What you will learn:

This program will provide you with the tools to create your own roadmap for negotiating crisis and overcoming challenges, as Joseph Luzzi shares his own personal story of overcoming tragic loss from his acclaimed memoir. Participants will discover why, throughout history, many have turned to great writers for their insights in times of crisis—something we can now viscerally relate to during the challenges of life and work in our post-pandemic, virtual age. We will learn to stimulate our thoughts and widen our perspectives through the power of the written word, specifically words addressing crisis. Luzzi’s memoir In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love is a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” and has been translated into multiple languages worldwide. This is a specially designed seminar taught by Joseph Luzzi, a Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard, winner of a Yale Teaching Prize, and a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” author who has taught leaders in finance, business, the corporate world, and NYU Stern Business School’s Executive MBA program.

About the instructor:

Dr. Joseph Luzzi is an internationally renowned award-winning teacher, author, scholar, and speaker who has inspired audiences worldwide with his insights into the transformative power of literature, art, and the humanities. He is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College, and taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times and Chronicle of Higher Education among many others, Luzzi is the author of five books including My Two Italies, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection that has been translated into multiple languages.

His most recent book is Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance, which was selected for the New Yorker's Best Books of 2022.

Dr. Luzzi is the founder of DeepRead, which offers a unique original approach to leadership and business education by basing its teaching and “test cases” on the great ideas of literature, history, and philosophy. He has taught in New York University’s Stern Business School Executive MBA and Smith College's Executive Education programs, and has presented his programs at many different businesses and organizations.

His many awards include a Yale Teaching Prize, National Humanities Center Fellowship, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Dr. Luzzi recently created a The Virtual Book Club, an international online community of passionate readers devoted to exploring some of the best books ever written.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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