The Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College will present two major programs in October that are free and open to the public.
On Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 pm in Wellesley’s Schneider Hall Theatre, Jamaican-American novelist Colin Channer will present a monologue, “How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way,” a contrarian look at mother-daughter relationships. Channer is the Newhouse visiting professor in creative writing at Wellesley and founder and artistic director of the annual Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica.“How to Beat” will feature storytelling, lighting design and live music. New York-based Barbadian singer/songwriter David Pilgrim will play acoustic guitar, percussion and electric bass.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm in Wellesley’s Collins Cinema, “HOPE: An Evening with Kwame Dawes and Christopher Lydon,” will feature a reading of poems about HIV and AIDS in Jamaica followed by a philosophical discussion about the human capacity to generate optimism in difficult times. Born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, Dawes is the distinguished poet in residence at the University of South Carolina. Lydon is the host of “Open Source,” the local/global, broadcast/Internet radio conversation based at Brown University’s Watson Institute and former anchor of “The Connection” on public radio in Boston. HOPE will feature poetry, still images and a recorded score that draws upon European classical and American folk traditions.