TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (Sept. 21)



For the Week of September 21

Arts and Performances


Slow Look
Take a break at home or from your office for a slow look at Mary Swanzy’s “Young Claudius” on view in the 20th and 21st Century galleries. We’ll virtually place you in the exhibition via a Zoom live stream, then focus on the painting using tools of mindfulness meditation. Registration is required through this link.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom

The Snite Museum of Art has partnered with the St. Joseph County Public Library to bring this exciting national project to the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park through September 30. Our StoryWalk will explore the book “Finding Wild” by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Abigail Halpin. Read together, do fun activities and enjoy the art and nature of the sculpture park!
Saturday, Sept. 26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park


SUB Movie: “Parasite”
Free to the ND community!
Thursday, Sept. 24; 8:30 p.m. in Room 101, DeBartolo Hall
Friday, Sept. 25; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26; 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.

Deadlines or Registrations

Trivia Snite
Join in for a night of trivia with an art spin. You won’t need to be an art expert to enjoy this trivia game. Between each round there will be “artful intermissions” which will include gallery talks, dance parties, art-making challenges and inspired stretches. Get creative building your team! Invite friends and family from afar to join the fun. Want to meet new people? Sign-up in an open slot to become part of a team.
Sign up by 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28.
Monday, Sept. 28; 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Introduction to Department of Energy Research Opportunities”
This webinar, hosted by the Office of Federal and Washington Relations, will give an overview of the Department of Energy (DOE) with focus on the offices that fund research. Specific attention will be given to those DOE offices that could fund research at Notre Dame. Brief introductions to these offices will be given including general research interests and typical areas of funding.
Thursday, Oct. 1; 2 to 2:30 p.m. online

THRIVE! Lunch Pairings
The Thrive! Ambassadors will offer another round of Thrive! Lunch Pairings in October. Simply sign up by Friday, Oct. 2, and Thrive! will randomly pair you with a lunch partner from another division. Given the current circumstances, you and your lunch partner may choose to schedule your meeting via web conference. Please contact Jessica Schiller at or 631-7923 for more information.

International Dialogues: “Thinking with Newman: Educating with Intention Today”
Register by Tuesday, Oct. 6, for the new ThinkND series which examines St. John Henry Newman’s seminal work, “The Idea of a University,” its contemporary relevance to education, and the existential questions universities face today. This series is co-hosted by Dublin Global Gateway and Newman Centre for Faith and Reason directors Kevin Whelan and Rev. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C.
Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom
Sunday Mass, Oct. 11; 11 a.m.

Debate: “Numbers Can Lie: When Algorithms Work Perfectly but Fail Miserably”
The debut program in the Notre Dame College of Science and ThinkND interactive series, The Science Lab, is an open, educational enrichment program. The Friday, Oct. 9, event “Numbers Can Lie” will focus on the ethical issues involved in data science. Registration opens Friday, Sept. 25. Sessions include one-hour zoom lectures, videos and an author talk.
Friday, Oct. 9; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom
Friday, Oct. 23; noon
Friday, Nov. 6; noon

Diversity and Inclusion

Thrive! Presents: Let’s Zoom Lunch
As we continue to practice physical distancing, let’s stay connected with our Notre Dame community. Join Thrive! for another virtual meeting of our monthly Let’s Do Lunch program to chat with colleagues from across campus. As always, drop in when you can, and stay as long as you like. RSVP to receive a Zoom meeting invitation. All are welcome.
Thursday, Sept. 24; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Educational and Research Opportunities

Workshop: “Storing and Sharing Your Research Data”
This workshop focuses on enhancing your data sharing practices.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 11 a.m. to noon via Zoom

Workshop: “NVivo For Beginners”
Learn how to use NVivo to bring order to the chaos of your qualitative research project.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom


Office of Human Resources Workshops:

“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.
Register via Watch for Zoom link and pre-work materials in the registration confirmation.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. virtually
This workshop takes places in two separate sessions
“Multicultural Competencies”: 8 to 10:30 a.m.
“Hiring Game Changers”: 1 to 3 p.m.
Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, Sept. 30

“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. This virtual workshop 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 when action is needed.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 11 a.m. to noon virtually


Talk: “Weaning Students Off of Google Translate”
Have you encountered suspiciously advanced structures in your students’ compositions? Many learners are not taught the ABCs of writing in the target language, so they resort to translators for a quick fix. In this talk, you will learn about ways in which you can wean your students off of Google Translate and make them independent writers.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 2 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.
∙ Basic Google Calendar (New Users), Monday, Sept. 28; 1 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Photoshop CC, Level II: Basic Photo Manipulation, Tuesday, Sept. 29; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Qualtrics Forms, Level II: Contact Lists and Embedded Data, Wednesday, Sept. 30; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
∙ Google Drive, Level I: Working in Docs, Sheets and Slides, Wednesday, Sept. 30; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
∙ Spreadsheets, Level II: Formulas and Functions, Thursday, Oct. 1; 8:30 a.m. to noon
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at  

Faith and Service

Staff Grief Support Group
If you are a staff member who has experienced the death of a loved one — a child, spouse, parent, close friend or colleague — you are invited to join a support group of other staff who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The group meets once per month on Zoom. Please contact Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C. ( for the Zoom link.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

A Guided Centering Prayer for Stressful Times
If you are looking for a way to find some inner peace and center in God’s Spirit in your busy day, this simple prayer form has helped many throughout the centuries. Colleen Moore, formation and program director for Echo in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, will briefly explain the prayer and then guide you through an experience of it.
Thursday, Sept. 24; noon to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom

Health and Recreation

Fitness Freebie Class: HIGH Fitness
Join RecSports for a free virtual HIGH Fitness class. This class is old school aerobics meets contemporary HIIT training!
Friday, Sept. 25; 8:15 to 9 p.m. virtually

In-Person Group Fitness Classes and F.A.S.T. Classes Begin This Week
Ready to get back in the rhythm of taking your favorite fitness classes in-person? Whether it’s Pump it Up, Power Yoga Flow or Beat Biking — RecSports has you covered. Click here ( for group fitness classes. Click here ( for F.A.S.T. Classes.  

Sport Workshops
Interested in learning more about pickleball, squash or tennis? RecSports’ introductory workshops can give you the basics in these socially distanced sports so you can get out and play!

Lectures and Presentations

Panel Discussion: “Shaping Peace Together: Envisioning a Post-Pandemic World”
Panelists will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the movements for racial justice in the U.S., climate change, armed conflict and the global prognosis for the future.
Monday, Sept. 21; 4 to 5:30 p.m. virtually

Discussion: “Latinx Presence and Power: The 2020 Census and Overcoming the Politics of Erasure”
Join Michael N. Okinczyc-Cruz, executive director of the Coalition for Spiritual & Public Leadership (CSPL), and ND senior Kassandra Perez as they discuss what barriers Latinx communities have had to overcome and what can be done during the last week to encourage an accurate count prior to the September 30 deadline.
Monday, Sept. 21; 4 to 5 p.m. Zoom (Registration is required to obtain a Zoom link)

Lecture: “Commemorative Unity”
Presented by the School of Architecture and by C.J. Howard, assistant professor at The Catholic University of America, where he teaches in the newly launched classical traditional architecture and urbanism track. Registration required.
Monday, Sept. 21; 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. via Zoom

Panel Discussion: Kellogg International Students and COVID-19
While American coverage of COVID-19 has largely been U.S.-centric, we know the pandemic’s effects have been profound across the globe. Join the Kellogg Institute for a look at the impact of the virus on the people of Africa, Asia and Latin America through the eyes of their citizens. A panel of international students will share their experiences. Registration required.
Monday, Sept. 21; 7 to 8 p.m. virtually

WRAP (White Ribbon Against Pornography) Week
Join Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP) for their 5th annual WRAP week! Through the week, there will be various opportunities to hear speakers and promote conversation and awareness of the dangers of pornography.
∙ Talk: “Ending Porn on Campus,” by Veronica Maska ’22, former SCOP president, will talk about her research on ending pornography usage on campus and how students can support each other in fighting addiction.
Monday, Sept. 21; 8 to 9 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium, LaFortune Student Center and via Zoom (registration link)
∙ Prayer Vigil in remembrance and reparation for those lives harmed by human trafficking and pornography.
Wednesday, Sept. 23; 11 to 11:30 p.m. at the Grotto
∙ Talk: “Porn: Seven Myths Exposed,” by speaker and podcaster Matt Fradd to inform and educate the tri-campus community about the personal and psychological dangers of pornography addiction.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 8 to 9 p.m. in the Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library (registration link)

Lecture: “In the Vortex of Violence: Lynching, Extralegal Justice and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico”
Gema Kloppe-Santamaría will examine the uncharted history of lynching in post-revolutionary Mexico. Based on an array of previously untapped historical sources, she will examine the reasons behind the persistency of this practice during a period otherwise characterized by greater political stability and lower levels of violence. Registration required.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 12:30 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Statue Toppling in Europe: Vandalism or Vindication?”
What can we learn from statue toppling? Historian Timothy W. Ryback provides us with a perspective from Europe. This lecture will survey the social and political forces behind the re-scripting of commemorative landscapes in Europe, from the French and Russian revolutions to the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. virtually

Inspiring Conversations: “Building A Winning Team”
Join the live discussion with the former Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Muffet McGraw. Coach McGraw will share her insights on team building and equality for women in leadership positions.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “AWS Virtual Computer Labs”
Offering remote access to computer labs is a top priority for campus IT departments. Learn how Amazon Web Services (AWS) has helped set up virtual computer labs for ND students using their AppStream 2.0 application and desktop streaming service. See how AWS can help you access your software applications from anywhere, at any time from any computer!
Registration required. A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 4 to 5 p.m. virtually

Lecture: “America’s First Failed War on Terror: Understanding the Failure of Reconstruction”
Daniel Byman, professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 4:30 to 6 p.m. via Zoom  

Research Uncorked – “It Doesn’t Just Happen: Building Ethical Workplaces
Research Uncorked is a monthly speaker series featuring informal interviews with leading scholars and scientists from the University. In September, we’re excited to be joined by Veronica Root Martinez, professor of law and the director of the Law School’s Program on Ethics, Compliance and Inclusion. RSVP to to get the Zoom info.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom

Book Launch: “A Home Grown Fairytale”
Letras Latinas and Podquester Mini are proud to present the chapbook launch of “A Home Grown Fairytale” by Notre Dame alumna Suzi F. Garcia with readings by fellow poets. The daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, raised in Arkansas, she has an MFA in creative writing with minors in screen cultures and gender studies.
Tuesday, Sept. 22; 8 to 9 p.m. streamed (Reading will be streamed simultaneously on Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitch at Podquester Mini)

Discussion: “Art and Social Change: Race, Gender and Migration in Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO”
Professors of Romance Languages and Literatures Marisel Moreno and Thomas F. Anderson will discuss their online bilingual exhibit “El Arte al Servicio del Pueblo” (Art at the Service of the People). The exhibit, featuring 200 pieces from their private collection, was created in collaboration with the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, PR.
Wednesday, Sept. 23; 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom (Registration is required to obtain a Zoom link)

Time-Out for Tech: “Zoom Waiting Rooms”
Zoom is making changes at the end of September to add tighter security to meetings. After this change, all meetings are required to use a password or have a waiting room set up. This short session will focus on the use of waiting rooms to add security or privacy for office hours.
Wednesday, Sept. 23; 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom

Webinar: “Analytics — Data Lakes/Data Warehouse”
Amazon Web Services (AWS) will introduce you to an easy way to build data lakes and associated analytics with AWS Lake Formation. Find out how it can automate many manual steps and reduce the time required to build a successful data lake from months to days. Examples of how others use this service to drive insights and innovation is also included. Registration required. A link to the webinar will be sent once you submit the registration form.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 11 a.m. to noon virtually

Lecture: “Andrea Alpago in Damascus: Politics, Medicine and Philosophy around 1517”
Dag Nikolaus Hasse holds the Chair III: History of Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany. His most recent book, “Success and Suppression: Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance” (Harvard University Press, 2016) received the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 3 to 4:30 p.m. via Zoom

National Viewpoint Discussion: “Where We’re Going”
Where We’re Going is a new, virtual series from ThinkND that highlights Notre Dame faculty and alumni perspectives and expertise on key global issues. The first topic is global citizenship. Join this national viewpoint discussion moderated by Ray Offenheiser ’71 with guests Michael Camilleri ’00 and Tara Kenney ’82.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 1 to 2 p.m. online

Seminar: “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Brazil’s Education”
Panelists: Tábata Amaral, Olavo Nogueira Filho and Guilherme Lichand. Ann Mische, a faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a faculty fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, is moderating this virtual event with the Sao Paulo Global Center.
Friday, Sept. 25; 9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Lecture: “Flint”
“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, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, explores the racial dimensions of the Flint water crisis. Open to the Notre Dame community via Zoom.
Friday, Sept. 25; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. via Zoom

Social Gatherings

NDnano Welcome Back Social
Join us and other fellow graduate students and postdocs for our welcome back social! We’ll have fun and fast activities for you to meet old and new friends across departments. We’re excited to see you there! Please email Heidi Deethar ( to receive event link.
Thursday, Sept. 24; 7 to 8 p.m. online

Tech Upgrades and Service Interruptions

Zoom Security Requirement Begins Sept. 27
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, all Zoom meetings will require a passcode or waiting room. Any meeting that does not contain either will automatically be assigned a waiting room. Prior to this date, you can review your scheduled meetings to ensure they are set up with a passcode or waiting room according to your preference.

Also this Week ...

Rohr’s Game Day Picnic Package
Rohr’s has students, faculty and staff covered for home football Saturdays with Rohr’s picnic packages. Grab a ready-to-eat picnic package before kickoff for you and four friends. See the flyer.

St. Michael’s Laundry Open for Business
St. Michael’s Laundry is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Services include: tailoring/alterations, linen leasing, uniform rentals and purchases, dry cleaning, over-the-counter laundry and wash-dry-fold.

Sakai Tip: Different Ways to Give Students Feedback in Sakai
When project or presentation feedback needs to go beyond a point grade, Sakai’s PostEm tool offers a flexible and secure way to display that feedback in a course site. Instructors can post letter grades, checkmarks and comments imported from a spreadsheet.

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.