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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.

February 10, 2016

Stephen's book
Stephen Chen reads from Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans by Vivian Louie, published by Stanford University Press.(5:57)


Eni's book 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 disaster."
Cord's book 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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