TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Oct. 12)



For the Week of October 12

Arts and Performances


The Big Draw: Exquisite Corpse
The Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative drawing game developed by surrealist artists in 1925. Traditionally, players work together to draw a figure on the same sheet of paper, creating a hilarious, fantastical body. Using Zoom to take the game into the digital realm, participants will make, share and discuss their drawings during the program.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 7 to 8 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art and via Zoom

Slow Look
Take a slow look at N. Jay Jaffee’s “Learning to Skate, Livonia Avenue, East New York, Brooklyn,” on view in “Touchstones of the Twentieth Century: A History of Photography at the University of Notre Dame.” We’ll virtually place you in the exhibition via a live stream. We’ll then use tools of mindfulness meditation as a way to approach the photograph.
Thursday, Oct. 15; noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art and via Zoom 

The Big Draw: The Snite Sketches
In celebration of The Big Draw, the world’s largest global celebration of drawing, spend some time sketching works of art from the Snite Museum’s collections. During our open hours grab a few sheets of blank paper and a pencil and head over to the museum to sketch and explore. We will also share new works online each week for at-home sketching.
Saturday, Oct. 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art


SUB Movie: “Fruitvale Station”
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Oct. 8; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Oct. 9; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.


Radio Play: “It Can’t Happen Here”
FTT joins Berkeley Rep and theaters nationwide in broadcasting a free radio play adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel “It Can’t Happen Here.” Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, the novel follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 8 to 10 p.m. via YouTube

Deadlines or Registrations

Staff Grief Support Group
If you are a staff member who has experienced the death of a loved one — a child, a spouse, a parent, a close friend or colleague — you are invited to join a support group of other staff who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Grief affects us in many ways and we all grieve differently. Many people find understanding and healing through sharing their journey with others.
Tuesday, Oct. 20; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Q&A Panel: “Is Grad School Right for Me?”
Join the Notre Dame Society of Schmitt Fellows for an informational Q&A panel to learn what grad school is all about! Questions? Contact Abagael Pruitt (
Tuesday, Oct. 20; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The ‘Kung Flu’: How Media Images Frame Asians in Diasporic Chinese and US Newspapers During the Pandemic”
Jennifer Huynh, assistant professor of American studies, analyzes the representation of Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S. media during the coronavirus pandemic. The lecture title references President Trump’s anti-Chinese rhetoric, calling the coronavirus the “Kung flu” and “Chinese virus,” assigning an identity to the virus that has spurred violence and harassment against Asian populations. Register here.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom webinar

Time-Out for Tech: “How to Host Safe Public Zoom Meetings”
It’s easy to add security to private Zoom meetings but public meetings present a greater challenge. This short session will focus on ways to manage the security of Zoom meetings that are open to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 22; 2:30 to 3 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: “Pursuing the Good Life: How Philosophy Can Help Us Set Goals, Avoid Burnout and Care for Our Souls”
Presented by Thrive!’s Engagement Committee featuring Meghan Sullivan, the Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy.
Thursday, Oct. 29; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent after registration)

Diversity and Inclusion

Interactive Discussion: “Embracing and Encouraging Wellness”
The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being is coordinating Restoration Week to help students, faculty and staff develop a restorative routine in the absence of a fall break. Presenters will share and embrace wellness practices and challenges and offer strategies to encourage you and your students to cultivate wellness.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Webinar: “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation: Vaccines and the Immunology of COVID-19”
The College of Science’s Edison Lectures, the Eck Institute for Global Health and the Office of the Provost have launched a weekly webinar series. Professors Brian Baker and Jeffery Schorey will present this week.
Monday, Oct. 12; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

Workshop: “Advanced Research Management with Zotero”
Learn how to manage notes, organize projects and use extensions for advanced functionality.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Notre Dame Toastmasters Membership Month
Want to speak better in groups, in speeches, online or in person? Try Toastmasters. We’re open to all with an ND affiliation, and to Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. Currently on Zoom, we’ll send a link to our meeting after you contact us on our home page. We look forward to meeting you.
Tuesdays; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Change Management Community of Practice: Organizational Change Begins with Individual Change
You are invited to attend this virtual meeting to discuss the Prosci ADKAR Model. It is a simple step-by-step approach that helps achieve successful change, no matter how complex the system, process, approach or culture you need to transform. This model is based on five building blocks: awareness, desire, knowledge, ability and reinforcement. When you register by the Oct. 13 deadline, a calendar invitation will be sent to you with the Zoom link for the meeting.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Engaged Learning Forum: “Sustainability of a Community-Participatory Research Project in the Time of COVID-19”
What is it like implementing a community-engaged, public health research project during the coronavirus pandemic? Maria Alexandrova will discuss the setbacks and necessary adaptations needed during a project that explored HPV-prevention strategies in St. Joseph County. Register for this virtual event on our website by Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. virtually

Read/Download Discussion Group: “Digital Humanities”
Join us in discussing the perceived boundary between “traditional” reading and computational analysis.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom and in-person in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Night
Catholic schools need teachers with the talent, imagination and zeal worthy of the children they serve. Learn how you can help change the future and unlock children's full potential by becoming an ACE Teacher — teaching for two years while earning a cost-free master's degree. Join us to meet and talk to ACE Teachers and see how you can change a child's life. More info.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 8 to 9 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture/Q&A: “EnergizeND! BP at ND: An Energy Outlook”
The Alumni Association, via IrishCompass, and the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development are partnering to bring you an outlook discussion about the future of energy from Jorge León, an energy economist with BP Group Economics in London. The session will include a short presentation on the energy transition followed by an open Q&A.
Friday, Oct. 16; 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom (registrants will receive the link to participate)

Ed Talk: “Here Comes the Bride: Increasing Confidence and Motivation through Project-Based Learning”
Hear from high school Italian teacher Silvia Dupont to learn how you can implement projects to increase student motivation. She will talk about how a project-based approach to learning and long-term self-assessments helped her own students gain confidence in Italian. This pre-recorded talk is viewable here.
Friday, Oct. 16; 2 to 3 p.m. online

Health and Recreation

Flu Vaccine Blitz
The University will offer free flu vaccines to students, faculty, staff, dependents and retirees during a second Flu Vaccine Blitz Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Thursday, Oct. 15.

Sunset Yoga
University Enterprises and Events is hosting yoga as a thank you to all faculty and staff for everyone’s hard work and dedication to the COVID response. Mindi Dugard will lead us through an hour of yoga with live music provided by Bela Nanni on vocals and James Riley on percussion. Yoga is free of charge and open to the first 200 faculty and staff members that register. Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Masks are required upon entry. Register here.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 6 to 7 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium (enter Gate E; gate opens at 5:30 p.m.) 

Register for This Week’s Fitness Freebies
RecSports is offering a free HIGH Fitness and Power Yoga Flow class. For more info on these great classes, click here.  

Lectures and Presentations

Discussion: “Broken Mirrors: Latinx, La Migra and the Conflict of Being Both”
Institute for Latino Studies Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science David Cortez will discuss his research and address how Latinx immigration agents internalize and deal with tensions engendered by their overlapping identities; how they negotiate the space between “who they are” and “what they do.” Registration is required to obtain a Zoom link invitation.
Monday, Oct. 12; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

OIT Lunch & Learn: “Problem-Proof Your Technology”
An OIT Help Desk staff member will provide tips to help you avoid technology issues, things you can do to resolve issues when you experience them and what you can do to assist the Help Desk staff members when you contact them with a technology issue. Those interested in attending must register at, or contact A Zoom link will be sent once registration is complete.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; noon to 1 p.m.

Lecture: “USAID’s Role in Advancing Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom Samah Norquist”
Samah Norquist will explore why religious freedom is a critical component of international development and U.S. national security. She will discuss USAID’s work to advance religious freedom globally, including the agency’s implementation of a recent presidential executive order and efforts to bring innovative approaches to foreign assistance. Registration required.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 12:30 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “The Christ of Empires: German Veneration of Austria-Hungary in the First World War”
Historians tend to imagine that Germans perceived Austria-Hungary the same way as many casual observers still do today. This interpretation is misleading. Drawing upon the writings of wartime journalists and politicians, Mark T. Kettler, postdoctoral research associate with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, argues that many German imperialists understood the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a model to be followed.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. virtually

Panel Discussion: “What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics”
Join us for a virtual panel discussion on Professor Carter Snead’s new book. Featuring Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard University, Ross Douthat of The New York Times, Rod Dreher of The American Conservative and O. Carter Snead, Notre Dame Law School. 
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 12:45 to 2 p.m. virtually

The 27th Annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy
Join the Kroc Institute for a conversation with Angela Davis, world-renowned scholar, activist, educator and leader in the struggle for economic, racial and gender justice.
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 4 p.m. virtually

Science Education Speaker Series
The John J. Reilly Center is hosting a virtual discussion with Professor of Science Education John Rudolph, University of Wisconsin-Madison, on the origins and themes of his recent book, “How We Teach Science: What’s changed, and why it matters” (HUP, 2019). For more information, including the Zoom meeting ID, please contact Sam Hall (
Tuesday, Oct. 13; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Reading from “Subduction,” by Kristen Millares Young
The Institute for Latino Studies’ literary initiative, Letras Latinas, along with the Creative Writing Program and AdelanteND welcome author Kristen Millares Young for a public reading from her debut novel “Subduction.” “Subduction” is a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards for best novel and best first book in 2020.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 7 to 8 p.m. virtually (The reading will be streamed simultaneously on Red Hen Press' YouTube and Facebook Live.)

Annual Bernie Clark, C.S.C., Lecture: “Justice at the Border: The Dignity of Human Life at the Core of Our Faith”
One of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2020 and Notre Dame’s 2018 Laetare Medal recipient, Sister Norma Pimentel, M.J., is the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Join us as she shares her experiences at the U.S.-Mexico border and how Catholic social teaching compels us to welcome and care for the most vulnerable. (Originally scheduled for Sept. 16.)
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 7 p.m. virtually

Discussion: “Gender Provisions in Peace Accords: Reflections on Negotiation, Design and Implementation in Support of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda”
Experts will discuss the progress and challenges facing the United Nations Women, Peace and Security agenda 20 years after its creation.
Thursday, Oct. 15; 9 a.m. virtually

Mexico Virtual Lecture Series: “Culver-México-Paris-Torreón: The Transnational Journey of Mexican Maoism in the Long Sixties”
Jorge Puma examines Adolfo Orive Bellinger’s life as a young cadet in Culver, Indiana, to his first steps as student leader in Mexico City’s High School and then as a postgraduate student in the School of High Studies at Paris. His life helps us understand the connections between student movements and elite actors in Mexico during the 1960s.
Thursday, Oct. 15; 12 to 1:30 p.m. virtually

Where We’re Going: Sports — Campus Viewpoint
Stadium design, human performance, inclusion, marketing and more. Where We’re Going, a new series from ThinkND, debuts its study of sports with a campus viewpoint discussion. Join ND faculty and administrators Philip Bess, Cara Ocobock, Angie Torain and moderator Chris Stevens for a look at this point in sports history and what’s next.
Thursday, Oct. 15; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Panel Discussion: “SomosND: Success Stories of Hispanic Alumni of ND”
The Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame (HA of ND) and the Institute for Latino Studies will host a panel of alumni discussing their personal and career choices since their college years at ND. Many are pioneers and leaders in their career paths and aim to share their experiences with the ND community bringing Hispanic Heritage Month on campus to a close. Open to students, faculty and staff.
Thursday, Oct. 15; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom ID: 995 6768 9329; Passcode: LSHAND

NDI Global Roundtable Series: “Domestic Violence: Empowerment and Community Intervention”
With indicators during the coronavirus pandemic that all types of violence against women, particularly domestic violence, have increased and intensified, the United Nations has called this a “shadow pandemic.” Perspectives from India, Mexico and the United States will be featured. Registration is requested.
Friday, Oct. 16; 9 to 10:30 a.m. virtually

Tom Mendoza Presents … A Conversation with Carl Eschenbach
Join Tom Mendoza for a discussion with Carl Eschenbach, a 30-year veteran in the high-tech industry, as they talk about career success and insights to forging great companies. See what advice these experienced tech executives have for students and professionals building their careers. Registration is required.
Friday, Oct. 16; 11 a.m. to noon online

19th Annual Mellon Colloquium: “Clerics, Courts and Legal Culture in Early Medieval Italy”
Join the Medieval Institute for its 19th annual Mellon Colloquium. This half-day public seminar discussion features the institute’s 2019-20 Mellon Fellow, Michael Heil, on his book-in-progress, joined by three respondents. Registration is required.
Friday, Oct. 16; 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Ford Program Research Seminar: “Adapting Research in Times of COVID”
In the face of the coronavirus, many of the University’s field-based research projects were forced to adapt quickly due to shut-downs and travel restrictions. Tune in to hear several cases of adapted research and how we are addressing changes to the interventions, the research design, data collection and implications of our findings. Registration required.
Friday, Oct. 16; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom

Notre Dame International Launches “BeyoND Study Abroad” Podcast
Notre Dame International launched its new podcast, BeyoND Study Abroad, on Friday, Oct. 9. In our teaser episode, our host, Sofia Perez, a senior biochemistry major, interviewed NDI’s vice president and associate provost for internationalization, Michael Pippenger.
Weekly on Fridays

Saturday Scholar Series: “Presidential Campaign Commercials from ‘I Like Ike’ to Today”
Every fall, some of Notre Dame’s most engaging faculty discuss their research on the most pressing and fascinating issues of our times. Due to the coronavirus, there will be no live Saturday Scholar lectures in 2020. Instead, we invite you to join us in watching highlights from past seasons — on gameday, or any other time you want.
Saturday, Oct. 17; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. virtually

Social Gatherings

Notre Dame Family Wine Virtual Tasting
Join us virtually via Zoom for a delightful evening all about wine with Boo Beckstoffer and the Tuck Beckstoffer Estate. Sip wines from one of the featured selections or something from your own collection, while you join us for an evening of wine tasting and Notre Dame stories.
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 7 p.m. via Zoom

Also this Week ...

Sakai Tip: Use Turnitin to Review Student Papers
One of the most practical uses of Turnitin Originality Assessment is to help students evaluate the strength and originality of their papers before they turn in a final draft. Turnitin is available within Sakai’s Assignments tool and offers help with citations and grammar as well.

Hay Bales for Your Home Autumn Decorations — Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) Fundraiser
Pick up a bale (or two or three) at the ECDC-Notre Dame parking lot. Donation of $5 each. Call 631-3344 or contact Sarah Stephens at to arrange pick up and payment. Thank you for your support!

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.