Can’t-miss events on Northeastern’s Boston campus in January

Scenes during the first anniversary celebration of the opening of Northeastern Crossing held on Sept. 30, 2016. Local artist Barrington Edwards drew an illustration on the windows during the event. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Figure out how to get funding for your ingenious idea. Discover new breathing techniques to help you stay focused. Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. These are just a few of the events that will take place on Northeastern’s Boston campus in January.

Kouk Sun don’t-mind-if-I Do!

Finding yourself stressed at the start of the semester? Then spend an hour practicing Kouk Sun Do, the ancient Korean art of meditation. Every Monday in January, the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service will lead an hour-long class involving breathing techniques, slow movement, and mental exercises to help stretch the body and quiet the mind. The first class is on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. in the Sacred Space, no registration required.

Read and succeed

If winter break mushed your brains into hot chocolate and eggnog, or if you just need to refine your literary skills, you may want to check out Reading Workshops hosted by Global Student Success. Beginning Jan. 15, the workshops will be held each Tuesday in Curry Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up to improve your critical reading skills at the university level so that you can turn over a new page and ace your courses this semester.

Learn about urban resilience

How do civil engineers factor water-damage prevention into a city’s infrastructure? Tara Kulkarni, who directs the Center for Global Resilience and Security at Norwich University, will speak about nature-based engineering interventions that can protect against drought, coastal damage, and erosion. Her lecture will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Renaissance Park as part of the speaker series of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures. Reserve your spot in the audience here.

RISE to the occasion

After the speaker series, head to Northeastern Crossing at 6 p.m. in International Village to learn more about what you need to do in order to participate in RISE, Northeastern’s annual Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Expo. The event, held in April, enables students and faculty to present their research to more than 100 judges who will determine the recipients of awards for the best projects in categories such as scholarship, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Sign up for the Social Impact-athon

The Social Impact-athon is a weekend-long challenge to promote environmental justice in Boston by investing in local nonprofit organizations. From Friday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 20, participating students will work in teams to develop a proposal for distributing $50,000 among three or more nonprofits. The team whose proposal displays the greatest potential for impact will receive funding in the the full amount. This is your chance to be competitive, creative, and collaborative, all for a good cause. Register here for the three-day challenge in Curry Student Center.

Celebrate a copyrights win

In 1998, Congress passed the Sonny Bono Act, which extended copyright protections by 20 years and delayed a number of copyrighted works from entering public domain. On Jan. 1, 2019, the public domain reopens for works dating back to 1923, which will be available to the public to remix, republish, or reinterpret. So on Thursday, Jan. 24, join Northeastern’s Center for Law, Innovation, and Creativity to celebrate the restoration. There will be food, music, and refreshments at the event, which will be held in Dockser Commons from 6 to 9 p.m., so be sure to RSVP.

Honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Northeastern will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. on the 17th floor of East Village. The event will include the premiere of a documentary about the untold story of a racially motivated murder followed by a conversation with University Distinguished Professor of Law Margaret Burnham, who investigated the case with her students. School of Law alumna Danielle Ponder, who graduated in 2011, will  pay tribute to King and his vision with a musical performance.

Find a career

If you plan to get your degree in science,  but still don’t know how you want to apply your skills to the workplace,  Northeastern has a workshop for that. IPSE, the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, will host a Student Career workshop on Saturday, Jan. 26 to help you to hone your skills and improve your chances of getting that internship, co-op, or full time position in the life sciences industry. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Raytheon Amphitheater at the Egan Research Center. For more information about registration and what to bring, visit the event website.

Cheer on the Huskies

Northeastern’s winter sports teams will be busy in January. The men’s hockey team will play home games at Matthews Arena against UMass on Jan. 19 and Providence on Jan. 25. Cheer on the women’s hockey team when the Huskies take on Boston College on Friday, Jan. 11 and Connecticut on Friday, Jan. 18. The team will also play Vermont in back-to-back games the weekend of Jan. 25 at Matthews Arena. The women’s basketball team will host Drexel on Friday, Jan. 18 and Delaware on Jan. 20 in Cabot Center. The men’s basketball squad will tip off against the College of Charleston on Thursday, Jan. 17 and battle the University of North Carolina Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 19. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the swimming and diving team will compete against Vermont in Barletta Natatorium.

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

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