Irregardless of whether you’re a student going back to school, fall is the time to turn your brain back on and stop using words like “irregardless” that aren’t actually words. This week’s events get a little heavy with some panel discussions between smart people talking about difficult topics, but hold on, we’ll get to the usual drinking and partying later in the week.

Monday, September 8 – Stage & Screen: “Jungle Fever”
Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Stage & Screen series screens Spike Lee’s story of interracial romance, starring Wesley Snipes as married architect Flipper Purify (I could have been a married architect by now if I had a name like Flipper Purify). The film will be followed by a discussion between Boston Globe culture reporter James H. Burnett III and Todd Kreidler, playwright/adapter of the Huntington Theatre Company’s new stage production of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” (7 p.m., $8-10, all ages)

Tuesday, September 9 – After It Hits: Reporting Trauma, Crisis and Violence
Trident Booksellers & Cafe hosts a panel discussion with four journalists experienced in covering trauma, from personal violence to natural disasters: The Globe’s Jenna Russell and Scott Helman, authors of “Long Mile Home” about the marathon bombings and aftermath; WGBH’s Philip Martin, who recently returned from Kenya where he reported on the country’s largest slums; and Joanna Marinova, co-director of Press Pass TV. Bruce Gellerman of NPR and WBUR moderates. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Tuesday, September 9 – The A.R.T. of Human Rights
Part of a new collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, The A.R.T. of Human Rights uses arts and humanities to explore the most pressing human rights issues of our time. The partnership’s first event, “Bearing Witness to Uganda: God, Gays, and Human Rights” features the Carr Center’s Timothy Patrick McCarthy in conversation with Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, co-creators of the A.R.T. production “Witness Uganda”; John “Long Jones” Wambere, co-founder, Spectrum Uganda Initiatives; and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, co-director and producer, “Call Me Kuchu.” (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, September 10 – Tech Gives Back
This is one day where the tech industry makes the world a better place through actual work in the community, not just an algorithm that slightly optimizes the user experience on some app you play with on your magical Internet phone while stepping over a homeless person. The fourth annual Tech Gives Back from TUGG (Technology Underwriting Greater Good) brings together 2,000 entrepreneurs and innovators in an epic day of volunteering at more than 50 community projects, followed by a huge block party with food, drinks, live music, and games at The Lawn on D. Get tickets to the party for $25 (regular $50) on Eventbrite with the promo code TheBostonCalendar. You don’t have to volunteer to go to the party, but you’ll feel like less of a selfish drain on humanity if you hold a door open for someone or give up your seat on the T, something like that. (Projects at 9 a.m. / party at 3:30 p.m., $25, all ages)

Wednesday, September 10 – Rose Art Museum Fall Opening Celebration
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University closed up shop for the summer, probably because they knew you really didn’t want to use your brain to look at art when you could be working on your tan or drinking, outside, anywhere. The museum celebrates the opening of its fall exhibitions with a reception featuring the dedication of Chris Burden’s “Light of Reason” (Burden’s “Urban Light” installation in Los Angeles is pictured above) plus performances by The Antlers and the Lydian String Quartet. Art and classical music? Look at you, all fancy and cultured and, by the way, impeccably tanned. (5 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, September 10 – Boston DIY Party
Night Shift Brewing collaborates with jewelry and vintage store 9000 Things for sort of an adult version of childhood arts and crafts night with your babysitter. The Boston DIY Party at the brewery’s Everett taproom lets you sip delicious beers while transforming upcycled bottles into art through the use of découpage, which I always thought was another word for lingerie. I would have had so many more awkward experiences in a world without Google. (5:30 p.m., $25, 21+)

Thursday, September 11 – “Cyclops: A Satyr Play”
Following a sold-out workshop performance last fall, “Cyclops: A Satyr Play” returns to Oberon in Cambridge with an expanded production. The interactive experience reimagines the classic tale of Odysseus and his crew marooned on the island of the Cyclops amidst a sea of electronica, alternative rock, drinking, and artificial phalluses. Being a cyclops sounds pretty sweet until you get poked in your one eye with an artificial phallus. Immerse yourself in the hybrid of the ancient Festival of Dionysus and modern underground club culture on September 11, 14, 18 and 19. (8 p.m., $15-25, all ages)

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