Joseph Luzzi book talk at Italian Center launches Italian Heritage Month in Poughkeepsie

Sep 29, 2015 1091

Noi Italiani D'Oggi (NIDO), the not-for-profit Italian-American cultural group headquartered in Poughkeepsie, has proclaimed October to be Italian Heritage Month, and it will kick off the festa with a special lecture at its monthly meeting at the Italian Center: Professor Joseph Luzzi, PhD will talk about his latest book, In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me about Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love (HarperCollins, 2015).

Luzzi, a Dante expert who teaches Comparative Literature at Bard College, lost his wife in a tragic automobile wreck in Rhinebeck in 2007. They had been married less than two years, and Katherine Mester Luzzi was eight months pregnant with their first child at the time. Although Katherine's injuries were too severe for her life to be saved, their daughter Isabel was safely delivered through emergency surgery.

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