Abraham Lincoln and the End of American Slavery
The new film "Lincoln" focuses on passage of the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery. Though his subject isn't the film, historian Eric Foner will talk about the pressures on the president. Monday at 7 p.m. at New York University's Center for the Study of Transformative Lives, 20 Cooper Square. Free. events.nyu.edu.
Sports and Society: More than a Game (WORLD Channel)
Former NFL star Jim Brown and Oregon State coach Craig Robinson are among the speakers in this final episode of "The Aspen Institute Presents," a series on various public "WORLD Channel" stations. Culled from the Aspen Ideas Festival. Tuesday, other dates and times. aspeninstitute.org.
Turkey Fest at Deer Island Preserve, Novato, Calif.
How did turkeys come to Marin County? Rangers will explain during a hike in this area. (No longer a true island, it's about 30 miles north of San Francisco.) Also on the agenda: How Thanksgiving would be different if pilgrims had landed in Marin. Sunday at 1:30 p.m. marincountyparks.org/depts/pk/calendar.
Leonardo and the Last Supper
The new book by Ross King, author of the best-selling history "Brunelleschi's Dome," looks at how da Vinci created the painting amid societal turmoil and his own insecurities. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Free Library of Philadelphia. General admission, $15; students, $7. Central Library. freelibrary.org/authorevents.—Submit events to IdeasCalendar@wsj.com