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.

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November 18, 2015

Julie's book
Julie Walsh reads from A Woman Who Defends All the Persons of Her Sex by Gabrielle Suchon, translated by Domna C. Stanton and Rebecca M. Wilkin and published by University of Chicago Press. (6:29)

Simons's book November 11, 2015

Simon Grote reads from Letter to M. D'Alembert on the Theatre by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, published by Cornell University Press. (6:19)

"What then does he go to see at the theatre? ...Lessons of virtue for the public, from which he excepts himself, and people sacrificing everything to their duty while nothing is exacted from him."
Shiao Wei's book November 4, 2015

Shiao Wei Tham reads from The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker, published by Penguin Books. (6:20)

"A good way to appreciate the role of verb constructions in language is to ponder jokes that hinge on an ambiguity between them: same words, different constructions... 'Call me a taxi.' 'OK, you’re a taxi.'"
Heather's book October 28, 2015

Heather Mattila reads from Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart, published by Algonquin Books. (5:33)

"Some pest control experts hoped that Hurricane Katrina would have one silver lining — a mass drowning of Formosan termites. Unfortunately, the termites were undeterred."
Yu Jin's book October 21, 2015

Yu Jin Ko reads from The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. by Gina Nahai, published by Akashic Books. (6:08)

"The women converged into a circle of stiff beehives and exposed necklines...discussing just how and why the most eligible bachelor in Tehran’s upper-class Jewish society...had managed to escape the noose."
Christen's book October 14, 2015

Christen Deveney reads from Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky, published by Holt Paperbacks. (5:08)

"You have better things to do than digest breakfast when you are trying to avoid being someone's lunch."
Ben's book October 7, 2015

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

"After twenty-six weeks of sunlight and stars, wind and sky and golden sand, I want to hear once more the crackle of clamshells on the floor of the bar in the Clam Broth House in Hoboken."
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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