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A Playful Approach to Writing Kennedy Center Workshop Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 PM

For teachers of Grades K–6
For up to 30 teachers.

Playwriting offers a powerful way to interest students in writing or pre-writing processes. Participants examine ways to help students learn how to think like playwrights and to develop a script—written or pictorial—that draws on their improvisations of characters and ideas. Workshop activities are drawn from Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day or another work of children’s literature.

TEDXUND Live-TEDGlobal Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 3:00 PM

Be one of the few to see this special simulcast. Free Admission.

Join your colleagues and friends for a simulcast in HD (on a large cinema screen) of the annual TEDGlobal Conference where TEDtalks were created. Each year, the world's leading thinkers and doers gather for the TED conference, which many describe as the highlight of their year.

Notre Dame is one of the few universities in the world to offer several hours of this event, which will be transmitted live from Rio. Don't miss this rare opportunity to participate virtually in a TED conference. Speaker info (approximately 10 speakers will be included in this webcast)

NOTE: The TEDGlobal conference simulcast will be available only at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and will not be streamed anywhere else in the region. This event is separate from TEDxUND (Feb. 27, 2015 held here at the center).

About the TED Conference (
Held annually, the TED Conference is at the heart of TED. More than a thousand people attend this five-day conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design--as well as science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. More than 70 speakers appear on the mainstage to give 18-minute talks and shorter presentations, including music, performance and comedy.

Science Friday Live Broadcast from Notre Dame Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

Aired on hundreds of NPR stations across the country, the national radio show Science Friday is a trusted source of news and entertaining stories about science. Experience the live taping.

Science Friday was created by host and Executive Producer Ira Flatow in 1991. Since then, it has grown into much more than a radio show. The Science Friday Initiative produces award-winning digital videos and publishes original web content covering everything from octopus camouflage to cooking on Mars.

Building Musical Instruments from Recycled Material Kennedy Center Workshop Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:00 PM

For teachers of Grades K–6 For up to 30 teachers In this 3 hour workshop, K-6 teachers learn how create musical instruments from recycled and reused materials, and then use those instruments to make connections to science and literacy. First, participants build the instruments–such as an oboe from a straw, maracas and drums from tin cans, a guitar from a tube and fishing line–while learning the science behind how they work. Next, the sounds of the instruments become the inspiration for writing musical stories to be performed on the instruments–Common Core curriculum connection. No musical background required!

JOHN BERTLES is an educator, composer and instrument-builder. He has worked in arts education since 1988 as a teaching artist, professional developer, administrator and consultant. He is the founder and co-director of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts LLC, which presents performances, residencies and professional development sessions nationwide, and a board member of the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable. As a composer he works with combinations of traditional instruments along with his own invented musical instruments built from recycled and reused materials. His most recent performances include “The Choke Artist” for found-object instrument sextet; “Incline and Trashicaglia” for orchestra, homemade instruments and audience members; and a version of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” for 3-6 year olds, written for small orchestra of “traditional and found-object instruments. Over the years he has worked with some amazing performers, including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Max Roach and Mister Rogers; and consulted for the Grammy Foundation, Leonard Bernstein Center, New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Silk Road Ensemble, among others.

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Presenting Series Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

Brown’s inventive fusion of traditional African and modern dance returns, part inspired celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder and featuring community dancers.

Call Brown Mr. Wonder-ful. His profound “stories in movement” told to several songs from Wonder’s legendary catalog (“You and I,” “Living for the City,” “Higher Ground”) incorporate themes of community, ritual and shared experience. The company’s arts education residency integrates auditions and rehearsals for the piece On Earth Together transforming Michiana residents into dancers who will join the ensemble onstage. Brown’s signature “supple, spontaneous choreography” (The New York Times) also tours with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.

“Mr. Brown must be a modern-dance savior.” New York Times


Join us after Friday’s performance by Evidence for a free, ticketed African drumming and dance celebration. This high-spirited, high-powered rhythmic experience features community performers. Get up and dance!

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