George E. Kent Lecture: Dr. Michelle Alexander. 5:30-7 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” presents the 30th annual George E. Kent Lecture.
Reception and book signing from 4-5:30 p.m., lecture from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by 30 minute Q and A session.
Third Thursday. 5:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchi cago.edu, free. Visitors join a docent for a look at the surrealist painting “Je m’arche” by Roberto Matta Echaurren and make their own dream-inspired abstraction with watercolor pencils. Free snacks and music provided.
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.
Performance. “Lady Moses: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman” (Encore Presentation). 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org. The story of Underground Railroad conductor and abolitionist Harriet Tubman told through monologue, poetry and song. For students grades 4 through 12.
The Annual Dinner of the Hyde Park Historical Society. 5:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., 773-493-1893, hydeparkhistory.org, $65.00 per person, $75.00 for reservations received after Monday, February 18. Featuring a 6:30 p.m. dinner, featured speaker historian Tim Samuelson and the presentation of the Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres and Jean Block Awards.