individual” in the thought of Thomas Aquinas to explore core features of his philosophical anthropology. Registration required; presentation in Chinese. Cosponsored by the Beijing Global Gateway and the Jacques Maritain Center (Notre Dame) with the Thomistic Institute (Angelicum).
Saturday, April 17; 2:30 a.m. online

Social Gatherings

International Networking Tea Time
You will have an opportunity to learn about international tea culture and connect with people around campus (and the world). This event will feature a short five-minute cultural presentation followed by 25 minutes of networking time.
Thursday, April 15; 9:30 to 10 a.m. via Zoom

Also This Week ...

Sakai Tip: Entering Grades in the Sakai Gradebook
As instructors start filling in their course gradebooks this semester, it’s helpful to know how grades can be collected in the Sakai Gradebook. In many cases, the system can assist instructors in collecting student scores automatically to save time.

OIT Hosts Hands-On Dual-Mode Technology Training for Faculty
OIT is hosting open office hours for hands-on training and/or consultation for technology in registrar-managed dual-mode classrooms. Office hours will be held every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. through Friday, May 7, in Room 125, Hayes-Healy Center. No appointment necessary.

Keep up to date on colleagues celebrating service anniversaries. Obituaries and memorial information may be found at In Memory. Please contact askHR at 631-5900 to submit obituary and memorial updates.