Northeastern’s Inter­na­tional Stu­dent & Scholar Insti­tute has kicked off Carnevale 2013, a two-​​month series of events designed to cel­e­brate the university’s diver­sity through the pro­mo­tion of inter­cul­tural aware­ness and exploration.

It’s a great way for people to come together and learn from one another,” said Jude Albukhar, a second-​​year psy­chology major from Jordan and a member of this year’s Carnevale plan­ning com­mittee. “And by ‘people,’ we don’t just mean inter­na­tional students—we mean the entire university.”

Events began last Friday after­noon, with a fes­tive cel­e­bra­tion in the Curry Stu­dent Center’s indoor quad. The event gave stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to learn about upcoming events, sample foods from around the world, and mingle with peers rep­re­senting a range of cul­tural and ethnic back­grounds. North­eastern stu­dents hail from more than 140 coun­tries around the world.

Over the weekend, stu­dents carved ice sculp­tures on Krentzman Quad and cel­e­brated the Lunar New Year, a fes­tival that high­lights ele­ments of Chi­nese, Korean, and Viet­namese cultures.

The Center for Spir­i­tu­ality, Dia­logue, and Ser­vice will mark today’s start of World Inter­faith Har­mony Week with a 3 p.m. open house in the Sacred Space. It will also lead “Renew!,” Friday’s spir­i­tu­ality and lead­er­ship retreat to Har­vard, Mass., for which advanced reg­is­tra­tion is required.

Throughout the month, ISSI is accepting sub­mis­sions for “The World As I See It,” a photo con­test giving stu­dents a chance to share how they see the world through their inter­na­tional expe­ri­ences. ISSI is also spon­soring the Carnevale Pop-​​Up Art Show, which will dis­play art­work cre­ated by mem­bers of the uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity. A recep­tion show­casing the win­ning sub­mis­sions will be held in the ISSI’s Ell Hall suite on Wednesday, March 27.

A full listing of the month-​​long series of Carnevale events is avail­able on ISSI’s web­site and in a down­load­able PDF cat­alog,  Many of the events include music, dance, food, and art from cul­tures around the globe.

I’m Indian, but the best thing about Carnevale is that I can go to all these events to learn about cul­tures that I don’t really know any­thing about,” said Namita Mainthia, a fourth-​​year phar­macy stu­dent. “This gives me an oppor­tu­nity to learn much more—and every­thing is really fun, too.”