"The Story of Literature from Clay Tablets to the Internet"

Featuring Harvard Professor Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature

 Friday, October 16, 2020  @ 12 noon

A Joint Harvard Club of Sarasota & Harvard Club of Naples Webinar Event

Join us on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 12 noon EDT for a presentation & conversation with Harvard Professor Martin Puchner. Stories are much more than entertainment—they shape our world. They have inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of basic political and philosophical concepts, and given rise to religious beliefs. In this talk, Martin Puchner, author of the bestseller The Written World, will discuss how literature has influenced the course of history. The discussion will focus on the intersection of storytelling and writing technologies, including the inventions of paper, parchment, print, and the internet. Along the way, he’ll investigate the four stages of literature, beginning with foundational epics and the proverbs of master teachers such as Buddha and Socrates and extending up to the rise of story collections and modern world literature.

This is a FREE event, but registration is required (registration link below).  This is a joint event with the Harvard Club of Naples.

After Prof. Puchner's presentation, there will be time for Q&A.  Please email your questions in advance to Manda Jordan at mandajordan7000@gmail.com or utilize the Q&A function in Zoom Webinar.  We will take as many questions as time allows. 

The webinar will last for approximately one hour. 

Click on the Link Below to Register for the Webinar: 


Professor Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, is a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. His writings, which include a dozen books and anthologies and over sixty articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. Through his best-selling Norton Anthology of World Literature and his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature, he has brought four thousand years of literature to audiences across the globe.
His most recent book, The Written World, which tells the story of literature from the invention of writing to the Internet, has been widely reviewed in The New York Times, The Times (London), the Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, The Economist, among others, covered on radio and television, and is forthcoming in over a dozen languages.  In hundreds of lectures and workshops from the Arctic Circle to Brazil and from the Middle East to China, he has advocated for the arts and humanities in a changing world.

At Harvard, he has instituted these ideas in a new program in theater, dance and media as well as in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research. 

Don't miss this exciting webinar with Professor Puchner!


Friday, Oct. 16, 2020



12:00PM ET - the webinar will last one hour


Click on the Link Below to Register for the Webinar: 


There are 2 ways to enjoy the webinar: with video and without video (audio only).   After registering you will receive an email with the Zoom Webinar link (for video and audio) and the telephone numbers to dial-in to the webinar (audio only). 

All Members of the Harvard Club of Sarasota, Harvard alumni, and Guests are Welcome!
For a Master list of all of our Club's 2020-2021 events scheduled to date, click here.