Musical Performance. Occidental Brothers International Dance Band. 8 p.m., Logan Center, Performance Penthouse 901, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. The Chicago group plays classic Central and West African dance music.
Discussion. “Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History.” Noon-1:30 p.m., Social Science Research Building, Tea Room, 1126 E. 59th St., 773-702-9936, free. Nan Alamilla Boyd, of San Francisco State University, will speak. Lunch will be provided.
Lecture. “Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Autobiography’: The Lives of an American Life.” Noon-1 p.m., Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th St., 773-834-3403. Joyce Chaplin, of Harvard University, presents.
Author Talk. “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.” 6-7 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381, semcoop.com. Author George Packer, presents on his book by the same title.
Outdoor Playground. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. Indoor Tot Lot if raining.
Lectures. The Changing Nature of Security in a New Century. Noon-1:30 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Former Colorado Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart presents.
Lecture. “The Politics of Debt and the Deficit of Trust in Washington.” 4:30-6 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Former Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette presents.
Zen Meditation. 5-6:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free.