Education and society

In an attempt to promote education as the key to a tolerant society, the Shia Rights Watch organization hosts a program at American University, featuring such speakers as professor Abdul Aziz Said of AU’s School of International Service and T. Kumar of Amnesty International.

Noon to 4 p.m. American University, School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Interview with Mock

For the fourth stop on her book tour, author and advocate Janet Mock sits down with The Washington Post’s Reliable Source columnist Helena Andrews to discuss Mock’s new book, “Redefining Realness.” The memoir, which chronicles Mock’s journey as a transgender woman, touches on womanhood, identity and love. Before the event, guests can go online to reserve a seat and a copy of the book ($25).

6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

Nominated short films

In anticipation of the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, check out some of this year’s nominated documentaries and short films, including the critically acclaimed “20 Feet From Stardom,” about the talented background singers behind some of today’s music stars. Other films being screened at the National Archives through Sunday include “The Act of Killing,” “The Square,” “Dirty Wars” and “Cutie and the Boxer.”

7 p.m. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archivesfoundation.

‘Brother Outsider’

This documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003, is a portrait of Bayard Rustin, an openly gay civil rights activist best known for organizing the 1963 March on Washington. The Anacostia Community Museum is screening the film, which features commentary by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and others.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820.

UpRooted Dance show

The local contemporary dance company performs a mixed-repertory program on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage that explores the human condition.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Jennifer Ouellette

The Los Angeles resident and science writer pays a visit to Politics and Prose to discuss her latest book, “Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self,” about self-discovery and the origins of identity as they relate to genetics, neuroscience and psychology.

3:30 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


History book club

As part of a new book club, the Athenaeum plays host to author Michael Lee Pope, who will discuss “African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century,” a book written by five Alexandria residents. The collection of narratives shines a light on the experiences of Alexandria’s African American community in the 20th century and highlights some little-known figures.

2 p.m. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035.

— Macy Freeman