Infant Playgroup. 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, email@example.com, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass. Playtime along with infant-oriented music time toward the end of class. Intended for infants and toddlers 0 to 18-months-old.
Teacher Workshop: Literacy Across the Disciplines. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. A discussion on “the language of literacy across the curriculum.” Space is limited. Participants are asked to register in advance at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/register.
Third Thursday. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Visitors join a docent for a look a pair of clay figurines from China, called mingqi, and make their own object from clay and paint a mini-replica of a mingqi figurine to take home. All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.
Discussion. Diasporal Vertigo. 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org, free. Author Valorie Thomas speaks with painter Candida Alvarez and film-maker Cauleen Smith, whose work is currently on exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Discussion. Watered Down. 6:30-8:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History,
740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, free. In conjunction with the museum’s “Dust in their Veins” exhibit. Panelists include: Candace Hunter, the creator of “Dust in their Veins,” Soyini Madision, professor of anthropology, performance studies, and African studies at Northwestern University, Kim Miller, co-founder and director of the non-profit Surge and Tzviatko Chiderov, a regional field director at the ONE campaign. To R.S.V.P., call 773-947-0600, ext. 290.
“Navigating the Cultural Divide: Bridging the Gap Between our Professional, Public and Private Selves.” 9 a.m.-Noon, School of Social Service Administration, lobby, 969 E. 60th St., 773-702-1250, ssa.uchicago.edu, $15. Panelists include: Jinnie English, CEO of the International and Chicago’s High Achievers, Norman Kerr, vice president of the Chicago Institute for Transforming Youth, Denice Murray, deputy director of licensing for the Department of Children and Family Services and Mikal Rasheed, chair of the Department of Social Work at Chicago State University. Presented by The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association. To register, visit ssa.uchicago.edu/navigating-cultural-divide.
Curator Tour. 2-3 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood
Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Jessica Moss, Smart Museum associate curator for contemporary art, gives a tour of “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism In India since 1989,” and explores how artists in India have inspired social and political dialogue through provocative and engaging public actions.