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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.

Our series will resume in September.

May 5, 2015

Nancy's book
Nancy Hall reads from Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, published by FSG Originals. (6:08)


Pinar's book April 29, 2015

Pinar Keskin reads from Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward Glaeser, published by Penguin. (5:06)

"If energy users are taxed for the social costs of their actions, then they'll use more fuel-efficient cars and live in more energy-efficient houses. They'll also find energy-conserving big-city life more appealing."
Yoon's book April 22, 2015

Yoon Sun Lee reads from A Defense of Poetry by Percy Shelley, collected in the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. (6:08)

"Poetry defeats the curse which binds us to be subjected to the accident of surrounding impressions...It compels us to feel that which we perceive, and to imagine that which we know."
David's book April 15, 2015

David Ellerby reads from The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins, published by W.W. Norton & Company. (5:27)

"We are entirely accustomed to the idea that complex elegance is an indicator of premeditated, crafted design. This is probably the most powerful reason for the belief...in some kind of supernatural deity."
Nicholas's book April 8, 2015

Nicholas Knouf reads from #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader edited by Robin Mackay and Armen Avanessian, published by Urbanomic. (6:18)

"Libraries burning in Babylon. Knowledge is decoded from its proprietary grid of occult encryption. The academy in flames."
Paul's book April 1, 2015

Paul Wink reads from My Struggle: Book Two: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (5:32)

"But sitting there I was rendered completely harmless, without dignity, impotent, there was no difference between me and her, except that she was more attractive, and the leveling ...filled me with rage."
Karen's book March 18, 2015

Karen Lange reads from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, published by Princeton University Press. (4:01)

"Alan…had discovered…the idea of a universal machine that could take over the work of any machine. And he had argued that anything performed by a human computer could be done by a machine."
Lamia's book March 11, 2015

Lamia Balafrej reads from Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images by Barbara Maria Stafford, published by The University of Chicago Press. (5:39)

"Consciousness seems to be tied to the experience of depth...Our inner life thus advances and retreats, stretches forward, backward, but, above all, away and down."
Angela's book March 4, 2015

Angela Carpenter reads from The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond, published by Viking Adult. (6:20)

"...Bilinguals have an advantage at solving...tasks that are confusing because the rules of the task change unpredictably, or because there are misleading...but obvious cues that must be ignored."
Kaye's book February 25, 2015

Kaye Peterman reads from The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology by Horace F. Judson, published by Simon and Schuster. (6:10)

"I put a lot of sugar in a glass and filled it with water, and then cut off a piece of fingernail...just to see if it could float...We didn't know the density of DNA, but a fingernail seemed a reasonable analogy."
Guy's book February 18, 2015

Guy Rogers reads from The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George and published by the Folio Society. (6:30)

"Ever the river has risen and brought us the flood, the mayfly floating on the water. On the face of the sun its countenance gazes, then all of a sudden nothing is there!"
Paul MacDonald's book February 11, 2015

Paul MacDonald reads from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, edited by Robert Strassler and published by Free Press. (5:33)

"Hope, danger's comforter, may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources...Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang on a single turn of the scale."
Michael's book February 4, 2015

Michael Hearn reads from Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, published by Riverhead. (3:55)

"The work of dreams turns out to be a particularly chaotic, yet productive, way of exploring the adjacent possible."
Helena's book January 28, 2015

Helena de Bres reads from Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler, published by Oxford University Press (4:13)

"...The existence of the [collective] afterlife matters more to us than our own continued existence."

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