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Listen as Wellesley College faculty introduce you each week during the fall and spring semesters 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.

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Listen as Wellesley College faculty introduce you each week during the fall and spring semesters 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.

    Who Counts: The Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America

    Who Counts: The Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America

    Cassandra Pattanayak reads from Who Counts: The Politics of Census-Taking in Contemporary America, by Margo Anderson and Stephen Fienberg, published by Russell Sage Foundation in 2001.

    "American census takers have ... confronted counting problems since 1790 and have [produced] a count of the population each decade despite wars, shipwrecked schedules, and the confusion of respondents."

    • 5 min
    White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th Century India

    White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th Century India

    Liza Oliver reads from White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in 18th Century India, by William Dalrymple, published by Penguin Books in 2002.

    "Ideas of racial and ethnic hierarchy were beginning to be aired for the first time in the late 1870s, and it was the ... mixed-blood Anglo-Indian[s] which felt the brunt of the new intolerance."

    • 5 min
    Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil

    Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil

    Charlene Galarneau reads from Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil, by Emilie Townes, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006.

    "It is what we do every day that shapes us...It is...these acts that we do that say more about us than those grand moments of righteous indignation and action..."

    • 3 min
    Talking to Ourselves

    Talking to Ourselves

    Inela Selimovic reads from Talking to Ourselves, by Andres Neumann, published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2012.

    "Someone had to call the funeral home to buy the coffin. And the newspapers to dictate the death notice. Two simple, inconceivable tasks. So intimate, so remote."

    • 4 min
    Writing Down the Bones

    Writing Down the Bones

    Nadya Hajj reads from Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg, published by Shambhala in 1986.

    "When you are writing, if you write a question, that is fine. But immediately go to a deeper level inside yourself and answer it in the next line."

    • 4 min
    Sensational Flesh

    Sensational Flesh

    Octavio Gonzalez reads from Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism, by Amber Jamilla Musser, published by NYU Press in 2014.

    "[Lorde] enacts the argument that black women are discursively outside of sexuality and individuality."

    • 3 min

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