TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (March 1)


For the Week of March 1

Arts and Performances


Cocktail with a Curator
This program toasts amazing works of art with delicious themed cocktails created by Rohr’s bartenders,  to complement the artwork. Spend time with Joseph Becherer, museum director and curator of sculpture, looking closely at Grace Hartigan’s “The King is Dead.”
Thursday, March 4; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom


Virtual Film Screening/Q&A Session with the Director: “Meeting Gorbachev”
Using footage from three separate interviews, director Werner Herzog converses with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, about his key achievements. Herzog will participate in a Q&A session after the film screening. Professors A. James McAdams of political science and Joshua Lund of Spanish will also participate. Free, but registration is required.
Thursday, March 4; 4 to 6:45 p.m. online

Deadlines or Registrations

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. Graduate and postdoc students can submit proposals for both aquatic and terrestrial research 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.  

Workshop: “Supporting DACA and Undocumented Students”
This workshop aims to deepen understanding of the DACA, undocumented and other students from non-traditional backgrounds. The presenters will provide recommendations for how to best support these students and make appropriate referrals. Promising practices in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment will be introduced through examples and interactive, group conversations. Register by Tuesday, March 9.
Wednesday, March 10; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Diversity and Inclusion

THRIVE! presents “A Conversation on Allyship”
This conversation by Maria McKenna, associate professor of the practice holding a joint appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and the Education, Schooling and Society program, will center around all things related to allyship to marginalized communities, but especially to people of color. Allyship is both a noun and a verb — it takes consistent conversation, action and reflection.
Tuesday, March 2; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Human Resources:

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

Workshop: “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

Capitalizing on Your Work and Relationships with the Predictive Index
The Predictive Index (PI) is the perfect tool to identify exactly what drives and motivates people in the workplace. This behavioral assessment assists in making 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

Workshop: “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. Please register via
Thursday, March 4; 1 to 3:30 p.m. virtually
or Tuesday, March 9; 8 to 10:30 a.m. virtually

Navigating the Endeavor Tool
This session is for any new user to the Endeavor tool or anyone who needs a refresher. The session covers the basic learning and performance dashboard features within the tool. It also covers exploring the catalog, viewing the learning transcript and self-reported training. Learn more about using the timeline and email messages to your advantage.
Wednesday, March 10; 9 to 10:30 a.m. virtually


Kaneb Center:

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. 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

Workshop: “What to Do After the Test”
(Available to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) You’ve graded the exam, now what? Did the class perform worse than you expected? How do you know if you wrote a bad question or if your students weren’t prepared? The focus will be on analysis of exam questions, potential adjustment of student grades and reflection (encouraging student metacognition through exam wrappers as well as instructor notes for next time).
Thursday, March 4; 2 to 3:15 p.m. via Zoom

Workshop — “TLT: Perusall for Collaborative Reading”
(Available to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) This workshop will focus on collaborative reading activities and group annotation of texts using the Perusall platform. Students read and annotate the text with their comments and questions. Instructors can adjust the grading criteria to meet their expectations. This session will give an overview of the platform, explain how to get started and demonstrate different types of assignments within Perusall.
Friday, March 5; 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. via Zoom

Workshop: “Effective Student Engagement in Lab Courses”
(Available to graduate students, postdocs and faculty.) This workshop will focus on how to engage students in a laboratory class as an instructor or as a TA. It explores active learning methods that help shift the lab format away from the traditional cookbook recipe procedure. This session will incorporate backwards-design methods to creating assignments and activities that encourage students to build confidence and curiosity in the lab.
Thursday, March 11; 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. via Zoom

Neuroscience of Learning: How Understanding Your Students’ Brains Can Inform Your Teaching
Have you ever thought about how your class could change a student’s brain? In this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of how the brain is structured, how it works and how it can change. You will have opportunities to apply those findings to your own teaching.
Friday, March 12; 9 to 10:15 a.m. via Zoom 


Workshop: “Zotero for Collaborators and Teachers”
Learn how to manage your research using Zotero — a free bibliographic management system.
Wednesday, March 3; 1 to 2 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

Discussion: “Anticipatory Innovation — Capitalizing on Change in Turbulent Times”
In this final book club session, Professor Sam Miller discusses how to develop and sharpen the skills and behaviors that drive creativity and entrepreneurial innovation for all. Watch the short explainer videos on ThinkND and register for the Zoom session and LinkedIn discussion board.
Wednesday, March 3; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Workshop: “Introduction to Python and Pandas”
This workshop will demonstrate some of the capabilities of Python for basic data manipulation and analysis, with an emphasis on Pandas.
Thursday, March 4; 1 to 3 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.

∙ Spreadsheets, Level II: Formulas and Functions, Wednesday, March 10; 8:30 a.m. to noon
∙ AiM Work Request Training, Wednesday, March 10; 10 to 11 a.m.
∙ Excel 2019, Level II: PivotTables, Wednesday, March 10; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ GLez Training, Wednesday, March 10; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level II: More Drive Features, Wednesday, March 10; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
travelND Training, Wednesday, March 10; 2 to 4 p.m.
∙ Google Sheets, Level II: Macros Introduction, Thursday, March 11; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at

Faith and Service

COVID-19 Memorial Observance and Prayer Service
Join Campus Ministry and the Notre Dame community for a memorial observance to honor the more than 2.5 million lives lost to the coronavirus worldwide. Following the service, students, faculty and staff will be invited to take a candle and return it to the Grotto at their convenience in thoughtful, prayerful remembrance of all the lives lost.
Wednesday, March 3; 5:45 p.m. on Main Quad, near the statue of Father Sorin
5:45 p.m.: Tolling of the Basilica bells; 6 p.m.: Prayer service led by Rev. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.

Staff Caregivers Support Group
This group is for staff members currently caring for an aging parent, a spouse or for a child with special needs. Connect with others, share information and struggles and listen to how others deal with their situations. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link. This group meets on the first Thursday of the month.
Thursday, March 4; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Staff Prayer of Remembrance
All staff are invited to a 20-minute virtual prayer. Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, will lead the prayer honoring all deceased staff as well as deceased loved ones of staff. The prayer will express the love for those deceased and offer an opportunity as a community to support one another. RSVP for the Zoom link.  
Friday, March 5; 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Staff Prayer Line
Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, has initiated a prayer line to support staff working on- and off-campus. All prayer requests are confidential and only accessible to Father Jim.

Health and Recreation

Register for Squash Workshop
Interested in learning more about squash? RecSports’ introductory workshops can give you the basics in physically distanced sports so you can get out and play. Click here for more info. $4.

Lectures and Presentations

Pizza, Pod & Politics: “Free Speech and Free Press in the Age of Social Media”
ND Votes is releasing the latest installment of its podcast which will discuss freedom of speech protections afforded by the Constitution and freedom of press, giving special attention to the context of social media the 21st century has afforded. The episode features Matt Hall, professor of political science and concurrent professor of law, and Richard Jones, the Annenberg Director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. 
The next installment will be released Monday, March 1; listen by searching for Pizza, Pod, & Politics on Spotify, Google Podcasts,, and other popular platforms.

Cyborg Series Webinar: Kirsten Ostherr in Conversation with Anna Geltzer
Kirsten Ostherr, the director of the Medical Humanities Program and co-founder of the Medical Futures Lab at Rice University, works on data privacy, patient narratives and patient-physician ethical dynamics in e-health. She will speak with Anna Geltzer, assistant director of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Value. Note: This session will be recorded and posted to the series website for future viewing.
Tuesday, March 2; 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom (registration needed)

Conversation: “Ireland’s Generation X?”
The series continues with this month’s first conversation between Barry McCrea, Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies, and writer Claire Kilroy, who won the Rooney Prize for Literature in 2004 with her debut novel “All Summer” (2003). Other novels include: “Tenderwire,” “All Names Have Been Changed” and “The Devil I Know.”
Wednesday, March 3; 2 to 3 p.m. via webinar

Advances in Nuclear Technology, Part Four: “Beyond the Nuclear Power Plant”
This final session of the series is with Captain Prokopius ’90, from ND’s Naval ROTC, and Professor J. David Robertson, from the MU Research Reactor at the University of Missouri, who will discuss major advancements in nuclear science beyond power production and career opportunities in the field. Registration required.
Wednesday, March 3; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom  

Global Health Colloquium: Malaria Elimination and Eradication, Finding and Treating Hidden Infections
Presented by Michelle Hsiang, MD, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCSF. The lecture is sponsored by the Eck Institute for Global Health.
Wednesday, March 3; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Disegno = Design; The Necessity of Drawing”
Laurie Olin, teacher, author and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. Pre-registration is required to participate in the conversation.
Wednesday, March 3; 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. virtually

TEC Talks: “Misinformation and Disinformation”
Presented by the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center and Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab. Special guests this week will be Ifeoma Ozoma from Earthseed and Roger McNamee from Elevation Partners, who will discuss the ethics of tech accountability. Register on ThinkND.
Wednesday, March 3; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “The Peace Dimensions of Fratelli Tutti”
How can Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, be a resource for peacebuilding and impact the practice of peacebuilding? Does it change teaching on just war? How does it open dialogue on peace with Muslims? How does its Franciscan influence deepen the understanding of peacebuilding? This webinar will examine these questions and more.
Thursday, March 4; 10 to 11 a.m. virtually

Global Irish Network Series: “‘The Troubles,’ the Covid Pandemic, Unexpected Death and Complex Grief”
Queen’s University Belfast professors Michael Duffy and Ciaran Mulholland will discuss the impact on our mental health of mass-casualty events like “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, which left thousands dead and bereaved, and our current pandemic. PTSD and complex grief are central to both. Vigorous mental health responses are critical.
Thursday, March 4; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via webinar

Lecture: “Why India's Farmers are Angry with the Narendra Modi Government”
Since late November, thousands of farmers in India have been protesting on the outskirts of New Delhi. They are demanding the repeal of three laws enacted by Parliament that would eliminate current government protections. Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, an author, publisher and educator, will offer insights into the protests and the potential outcome.
Friday, March 5; 10 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Virtual Talk — “Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre Across America”
In this talk based on her book, “Beyond Broadway,” musical theatre scholar Stacy Wolf considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience of creating, watching and listening. Visit for more information and to RSVP for the Zoom link.
Friday, March 5; 2 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Roundtable: “Mapping Rome: The Eternal City as a Site for Interdisciplinary Research and Education in the Humanities,” Part 2
In preparation for an international conference on Rome as a site for interdisciplinary research and education, planned for March 2022, the Center for Italian Studies is hosting a second virtual roundtable. Notre Dame speakers are Clemens Sedmak, Ingrid Rowland and David Hernandez plus Anthony Grafton from Princeton. Registration is required.
Friday, March 5; noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Christianity and White Supremacy”
“Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary” is a weekly lecture series guiding our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week Damon Berry, St. Lawrence University, explores connections between religious and racialized discourses and violence. Open to the Notre Dame community.
Friday, March 5; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Labor Café: “The Care Economy”
What rights and protections should those who work for others have? The Labor Café convenes the Notre Dame community for casual conversation on contemporary questions about work, workers and workplaces. Participants choose the concrete topics. Everyone is welcome and all opinions are entertained. Zoom link available on the center’s website.
Friday, March 5; 5 to 6 p.m. virtually

Higgins Labor Film Club: “Roma” (2018)
Miss going to the movies? In March, the Higgins Labor Program will host a Zoom discussion of Alfonso Cuaron’s award-winning film about a domestic laborer and the family she works for in 1970s Mexico. Watch the movie on your own in advance and join us for casual conversation with an expert in the field. Registration required.
Sunday, March 7; 3 p.m. virtually

Social Gatherings

The CSLC presents Italian Cooking: Pasta alla Carbonara
This Italian cooking class explores stile familiare with the traditional dish of pasta carbonara. For a list of ingredients necessary for the class, visit the CSLC events page.  
Friday, March 5; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Also This Week ...

Sakai Tip: Attendance Tool in Sakai
The Attendance tool can score students based on attendance status and level of participation and will send updated scores to a grade column in the Gradebook.

OIT Hosts Hands-On Dual-Mode Technology Training for Faculty
OIT now hosts open office hours for hands-on training or consultation for technology in Registrar managed dual-mode classrooms. Office hours are every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. through Friday, May 7, in Room 125, Hayes-Healy. 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.