Protecting the Homeland: National Security in the Trump Administration. 5:15 – 6: 30 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., Main Dining Room. Free. The University of Chicago Institute of Politics welcomes Lisa Monaco, former US Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama, to discuss The Trump Administration’s promises for big changes to the U.S. national security policy. Jim Sciutto, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent, will moderate the event. This event is open to the public. Registration at Eventbrite.com is required. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins.
Information Session with Art Critic Jason Foumberg. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Hear from Jason Foumberg, contributing art critic for Chicago Magazine, in a free workshop on how writing about art can empower your art practice and career. For more information visit hydeparkart.org.
“In Good Faith: Divided We Fall: Are Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation Possible in Trump’s America?” 6 p.m. Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Free, pre-registration required. 773-371-5400. Discussion will be moderated by Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). visit http://www.ctu.edu/rsvp#.
Be My Baby In Babylonia and Vice Versa. 7p.m.-9p.m. Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9520. An illustrated lecture by Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian, University of London which presents two Old Babylonian incantations in comparative perspective.
Get the Health Care you need with the Affordable Care Act. 10 a.m-1 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Help signing up for the Affordable Care Act. A health insurance counselor helps guide you through the application process for the ACA.
Toddler Story Time. 10:30a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Children 6 months to 24 months. Free. 312-747-0511.Themed activities including picture books, action activities and flannel board stories.
Science Thursday. 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Simple science experiments will be performed along with a discussion of the scientific method.
Tea Time Concert Series. 4:30 p.m. Samantha Farmilant Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th St., Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor. This week’s concert features Samantha Farmilant, soprano. Free. The Tea Time Concert Series includes a wide variety of musical genres, instruments and repertoire selections featuring both student and faculty performers from the University of Chicago as well as professional musicians from the Chicago area. Complimentary tea and cookies will be served at 4:15 p.m.
Classicism and the Transmission of Antiquity. 5p.m. Cochrane-Woods Art Center 5540 S. Greenwood Ave., Rm. 157. Free with registration. 773-702-0200. Jas’ Elsner discusses the ways artworks were viewed in their original context and how they relate to other forms of cultural, social, and spiritual practice. Elsner is the Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art at Corpus Christi College in the University of Oxford. Registration required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-jas-elsner-registration-31462102997#tickets .
The Justice League: Navigating the Legal Limits of Federal Policy. 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check the University of Chicago website for updates on location. Free. The Institute of Politics welcomes Steve Bunnell, former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security,David R. Hill, former General Counsel of the US Department of Energy, and Harold Hongju Koh, former Legal Adviser of the Department of State for a lawyer’s view of governing in Washington, as they discuss how executive branch lawyers help develop, approve and implement policy at the highest levels in government. Robert S. Rivkin, former General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation, will be moderate the conversation. This event is free and open to the public but registration at Eventbrite.com is required. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins. For more information contact IOP at email@example.com or call 773-834-4671.
Chamber Check – in. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Community Programs Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free. 773-288-0124. Meet Hyde Park’s movers and shakers at this premier network event. Bring business cards. Open to the public.
North Kenwood Oakland Conservation Council meeting. 6:30 p.m. Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave. Come learn about new developments in North Kenwood-Oakland.
Centennial Brooks Evening Kickoff. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. DuSable Museum of African American History ,740 E. 56th Pl. Free. 773-947-0600. Opening event of three-day Gwendolyn Brooks centennial celebration featuring poets Ishion Hutchinson, Haki Madhubuti, Ed Roberson, Sonia Sanchez and Evie Schokley , the music and poetry of Jamila Woods and music by Nicole Mitchell and the Black Earth Ensemble. Brooks’ daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely, will also appear.
Lap-sit Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Blackstone Public Library 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Interactive program with simple picture books, nursery rhymes, puppets, musical instruments and movements. Children 0-18 months.
Money Smart-Understanding Medicare. 10:30 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Information will be presented about Medicare A and B, prescription drug coverage, enrollment periods and other relevant topics.
Female Contemporaries. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Moderator Deborah Nelson and panelists Evie Shockley and Margo Natalie Crawford discuss Gwendolyn Brooks’ relationship with the Black Arts Movement and feminism. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Career and Reception. 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Moderator Adrienne Brown and panelists Sonya Posmentier, Anthony Reed and Lawrence Jackson . Gwendolyn Brooks’ career and the lasting reception of her work are discussed. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration. There will be a reception afterwards from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House After-hours Gathering. 5 p.m.-8 p.m Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. $30 members $35 for general admission. Private evening tour of Wright’s masterpiece with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a small jazz band will be featured. Visit lwright/afterhoursrobie.
In the Mecca. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks poem In the Mecca. Moderated by Quraysh Ali Lansana. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Children’s Spring Cupcake Decorating Workshop. 11 a.m. – noon. Freehling’s Pot and Pan 1365 E. 53rd St. Freehling’s Pot and Pan is hosting a Spring Cupcake Decorating Workshop for children ages 5 and older. All materials will be provided. You’ll learn how to create grass, bird nests and Easter eggs with decorating tools. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will take home beautiful, delicious cupcakes.