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.
Our series will resume January 29, 2014.
December 5, 2013
Ryan Quintana reads from River of Dark Dreams:
Slavery and Empires in the Cotton Kingdom by Walter Johnson, published
by Harvard University Press. (6:10)
||November 20, 2013
Jill Syverson-Stork reads from Don Quixote by Cervantes, translated by Edith Grossman, published by Harper Collins. (6:48)
"Here Cervantes brings us face to face with the effects of the Edict of
Expulsion: its impact upon one man, one community, and one family forced to leave."
||November 13, 2013
Mala Radhakrishnan reads from Dance for Two: Essays by Alan Lightman, published by Random House. (5:51)
"Science offers little comfort to anyone who aches to leave
behind a personal message in his work, his own little poem or haunting
||November 6, 2013
Venita Datta reads from The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough, published by Simon and Schuster. (5:57)
"By New Year's Day , Paris was both freezing and starving to
death. People were eating anything to be had -- mule meat, dogs, cats, crows, sparrows, rats…"
||October 30, 2013
Tom Burke reads from Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville,
translated by George Lawrence, edited by J.P. Mayer, and published by Harper Perennial Modern Classics. (6:26)
"In democratic ages...new families continually rise from nothing while others fall,
and nobody's position is quite stable."
||October 23, 2013
Mike Wiest reads from Evolving the Mind: On the Nature of Matter and the Origin of Consciousness by
Graham Cairns-Smith, published by Cambridge University Press. (5:20)
"Molecular mechanism may explain how a muscle contracts, but how can it
ever explain the sensation of a color, or the nature and quality of a pang of guilt?"
||October 16, 2013
Sharon Elkins reads from Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe by
Ana Castillo, published by Riverhead Books. (6:05)
"When Our Mother is seen only as the one-dimensional Mary of modern times...
she is relegated to the same second-class status of most women in the world."
||October 9, 2013
Eric Hilt reads from Theodore Rex by Edmond Morris, published by Random House. (4:35)
"…The seven little girls were exceedingly anxious to see the inside of my car, and accordingly I took them all in.
The interior arrangements struck them as being literally palatial…"
||October 2, 2013
Alden Griffith reads from Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner, published by Penguin Books. (4:33)
"As is the case with most western states, California's very existence is premised on
epic liberties taken with water -- mostly water that fell as rain on the north and
was diverted to the south…"
||September 25, 2013
Gurminder Bhogal reads from Music and the Ineffable by Vladimir
Jankélévitch, published by Harvard University Press. (5:46)
"The wrenching cry heard here and there in Ravel's music:
is this not the most unmediated expression of pain and terror?"
||September 18, 2013
Linda Carli reads from Framed by Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists
in the Modern World by Cecilia Ridgeway, published by Oxford University Press. (6:40)
"Simply by being innocently unclassifiable, [the Saturday Night
Live character] Pat wreaks havoc with the routine organization of the social
||September 11, 2013
Fred Shultz reads from The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes
Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson, published by
Crown Business. (4:07)
"...he would move on to much bigger game, taking on the fat cats on Wall Street,
where he would deploy his formidable mathematical skills to earn hundreds of
millions of dollars."
||September 4, 2013
Marilyn Sides reads from Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Unset, published by Penguin Classics. (5:10)
"She listened to the soft buzz of insects across the yellow, scorched grass.
She plucked off several dry, spice-center flowers that she could reach without moving more than her hand."
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