Listen as Wellesley College faculty introduce you to a book that they're passionate about in their field, and then read a brief passage to whet your appetite.

The books might be little-known literary gems, beloved classics, scenes from plays, recent provocative essays, poems, thought-provoking analyses of current social issues, biographies, or many other literary forms.

Take a few minutes to explore the books that captivate Wellesley faculty. Click on a book to hear the reading. If you prefer to download these readings, visit our iTunes U site.

To hear episodes from previous seasons, visit the What Wellesley's Reading Archive.

October 7, 2015

Ben's's book
Ben Wood reads from Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey, published by Ballantine Books. (5:11)

Codruta's book September 23, 2015

Codruta Morari reads from Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz by Georges Didi-Huberman, published by The University of Chicago Press. (6:00)

"...The very notion of intermingled with the incessant urge to show what we cannot see. We cannot 'see desire' as such, yet painters have played with crimson tones to show it..."
Dan's book September 16, 2015

Dan Fetter reads from Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South, by Gavin Wright, published by Belknap Press. (4:28)

"Why did white southerners defend so passionately and for so long an inefficient system that evidently failed to serve their own best economic interests?"
Amy's book September 9, 2015

Amy Banzert reads from Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the Word by Alan Weisman, published by Chelsea Green Publishing. (5:38)

"People who dare to build a utopia use the same materials available to anyone, but they find surprising ways to combine them...In a dream you aren't limited by what is assumed to be permissible or possible."
Anjeana's book September 2, 2015

Anjeana Hans reads from The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun, translated by Kathie von Ankum and published by Other Press. (5:56)

"All the people are in a hurry — and sometimes they look pale under those lights, then the girls' dresses look like they're not paid off yet and the men can't really afford the wine — is nobody really happy?"

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