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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 September 7, 2016.

May 4, 2016

Susan's book
Susan Ellison reads from Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States by Audra Simpson, published by Duke University Press. (5:55)

's book April 27, 2016

Francesca Southerden reads from For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression by Adriana Cavarero, published by Stanford University Press. (6:05)

"The voice is sound, not speech. But speech constitutes its essential destination."
Catherine's book April 20, 2016

Catherine Masson reads from Gabriel by George Sand, translated by Kathleen Robin Hart and Paul Fenouillet and published by Modern Language Association of America. (5:27)

"Gabriel, you are a woman! Oh, dear God!"
Marcy's book April 13, 2016

Marcy Thomas reads from The Secret Language of Color by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut, published by Black Dog & Leventhal. (6:00)

"Our world is color-coded so that all living creatures know what or whom to attract, what to eat, when to be afraid, and how to behave."
Kimberly's book April 6, 2016

Kimberly Cassibry reads from The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard, published by Belknap Press. (4:44)

"It is easy to get the impression of a town crammed full of fast-food joints serving wine and filling stews to a hungry populace – albeit in an atmosphere less ‘family-friendly’ than the modern McDonald’s."
Igor's book March 30, 2016

Igor Logvinenko reads from Parting With Illusions by Vladimir Pozner, published by The Atlantic Monthly Press. (6:04)

"I certainly believed Stalin was a great man...But Father of the People? Of all the people? The infallible judge of all things, from linguistics and cybernetics to...the most complex questions of nationality?"
George's book March 18, 2016

George Caplan reads from Hydrogen: The Essential Element by John Rigden, published by Harvard University Press. (4:01)

"The evolving spectrum of hydrogen demonstrates the way experiment and theory goad each other and...provides a telling example of how great science advances..."
Corinne's book March 11, 2016

Corinne Gartner reads from Lucretius' On the Nature of Things translated by A.A. Long and D.N. Sedately in The Hellensitic Philosophers, Vol 1 published by Cambridge University Press. (5:47)

"...When immortal death snatches away a mortal life it is no different from never having been born."
Kyung's book March 4, 2016

Kyung Park reads from The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalili Gibran Muhammad, published by Harvard University Press. (4:46)

"...Between 1890 and 1940, how and why did racial crime statistics become...a subject of dialogue and debate about blacks' fitness for modern life?"
Vanya's book February 24, 2016

Vanya Klepac-Ceraj reads from Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable by Paul Falkowski, published by Princeton University Press (4:55)

"If we don’t see things, we tend to overlook them. Microbes were long overlooked, especially in the story of the history of evolution."
Brenna's book February 17, 2016

Brenna Greer reads from The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, published by The Dial Press. (4:58)

"They are...still trapped in a history which they do not understand...They have had to believe for many years...that black men are inferior to white men."
Stephen's book February 10, 2016

Stephen Chen reads from Compelled to Excel, by Vivian Louie, published by Stanford University Press.(5:57)

"About a fifth of my Columbia sample were [Chinese American] students who came from the urban enclaves...They saw themselves as the lucky ones who made it, while not everyone else did."
Eni's book February 3, 2016

Eni Mustafaraj reads from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, published by Bantam Spectra. (6:09)

"If the Duke was human, [Princess Nell] should notify him so that they could plan their escape. If he was a machine, doing so would lead to disaster."
Cord's book January 27, 2016

Cord Whitaker reads from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Simon Armitage and published by W. W. Norton. (5:13)

"...Clouds shed their cargo of crystallized rain which froze as it fell to the frost-glazed earth."

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