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 January 26, 2015.

December 3, 2014

Quinn's book
Quinn Slobodian reads from The Bridge of the Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, published by Serpent's Tail. (5:22)

Previous Episodes

Andy's book November 19, 2013

Andy Schultz reads from The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel, published by Washington Square Press. (5:45)

"...I have been employing the spare time at my disposal to work at Mathematics...I am striking out a new path for myself... the results I get are termed by the local mathematicians as 'startling'."
Margery's book November 12, 2014

Margery Lucas reads from Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (7:17)

"...people who are simultaneously challenged by a demanding cognitive task and by a temptation are more likely to yield to the temptation. "
Jenny's book November 5, 2014

Jennifer Musto reads from It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd, published by Yale University Press. (5:57)

"Teens do think through the social cost to what they post, but they don’t always get it right."
Andrea's book October 29, 2014

Andrea Sequeira reads from Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, published by Viking. (6:27)

"The 'island argument' for evolution starts with the following observation: oceanic islands are missing many types of native species that we see on both continents and continental islands."
Miya Woolfalk's book October 22, 2014

Miya Woolfalk reads from Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought by Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell, published by Princeton University Press. (6:09)

"When harnessed to do the work of ideology building, the black church can be an instrument in shaping the political worldviews of African Americans."
Nikki's book October 15, 2014

Nikki Greene reads from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, published by Modern Library. (5:56)

"Perhaps I like Louis Armstrong because he's made poetry out of being invisible. I think it must be because he's unaware that he *is* invisible."
Megan's book October 8, 2014

Megan Nunez reads from Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson, published by Jerremy P Tarcher. (5:46)

"Nutmeg's hallucinogenic properties—likely from the molecules myristicin and elemicin—were known for centuries."
Smitha's book October 1, 2014

Smitha Radhakrishnan reads from Playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India by Sangtin Writers Collective, published by University of Minnesota Press Books. (4:25)

"We wondered why those who live and do the most challenging work with...the poorest communities are rarely the ones who are invited to participate in conversations about that work…"
Michael's book September 24, 2014

Michael Jeffries reads from How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon, published by Agate Bolden. (6:28)

"You told him that you had created a post-Katrina, Afrofuturist, time-travel-ish, black southern love story filled with adventure, meta-fiction, and mystery."
James Battat's book September 17, 2014

James Battat reads from The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics by Robert Oerter, published by Plume. (4:47)

"The Standard Model ... has deeper implications for the nature of the universe than chaos theory, and unlike string theory, ... it has a strong experimental basis — but it is not as widely known as either."
Casey's book September 10, 2014

Casey Rothschild reads from Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, published by Belknap Press. (3:32)

"...inequalities of training have, to a large extent, simply been translated upwards, and there is no evidence that education has really increased intergenerational mobility."
Sarah's book September 3, 2014

Sarah Wall-Randell reads from Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence by Geoff Dyer, published by Picador. (5:59)

"You're stuck, stuck in an endless loop, stuck like a record which keeps jumping back to the same three words — ‘if only..., if only...' — which turn out to be only two words."

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