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.
February 25, 2015
Kaye Peterman reads from The Eighth Day of
Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology by Horace F. Judson,
published by Simon and Schuster. (6:10)
||February 18, 2015
Guy Rogers reads from The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George
and published by the Folio Society. (6:30)
"Ever the river has risen and brought us the flood, the mayfly
floating on the water. On the face of the sun its countenance gazes, then all
of a sudden nothing is there!"
||February 11, 2015
Paul MacDonald reads from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian
War, edited by Robert Strassler and published by Free Press. (5:33)
"Hope, danger's comforter, may be indulged in by those who have
abundant resources...Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang
on a single turn of the scale."
||February 4, 2015
Michael Hearn reads from Where Good Ideas Come
From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, published by
"The work of dreams turns out to be a particularly chaotic, yet
productive, way of exploring the adjacent possible."
||January 28, 2015
Helena de Bres reads from Death and the Afterlife
by Samuel Scheffler, published by Oxford University Press (4:13)
"...The existence of the [collective] afterlife matters more
to us than our own continued existence."
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