Film Screening and Discussion. 6-8 p.m., Harper Memorial Library, room 130, 1116 E. 59th St., 773-834-1987, free. Featuring the documentary, “Visa al Paraiso,” and a discussion with director Lillian Liberman and U. of C. professor Susan Gzesh.
Reception. 5-6:30 p.m., Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., 773-753-4483, free. For the About Chicago Writing Contest.
Film Screening and Discussion. “All Roads Lead to Aubervilliers (1945): Eli Lotar and Social Documentary in France.”
Film Screening and Discussion. “All Roads Lead to Aubervilliers (1945): Eli Lotar and Social Documentary in France.” Logan Center, screening room 201, 915 E. 60th St., 5 p.m., 773-702-8596, free. Professor Steven Ungar, of the University of Iowa, presents.
Lecture. “Covering the Calamity: The Financial Crisis, and How We Faced It.” 4:30-6 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Bethany McLean, contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine, presents.
Gentle Yoga. 4-5 p.m., Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St., free.
Lecture. “The New York Times Matt Bai on the Past, Present & Future of Political Journalism.” Noon-1:30 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, presents.
Authors’ Talk. Catherine Chung (Forgotten Country) and Elizabeth Scarboro (My Foreign Cities). 6-7 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381, semcoop.com. Two U. of C. author alumni present.
Third Thursday. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Visitors create works of art inspired by the museum’s “Sahmat” exhibit. All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.