How Literature Can Change Your Life | Joseph Luzzi | TEDxAlbany technology 12 literature 29

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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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24 comments

R S 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Joseph Luzzi: Inspiring professor, Inspiring human being. Dio ti benedica, Giuseppe.

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Arjun RJ Mahatoo 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Wow

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Afia xeniya Ahmed 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Dr. Bruce Banner is that you?

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Sajeev Samuel Rose 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Must be a great teacher too .

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Maria Delane 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Wow. I love this.

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Chat Noir 23/02/2022 - 8:30 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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Ambreen Ali 23/02/2022 - 8:30 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 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Without fiction there is no fact.

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Lê Hoàng Nguyên 23/02/2022 - 8:30 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 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

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

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Mic Free talks 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

What an amazing talk!

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Aashik Ahamed 23/02/2022 - 8:30 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 23/02/2022 - 8:30 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 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

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

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Swati Mishra 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

One of the best Ted talks so far..

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Zemedu Demsis 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

I found it very very interesting!

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Jovert Millena 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

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

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Mickey Hlondo 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

What a great speaker! I want to hear more from him

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Kuntal Dhara 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

My all time favourite ted talk….Can not count how many times I watched it!

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Kristīne kora 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

O my this is one of the greatest and cute talk I ever heard.

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OMAR 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

Immigrant parents say it like it is.

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ALI SUROOR 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

When the mind remained under the sky of monotony, the blood of culture froze in the arteries of contemplation, and the forces of thinking grew old, and the luster of literary stagnation eroded, and the passers by lost their way back to the seat of wisdom and guidance.
Would the steps of the decline towards the depth of failure proceed without the speculative fiction sensors being lethargic to go deeply to read the current situation with the eyes of science?
There is no doubt that joining the list of cultural distinction many tools in order for awareness to be able to overcome the most current obstacles in order to reach a sure solution to the existing and complex problems.
In order not to remain confined to the circle of literary apathy
we must push for a return to the historical word, and here I mean going back to the books to founding the pure mind, so that we do not merge into the furnace of contemporary modernity and get lost from our tongues all the wonderful alphabets.

ALI SUROOR

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SM12P1- MORALES, HOPKIN 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

What a beautiful talk Dr. Luzzi, truly the literature can change our lives.

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Patricia López 23/02/2022 - 8:30 Chiều

I really enjoyed this talk. Thanks for sharing

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