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
iTunes U site.
March 18, 2015
Karen Lange reads from Alan Turing: The Enigma by
Andrew Hodges, published by Princeton University Press. (4:01)
||March 11, 2015
Lamia Balafrej reads from Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images
by Barbara Maria Stafford, published by The University of Chicago Press. (5:39)
"Consciousness seems to be tied to the experience of depth...Our inner life thus advances
and retreats, stretches forward, backward, but, above all, away and down."
||March 4, 2015
Angela Carpenter reads from The World Until Yesterday: What Can We
Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond, published by Viking
"...Bilinguals have an advantage at solving...tasks that are
confusing because the rules of the task change unpredictably, or because there
are misleading...but obvious cues that must be ignored."
||February 25, 2015
Kaye Peterman reads from The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the
Revolution in Biology by Horace F. Judson, published by Simon and
"I put a lot of sugar in a glass and filled it with water, and
then cut off a piece of fingernail...just to see if it could float...We didn't
know the density of DNA, but a fingernail seemed a reasonable analogy."
||February 18, 2015
Guy Rogers reads from The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George
and published by the Folio Society. (6:30)
"Ever the river has risen and brought us the flood, the mayfly
floating on the water. On the face of the sun its countenance gazes, then all
of a sudden nothing is there!"
||February 11, 2015
Paul MacDonald reads from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian
War, edited by Robert Strassler and published by Free Press. (5:33)
"Hope, danger's comforter, may be indulged in by those who have
abundant resources...Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang
on a single turn of the scale."
||February 4, 2015
Michael Hearn reads from Where Good Ideas Come
From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, published by
"The work of dreams turns out to be a particularly chaotic, yet
productive, way of exploring the adjacent possible."
||January 28, 2015
Helena de Bres reads from Death and the Afterlife
by Samuel Scheffler, published by Oxford University Press (4:13)
"...The existence of the [collective] afterlife matters more
to us than our own continued existence."
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