Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B, 4:30pm, free
The Oriental Institute and Special Collections Research Center are hosting a reception for the exhibition, “Discovery, Collection, Memory: The Oriental Institute at 100,” as well as a lecture about modern forgeries in cuneiform manuscript.
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 6:00pm, free
Drop by the Co-Op for a Q&A and book signing for *When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America's Fight for Religious Freedom*, by Asma Uddin.
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 7 p.m., free, RSVP recommended
Magic’s celebrated “Renaissance Man,” Joshua Jay explores the dangerous history of magic with magicians, assistants, and spectators who have died during shows, delving into some of magic’s most compelling unsolved mysteries.
Cobb Hall, Room 307, 5:00pm, free
How have the ways we understand children shaped moving-image aesthetics, theory, and culture? Join Alice Lovejoy for a lecture straddling history, media theory, and psychology that aims to answer this very question.
Logan Center for the Arts, Theater East, 7:30 p.m., $5 for students and staff, $10 for general admission
It’s a magic show! Join master magician Jay for a night of sleight-of-hand and mind-reading and an original performance employing little more than a deck of cards and items borrowed from the audience. There will be an additional performance on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $30 with UCID
Lage and Hersch, a young virtuoso and living jazz legend, respectively, will bring their improvisational duet featuring both jazz standards and original selections to the Logan Center.
Smart Museum of Art, 2:00pm, free
To celebrate the opening of this exhibition of works by Meleko Mokgosi, the Smart is hosting an intimate artist talk as well as a panel exploring the social reach of writing in realms such as environmental crisis and indigenous struggle, testing conventional definitions of citizenship.
Various on campus locations, 11:00am-4:30pm, free, registration required
This annual October tradition hosts a variety of tours, performances, discussions, and lectures from the award-winning faculty of the Division of the Humanities all around campus. Register at humanitiesday.uchicago.edu
International House, Assembly Hall, 2 p.m. (pre-concert chat at 1:30 p.m.), $10 for students with UCID
With an October 18 performance at the Newberry Library and an October 20 concert at Northwestern University, the Newberry Consort’s season opener is composed in honor of Empress Margarita Teresa of Spain (1651–73).