The Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities will hold a two-part talk by professor and lecturer Mark Schenker titled "Literature and Life" 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 and June 2, at the center, 21 Imperial Ave.

Schenker, associate dean of Yale College and dean of academic affairs, will consider "Charles Dickens, His Life and Works."

He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Victorian literature and has lectured on literature and led book discussion series in public libraries and other venues in Connecticut for over 20 years, according to a library news release. In 2001, Dr. Schenker received the Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

The hour-long lectures will be offered free of charge by the friends and have been made possible by a grant from Beryl and Roger Leifer.

For information, call 203-321-5099.