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Can’t-miss campus events: Beanpot, Carnevale, Black History Month, and more

The annual Mardi Gras Celebration features contests, cash prizes, live jazz band, Mardi Gras beads, novelties, king cakes, New Orleans specialties, and traditional fare. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The shortest month of the year holds no shortage of campus events. From Carnevale and the Beanpot to Black History Month and National Engineering Week, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Here’s what’s on the calendar.


Nothing says winter like the annual Beanpot tournament in Boston. On Monday at 5 p.m. at TD Garden, the men’s hockey team will look to post a ‘W’ against Harvard in the semifinals. On Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena, the women’s hockey team will face-off against Boston College in the finals, with the chance to bring home the trophy for the 17th time in program history—the most of any school.

The men’s consolation and championship games will be held on Monday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, at TD Garden.

NU Talk

Established in 2015, NU Talk is a student-run, TEDx-inspired event devoted to sharing the scientific ideas, passions, and experiences of Northeastern’s undergraduates. This year, nine speakers from across the scientific spectrum will deliver short talks that respond to the theme, “The future of your field.” NU Talk will be held on Monday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.


Celebrate cultural diversity during the university’s two-month-long Carnevale celebration. Events, hosted by the Office of Global Services, will be held throughout February and March. Catch a visit from baker Varda Haimo of Bread Obsession on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. in the McLeod Suites, test your knowledge with World Trivia Night on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. in Raytheon Amphitheater, and more. A full calendar of events can be found online.

Myra Kraft Open Classroom

Throughout the spring semester, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom series will explore the food system both domestically and globally, focusing particularly on health, equity, and sustainability. The seminar series is free and open to the North­eastern com­mu­nity and the public. Classes are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in 20 West Village F. The next class, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, will focus on food system resilience from a Boston perspective.

Xhibition Kitchen

The semes­ter­long Food Network-​​​​style series fea­tures cooking demon­stra­tions in the university’s Xhi­bi­tion Kitchen located in the Stetson West Eatery. The upcoming demonstration, on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at noon, will be hosted by Amie Smith, AS’87, owner of Amie Bakery.

New England Interfaith Student Summit

The second annual interfaith summit will be held on campus from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 11. This year’s event will feature a keynote address from Valarie Kaur—filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, activist, author, entrepreneur, Sikh thought-leader, and movement builder—titled “Revolutionary Love in an Era of Enormous Rage,” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in 20 West Village F.

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with a series of events organized by the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute that will honor the rich his­tory, con­tri­bu­tions, and global impact of the African dias­pora.

The next event in the series will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Cabral Center with a Fortune 500 panel examining “Black professionalism in corporate America.” A full schedule of events, including Jeopardy!-style black history trivia and a conversation with an exonerated member of the Central Park Five, can be found online.

National Engineers Week

In celebration of National Engineers Week and the impact the engineering profession has on society and the world, Northeastern’s College of Engineering will host a variety of events and activities during the week of Feb. 18.

Listen in on a lecture about designing and developing cyber-resilient systems on Tuesday, Feb. 21; taste liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream on Wednesday, Feb. 22; tour the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex on Thursday, Feb. 23; and much more. A full schedule can be found online.

Northeastern University Global Summit

The university’s annual summit aims to provide students with new knowledge, a new perspective, and some inspiration for how they can solve complex, global issues. The second annual summit—featuring speakers who represent diverse backgrounds and professional experiences— will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.

On Fire to Hire

Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Education, the On Fire to Hire Startup Expo gives students the opportunity to network with startups looking to hire interns, co-ops, and full-time employees. This semester’s expo will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 in the Curry Student Center Ballroom. Undergraduates and alumni can enter at 5:30 p.m., while graduates can enter at 6:30 p.m.

Mardi Gras

Hosted by Northeastern Dining, the university’s 16th annual Mardi Gras celebration will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Levine Marketplace. Enter online for a chance to participate in three contests throughout the night—an M&M mania contest (in which participants race to transfer M&M’s from one bowl to another using only chopsticks), a pancake-stacking contest, and a cereal-eating contest.


And don’t miss chances all month to see your Huskies in action, in addition to the Beanpot.

Men’s hockey will take to the Matthews Arena ice to battle UMass Lowell on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and UConn on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Women’s hockey, meanwhile, will take on two local Bay State rivals on the road—Boston College on Friday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and Boston University on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

At Cabot Center, women’s basketball will challenge the College of Charleston on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. and Delaware on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

The men’s basketball team will host Hofstra on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.; UNCW on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.; and the College of Charleston on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. All three games will be played at Matthews Arena.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the New England Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 on their home turf, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

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