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 18, 2015
Julie Walsh reads from A Woman Who Defends All
the Persons of Her Sex by Gabrielle Suchon, translated by Domna C.
Stanton and Rebecca M. Wilkin and published by University of Chicago Press. (6:29)
||November 11, 2015
Simon Grote reads from Letter to M. D'Alembert on the Theatre
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, published by Cornell University Press. (6:19)
"What then does he go to see at the theatre? ...Lessons of
virtue for the public, from which he excepts himself, and people sacrificing
everything to their duty while nothing is exacted from him."
||November 4, 2015
Shiao Wei Tham reads from The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window
into Human Nature by Steven Pinker, published by Penguin Books. (6:20)
"A good way to appreciate the role of verb constructions in
language is to ponder jokes that hinge on an ambiguity between them: same words,
different constructions... 'Call me a taxi.' 'OK, you’re a taxi.'"
||October 28, 2015
Heather Mattila reads from Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered
Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart, published by
Algonquin Books. (5:33)
"Some pest control experts hoped that Hurricane Katrina would
have one silver lining — a mass drowning of Formosan termites. Unfortunately,
the termites were undeterred."
||October 21, 2015
Yu Jin Ko reads from The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.
by Gina Nahai, published by Akashic Books. (6:08)
"The women converged into a circle of stiff beehives and
exposed necklines...discussing just how and why the most eligible bachelor
in Tehran’s upper-class Jewish society...had managed to escape the noose."
||October 14, 2015
Christen Deveney reads from Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by
Robert Sapolsky, published by Holt Paperbacks. (5:08)
"You have better things to do than digest breakfast when you
are trying to avoid being someone's lunch."
||October 7, 2015
Ben Wood reads from Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by
Edward Abbey, published by Ballantine Books. (5:11)
"After twenty-six weeks of sunlight and stars, wind and sky and
golden sand, I want to hear once more the crackle of clamshells on the floor
of the bar in the Clam Broth House in Hoboken."
||September 23, 2015
Codruta Morari reads from Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from
Auschwitz by Georges Didi-Huberman, published by The University of
Chicago Press. (6:00)
"...The very notion of image...is intermingled with the incessant
urge to show what we cannot see. We cannot 'see desire' as such, yet painters
have played with crimson tones to show it..."
||September 16, 2015
Dan Fetter reads from Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil
Rights Revolution in the American South, by Gavin Wright,
published by Belknap Press. (4:28)
"Why did white southerners defend so passionately and for so
long an inefficient system
that evidently failed to serve their own best economic interests?"
||September 9, 2015
Amy Banzert reads from Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the Word
by Alan Weisman, published by Chelsea Green Publishing. (5:38)
"People who dare to build a utopia use the same materials
available to anyone, but they
find surprising ways to combine them...In a dream you aren't limited by what is assumed
to be permissible or possible."
||September 2, 2015
Anjeana Hans reads from The Artificial Silk Girl
by Irmgard Keun, translated by Kathie von Ankum and published by Other
"All the people are in a hurry — and sometimes they look
pale under those lights, then the
girls' dresses look like they're not paid off yet and the men can't really afford the
wine — is nobody really happy?"
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