“The FBI as Literary Critic.” 4:30 p.m., Logan Center, Theater West 115, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, arts.uchicago.edu, $9 Chicago Humanities Festival Members, $12 general admission, $5 students and teachers. Washington University professor William J. Maxwell presents on J. Edgar Hoover’s interest in African American writing.
Conversation. 6 p.m., Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, arts.uchicago.edu, $15 Chicago Humanities Festival Members, $20 general admission, $10 students and teachers. A conversation with opera star Renée Fleming.
Performance. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., hydeparkjazzsociety.com, $10 adults, $5 University students with ID and children with adults. The Hyde Park Jazz Society presents Teddy Thomas.
Author Talk. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. Andrew Kaufman, author of “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times,” presents.
The African American Alliance of Chicago recognizes outstanding talent in the African American arts community. To buy tickets, visit aaaachicago.org or call 773-754-3923.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants discuss Andy Weir’s “The Martian.”
Film Screening. 7:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $10 general admission, free for U. of C. students. A screening of Robert Wiene’s 1924 film, “Mains d’Orlac,” with live organ accompaniment by Michael Pecak.
q2Writing Workshop. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. With children’s author Kate Hannigan. Open to children ages 8 and up.
Panel Discussion. “Meeting China’s Environmental Crisis: Religion’s Unlikely Role.” 5-6:30 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-7721. Moderated by Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Tuesday Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.
Wednesday Lunch at the Divnity School. Noon-1:15 p.m., Swift Hall, common room, 1025 E. 58th St., 773-702-8200, $5. To sign up in advance, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Lecture. “The Modern Scientist as a Palimpsest of Three Fausts.” 4:30 p.m., Kent Hall, room 120, 1020 E. 58th St., 773-955-5887, free. Steven Meredith, of the U. of C., presents. For more information or to register, visit lumenchristi.org.
Epic Wednesday: Afterlife Party. 5-8 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $20 non-members at the door, $15 Oriental Institute members at the door, $15 advance tickets for non-members, $12 advance tickets for Oriental Institute members, $10 per person for a group of five or more. A celebration of the mysteries of immortality featuring a “haunted tour” of the Institute.
Concert. 8 p.m., Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, fourth floor, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8670, free. Koto player Yoko Reikano Kimbura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki perform.
Homeschool Workshop: Mummy Science. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $16 non-members, $10 Oriental Institute members. To register, visit oi.uchicago.edu/register. Registration is required.
Lecture. “History and Forms of Lyric Lecture.” 4:30 p.m., Logan Center, Seminar Terrace 801, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, arts.uchicago.edu, free. U. of C. Associate Chair for Creative Writing and Poetics John Wilkinson presents.
Lecture. “History and Forms of Lyric.” 4:30-6 p.m., Logan Center, seminar terrace 801, 915 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524, free. John Wilkinson, of the U. of C., presents.
Writing Workshop. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. With children’s author Kate Hannigan. Open to children ages 8 and up.
Lecture. “Institutional Corruption: Media.” 5-6:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., 773-702-6030. Lawrence Lessig, of Harvard University, presents.
Film Screening. “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera.” 6 p.m., Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, arts.uchicago.edu, free. A 51-minute film in 35 parts exploring the Black experience.