Can’t-miss events on campus this December

Members of the Northeastern community attend a guided meditation session held in the Sacred Space. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Learn to cook with an award-winning chef. Get perspective on minorities in U.S. politics. Listen to John Coltrane songs at a one-night-only concert. These are just a few of the events that will take place on Northeastern’s Boston campus in December.

Grab Lunch with Dorie

Cherry tomatoes stuffed into red bell peppers? Cheese puffs mixed with mustard and walnuts? These creative recipes were created by award-winning chef Dorie Greenspan, who will give a cooking demonstration in Xhibition Kitchen on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. The dishes featured in her new cookbook, Everyday Dorie, are made with common ingredients from the supermarket, the pantry, and farmers’ market, so while you’re home during the holiday break, you can treat your family to a home-cooked meal.

Race and Politics

Minority candidates made history in the 2018 midterm elections. After eating lunch with Greenspan on Tuesday Dec. 4, get perspective on minorities in U.S. politics at a talk by Ted Johnson, professor of the practice at the College of Professional Studies, who is writing a book on race in the United States. The event will take place in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex from 6 to 8 p.m.

Celebrate Service-Learning

Hundreds of Northeastern students every semester use the skills they have learned in the classroom to address the needs of community organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. The Service Learning Reception and Virtual EXPO, which will be held in the Curry Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., will showcase the work of students who have integrated classroom instruction with community service in the fall semester to enrich their learning experience and improve the lives of people in the community.

Meditation Workshop

Are your approaching final exams stressing you out? Then come to the Sacred Space on Wednesday Dec. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. to participate in a series of guided meditations led by mental health clinician Brett Dixon. This interactive workshop will focus on mindfulness, health, and well-being, so you can finish the fall semester mentally strong.

The 41st John Coltrane Memorial Concert

Northeastern will honor the music of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane at the 41st Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium. Coltrane, who died in 1967,  pioneered free jazz, a style of play that is characterized by the absence of set chord patterns or time patterns. This year’s concert will pay tribute to Bill Pierce, a saxophonist who played with Stevie Wonder, and Stan Strickland, an accomplished dancer, actor, and musician, who will receive lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to the world of music. Tickets to the performance can be purchased through the myNortheastern portal.


Northeastern’s athletics teams will be busy this month. Watch the women’s swimming and diving team battle New Hampshire at Barletta Natatorium on Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon. Cheer on the women’s basketball team at the Cabot Center in games against the University of Massachusetts on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. and Maine on Saturday, Dec. 22  at noon. Men’s basketball will play five home games at Matthews Arena in December, including matchups against Oakland on Saturday, Dec. 8 and St. Bonaventure on Friday, Dec. 21.

A complete athletics schedule is available on the university’s athletics website.