Author Talk. 6-7 p.m., International House, assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274. Shadi Hamid, author of “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East,” presents.
Story Slam. “Heart of the Beast.” 6-7:30 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. A storytelling competition curated by local storyteller Judith Heineman and artist Laura Schaeffer.
Talk. “Is Religion Ruining Our Politics?” 6-7:15 p.m., Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., 773-834-4671, politics.uchicago.edu, free. Journalist E.J. Dionne and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of The National Review, present. To R.S.V.P., visit politics.uchicago.edu/events.
Film Screening. “Food Patriots.” 7-9 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-7721. A screening of Jeff Spitz’s 2014 film, followed by a filmmaker Q and A.
Tot Lot. 9 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., email@example.com, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. This class is intended for children 0-4 and their caregivers or parents to get together on a regular basis to learn, play and benefit from one another’s company.
Tot Lot and Outdoor Playground. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,
5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a
10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass.
Wednesday Lunch at the Divinity School. Noon-1:15 p.m., Swift Hall, common room, 773-702-8200, $5. A vegetarian meal followed by a talks or performance. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day Celebration. 4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Children listen to stories and complete a craft in celebration of Earth Day. Open to children ages 5 and up.
Lecture. “Neoliberalism as a Historical Stage.” 5-7 p.m., Social Sciences Research Building, room 122, 1126 E. 59th St., 773-702-8647, free. Theorist and philosopher Kojin Karatani presents.
Knitting and Needle Crafter’s Circle. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Activities for beginner and experienced knitters.
Despres Family Memorial Lecture. “Pedal to the Metal: From Biking to Restoration.” 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Suellen Burns, a senior advisor with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for Millenium Reserve, and Eboni Senai Hawkins, of Red, Bike and Green, presents.
Family Fun. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance for families to play board games and complete crafts.
Lecture. “New Light on the Biblical Philistines: A Recent Study on the Frenemies of Ancient Israel.” 7-9 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-834-9775. Aren M. Maeir, of Bar-Ilan University, presents the 2014 David Kipper Ancient Israel Lecture. To R.S.V.P., visit kipper.eventbrite.com.
Catcher in the Rhyme. 8-10 p.m., Logan Center, Cafe, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Featuring student work, such as readings, spoken word, open mics and slam competitions.