TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Feb. 22)



For the Week of February 22

University Initiatives

Walk the Walk Week
This year marks the sixth annual campus-wide observance of Walk the Walk Week, a week-long series of University and department-sponsored events designed to help us consider how we — both individually and collectively — might take an active role in making Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive. Visit to learn more.
Monday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 28

Arts and Performances


Virtual Auditions for Zoom Reading of “¡Curanderas! Serpents of the Clouds” by Elaine Romero
Directed by Tashi Thomas, ’08. It will be live-streamed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Four Latinx roles (three women, one man) plus stage directions reader (open to all ages, genders, ethnicities). All students, faculty and staff are invited to submit a one- to two-minute audition video by 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Please visit for complete info.

Creative Writing Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction Reading
R. M. Kinder will read from “A Common Person and Other Stories,” winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in conjunction with Notre Dame Press.  Registration must take place in advance of the reading.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom 

Deadlines or Registrations

Workshop: “Gathering Early Semester Student Feedback”
(Available to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) Early semester feedback offers an opportunity to collect detailed information from students about how well your course is working. During this workshop, participants will discuss the value of early semester feedback and review sample feedback forms.
Tuesday, March 2; 2:20 to 3:35 p.m. via Zoom

Time-Out for Tech: Using Google Groups for Calendar Event Registration
Do you want to streamline registration for an event series? What if that registration also included an easy way to email and share content with participants? This session will compare different registration options and show you how to use Google Groups to reduce the amount of manual work you need to do for event management. Once registered, the Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Thursday, March 4; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

ND-LEEF Graduate Student and Postdoc Grants
The Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) is accepting proposals for new research at ND-LEEF for the 2021 field season. We welcome proposals for both aquatic and terrestrial research from graduate students and postdocs that effectively and creatively use the facilities at ND-LEEF. Successful proposals will receive $500 for research supplies and have all user fees waived. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 5.

Deals and Discounts

Keough School Offers Free Global News with DailyChatter
The Keough School of Global Affairs has teamed up with DailyChatter, an international news outlet that curates some of the most important global developments into a daily, easy-to-read newsletter designed to be read on your smartphone or any other digital device. DailyChatter is independent and non-partisan and your subscription as a student, faculty or staff is entirely free. 

Diversity and Inclusion

With Voices True: Stories from 2020
New stories of race from the Notre Dame community are now available on the Klau Center Archive, “With Voices True.” Listen to the experiences of students, staff, faculty and alumni as they navigate race and their relationships within it. Explore at

Virtual Unity Summit
This interactive event will use small group dialogue to network, build community and explore ways to make Notre Dame more inclusive. It will include updates from Diversity & Inclusion Committees across campus and a few surprises. The virtual event is open to the first 300 people who sign up. Access the event flyerRegister here.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 3 to 4:30 p.m. virtually

Educational and Research Opportunities

Fair Use Week 2021 — Text and Data Mining in the Digital Humanities
Learn about intellectual property issues surrounding text and data mining projects by keynote speaker Pamela Samuelson from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Professor Samuelson will discuss the scope of text and data mining as fair use under copyright law in the U.S. and in the EU. Following the keynote, join us for a moderated roundtable discussion. Learn more and register.
Monday, Feb. 22; 5 to 7 p.m. virtually

Workshop: “Zotero for the Efficient Researcher”
Learn how to manage your research using Zotero — a free bibliographic management system.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Anticipatory Innovation: Is the Future of Work Remote?
Professor Alma McCarthy from NUI, Galway, will introduce the national study completed in April 2020 on remote working in Ireland and discuss its key points. Be sure to watch the short explainer videos on ThinkND and register for the Zoom session and LinkedIn discussion board.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 1 to 2 p.m. online


Human Resources

Thinking Inside the Box
Now, more than ever, staying relevant and successful in times of change depends on our ability to think inside the box. Join Steven Iwersen for a virtual experience that will help you discover how to overcome the obstacle of virtual meeting fatigue, spark your creativity when you’re stuck and shift from creative thinking to strategic thinking.
Monday, March 1; 2 to 3:30 p.m. virtually

Capitalizing on Your Work and Relationships with the Predictive Index
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could identify exactly what drives and motivates us in the workplace? And how effective would it be if our colleagues and managers could know this as well? The Predictive Index (PI) is the perfect tool for this! This behavioral assessment assists in making your work and working relationships more strategic and effective. Registration will close at noon Friday, Feb. 26, to ensure assessments are distributed to participants and completed in time for the workshop.
Wednesday, March 3; 11 a.m. to noon virtually

Multicultural Competencies and Hiring Game Changers
These workshops are an integral part of our diversity and inclusion initiative that engages all staff in a learning environment to help foster a campus culture of inclusivity. Supervisors or hiring managers who have not yet participated in this training should register for an upcoming virtual workshop. Please register via Workshop will take place in two separate sessions: Multicultural Competencies from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Hiring Game Changers from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtually

We are All ND
This workshop for staff is being offered to those not currently in a supervisory role. Please register for and attend We Are All ND in an effort to allow each and every member of our community to unite behind a common goal as we work to cultivate a spirit of inclusion at Notre Dame. Register via
Thursday, March 4; 1 to 3:30 p.m. virtually


Kaneb Center

Gathering Early Semester Student Feedback
Research indicates that ongoing formative feedback from students and colleagues is the best way to improve teaching (National Research Council, 2003). Early semester feedback offers an opportunity to collect detailed information from students about how well your course is working.
Tuesday, March 2; 2:20 to 3:35 p.m. via Zoom

Anti-Racist Pedagogy
Available to graduate students, postdocs and faculty, this session will offer strategies and resources for prioritizing representation for BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) and facilitate challenging conversations that may arise from antiracist teaching and dismantling racial hierarchies that impede student success.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. via Zoom


OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.

∙ Excel 2019, Level II: Macros Introduction, Tuesday, March 2; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Google Forms, Tuesday, March 2; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ buyND, Tuesday, March 2; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Tableau: Introduction, Wednesday, March 3; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Creating Infographics with Piktochart, Wednesday, March 3, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level II: Contact Lists and Embedded Data, Thursday, March 4; 9 to 11 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at  

Faith and Service

Siegfried Day of Man 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, campus’ biggest fundraiser is back! The men of Siegfried Hall will be collecting donations for the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Last year’s fundraiser raised over $20,000, so we’ll need everyone’s help to raise even more money this year!
Tuesday, Feb. 23; 5 a.m. to midnight campus-wide

Lenten Prayer Series for Staff
Staff are invited to a virtual Lenten prayer series led by staff chaplain Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C. Take time for spiritual renewal as Father Jim offers different forms of prayer throughout the Lenten season. All faith traditions are welcome. RSVP here.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom (Prayer of Welcoming)
Wednesday, March 10: Contemplative Prayer
Wednesday, March 24: Centering Prayer

Stations of the Cross
Join in this virtual Lenten opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross by using works of art. The Snite Museum holds a complete collection of American artist George Tooker’s preparatory drawings for the decoration of his parish church in Windsor, Vermont. His drawings for the Stations of the Cross will guide our devotion during this event.
Friday, Feb. 26; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Health and Recreation

Additional Opportunities for Utilizing RecSports Facilities; New No-show Policy
Beginning Monday, Feb. 22, RecSports will have new hours that will enable more of the Notre Dame community to utilize RecSports facilities, while still maintaining a safe environment for participants. Additionally, a new no-show policy will be enforced. Click here for more info.

YLND Blood Drive
The Young Leaders of ND group was able to donate 85 successful units of blood at the YLND-sponsored blood drives last fall. Due to the large success, we’re hosting another blood drive for Notre Dame faculty and staff. Your donation will save the lives of patients at our local hospitals! Visit for more information.
Friday, Feb. 26; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the mobile medical unit parked in the Library Circle

Lectures and Presentations

Webinar — “The Lamentations of Jeremiah: An Intergenerational Conversation on the Crises of Our Time”
In honor of Black History Month, join Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., an outspoken civil rights advocate, and Minister Tiauna Boyd Webb, one of the first Wright scholars to graduate from Chicago Theological Seminary, for an intergenerational conversation on building a more just and peaceful world. Presented by the Ansari Institute. Register here.
Monday, Feb. 22; 3 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “How to Fight Inequality and Why That Fight Needs You”
Inequality is the crisis of our time. Ben Phillips’s widely acclaimed new book explains how it can be beaten. We can’t rely on leaders to fix it, it’s up to us. This event is more than an academic discussion – it’s a practical conversation about what we can do to overcome an injustice that is hurting us all.
Registration required.
Monday, Feb. 22; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

“The State of Science: Conversations With Holden Thorp”
This series, hosted by the provost’s office, will be live-streamed (no registration or Zoom link required) at over the course of the next three Mondays. Thorp is editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals and the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis.  

  • Monday, Feb. 22; 6 to 7 p.m. “Building the COVID-19 Knowledge Base in Real Time”
  • Monday, March 1; 6 to 7 p.m. “Scientific Collaboration in a Post-Pandemic World”
  • Monday, March 8; 6 to 7 p.m. “Placing Your Research in Top Journals”

Discussion: “Feminist Approaches to Global Grassroots Peacebuilding”
This roundtable discussion highlights feminist scholarship on women’s grassroots political mobilizations against violence and oppression.
Tuesday, Feb. 23; noon to 1 p.m. virtually

Lecture: “Large-N Qualitative Analysis (LNQA), or, Everything You Wanted to Know About Doing a Cornell-Princeton Book, Part I”
Presented by professor Gary Goertz, Kroc Institute, and Stephan Haggard, professor of Korea-Pacific studies-UC San Diego. View the poster for more details.
Tuesday, Feb. 23; 4:30 to 6 p.m. via Zoom

Research Uncorked – “Visualizing the Enemy: Microbial Imaging at ND”
Research Uncorked is a speaker series featuring informal interviews with leading scholars and scientists from the University. In February, we’re excited to take you (virtually) inside the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility. This guided tour will introduce both the facility’s high-powered equipment and some of the exciting ways it’s used.
Tuesday, Feb. 23; 6 to 7 p.m. online

Lecture — “The Life and Legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA Servant of God”: A Facilitated Conversation with the Rev. Maurice Nutt, CSsR”
The Building Bridges Lecture Series, Campus Ministry, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and the McGrath Institute for Church Life present a facilitated conversation with ND student Hailey Dieck ’21, Rev. Nutt and Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center.
Tuesday, Feb. 23; 7 to 8:15 p.m. To watch the webinar, please visit

Madrasa Discourses Curricular Website Launch
The Madrasa Discourses Project has developed a free and open curricular website to advance the theological and scientific literacy of Islamic Studies scholars around the world. Join us for an unveiling of the new website.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 10 to 11 a.m. virtually

Discussion — “The Power of Social Entrepreneurship: Engaging the Private Sector to Maximize Community Impact”
Join ThinkND for the third live session in our series focusing on the importance of the private sector in development. Business leaders will explore how the private sector can benefit communities to help maximize impact. Learn more and register here.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom

Global Health Colloquium: “A Nonprofit Networked Platform for Global Health”
Presented by Tamara Kay, associate professor of global affairs and sociology, and Jason Spicer, assistant professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto. The lecture is part of this semester's Global Health Colloquium sponsored by the Eck Institute for Global Health.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Transformative Power of Design Thinking”
This lecture by Daniel and Karen Parolek is part of the School of Architecture’s Spring 2021 Lecture Series. Pre-registration is required to receive AIA CEC (if available), a certificate of participation and/or participate in conversation. Registration link.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. online

Presentation: “Ecuadorian Indigenous Ceremonies on Funerals and Day of the Dead”
The indiginous people of Ecuador believe that life does not end with death. Learn about the celebrations, rights and ceremonies that the communities of Ecuador share as a culture by spending time with Laura Cacuango and others in this session of the CSLC Language Tables. Learn and be part of this tradition! Please register in advance so that we may send access instructions.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Advances in Nuclear Technology Part Three: “A Case Study in Puerto Rico”
Join ND Energy and leaders from the Nuclear Alternative Project who will share the results of a recent feasibility study, lessons learned and why they believe new technology and community engagement can work together to change our energy future. Registration is required.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

Creative Writing Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction Reading
R. M. Kinder will read from “A Common Person and Other Stories,” winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in conjunction with Notre Dame Press.  Registration must take place in advance of the reading.
Wednesday, Feb. 24; 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

Change Management Community of Practice: How Awareness, Desire and Knowledge Affect Change
You are invited to attend this virtual meeting that will focus on three of the building blocks of the Prosci ADKAR Model. Participants will engage in small group discussions about how awareness, desire and knowledge can apply to situations involving change. The ADKAR Model is a simple step-by-step approach that helps achieve successful change. New participants must register. A calendar invitation will be sent to you with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 9 to 10 a.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Conception and Imagination of the Foreign Land in Early Imperial China”
This talk by Zhang Hanmo, Renmin University of China, examines Ban Gu’s representation of the Western Regions in “History of Western Han.” Exploring how the historian presents the center and the border, we will observe the traditional conception of political space in early China and see how that view affected the Han imperial strategy in forming allies and rivals in the Western regions.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 9:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: “Integral Human Development, the Pandemic and the Need for a New Social Ethics”
We invite you to watch Keough School of Global Affairs colleagues R. Scott Appleby, Catherine Bolten, Julia Kowalski, moderated by Clemens Sedmak, represent the University at this panel discussion for the international conference “IHD in the Digital Age: Poverties, Migrations, Pandemics and the Idea of a New Social Ethics.” Registration required for participation. Livestream also available.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 10 to 11 a.m. online

Conversation — “Practicing What We Preach: Dialogue and Futurism in Environmental Peacebuilding”
This event is the last in a series of three events examining the role of faith communities in environmental peacebuilding. In this interactive conversation, we will break out into small groups to brainstorm the needs of our communities, the futures we imagine and the pathways to reaching those futures that are more peaceful, sustainable and just.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 11 a.m. to noon virtually

Workshop: “Language, Race and Justice”
This interactive Zoom workshop examines the intersections of language, race, identity and power. Drawing on recent work in raciolinguistics — the realm of linguistics which serves to answer the question “What does it mean to speak as a racialized subject in contemporary America?” How can we be more inclusive of the language communities we encounter?
Thursday, Feb. 25; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Slavery at the Constitutional Convention”
Please join us for a virtual discussion with Michael P. Zuckert, the Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science, Emeritus.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 12:45 to 2 p.m. virtually

Webinar — “Anne Fausto-Sterling: A Life of Gender and Science”
Join the Gender Studies Program and Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values as we welcome distinguished scholar Anne Fausto-Sterling for a webinar on her lifelong commitment to social justice through the scientific study of gender. Registration link.
Thursday, Feb. 25; 4 to 5:30 p.m. online

Tom Mendoza Presents: A Conversation with Guy Chiarello
Join Tom Mendoza for a discussion with Guy Chiarello, chief administrative officer at Fiserv and a 30-year veteran in fintech, banking, technology and innovation, as they talk about career success and insights to forging great companies. The webinar is open to all students, the Notre Dame community and the public, but you must register in advance.
Friday, Feb. 26; 11 a.m. to noon online

Frank Leon Roberts: The Black Lives Matter Syllabus
“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 Frank Leon Roberts, New York University, discusses the creation of his groundbreaking Black Lives Matter syllabus. Open to the Notre Dame community.
Friday, Feb. 26; 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Just Wage Forum 2021: A Just Wage Promotes a Decent Life
The Just Wage Forum is a series of conversations between scholars and practitioners seeking to define what makes a wage fair. This event will discuss how a just wage fosters a decent life by providing resources such as paid time off, a healthy working environment and regular work hours. Join labor experts for this ongoing discussion. RSVP online.
Friday, Feb. 26; 1 p.m. virtually

2021 Human Development Conference — “The Future is Now: Innovative Responses to Global Adversity”
Global development and collaboration cannot be halted due to the coronavirus or any other global adversity. The ways we approach integral human development must be adaptable to our ever-changing global environment. Join this year’s Human Development Conference, offered online. Registration required.
Keynote address: Friday, Feb. 26; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom
Saturday, Feb. 27; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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