Carnevale, fea­turing events like an ice sculpting com­pe­ti­tion, started this week and runs for two months. File photo by Mary Knox Mer­rill.

The Inter­na­tional Stu­dent and Scholar Insti­tute at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has kicked off Carnevale 2012, a two-​​month series of events designed to cel­e­brate cul­tural diver­sity on campus.

“The goal is to encourage an inter­cul­tureal dia­logue with inter­na­tional and domestic stu­dents alike,” said Amy Wooldridge, the assis­tant director for ori­en­ta­tion and cul­tural pro­gram­ming at ISSI.

Senior health sci­ence major Kirti Kewal­ra­mani, an Indian cit­izen from New Jersey who helped plan some of the program’s events, agreed with Wooldrige. As she put it, “Carnevale is not only a way to learn about other cul­tures, but also a way to totally immerse your­self in them.”

Many of Carnevale’s events are designed to put a fun twist on campus activ­i­ties. An inter­na­tional fashion show, for example, will fea­ture global out­fits worn not by models, but by atten­dees. At another event, stu­dents will have the chance to dec­o­rate rooms in the image of inter­na­tional stu­dents’ homeland’s, including China Aus­tralia and the Middle East, while munching on tra­di­tional food. 

Teams from seven local orga­ni­za­tions and mem­bers of the ISSI com­mittee will carve ice sculp­tures on Krentzman Quad on Sat­urday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The top two teams will win prizes for their cool art.

“It’s a way to really con­nect with other cul­tures and other tra­di­tions in an engaging way,” noted Venisse Wu, a junior eco­nomics major from Hong Kong. 

Visit the ISSI web­site for a full schedule of events.