How Literature Can Change Your Life | Joseph Luzzi | TEDxAlbany technology influence on literary

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In my talk, I hope to change the way people feel about literature. My aim is to show that literature is not just an elitist collection of “classics, something you are “supposed” to read or have to study in school, but which are difficult, remote, and otherwise disconnected from everyday life. Rather, I will propose that audience members can and should make literature a part of their everyday. I will go ever further and say that, when you are facing extraordinary difficulties and challenges, literature can save your life.
I will base my talk on a personal experience. On November 29, 2007, I left my home in upstate New York at 8:30am to teach a class at Bard College, where I am a professor. Around 10am, as I was settling into my classroom and joking with my students, a security guard showed up at the door and asked, “Are you Professor Luzzi?” The smile disappeared from my face, as I sensed something had gone horribly wrong; that intuition was confirmed when I saw a dean and vice president of the college come tearing up the stairs to fetch me and deliver the news: my wife, Katherine, had had a terrible car accident. I raced to the hospital, but it was too late: Katherine died that morning. She was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Forty-five minutes before her death, our daughter Isabel was miraculously delivered by emergency cesarian. I had left the house at 8:30am; by noon, I was both a widower and a father.

At noon, I had also entered what the poet Dante called “the dark wood,” that universal space of suffering that unfortunately all of us, at one point in our lives, must enter. For my TEDx Albany talk, I would like to speak of how literature in general, and Dante’s poetry in particular, helped save my life during the years of grief and mourning that followed Katherine’s death. Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College. His books include “My Two Italies,” a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and “In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love,” which has been translated into Italian, German, and Korean. Luzzi is a frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Literary Supplement, and American Scholar. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, and Times of London.

Dr. Luzzi is the founder of DeepRead, which offers a radically new approach to leadership and business education by basing its teaching and “test cases” on the great ideas of literature, history, and philosophy. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at .

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21 comments

خَاٰلِدّدْ الّزيِلَعِي الشّرِيفٰ 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

So underrated and inspiring 👏🔥🔥

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Maria Delane 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Wow. I love this.

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Chat Noir 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

This probably the most beautiful talk I’ve heard, regardless of the beautiful way of putting literature, I also enjoyed listening and empathising with him; it was healing as it was educational. Thank you.

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Andrew R. Venus 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Thank you for this great talk, Sir!! ❤️🇵🇭

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Aditi 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

This gave me goosebumps. I need a teacher like him.😭

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Cosmic_PhoenixYT 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Book Review go BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR😍😍😍😍😍😍

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Old June Library 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Brilliant talk 💚

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Ambreen Ali 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Dr. Luzzi is so calm and collected with such an inspiring story to tell. Literature can be the cure to life's many problems.

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Rabin Gelal 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Without fiction there is no fact.

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Lê Hoàng Nguyên 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

I like his talk so much, It is fluent and very very confident. I think he is the greatest person who attracts me a lot

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deepali madan 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Simply suuuperb, I don't have words to describe… You have kindled back my love for literature .

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P 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

To love of literature🧡✨

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Mic Free talks 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

What an amazing talk!

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Aashik Ahamed 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Don't know how I missed this video for an year… ♥️ Such a deep vision but a simple one…

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noor nutsy 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

I never got so immersed in a TED talk ever before ! so charismatic he is and all the perspectives are worth consideration as well.

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Setefano Galea'i 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Amazing!! Touching stories like these are so encouraging. Thank you

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Princess Mononoke Wisteria 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Watched this whole vid 2x🍃

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Swati Mishra 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

One of the best Ted talks so far..

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Zemedu Demsis 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

I found it very very interesting!

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Jovert Millena 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

I want him to be my professor in Master of Arts in Literature

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Anoop kumar 14/12/2021 - 6:37 Chiều

Surprises me to see such less views on such a brilliant talk. Truly inspirational. 👍

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