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From the Importance of Reading Classics to Culture-Shifting Literature

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 1, 2016
These talks about fiction explore the importance of reading stories and the valuable lessons that can be gained from them. Beyond reading as a child in school, continuting to engage with literary fiction as an adult can result in increased empathy and a more thorough understanding of the real world.

In her talk about literature, banker Suzanne Case discusses empathy in finances. She draws comparisons between 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville and the financial crisis of 2008. She believes reading literature has a measurable and positive impact.

Renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood states the importance of literature in her cultural commentary keynote. She advocates for accessible libraries, especially for young girls.

Sir Salman Rushie talks about fiction and the influence of literary characters on public opinion. He states ideologies found in literature affect the way people approach religion, pop culture, foreign affairs and current events.