Lecture. “Saving Haiti’s Heritage: Cultural Recovery after the Earthquake.” Noon-1:20 p.m., Harris School of Public Policy Studies, room 289B, 1155 E. 60th St., 773-702-1999, free. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, presents. No R.S.V.P. necessary.
Talk. Critical Inquiry Spring Release Party. 6-7 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381, semcoop.com. J.C. Hallman presents on his book with the same title. Contributor Russ Castronovo will discuss his article “State Secrets: Ben Franklin and Wikileaks.”
Lecture. “Words Matter: Storytelling with President Obama in an Age of Sound Bites.” 4:30-6 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau presents.
Zen Meditation. 5-6:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free.
Conversation. “Emerging Minds Project Community Conversation: The End of Affirmative Action?” 6-8 p.m., Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave., room 107, 773-834-4672. Featuring Mark Engberg, associate professor of Higher Education at Loyola University.
Lecture. “Censorship and Omnicensorship: Controlling the Text in Russia.” 5:45-6:45 p.m., Regenstein Library, The Special Collections Research Center, 1100 E. 57th St., 773-702-7695. For more information, call Barbara Palmer-Bostick at 773-702-7695. University of Illinois professor emerita Marianna Tax Choldin presents. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, May 2. Reception and dinner follows.
Lecture. “Language, Law, and Locke-ocracy in the ‘American Experiment.’” 4:30-6 p.m., Classics Building, room 110, 1010 E. 59th St., 773-834-3403. University of Chicago anthropologist Michael Silverstein presents. Reception follows.
Musical Performance. New Organ Recital: Lunch with Mr. Skinner. 12:30-1 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Part of a series of recitals with Tom Weisflog and guest organists.