Talk. 3 p.m., U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. With former Republican U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson. To R.S.V.P., visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. Hillary Chute, author of “Outside the Box,” and Patrick Jagoda, co-editor of Critical Inquiry, present.
Lecture. “Legitimation Crisis? On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism.” 4:30-6:30 p.m., Franke Institute for the Humanities, Regenstein Library, room S-102, 773-702-9936. Nancy Fraser, of the New School, presents.
Concert. 7:30-10 p.m., Logan Center, cafe, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Ari Brown performs as part of the Logan Center Third Tuesday Jazz Series.
Lecture. “The Creation of Hard and Soft Currencies: Historical Roots of PResent Inequalities in Africa.”
Lecture. “The Creation of Hard and Soft Currencies: Historical Roots of PResent Inequalities in Africa.” 5:25 p.m., Wilder House, 5811 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-702-7721. Toby Green, of Kings College, presents.
Featuring baked goods and T-shirts and a 2015 calendar from Hyde Park Cats, a local organization helping to rescue, protect and find foster homes for cats and kittens. To volunteer, visit vols.pt/ewt2DT.
Fundraiser. “Building the Chicago Free School.” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 773-493-6451, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave., $25. The Chicago Free School will be raising money to pay for construction at its pending(…)
Author Talk. 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. Maya Schenwar, author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better,” presents.