It's a Parent and Son Evening Under the Stars at the Space Telescope Science Institute on the Homewood campus. The guest speaker is Joe Pollizzi III, who has spent 20 years working on the Hubble Space Telescope and 10 on the James Webb Space Telescope. He'll talk about what's necessary on the ground to use the Webb Telescope. 6 to 9 p.m. Registration info at http://www.stsci.edu/institute.
The Sheridan Libraries hosts a reading at the Ivy Bookshop by Travis McDade, rare books curator and author of Thieves of Book Row, a true-life thriller about book stealers in the 1920s and 1930s in New York. 7 p.m., 6080 Falls Rd.
Katie Couric is the keynote luncheon speaker for the 19th annual A Woman's Journey, a symposium at which Johns Hopkins physicians and scientists offer 32 seminars on health issues of particular interest to women. 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Hilton Baltimore. Ticket info at http://hopkinsmedicine.org/awomansjourney/Baltimore.
The esteemed Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire plays Mozart, Brahms, and Chopin in the Shriver Hall Concert Series at 5:30 p.m., Homewood campus. (A free pre-concert lecture by Richard Giarusso begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Clipper Room.) Ticket info at http://shriverconcerts.org.
The President's Reading Series: Literature of Social Import welcomes Irish writer Colum McCann—winner of the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin—who reads from his new novel, TransAtlantic. 6:30 p.m., Mason Hall, Homewood.