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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.

April 9, 2014

Scott's book
Scott Anderson reads from JavaScript - The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford, published by O'Reilly Media. (4:12)


Previous Episodes

Carolyn Morley's book April 2, 2014

Carolyn Morley reads from The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, translated by Royall Tyler, published by Penguin Classics. (6:11)

"Melancholy overwhelmed him as soon as he set out across the moor's vast expense. The autumn flowers were dying...The scene had an intensely eloquent beauty.."
Kristin Butcher's book March 26, 2014

Kristin Butcher reads from The Great Escape: Health, Welfare, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton, published by Princeton University Press. (3:47)

"Not the least of the health problems faced by the poor countries of the world today is the lack of good information on the numbers of people who die, let alone on what causes their deaths."
Nick's book March 19, 2014

Nick Doe reads from The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life by Parker J. Palmer, published by John Wiley & Sons. (6:06)

"From grade school on, education is a fearful enterprise… As a teacher, I am at my worst when fear takes the lead in me…"
Lisa's book March 12, 2014

Lisa Rodensky reads from Middlemarch by George Eliot, published by Oxford University Press. (4:20)

"…She locked herself in her room. She needed time to get used to her maimed consciousness, her poor lopped life, before she could walk steadily to the place allotted her."
Beth's book March 5, 2014

Beth DeSombre reads from Navigating Environmental Attitudes by Thomas A. Heberlein, published by Oxford University Press. (5:05)

"The student assumed that people used plastic-foam cups simply because they did not know or care about the environmental damages that resulted from their use."
Ismar's book February 26, 2014

Ismar Volic reads from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, published by Knopf. (4:55)

"In this whole, wide world, the only thing that treats me so kindly is math."
Bryan's book February 12, 2014

Bryan Burns reads from The Lost Chalice by Vernon Silver, published by William Morrow. (6:01)

"The entire front cover of the New York Times Magazine was a color photograph of the vase. [Euphronios'] Sarpedon practically bled onto brunch tables…"
Robbin's book February 5, 2014

Robbin Chapman reads from Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, edited by Gutierrez y Muhs, Niemann, Gonzalez, and Harris, and published by Utah State University Press. (4:54)

"As one who personifies and embodies diversity, I bring a unique perspective to academia. This will not change."
Marianne's book January 29, 2014

Marianne Moore reads from The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant, published by Random House. (5:35)

"The first impact of a tiger attack doesn't come from the tiger itself, but from the roar, which, in addition to being loud like a jet, has an eerie capacity to fill the space around it…"

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