Joseph Luzzi – Keynote Speaker

Founder and director, DeepRead

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership lessons from literature
  • Decision making “by the book”: History’s tipping points for today’s leaders
  • From Leonardo Da Vinci to Silicon Valley: Innovation and creativity from history’s masters
  • How literature can save your life
  • 7 principles of great literature that lead to happier
  • healthier
  • and more productive lives


  • English


Joseph Luzzi (PhD, Yale) is Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College and 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. An internationally acclaimed speaker described by the Toronto Globe and Mail as a “Rock Star Professor,” Dr. Luzzi has inspired audiences worldwide with his passionate insights into how art, literature, and the humanities can change our world.

Dr. Joseph Luzzi speaks and consults regularly for businesses, corporations, and conferences, with typical clients ranging from a major global financial services firm to New York University’s Stern Business School Executive MBA program.
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’s numerous honors and awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, NEH Fellowship from the National Humanities Center, and fellowships from Harvard’s Villa I Tatti Center for Renaissance Studies and Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center. Joseph Luzzi was named Honorary Citizen of his family’s Italian birthplace for outstanding cultural contributions in 2017, and he is fluent in both Italian and French.


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