Turning to Literature for Leadership: Timeless Lessons from Classic Books that Changed the World

Turning to Literature for Leadership: Timeless Lessons from Classic Books that Changed the World

The Penn Club is excited to offer a presentation by Joseph Luzzi, winner of the Yale College Teaching Prize and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice author, on how literature can provide “case studies” for effective leadership, idea generation, conflict resolution, and better understanding of commercial cultures. His “10 Commandments” for the world of business will analyze how history’s premier minds, from Dante and Machiavelli to Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and Nietzsche, can spark essential entrepreneurial insights for our global marketplace.

Reception: 6PM; Lecture: 6:30PM; Dinner: Immediately following the lecture

Biography

Joseph Luzzi has been teaching great works of literature ever since he received his PhD from Yale in 2000 and became a professor, first at the University of Pennsylvania (2001-2002) and now at Bard College (2002-present), where he is Professor of Comparative Literature. He has been invited to speak about literature at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cambridge, Rome’s La Sapienza, the Dante Society of America, the Italian Cultural Institutes of Chicago and New York, and many other universities and organizations throughout the world. Luzzi is the author of four books, including 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. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, Los Angeles Times, Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, American Scholar, ParisReview.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Time.com, among many others. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in German, Italian, Korean, and Portuguese translation.

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