Why reading is a form of therapy in times of crisis

Our live stream with Harvard literature professor Lisa New begins at 1 pm ET today.

Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic. How can we use literature as therapy during this moment of drastic change?


Ask your questions for Lisa New in the live Q&A on YouTube or Facebook.

In this live session with Harvard literature professor Lisa New, you'll dive into the world of prose and poetry, discovering the answer to questions like: how can I use reading as a coping mechanism? What do I lose when I only watch the movie and ignore the book? And why do people roll their eyes at poetry, anyway? Sheltering in place is the perfect time to reconnect with books and your love of reading.

Lisa New is the director and host of Poetry in America, director of Verse Video Education, and the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in classic American literature from the Puritans through the present day.

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