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Can’t-miss campus events: A look at what’s happening at Northeastern in March

March may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but there’s plenty to do in between. From exploring the future of money and the reasons behind human simulation to participating in a writers’ week and cheering on the Huskies in the playoffs, here’s a list of this month’s can’t-miss campus events.

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, March 1, will focus on addressing food waste.

The Future of… Money

President Joseph E. Aoun hosts Northeastern’s presidential speaker series, “The Future Of…,” inviting leading thinkers and inno­va­tors to campus to explore what’s on the horizon for the topics that shape our lives. On Thursday, March 2, Michael Vaughan, chief operating officer of the mobile-payment app Venmo, will discuss the future of money. The event starts at 4 p.m. on the 17th floor of East Village. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to register for the event online. Seating is limited and admission to the event is on a first-come basis.

Data-driven research

Northeastern’s Boston Area Research Initiative will host its spring conference this month, focusing on data-driven research, policies, and practices. “Lessons from Boston, for Boston” will showcase the extensive urban data science and policy work occurring within the region, with a focus on cross-sector collaboration. The day-and-a-half long conference opens at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 in the Curry Student Center. Students should register online.

Annual symposium

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies annual symposium will examine women’s equality struggle. The daylong conference will feature academic experts in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. “No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice” will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 17 in the Cabral Center. Attendees must register online by Friday, March 3.

Robert D. Klein University Lecture

The annual Klein University Lecturer Award is given to a member of the teaching faculty who has contributed with distinction to his or her own field of study. This year’s recipient is professor Stacy Marsella, who holds joint appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Science. He will discuss his research on how and why we simulate human behavior. The Klein Lecture begins at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 20 at the Egan Research Center.

Writers’ Week

Monday, March 20 also marks the start of Northeastern University Writers’ Week, which brings together students, faculty, staff, and the Boston community to feature and support the wide range of voices and types of writing present in the university community. Events include workshops covering a range of writing types, such as Friday’s slam poetry workshop. A performance by members of the NU Slam group will follow. The slam poetry workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at Northeastern Crossing. Space is limited, so participants should register in advance.

Morton E. Ruderman Memorial Lecture

The annual Ruderman Memorial Lecture is supported by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which was created in honor of alumnus Mort Ruderman, E’59. The foundation aims to produce and promote innovation that fosters inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and Israel and strengthen relationships between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community. This year’s lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27.

Xhibition Kitchen

The semes­ter­long Food Network-​​​​style series fea­tures cooking demon­stra­tions at the university’s Xhi­bi­tion Kitchen in Stetson West. On Thursday, March 30, join baker Michael Kalanty, author of How to Bake MORE Bread, for a doughy demonstration. Kalanty’s demonstration starts at noon inside the Stetson West eatery.

An evening with a MacArthur poet

Claudia Rankine, a 2016 MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will be on campus on Thursday, March 30 for a discussion and performance of her award-winning poetry. The event starts at 6 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.

Athletics

It’s playoff season for the Huskies.

Men’s basketball will face Towson in a CAA quarterfinal game in Charleston, South Carolina, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Should the team advance, semifinal- and championship games are scheduled for Sunday, March 5 and Monday, March 6, respectively.

Women’s basketball will compete in the CAA championship tournament in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which runs from Wednesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 11.

Women’s hockey will face off against rival Boston University in the Hockey East semifinal game on Saturday, March 4 at 4:30 p.m. at BU. Should the team advance, the Huskies will compete for the title in the championship game on Sunday, March 5 at 1 p.m.

Men’s hockey will host Connecticut at Matthews Arena starting Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for a best-of-three series in the first round of the Hockey East tournament. Subsequent games will be held Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m., if necessary.

The baseball team will host Boston College on Tuesday, March 21 at 3 p.m. for its first regular-season home game.

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