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Things to do at NU: May 1 to 7

Our picks this week include up to 2,700 degrees of excitement
Sparks fly as two people pour molten iron into a mold
The Segal Iron Pour is an annual event that introduces students to a centuries-old manufacturing process. During the Iron Pour, students pour molten iron from a 2,700-degree furnace into 3D-printed and sand-casted molds. This year’s pour takes place May 4 at Evanston Township High School. Photo by Josh Sukoff

It’s a hot week for events: Competition is heating up in the Big Ten women’s lacrosse tournament, and Segal design students are stoking the furnace for the annual Segal Iron Pour. Check out the events we’re fired up about this week.

The Earth and us

The Northwestern Sustainability Lecture Series returns with talks by world-renowned experts. This year's focus is “Earth-Human Interactions: Sustainability and Development,” focusing on the core themes of energy, climate and urban transformations.

The summit begins at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in the Louis Room South, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston. Register here.

Wildcats play to keep their crown

Catch Northwestern women’s lacrosse Thursday as they cradle and pass their way through the Big Ten tournament. The 2023 conference champs play Johns Hopkins in Thursday’s semifinal for a chance at the title game.

The semifinal match takes place at noon on Thursday, May 2, at Martin Stadium, 2235 Campus Drive, Evanston. Find tickets here.

New student art at The Block

Enjoy the work of student artists at the opening reception for the 2024 MFA thesis exhibition, “Half & Half.The exhibition will be on display at The Block until June 16.

The celebration is at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at The Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. RSVP here.

Paging the first violinist

The Northwestern Medical Orchestra presents its spring 2024 concert, “Magic & Majesty,” featuring the overture from “Die Fledermaus,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Pines of Rome.”

The concert is at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Thorne Auditorium, 375 East Chicago Ave., Chicago. RVSP here.

Design heats up

Learn about a centuries-old manufacturing process during the annual Segal Iron Pour. Students will pour molten iron from a 2,700-degree furnace into creatively designed molds as the culmination of the course “Leonardo, Geometry, and the Art of Manufacturing.”

The pour starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. All community members are welcome.

Stories of science

Imperial College London’s Jessica Wade has written more than 2,100 Wikipedia entries on women scientists to highlight their contributions to science and raise the profile of minorities in STEM. Wade talks about her efforts, followed by a Q&A and reception.

Wade speaks at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in room 1515, Kresge Hall, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston. Register here.