Symposium. “Living with the Past: How the Ancient Middle East Shaped Our World.” Inspired by the special exhibit, Our Work: Modern Jobs – Ancient Origins, join Oriental Institute scholars for an engaging and spirited conversation and learn about surprising legacies of the past that are still around us today. Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 2-5:15 p.m., 773-702-9507.
An Evening of Bulgarian Puppetry. International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., 773-753-2274.
Author Talk. 3-4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn, Ave., 773-752-4381, semcoop.com. Ytasha Womack, author of “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture,” presents.
Gallery Tour. 6:30-7 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-834-9777, free. A tour focusing on highlights of the museum’s collection. Participants meet in the lobby.
Highlight Tour Gallery. International House, lobby, 1155 E. 58th St., 6:30-7 p.m., 773-834-9777.
Sunday at Rockefeller. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Communion with excerpts of Durufle’s Requiem.
Founder’s Day. Noon-5 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org. A celebration of the birthday of museum founder Dr. Margaret Burroughs, featuring performances and a special guest speaker. For more information, call 773-947-0600, ext. 255.
Art Class. Slabwork with Amanda Gentry. 12:30-4:30 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Gentry, the artist behind the center’s exhibit, “Expanding,” shares the tools and techniques behind her clay work. Call for fee information.
Family event. “Little Scribe.” Presentations and guided writing-themed tours begin at 2, 2:30, 3, and 3:30 p.m. Recommended for families with youths aged 9 to 14. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507.
Family Program: Little Scribe. 2-4 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, free. Participants learn about the roots and development of writing. Presentations and tours begin every half hour between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For families with children ages 9 to 14. Register at littlescribe.eventbrite.com (recommended).
Concert. 3-4:30 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484, free. The New Music Ensemble performs.
New Music Ensemble. Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 3-4:30 p.m., 773-702-8484.
Roman Catholic Mass. 11 a.m.-noon, 5-6 p.m. and 9-10 p.m., Calvert House, 5735 S. University Ave., 773-702-2011, uofccatholic.com.
Holy Communion Service. 6-7 p.m., Bond Chapel 1050 E. 59th St., 773-702-2100, free. For more information contact Robert Kinney by calling 773-771-0771 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.