What you will learn:

This program will provide you with the tools to understand how the Renaissance changed—and helped create—the world we now live in, and how you can harness the power of “Renaissance” thinking and apply its leading practices and principles from artists including Leonardo, Michelangelo, and others. Participants will discover why a recent Harvard Business Review article described Renaissance Florence as a superior business model to Silicon Valley and a “hothouse of innovation” that offers lessons as valuable today as they were 500 years ago. 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. Luzzi is the author of the forthcoming book Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance.

About the instructor:

Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) 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 Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College and Faculty Member in Italian Studies 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.

Dr. Luzzi is the founder of DeepRead, which offers a uniquely original approach to leadership and business education by basing its teaching and “test cases” on the great ideas of literature, history, and philosophy. He speaks and consults regularly for businesses, corporations, and conferences, and has taught in New York University’s Stern Business School Executive MBA and Smith College's Executive Education programs.

Joseph’s 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. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents’ birthplace. Luzzi’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Guardian and National Public Radio, and his next book, Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2022.

Professor Luzzi recently created 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
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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