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.
Our series will resume January 26, 2015.
December 3, 2014
Quinn Slobodian reads from The Bridge of the
Golden Horn by
Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, published by Serpent's Tail. (5:22)
||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'."
||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.
||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."
||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."
||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
||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*
||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."
||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…"
||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,
||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
"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."
||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
||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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