TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Oct. 26)



For the Week of October 26

Arts and Performances


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. Then we’ll use tools of mindfulness meditation as a way to approach the photograph.
Thursday, Oct. 29; noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art (via Zoom)

The Big Draw: Exquisite Corpse Halloween Edition
The Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative drawing game that was developed by surrealist artists in 1925. We will be using Zoom to take the game into the digital realm and, because it’s Halloween, we’re upping the spooky factor. Join us for an evening of frightening fun that will open your mind, pump up your creativity and make you smile!
Saturday, Oct. 31; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom


Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Hunger Ward: The Last Hope Against War and Starvation”
You are invited to be among the first in the world to see Skye Fitzgerald’s (Spin Film) new documentary, “Hunger Ward,” which offers a devastating, firsthand look at the war and famine in Yemen — what many call the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Registration is required for this 40-minute film and panel discussion.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7 to 8:30 p.m. virtually

Film Premiere: “And There is Nothing New Under the Sun”
(Rescheduled from the original Oct. 19.) The School of Architecture is proud to announce the premiere of a film highlighting the work of Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, the winner of the University’s 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Prize. Seating will be on the field and students can sit in groups of up to 10 people. The gate opens at 7:30 p.m. and the premiere begins at 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 30; 8 to 9 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium

SUB Movie: “Scream”
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Oct. 29; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Oct. 30; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.


Notre Dame Day 2020 Live Broadcast
Notre Dame Day 2020 is here! Tune in to the live broadcast featuring stories from around campus. As an added bonus, for a limited time when you make your Notre Dame Day gift, we will send you an exclusive limited-edition face mask. Watch the show and learn more at!
Monday, Oct. 26; 6:42 p.m. to midnight
Tuesday, Oct. 27; 6:42 p.m. to midnight

ND Anti-Racist Theatre NOW: Scenes from Plays by BIPOC Playwrights
Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents a Zoom reading of scenes from plays written by emerging and established BIPOC playwrights, directed by FTT BIPOC alumni. The reading will be followed by a discussion moderated by Professor Anne García-Romero.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 7:30 to 9 p.m. via YouTube livestream

Deadlines or Registrations

Time-Out for Tech: Google Sheets Progress Bar
This short session combines a bit of fun with a useful tool for your dashboards and reports. Join us to learn about the sparkline function in Sheets to create progress bars.
Tuesday, Nov. 3; 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Friends of the Snite Museum of Art 39th Annual Benefit
Join us “in spirit” as we celebrate Ivan Meštrović at the 39th Annual Friends Christmas Benefit! In this year of the coronavirus, instead of dinner reservations, reserve your special bottle of wine honoring the Meštrović Legacy at Notre Dame and around the world. Visit the link for more information and donation levels and to support the art education programs the Snite Museum provides the local community.

Deals and Discounts

25% Off Outerwear — Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore
From Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Thursday, Oct. 29, get 25 percent off men’s, women’s and youth outerwear, blankets, winter hats, gloves and scarves. Sale available at Hammes Bookstore on campus and at Eddy Street.

Diversity and Inclusion

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

Educational and Research Opportunities

Notre Dame Toastmasters Membership Month
Want to enhance your speaking skills 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. We’ll send a Zoom link to our meeting after you contact us on our home page. We look forward to meeting you. See the poster for more information.
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

We Are All ND
This workshop for staff is being offered to those not currently in a supervisory role. Please register via Endeavor 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.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 2 to 4:30 p.m. virtually
Thursday, Nov. 5; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12; 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Learning Management System (LMS) Pilot Presentation
In anticipation of the spring 2021 learning management system pilot, representatives from D2L Brightspace will be hosting a live Zoom session for interested faculty.
Friday, Oct. 30; 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

We are All ND
This workshop for staff is being offered to those not currently in a supervisory role. Please register via Endeavor 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.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 2 to 4:30 p.m. virtually
Additional dates: Thursday, Nov. 5; 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12; 2 to 4:30 p.m.

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge and will be online until further notice.
∙ Adobe Rush: Video Editing and Creation, Monday, Nov. 2; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Photoshop CC, Level I: Introduction, Tuesday, Nov. 3; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ Data Governance Boot Camp, Wednesday, Nov. 4; 10 a.m. to noon
∙ Tableau: Introduction, Wednesday, Nov. 4; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
∙ GLez Training, Wednesday, Nov. 4; 1:30 to 3 p.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level I: Introduction to Drive, Thursday, Nov. 5; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at


Research Opportunity:

Call for Research Participants at the Memory, Aging and Cognition Lab
The Memory, Aging and Cognition Lab at Notre Dame is seeking volunteers for research on memory and the brain. To be eligible, you must be 18–30 or 65–85 years old, learned English before age five and be right-handed. Volunteers are compensated $15/hour. If you are interested, please contact us by email ( or phone 634-0264. 

Faith and Service

Annual Underwear and Sock Drive
Donation boxes are in the Hesburgh Library main concourse and in the first-floor and third-floor lobbies of Geddes Hall from Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Nov. 20. New items only, please. Men’s, women’s and children’s sizes needed. New, unused masks also accepted. Sponsored by the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Mass of Remembrance for Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas
Please join the Notre Dame community as we come together to celebrate Mass in memory of first-year students Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas. For those who wish to attend in-person, the stadium will open at 7:30 p.m. with prelude music beginning at 7:45 p.m. Students should enter through Gate A and follow the direction of the ushers. Faculty and staff should enter through Gate B and follow the direction of the ushers. Masks and physical distancing are required at all times. 
Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40’s, so please dress accordingly. 
For those who wish to attend virtually, the Mass will be live-streamed and can be viewed here.
The University Counseling Center (631-7336) and Campus Ministry (631-7800) are available to offer their support to members of our community.
Tuesday, Oct. 27; 8 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium

Transgender Day of Remembrance
This prayer service will honor and remember transgender people whose lives have been lost this year based on their identity.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grotto

Everyday Holiness Podcast
Rev. David Guffey, C.S.C., shares his path as a priest who went from serving the homeless to producing films in Hollywood, including the newly released movie “Pray,” a biography of fellow Holy Cross priest Venerable Patrick Peyton.

Health and Recreation

Fitness Freebie: HIGH Fitness
Join instructor Ashle for a free HIGH Fitness class! This class is old-school aerobics meets contemporary HIIT training! For more information and registration, click here.
Friday, Oct. 30; 8:15 to 9 p.m. virtually

Lectures and Presentations

Lecture: “Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India’s Urban Slums”
Former Visiting Fellow Adam Auerbach presents a talk on his book of the same title on which he worked during his time at Kellogg. Drawing on more than two years of fieldwork, the book accounts for the uneven success of India’s slum residents in securing public goods and services. Registration required.
Monday, Oct. 26; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar (Consider This!): “COVID-19 Pandemic and Athletics”
Part four of the “Consider This! Simplifying the COVID-19 Conversation” series will include Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Director of Athletics, and Patricia Bellia, the O’Neill Professor of Law and chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics, for a conversation about the pandemic’s effect on athletics.
Monday, Oct. 26; 6 to 7 p.m. via webinar

Lecture: “John Paul II’s Proposal for Europe: A Celebration of the Past or a Prophetic Invitation for the Future?”
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła, Father Michał Paluch, rector of the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum), will revisit the framework of the vision for Europe developed by John Paul II during his long pontificate.
Tuesday, Oct. 27; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. virtually

Lecture: “The Political Thought of Woodrow Wilson”
Join Ronald J. Pestritto, graduate dean and professor of politics at Hillsdale College, for this lecture that is presented by Constitutional Studies.
Tuesday, Oct. 27; 12:45 to 2 p.m. virtually

Inspiring Conversations Series
ThinkND invites you to join a live Zoom discussion with Louis King, chief executive officer of Summit Academy OIC, as he discusses how this vocational school is transforming lives and developing inspired leaders.
Tuesday, Oct. 27; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Irish Novelist Colum McCann in Conversation with Barry McCrea
In a conversation inaugurating a new series, “Ireland’s Generation X?”, Irish novelist Colum McCann will discuss his life and work with Professor Barry McCrea. McCann’s newest novel, “Apeirogon”, is the story of two fathers — one Israeli, one Palestinian — each grieving the loss of a child to violence. Together, they work for peace.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 2 to 3 p.m. via webinar

Conversation: “Catholic Education, the Supreme Court and School Choice”
This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision on this issue in Espinoza v. Montana. Join John Schoenig, ACE’s senior director for teacher formation and education policy and Nicole Stelle Garnett, senior policy advisor, for a conversation about Espinoza v. Montana and its potential long-term impact for Catholic school families.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

Reading: “After Rubén,” by Francisco Aragón
The Institute for Latino Studies’ Letras Latinas initiative, along with the Creative Writing Program and Red Hen Press, present a book launch and public reading by Francisco Aragón. Aragón will read from his latest book, “After Rubén.” He’ll also be introducing special guests who will join him to share brief samplings of their literary work.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7 to 8 p.m. The reading will be streamed simultaneously on Red Hen Press’ YouTube channel and Facebook Live feed.

NDI Global Roundtable Series: “The Pandemic and Its Effects on Primary and Secondary Education. Lessons from Chile, Kenya, the United States and Beyond”
Moderated by Ernest Morrell, this roundtable will focus on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected primary and secondary education in various parts of the world, with a special focus on Chile, Kenya and the United States. Registration is requested.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Where We’re Going: Sports — Global Viewpoint
Where We’re Going, a new series from ThinkND, continues its study of sports with a global viewpoint discussion. Join moderator Chris Stevens ’74 and guests from around the world for a chat of what’s currently happening and what’s next for the sports industry. Submit your questions and join the free discussion.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 9 a.m. via Zoom

Conversation: “Election 2020: What to Expect? Who Will Win? What’s at Stake?”
Please join the Constitutional Studies Program for a virtual conversation about the upcoming 2020 election. Featuring Henry Olsen, a Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at American Progress.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 12:45 to 2 p.m. virtually

Q&A Webinar
Heath Carter of Princeton Theological Seminary and Kathryn Gin Lum of Stanford University will join the Cushwa Center for a discussion of their role as series co-editors for the Eerdmans Library of Religious Biography. Registration is required. Registrants will receive a Zoom link in advance of the event.
Thursday, Oct. 29; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom

Italian Research Seminar: “The Ambiguous Resistance of Fenoglio’s ‘Racconti della guerra civile’”
The Center for Italian Studies presents a virtual lecture on Italian resistance writer, Beppe Fenoglio’s “Racconti della guerra civile,” by Giovanni Vedovotto, a doctoral candidate in Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Register here ( or via email (
Friday, Oct. 30; 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Voting Rights”
“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, the Honorable Eric. H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015), explores the intersection of voting rights and racial justice.
Friday, Oct. 30; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Paths to Becoming a Diplomat”
Join a webinar with early- and mid-stage career diplomats for pointers on discovering the many paths to joining a country’s diplomatic corps. Jointly sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
Friday, Oct. 30; 2 to 3 p.m. via webinar

Higgins Labor Film Club: “On the Basis of Sex” (2018)
This film tells the story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsberg as she takes on a groundbreaking tax case that could change the direction of her career and the way courts view gender discrimination. Watch the film in advance and join us for a conversation on the film with faculty expert Christina Wolbrecht. RSVP online in advance.
Sunday, Nov. 1; 4 p.m. virtually

Safety, Parking and Traffic

Sorin Court Traffic Circle to be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 4–6
Due to large truck and crane activity, Sorin Court, north of the Main Building, will be closed to traffic between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday Nov. 4–6. While the Main Building parking lot will be open to those with permits, the traffic circle will be blocked. During this time, delivery trucks intending to deliver packages to the Main Building must park in the St. Liam Lot and walk packages to the building. Anyone expecting large deliveries during this time frame is encouraged to let vendors know of the Sorin Court closure ahead of time. See traffic map.
The large truck activity will also periodically affect traffic on Holy Cross Drive at Sorin Court. Flaggers will stop and direct traffic along Holy Cross Drive when needed.

Social Gatherings

Notre Dame Family Wines Virtual Tasting with Paul Hobbs
Notre Dame Family Wines is excited to partner with Rohr’s Notre Dame to announce an opportunity to learn from Notre Dame vintners as we host a series of tasting events. Join us virtually via Zoom for a delightful evening all about wine.
Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7 p.m. via Zoom

For Your Information ...

Campus demonstrations may be organized only by members of the University community and must be peaceful and orderly. Demonstrations must adhere to time, place, and manner restrictions designed to (a) protect the health and safety of participants and the campus community and (b) avoid disruption of the regular and essential operations of the University. Given the University's COVID-19 regulations restricting external visitors, demonstrations that involve participants who are not part of the campus community may be directed to the periphery of campus.

To receive approval, demonstrations must be registered in advance and in writing with the Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations, Mike Seamon. That office will review the registration and advise whether the demonstration is approved, subject to time, place, and manner restrictions. Organizers of a demonstration must acknowledge agreement to any time, place, and manner modifications before proceeding. Campus security personnel may be on hand to ensure the safety of all — including those participating in an approved demonstration — and to prevent any disruption of regular University operations.

Also This Week ...

What Has 2020 Taught You? A Call for Stories!
What has 2020 taught you? The CSC 33941 class, “Moral Learning and Racial Justice in the Time of Coronavirus,” is collecting insight about how the current state of affairs has shaped the Notre Dame community and invite you to briefly share your story. Our plan is to consolidate all of the responses in a creative format with the hope of capturing what life was like in 2020 for future generations.

Voting Info and Notary Services for Grad Students
Different states have different rules for submitting absentee ballots, with a small number requiring that ballots be notarized. Should you need to have your election ballot notarized, the Graduate School has a Notary who will be available to assist graduate students by appointment. Visit for details.

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.