LIVE STREAM: The Presidents’ Book Club

Monday, August 20, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Monday evening, August 20th, we'll be presenting a "live streamed" event from New York City.
Students anywhere in the world can "tune in" to the Live Event on their computer, iPad or even their phone and watch the event as it happens. All students who register will also get access to an archived version so they can rewatch it or watch for the first time if they were unable to watch during the live broadcast. 
Whether you watch live (on August 20th) or at a later date, on your laptop or phone, with friends or by yourself, we know it will be a fascinating event that is well worth your time.
*Two days before this Live Stream event, we will send you a link via email. This link will show a black screen until the event begins at 7pm EST.


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Presidents' Book Club: Books that shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and others

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

The Presidential Reading List

All of us at One Day U who love books wondered about the reading habits of past presidents, and what we found led us to offer this new brand new course.

Award-winning Literature Professor Joseph Luzzi will guide audiences through a fascinating “Presidents’ Library,” as we explore the books and the presidential reading list that shaped six of the most powerful men ever to sit in the Oval Office. We will discuss why George Washington was obsessed with a play about a Roman freedom fighter who opposed Julius Caesar; how Thomas Jefferson came to have the largest personal library in the country; what drew Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare so obsessively (and which Shakespeare play he loved most!); which British poet Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorized as a child and read throughout his life; why John F. Kennedy was devoted to a spy novelist whose books would create one of the greatest film franchises in history; and how Barack Obama came to understand his American identity and spirit through two favorite authors.

Together, we will see how presidential action and presidential reading are intimately linked, as we explore the momentous events in these presidents’ lives in light of the books that inspired their thoughts and guided their actions. Professor Luzzi will also summarize his “ALL” (American Library List) detailing the sometimes surprising books and literature which influenced many other U. S. leaders.

Learn more about our history by checking out other great videos at OneDayU, including ‘A Grand Tour Of Italy‘, Masterpieces Of Art That Changed All The Rules’ & ‘Beethoven & The Beatles: Hearing The Connection’ all on-demand now.

Joseph Luzzi / Bard College

Joseph Luzzi is a Literature and Italian Professor at Bard College, and was previously a Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Scaglione Prize for his teaching. He is also the author of the audio course, “The Art of Reading.” Professor Luzzi previously taught at Yale University, where he was awarded a Yale College Teaching Prize.