TheWeek@ND Fac/Staff Edition (September 27)



For the Week of September 27

Arts and Performances


Exhibit Tours — The Extraordinary Legacy of Father John Zahm’s Dante Collection
Join a tour of the fall exhibit every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. (except Oct. 6). This exhibit showcases the preeminent Dante collection and the remarkable accumulation of rare Italian material by Notre Dame over the past century. Free and open to all, no registration required.
Wednesdays starting Sept. 29; 12:15 to 1 p.m. in Rare Books & Special Collections (Room 102), Hesburgh Library

AAHD Gallery: “Twist, Glide, Shine, Makeover Culture Disfigured and Floaters”
The Department of Art, Art History and Design announces an exhibition of work from Alisa Henriquez, professor of studio art at Michigan State University. The show is open from Sept. 30 to Nov. 13.
Mondays through Fridays beginning Thursday, Sept. 30; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the AAHD Gallery (Room 214), Riley Hall of Art


National Theatre Live: “Follies” (2019)
New York, 1971. There’s a party at the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. See the NTL encore of “Follies,” winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. Free for FTT faculty and ND/SMC/HC/IUSB students. Fac/Staff: $18.
Thursday, Sept. 30; 7 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center  

Shorts Program: “Human Trafficking” (2021)
Members of task forces who raise awareness of and combat human trafficking will be present to illustrate the many facets of their work through a collection of short films. Free but ticketed.
Friday, Oct. 1; 6:30 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Film and Panel Discussion: “The Flowers of St. Francis” (1950)
Ahead of the Feast of St. Francis, explore a classic cinematic representation of his life. In a series of simple and joyous vignettes, director Roberto Rossellini and co-writer Federico Fellini convey his universal teachings of humility, compassion, faith and sacrifice. Known for being the patron saint of ecology, St. Francis was devoted to a life of poverty and following the example of Jesus. There will be a panel discussion following the film. Free but ticketed.
Sunday, Oct. 3; 3 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Performance and Discussion — “Felon: An American Washi Tale”
Reginald Dwayne Betts will perform an excerpt of his one-man show. Betts will then lead a discussion of the themes explored in the excerpt: prison, handmade paper, post-conviction relief and the collateral consequences of incarceration. Register at
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar

Surround yourself with the beauty and creativity of visual art and the spoken word during ArtWords. This program brings together community and campus poets and will take place in the “Jim Dine: American Icon” exhibition. The evening will wrap up with an open mic session (sign-ups will open 15 minutes before the program begins).
Thursday, Sept. 30; 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Snite Museum of Art

Fred Hersch Trio
Celebrated pianist Fred Hersch leads his long-running trio of bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. The trio’s long-awaited set promises to satisfy with dexterous playing, fascinating rhythm and beautiful sounds from instrumentalists among the jazz pantheon. Fac/Staff: $33. Students: $10.
Thursday, Sept. 30; 7:30 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Philbin Fridays: Musical Theatre
Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre is showcasing the work of a diverse array of student artists in an informal, cabaret-like setting. This performance features musical theater students Grace Thomas and Nic Meringolo as well as The Gold and Blue Company. Free but ticketed.
Friday, Oct. 1; 1 p.m. in the Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Concert: Mariachi Herencia de Mexico
Latin Grammy-nominated group of young musicians who got their start as a student ensemble in the Chicago Public Schools system. They have released four highly acclaimed studio albums with chart-topping debuts on both the Billboard and iTunes Latin Albums charts. Dialogue or vocals in a foreign language. Family-friendly, all ages are welcome. Free but ticketed.
Friday, Oct. 1; 7:30 p.m. in Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Athletics and Sporting Events

Visit the Athletics composite schedule for events this week.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Public Reading with British Latinx Poet Leo Boix
Join the Creative Writing Program and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the Institute for Latino Studies, for a Zoom event featuring Latino British Poet Leo Boix. On the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are celebrating “Ballad of a Happy Immigrant,” his English-language debut, along with readings from special guests. Registration required.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom

Talent Show: “Black Images”
Come join the Black Cultural Arts Council for a night of singing, dancing, rapping, poetry and more!  Tickets available: $5 pre-order via Shop ND or $7 at entry. 
Friday, Oct. 1; 7 to 9 p.m. in Washington Hall

Educational and Research Opportunities


How to Write in a Book
This workshop demonstrates techniques for writing in books for the purpose of active reading.
Monday, Sept. 27; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

How to Become an Open Researcher
Learn how to work effectively and collaboratively in an open research environment.
Monday, Sept. 27; 1 to 2 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 246), Hesburgh Library

Using Topic Modeling Against a Corpora
This workshop will demonstrate how to use Topic Modeling Tool.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (Room 247), Hesburgh Library

OIT Training Classes
Office of Information Technologies technical training classes are free of charge. Check the class description in Endeavor for the method of delivery of each class.
Spreadsheets, Level I: Introduction, Tuesday, Oct. 5; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
InDesign CC, Level I: Basic Document Creation, Wednesday, Oct. 6; 8:30 a.m. to noon
Demo — Qualtrics Forms, Level I: Basic, Thursday, Oct. 7; 1 to 4:30 p.m.
To register for courses, go to Questions or problems registering? Call 631-7227 or email OIT at    


Research Opportunity — Middle School Math
The CLAD Lab is interested in how middle school students learn math. Students will participate in two hour-long sessions in the fall and a follow-up in the spring. If you have a child enrolled in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and want to participate, please email You will receive $25 after each session for participating.
Mondays through Fridays, Sept. 27; 2 to 7 p.m. in Room E546 (CLAD Lab), Corbett Family Hall

Faith and Service

Staff Prayer Line
Rev. Jim Bracke, C.S.C., staff chaplain, invites you to submit prayer requests to the staff prayer line. Staff of all faith traditions are welcome to make a request. Prayer can be a path to finding peace, courage and strength, especially in times of uncertainty and challenge. All prayer requests are confidential and are  accessible only to Father Jim.

ND110 Fundraiser
Duncan Hall hosts the third annual Notre Dame 110, a stair climb that memorializes, honors and supports our nation’s and our community’s first responders. All participants will replicate the climb faced by the first responders on Sept. 11, 2001, by climbing 110 flights of stairs in Notre Dame Stadium. $15 for a ticket, $15 for a T-shirt if interested. Same price for all faculty, staff and students. Register here. All proceeds go to Heart 9/11.
Rescheduled (due to inclement weather) to Monday, Sept. 27; 5 to 9 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium

Blessing of the Pets at Cedar Grove Cemetery
Please join Rev. John Herman, C.S.C., in front of the newly placed St. Francis of Assisi statue located by the mausoleums. Parking is available at the cemetery or the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.
Sunday, Oct. 3; 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Attendees are asked to gather at the courtyard of the Our Lady of Sorrows Mausoleum Complex on the west end of the cemetery.

Lectures and Presentations

Main Quad Tree Tour
Notre Dame’s Main Quad is home to a wide variety of trees that give us shade in the summer and beautiful colors in the fall. Get to know these trees better with the Office of Sustainability through a tree tour around the quad. Attendance is limited, so registration is required.
Monday, Sept. 27; 4 to 5 p.m. meet at the Sacred Heart Statue on Main Quad

Lecture: “Restoration of the ‘Abendland’? Images of Europe in Exile”
Friedhelm Marx, chair of modern German literature at the Universität Bamberg, outlines the debates on Europe among writers from the Weimar Republic to the exile of the 1940s.
Monday, Sept. 27; 5 to 6:15 p.m. in the Max Kade Seminar Room (Room 128), Decio Hall

Time-Out for Tech: Working Safely from Home
Keeping Notre Dame’s data secure is important — regardless of your work environment. The OIT information security team will provide you with valuable tips on how to make your home work environment secure. The Zoom link will be added to the calendar event the day before the session.
Tuesday, Sept. 28; 10:30 to 11 a.m. via Zoom

Lecture — “Women’s Empowerment, Extended Families and Male Migration in Nepal: Insights from Mixed Methods Analysis”
A lecture by Cheryl Doss, University of Oxford. Using qualitative ethnographic fieldwork and quantitative survey data (including Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index), this talk explores a range of issues regarding women’s empowerment in Nepal, including impacts of patriarchy and poverty, the role of her husband and control over time.
Tuesday, Sept. 28; 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Room C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Presentation — “The Best of Indian Cities: From Food to Travel”
Do you know why Indians travel? Or, how Indians actually pick their travel destination? You would think it is done by virtue of the destination’s landscape, its history and beauty, but the truth is quite different. In this presentation, you will learn about the top cities in India that Indians go to for food. Come get insights about Indian culture.
Tuesday, Sept. 28; 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 334, Bond Hall

Presentation — “Energy and Emissions: Notre Dame’s Sustainability Goals”
Paul Kempf (’80), assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance, will provide an update on Notre Dame’s progress to-date on energy conservation improvements, carbon emissions reductions and recent ventures into solar, hydro and geothermal energy.
Tuesday, Sept. 28; 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 129, DeBartolo Hall

Discussions — “Beyond the Border: The Realities of Migration from Central America”
Register for a new educational enrichment series examining the issues behind migration from Central America. Hosted by the Pulte Institute for Global Development, this virtual three-part series will bring researchers, practitioners and policymakers together to explore how we can promote safe paths to prosperity and dignity at home and abroad.
Wednesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and 13; 1 to 2 p.m. virtually

Lecture — “Islam, Freedom and Natural Law: Ancient Wisdom for a New Enlightenment”
Presented by Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Co-sponsored by the Ansari Institute, the Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government and the World Religions World Church Program in the Department of Theology. Questions? Contact
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 1030, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Portage Midtown Project Tour, South Bend
Join Mike Keen, principal of Thrive Michiana LLC, for a tour of the Portage Midtown Project south of campus in the Near Northwest Neighborhood. Learn about the homes being built with New Energy Homes, as well as other sustainability initiatives. Members of the Notre Dame community have been involved in improving this neighborhood based on the triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity. The tour is open to Notre Dame students, faculty and staff only. Registration is required. Register by Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 4 to 5 p.m. at 906 Portage Ave., South Bend

Talk — “Place in the Sun: Rethinking German Globalization and Imperialism Before the Great War”
Erik Grimmer-Solem is the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies and professor of history at Wesleyan University. This talk will explore how the overseas experiences of a number of influential, but today largely forgotten, German economists shaped public perceptions of the world and Germany’s place in it.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth E. Nanovic Seminar Room (Room 1050), Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Lecture — “Negotiating Sacred Terrain: The Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Samothrace”
Bonna Daix Wescoat is a classical archaeologist whose primary research centers on the intersection of architecture, ritual and place in ancient Greek sacred contexts. Open to the University community; registration required for virtual participation and attendance confirmation.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. delivered virtually and in-person (in-person attendance available for the campus community only), Room 109, Walsh Family Hall of Architecture

Panel Discussion — “My Major, My Path: How to Break into the Renewable Energy Industry”
The future of careers in energy has never been brighter, especially in the area of renewables. John Henry of the IDEA Center, Rory Huntly of Ecoplexus, Inc. and Jared Mrozinske from the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development will offer insights into the trends and career trajectories in the renewable energy space.
Wednesday, Sept. 29; 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 129, DeBartolo Hall

Address by Justice Samuel Alito: “The Emergency Docket”
A public address by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., is presented by the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Lab at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, with co-sponsorship by the Notre Dame Law School. All seats require a ticket. This is a free but ticketed event, with registration required. Register here.
Thursday, Sept. 30; 12:30 p.m. in the McCartan Courtroom, Notre Dame Law School and overflow rooms with a closed-circuit live stream will be available at both the Law School and Hesburgh Center.

Crossroads Solar Tour, South Bend
Join former Notre Dame professor Pat Regan, now co-founder and CEO of Crossroads Solar, a solar panel manufacturing facility in South Bend, for a tour and presentation about the manufacturing process of solar panels and his philosophy on producing solar modules employing former felons. Register by Wednesday, Sept. 29. 
Thursday, Sept. 30; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 251 E. Sample St., South Bend

Cochabamba: The City of Eternal Spring
Come explore a place of particular cultural interest not just for the food, but for its unique historic buildings. Cochabamba, known as the City of Eternal Spring or “The Garden City,” is centrally located in Bolivia in the valley of the Andes mountains. Join FLTA Delia Salazar as she shares stories, traditions and the culture of her hometown.
Thursday, Sept. 30; 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 334, Bond Hall

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series on Refugees
Join the Center for Social Concerns for a casual gathering to discuss current issues through the lens of Catholic Social Tradition. The speaker for October’s event is John Pinter, executive director of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, discussing the topic of refugees. All are welcome to join. Beverages and dessert provided.
Friday, Oct. 1; noon to 1 p.m. in the Coffee House, Geddes Hall

The Freedom to Listen
“The Freedom to Listen” is part of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s ThinkND program and is sponsored by the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication at Mendoza College of Business. The series will be offered via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Registration is required:
Friday, Oct. 1; noon to 1 p.m. virtually

Lecture — “Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary: Courageous Christianity”
Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary is a lecture series guiding our community through topics necessary to a deeper understanding of racial justice. This week we present Jemar Tisby (ND ’02), president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective and author of “How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice.”
Friday, Oct. 1; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Dante Now! Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s Death
Please join the Center for Italian Studies and Devers Program in Dante Studies for its annual “Dante Now!” event, dedicated to a community recitation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” The afternoon includes community recitations and a panel discussion.
Friday, Oct. 1; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. located throughout campus and in the Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art  

Ahead of the Game with Arts and Letters — “An American Salesman in China: Adventures in the Global Marketplace of the 1920s”
In 1922, Frank Canaday took a job as a marketing agent for British American Tobacco, then the largest foreign cigarette company in China. Based on Canaday’s observations as an avid diary writer, Elisabeth Köll, the William Payden Collegiate Chair in the Department of History, shows how Americans did business in China during the early days of globalization and what it tells us about today’s China market.
Friday, Oct. 1; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in LaBar Recital Hall within O’Neill Hall of Music

Roundtable: “Post-Pandemic Labor Markets”
The Black Death, or bubonic plague, disrupted local economies and labor markets throughout the medieval world. That history provides context for understanding our experience of the global coronavirus pandemic. Panelists will explore current perceptions of labor shortages by comparing what is seen today with the Black Death’s impact on medieval work conditions and subsequent labor statutes.
Friday, Oct. 1; 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Dooley Room (Room 102), LaFortune Student Center

Author Alice McDermott: Conversation and Reading
Acclaimed author Alice McDermott will converse with Sara Maurer, associate professor of English. McDermott’s novel “Charming Billy” won the National Book Award in 1998; three of her eight novels have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her newest book is “What About the Baby? Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction.” Book sales and signing after.
Friday, Oct. 1; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1030, Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Labor Café — “Labor Law Reform: Is it desirable? Is it likely?”
Labor Café is back on first Fridays to discuss the topic of law reform in the world of labor. Join the casual conversation on the topic, considering questions about the role of government, the teachings of Catholic Social Tradition and impact of the problem of inequality. Participants choose the concrete topics and all are welcome.
Friday, Oct. 1; 5 to 6 p.m. in the Geddes Hall Coffee House and via Zoom

Book Signing: “The University of Notre Dame: A History”
Rev. Thomas E. Blantz, C.S.C., will sign copies of his book, which is written for a broad readership and will be of interest to alumni, faculty, students, friends of the University and fans of the Fighting Irish.
Saturday, Oct. 2; 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore 

Science Exploration Series: “Bed and Breakfast of Pathogens — Urinary Catheterization”Urinary catheters improve patients’ quality of life. However, their placement could cause catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Hear from Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles about how understanding the connection between urinary catheterization and urinary infection can help us develop efficient intervention strategies.
Saturday, Oct. 2; 11 a.m. to noon in Room 105, Jordan Hall of Science

Talks: “The Middle Ages in an Object”
Learn about objects from Notre Dame Special Collections that reveal a world of medieval history and culture. Join in for lunch and lightning-round talks by Medieval Institute faculty.
Saturday, Oct. 2; noon to 1:30 p.m. on the West Lawn, Hesburgh Library

Social Gatherings

Russian Language Table
Are you studying Russian? Are you looking for a new language to learn? Russia has a fascinating culture and learning Russian can help you to experience that complex and beautiful culture. In the Russian language tables you can practice Russian in a conversational way while learning about the culture by playing games and learning songs.
Various Wednesdays during the fall semester starting Sept. 29; 5 to 6 p.m. in the German Language Department Common Area, Decio Hall

Football Fridays at the Eck
Gear up for game day at the Eck Visitors Center! Join the Alumni Association for interviews with ND celebrities, live music, student performances, food from Portillo’s and more. Special guests include Zach DuBois ’11, Harmonia, the ND cheerleaders and leprechaun, the ND Pom Squad, the ND/SMC Irish Dance Team and more.
Friday, Oct. 1; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eck Visitors Center

Also This Week ...

Sakai Tip: Different Ways to Give Students Feedback in Sakai
When project or presentation feedback needs to go beyond a point grade, Sakai’s Post Em 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.