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.
April 23, 2014
Sima Shakhsari reads from Queer Times,
Queer Assemblages by Jasbir Puar, collected in
the Routledge Queer Studies Reader, edited by Donal Hall and Annamarie Jagose. (5:54)
||April 16, 2014
Peggy Levitt reads from A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul, published by Knopf. (6:09)
"...looking at the place with his eyes, I was amazed at the
little I had been living with. And I had stopped seeing so much. In spite of
everything, I had thought of the town as a real town; I saw it now as an
agglomeration of shack settlements.;
||April 9, 2014
published by O'Reilly Media. (4:12)
went from nonexistence to global adoption in an alarmingly short period of time."
||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
||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."
||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…"
||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."
||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."
||February 26, 2014
Ismar Volic reads from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, published by
"In this whole, wide world, the only thing that treats me so
kindly is math."
||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
||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
"As one who personifies and embodies diversity, I bring a
unique perspective to academia. This will not change."
||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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