What you will learn:

This program will provide you with the tools to use historical “test cases” to develop your own decision-making strategies in both the business world and in your everyday life. Participants will learn from some of the most monumental decisions in history as we consider the thought processes behind key historical “tipping points.” We will analyze Julius Caesar’s decision to cross the Rubicon, Abraham Lincoln’s move to end slavery, and John F. Kennedy’s masterful avoidance of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 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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