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.
November 9, 2016
Cassandra Pattanayak reads from Who Counts: The
Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America by Margo Anderson and
Stephen Fienberg, published by Russell Sage Foundation. (5:18)
||November 2, 2016
Liza Oliver reads from White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th Century
India, by William Dalrymple, published by Penguin Books.
"Ideas of racial and ethnic hierarchy were beginning to be aired for the first time
in the late 1870s, and it was the ... mixed-blood Anglo-Indian[s] which felt the brunt of
the new intolerance."
||October 26, 2016
Charlene Galarneau reads from Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by
Emilie Townes, published by Palgrave Macmillan. (3:44)
"It is what we do every day that shapes us...It is...these acts that we do that say more
about us than those grand moments of righteous indignation and action..."
||October 19, 2016
Inela Selimovic reads from Talking to Ourselves by Andres Neuman, published by
Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux. (4:46)
"Someone had to call the funeral home to buy the coffin. And the
newspapers to dictate the death notice. Two simple, inconceivable tasks. So
intimate, so remote."
||October 5, 2016
Octavio Gonzalez reads from Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism
by Amber Jamilla Musser, published by NYU Press (3:59)
"[Lorde] enacts the argument that black women are discursively
outside of sexuality and individuality."
||September 28, 2016
Nadya Hajj reads from Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by
Natalie Goldberg, published by Shambhala. (4:21)
"When you are writing, if you write a question, that is fine.
But immediately go to a deeper level inside yourself and answer it in the next
||September 21, 2016
Yui Suzuki reads from Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin, published by
"This fish doesn't just tell us about fish; it also contains a
piece of us. The search for this connection is what led me to the Arctic in the
||September 14, 2016
Erich Matthes reads from H Is For Hawk
by Helen MacDonald, published by Grove Press. (4:38)
"Trained hawks have a peculiar ability to conjure history...You
take a hawk onto your fist. You imagine the falconer of the past doing the same.
It is hard not to feel it is the same hawk."
||September 7, 2016
Kartini Shastry reads from Poor Economics: A Radical
Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther
Duflo, published by Public Affairs (5:15).
"One issue that ... arises when we think about fertility choice
... is whose choice? Fertility decisions are made by a couple, but women end
up paying most of the physical costs of bearing children."
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