“On the Road” Again: Four Classic Novels Crafted by Adventurers with Dr. Joseph Luzzi

“On the Road” Again: Four Classic Novels Crafted by Adventurers with Dr. Joseph Luzzi


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For more than a year, the daily lives of people worldwide have been upended by safety precautions that were put in place to protect society during a pandemic. But now that travel is on the horizon again, it’s time to leave our “Room with a View” in favor of life “On the Road” again. Authors throughout the ages have been inspired by similar feelings of loneliness and pivoted to focus on happier days ahead. 

During this interactive seminar, book lovers will enjoy a tour of four literary masterpieces which fuel our yearning for adventure and reconnection with the wider world after a desolate period of isolation and struggle. Together we’ll examine:

  • Room with a View byE. M. Forster
  • Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Invisible Cities  by Italo Calvino

Led by an expert on literature, Professor Joseph Luzzi, and designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a deeper appreciation for themes across these selected works – our universal yearning for new experiences and reconnection with the people and places we call home.

Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 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. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, 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. His next book is "Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance," which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Cheryl (Hamburg, DE)
Very enjoyable and inspiring talk

A wonderful talk that remindes us of the "gift" of travel, and provides inspiration from some excellent authors who have shared their travel experiences with us through their outstanding books. Another very enjoyable and inspiring conversation from Dr. Luzzi!

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Cheryl (Hamburg, DE)
Very enjoyable and inspiring talk

A wonderful talk that remindes us of the "gift" of travel, and provides inspiration from some excellent authors who have shared their travel experiences with us through their outstanding books. Another very enjoyable and inspiring conversation from Dr. Luzzi!