Lecture. “Repetition, Music, and Mind I.” 3:30-5:30 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484, free. Elizabeth Margulis, of the University of Arkansas, presents as part of the U. of C. Music Department’s Visiting Committee Colloquium Series.
Jumu’ah Prayers. Noon-12:45 p.m. and 12:45-1:45 p.m., Bond Chapel, 1050 East 59th Street. Muslim Friday prayers.
Performance. “Lady Moses: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” (Encore Presentation). 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org. The story of Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman told through monologue, poetry and song. For students grades 4 through 12.
George E. Kent Lecture: Dr. Michelle Alexander. 5:30-7 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” presents the 30th annual George E. Kent Lecture. Reception and book signing from 4-5:30 p.m., lecture from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by 30 minute Q and(…)
Poetry Reading. 5-6:30 p.m., Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524, free. Poet Nick Wemlow presents. Reception follows.
Dance Performance. Pocomania Jamaican Dance Company (Encore Presentation). 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org.
Third Thursday. 5:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchi cago.edu, free. Visitors join a docent for a look at the surrealist painting “Je m’arche” by Roberto Matta Echaurren and make their own dream-inspired abstraction with watercolor pencils. Free snacks and music provided.
Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, action activities and songs for children ages 0-3.