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Ten can’t-miss events on campus this September

Scenes from Fall Fest 2018 at Northeastern University on Sept. 4, 2018. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

September is full of events on Northeastern’s Boston campus, including a bike safety workshop, a fake news seminar, and a lecture on how social media has transformed the relationship between artists and their fans. 

Department of Theatre auditions

Have a flair for the dramatic? Maybe you should audition for the Department of Theatre’s productions of Everyman and How I Learned to Drive on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Auditions will take place in the Studio Theater in Ell Hall. Callbacks will be on Friday, Sept. 7. All current Northeastern students are encouraged to audition, and copies of the scripts are available in the Department of Theatre office. Full audition information is available online.

Afro Flow Yoga workshop

Afro Flow Yoga is not your typical meditation practice. These classes combine traditional yoga with music and dance movements of the African Diaspora. Throughout the semester, Northeastern Crossing will sponsor classes on a first come, first served basis. There are two classes this month on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Learn to code

You don’t have to be a computer science major to learn how to code. On Monday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, Snell Library will host the first workshop in a series of web development classes that will continue throughout the semester. The first class will focus on HTML. Students can expect to learn how to create a web page with images, text, and links. Previous exposure to HTML is helpful but not required for this course. Students can register on the library’s website.

The next workshop will focus on CSS, another programming language, and take place on Monday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Is cyber resilience possible?

The tech world is evolving faster than its infrastructure can handle, and the effects could be devastating, according to John Manferdelli, the executive director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. On Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Manferdelli will discuss how outdated infrastructure poses a threat to cybersecurity and how we can protect ourselves in the era of smart devices. The event will take place at 909 Renaissance Park. You can reserve a spot online.

Media, politics, and policy

President Trump claims the press is the enemy of the people, social media is crawling with fake news bots, and the country is politically divided in an unprecedented way. To say the least, it’s an interesting time to be a reporter. Jonathan Kaufman, the director of Northeastern’s School of Journalism, and Theodore Landsmark, the director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, want to unpack what it means to cover politics today during this semester’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom series. The workshop will meet every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in 20 West Village F. Guest speakers will include reporters from The Boston Globe, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, CNN, and WBUR.

Bike safety event

Does your bike need a minor repair or a new light? On Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability will host an event on the Snell Library Quad dedicated to bike safety. Members of the Northeastern University Police Department will be in attendance to fix students’ bikes for free and give tips about sharing the road with cars. Students can also purchase discounted LED bike lights. Free food will be served!

Fall volunteer fair

On Friday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Center of Community Service will host a volunteer fair for students, faculty, and staff interested in helping local nonprofits. The center is affiliated with over 60 organizations. Explore your options at the event, which will take place at Centennial Commons.

Women waging peace

Berkeley public health professor Malcolm Potts argues that an increase in female leaders could spur an outbreak of peace around the world. Potts, an obstetrician and reproductive scientist, will discuss his findings on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in 909 Renaissance Park.

Social media and the music industry

Digital media and communication have transformed the relationships between musicians and fans, according to Microsoft researcher Nancy Baym. On Thursday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Baym will talk about her book Playing to the Crowd and how social media and the gig economy affect the music industry. The event will be in 433 Ryder Hall.


Northeastern’s athletics teams will be busy this month. The men’s soccer team will play four home games at Parsons Field in Brookline, including a Saturday, Sept. 15 game against the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The field hockey team will play six games at their home field in Dedham, including televised games on Friday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 30. A complete athletics schedule is available on the university’s athletics website.

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