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 September 7, 2016.
May 4, 2016
Susan Ellison reads from Mohawk Interruptus:
Political Life Across the
Borders of Settler States by Audra Simpson, published by Duke University
||April 27, 2016
Francesca Southerden reads from For More Than One Voice: Toward a
Philosophy of Vocal Expression by
Adriana Cavarero, published by Stanford University Press. (6:05)
"The voice is sound, not speech. But speech constitutes its
||April 20, 2016
Catherine Masson reads from Gabriel by George Sand, translated by
Kathleen Robin Hart and Paul Fenouillet and published by Modern Language
Association of America. (5:27)
"Gabriel, you are a woman! Oh, dear God!"
||April 13, 2016
Marcy Thomas reads from The Secret Language of Color by
Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut, published by Black Dog & Leventhal. (6:00)
"Our world is color-coded so that all living creatures know what
or whom to attract, what to eat, when to be afraid, and how to behave."
||April 6, 2016
Kimberly Cassibry reads from The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found
by Mary Beard, published by Belknap Press. (4:44)
"It is easy to get the impression of a town crammed full of
fast-food joints serving wine
and filling stews to a hungry populace – albeit in an atmosphere less ‘family-friendly’
than the modern McDonald’s."
||March 30, 2016
Igor Logvinenko reads from Parting With Illusions by
Vladimir Pozner, published by The Atlantic Monthly Press. (6:04)
"I certainly believed Stalin was a great man...But Father of the
People? Of all the people?
The infallible judge of all things, from linguistics and cybernetics to...the most complex
questions of nationality?"
||March 18, 2016
George Caplan reads from Hydrogen: The Essential Element by
John Rigden, published by Harvard University Press. (4:01)
"The evolving spectrum of hydrogen demonstrates the way
experiment and theory goad each other and...provides a telling example of
how great science advances..."
||March 11, 2016
Corinne Gartner reads from Lucretius' On the Nature of Things translated by
A.A. Long and D.N. Sedately in The Hellensitic Philosophers, Vol 1
published by Cambridge University Press. (5:47)
"...When immortal death snatches away a mortal life it is no
different from never having been born."
||March 4, 2016
Kyung Park reads from The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and
the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalili Gibran Muhammad, published by
Harvard University Press. (4:46)
"...Between 1890 and 1940, how and why did racial crime
statistics become...a subject of dialogue and debate about blacks' fitness for
||February 24, 2016
Vanya Klepac-Ceraj reads from Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth
Habitable by Paul Falkowski, published by Princeton University Press (4:55)
"If we don’t see things, we tend to overlook them. Microbes
were long overlooked, especially in the story of the history of evolution."
||February 17, 2016
Brenna Greer reads from The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin,
published by The Dial Press. (4:58)
"They are...still trapped in a history which they do not
understand...They have had to believe for many years...that black men are
inferior to white men."
||February 10, 2016
Stephen Chen reads from Compelled to Excel, by Vivian Louie,
published by Stanford University Press.(5:57)
"About a fifth of my Columbia sample were [Chinese American]
students who came from the urban enclaves...They saw themselves as the lucky
ones who made it, while not everyone else did."
||February 3, 2016
Eni Mustafaraj reads from The Diamond Age
by Neal Stephenson, published by Bantam Spectra. (6:09)
"If the Duke was human, [Princess Nell] should notify him so
that they could plan their escape. If he was a machine, doing so would lead to
||January 27, 2016
Cord Whitaker reads from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
translated by Simon Armitage and published by W. W. Norton. (5:13)
"...Clouds shed their cargo of crystallized rain which froze
as it fell to the frost-glazed earth."
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