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Here are the can’t-miss campus events for February

A celebration of Black History Month, an examination of the future of dating, and a speech by a Nobel Prize winner are just some of the events happening at Northeastern this month that you won’t want to miss.

Black History Month

All through February, Northeastern will host a number of events to celebrate Black History Month and honor the rich history, contributions, and global impact of the African diaspora.

The monthlong series is organized by the John D. O’Bryant African-​​American Institute and includes a panel discussion on launching a startup that is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, a walking tour of Roxbury on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and a discussion in the Social Justice Resource Center on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that will focus on colorism.

Mardi Gras celebration

A staple of Northeastern Dining’s culinary programs over the past 15 years has been the Mardi Gras celebration. Once again, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Levine Marketplace will transform into “New Orleans on Huntington Avenue” with a live jazz band, Mardi Gras novelties, and traditional fare.

There will also be three contests that will give students the chance to win cash prizes.

Please note that Levine Marketplace with close at 2:30 p.m. that day in order to set up for the event and will re-open at 5:30 p.m.

The future of dating

The university’s new presidential speaker series, titled “The Future of…,” kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 11, when President Joseph E. Aoun sits down with Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid, to discuss the evolution of human relationships as well as how Big Data and love interconnect.

The talk starts at 4 p.m. on the 17th floor of East Village. Rudder will sign copies of his book Dataclysm after the event.

Fear in fortitude

As part of the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee will give a keynote address in Blackman Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.

Titled “Fear into Fortitude: Interfaith Peacebuilding Lessons from Liberia,” Gbowee will discuss her role as a peace activist and women’s rights leader in Liberia, for which she won the Nobel Prize in 2011.

This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required to attend. Tickets are available on myNEU.

Carnevale keynote

As part of the International Student and Scholar Institute’s monthlong Carnevale celebration, Perry Chen, a New York City-based artist and the creator of Kickstarter, will give a keynote address on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.

Chen was CEO of Kickstarter until 2013 and was named to the TIME 100 Most Influential People list that year. Tickets for this event are available on myNEU.

Startup Nation Technology Fair

Come watch as five Northeastern ventures pitch their ideas to industry professionals at the Startup Nation Technology Fair on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad. The pros will give feedback to each venture and the audience can vote for their favorite.

Following the pitches, attendees will have the opportunity to network with and learn from more than 10 technology startups from Israel.

The event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Swing Night

Put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Curry Student Center ballroom on Friday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. The NU Ballroom Dance Club will offer free beginner swing lessons, no experience required, followed by open dancing.

On Fire to Hire

If you are interested in working for a startup, then the On Fire to Hire Startup Expo is the place for you. The event will give you the chance to network with a variety of startups that are hiring for fall 2016 co-op, full-time, or internship positions.

The expo is on Monday, Feb. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad and Ballroom. Here’s a list of participating ventures.

Athletics

While the Beanpot isn’t played at Matthews Arena, you’ll still want to check out the men’s and women’s hockey teams as they compete for city pride next week.

The women’s team will play in the championship game against Boston College on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena. A victory would give the Huskies an unprecedented 17th Beanpot title. The men will face off against Harvard in the consolation game at TD Garden on Monday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m.

On the court, the men’s basketball team will welcome UNCW to Matthews on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. The women’s team plays James Madison on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Cabot Center.

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