Park Tour of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. 11 a.m., Parking Lot East of Darrow Bridge, free. Jackson Park Advisory Council and Friends of the White city host park tours of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, park history and nature. Meet in the lot east of the Darrow Bridge, across the basin from Museum of Science and Industry. The lot can be reached from Lake Shore Drive via 58th Street/Science Drive.
Dorit Rabinyan – “All the Rivers.” 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Join Dorit Rabinyan, one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, to discuss her controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/dorit-rabinyan-all-rivers.
Hyde Park Jazz Society Presents “Jazz at Room 43.” 7:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., adults $10, University students w/ ID and children $5. Featuring Bernard Scavella. Room 43 offers bar and food service, including a tasty selection of “Jazz Bites.” For more information visit http://www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com/series.html.
Sarah Schulman – “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.” 5 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105) 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-702-9936. Sarah Schulman discusses her Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction winning book, “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.” For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/sarah-schulman-conflict-not-abuse-overstating-harm-community-responsibility-and-duty-repair.
Bold Literary Talkers Toastmakers Club. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Ignite your career, grow your relationships and become a better speaker and presenter. Program is free and open to all interested parties. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59bbeadccc31313400cb58ce.
Knitting and Crochet Circle. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Bring your current project and get inspiration to finish it. Meet other knitters and needle crafters in the community. Enjoy great conversations and share tips and resources. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c126a9be88d42500a12c64.
Todd Miller – “Storming the Wall.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Todd Miller discusses “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.” He will be joined in conversation by David Archer. Miller’s book works to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/todd-miller-storming-wall-david-archer.
Hyde Park Author Talk: It’s not Forsythia, It’s for Me. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Dr. Gloria Needleman, an award winning early childhood teacher and Hyde Park native, will talk about her memoir “It’s Not Forsythia, It’s for Me: My Years Teaching Young Children.” As a teacher at CPS and the University of Chicago Lab Schools, Dr. Needleman brings her innovative curriculum of learning through play and passion for teaching to parents and teachers alike. She will share her insightful, innovative and creative experiences as a teacher for more than 34 years. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c136d9bfc5882400d84789.
Visiting Artist Talk with Ronit Porat. 6 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Join us for an evening dialogue with Ronit Porat as she discusses aspects of her practice, what she has been exploring in Chicago during her Residency and more. Bites and sips to be served. For more information about the artist and her work, visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-25-visiting-artist-talk-ronit-porat.