Lecture Topics

Should you wish to invite Letty Cottin Pogrebin to speak before your community, business, university or religious group, please contact: Susie Cohen. njcohen@​aol.com. Possible topics include:

ENCOUNTERING "THE OTHER" -- Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue in Pursuit of Peace

This talk begins with the premise that peace-seeking is the highest Jewish calling, and that peace with one's enemy must be made, not just in high level negotiations but at the grass roots in people-to-people encounters and in-depth conversations.

Proverbs tells us that wisdom's ways are "ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace." In the Talmud we read, "The whole Torah exists only for the sake of peace." And again, "Three things sustain the existence of the world: justice, truth, and peace." Hillel said, "Love peace and strive for peace."

That, in sum, is the work of Jewish-Palestinian dialogue, an enterprise that has engaged my energies as a liberal Zionist, a writer and a feminist activist for the last forty years. In this talk, I use my experiences in several dialogues as a springboard into understanding "the Other" -- not to deny the Jewish narrative or dilute our commitment to Israel but to grapple with our two peoples' political and historical differences on a human scale, at the level of our individual struggles, hopes and dreams.


What to say and when to shut up; how long to stay and when to leave. Common pitfalls when dealing with a friend who's physically ill or sick at heart: choosing the just-right get-well gift (hint: it's not a bunch of flowers); bedside manners when making a hospital visit; how to offer comfort to someone who's grieving, and much, much more. Listen to Letty talk about the book on this podcast https:/​/​www.nonfiction4life.com/​60-how-to-be-a-friend-to-a-friend-whos-sick-by-letty-cottin-pogrebin/​

FEMINISM & FAITH: The Sisterhood of the Several - Jews, Christians, Muslims
A wide-ranging survey of feminist spiritual expression, how women have transformed faith communities for the better, learned to treasure each other, and work together to achieve equality within their religious institutions and communal organizations.

DIVING INTO THE BREACH: How to Start an Interfaith or Inter-Ethnic Dialogue
The bible refers 36 times to our obligation to love "the stranger." In this talk, Pogrebin, a veteran of 25 years of Palestinian/​Jewish, and black/​Jewish dialogues, provides a simple roadmap to constructive conversation that will build harmony and mutual respect between disparate groups in your neighborhood or community.


Everything anyone would ever want to know about aging creatively and energetically. This talks zeroes in on how to accommodate to one's changing body, values, social relationships, sexual mores, career or retirement challenges, and above all, the accelerated passage and increasing preciousness of time.

Jewish Continuity in the 21st Century (Details upon request about this talk and others listed below)

Will Women Change Power -- Or Will Power Change Women?

Among Friends: Men, Women, and Friendship

Family Politics: Love and Power on an Intimate Frontier

Being Jewish and Female in America

Raising Free Children in a Sexist Society

Women, Money, and Power

You've Come a Long Way...Maybe (Women's Changing Roles)

BOOKS by .................... Letty Cottin Pogrebin

In this riveting novel, the leftist son of Holocaust survivors, who promises his mother on her deathbed that he will marry a Jew and raise Jewish children, falls in love with a black activist talk show host.
An ebullient, deeply engaging novel about the enduring ripple effect of family secrets and the triumph of sisterly love.
Pogrebin's advice about friendship and illness -- infused with sensitivity, warmth, and (believe it or not) humor--is interwoven with boldly candid stories from her own journey through the land of the sick and her sometimes imperfect interactions with friends of hers who are sick or suffering.
In this insightful and wonderfully personal book, a bestselling author writes with unflinching honesty and uncommon cheer about the feelings that accompany the universal experience of growing older.
The struggle to integrate a feminist head with a Jewish heart can lead to a greater appreciation of both identities and the rewards of a passionate, well-examined life.
In this landmark book, Letty Cottin Pogrebin draws on nearly 150 interviews, personal experience, and current research to explore every aspect of friendship in all its pleasurable and problematic complexity.
A penetrating inquiry into the nature of the traditional family, the diverse forms of current families and how to create "democratic families" that effectively prepare children for life in the modern world.
A comprehensive guide to nonsexist childrearing in a sexist society. Though published in 1980, the book's fundamental principles and practical advice remain invaluable today. Parents will find in its pages a clear and specific blueprint for raising girls and boys without sex stereotypes and with the ability to fulfill their aspirations in a time of challenge and change.
A down-to-earth, informative, and compassionate guide to the working world, a world that can serve your needs as well as you have always served the needs of others--if you know how to make it happen.
A bestseller of the Mad Men era, this bedside baedeker weaves practical advice for working women struggling to balance career and family, into entertaining anecdotes from Pogrebin's thirteen year career as an executive in the mostly-male book publishing business. In short, it tells women how to succeed in business without really typing.
Consulting Editor
The classic, award-winning, bestselling collection of nonsexist stories, songs, and skits that has captivated and influenced three generations of children.
This follow-up volume to Free To Be, You and Me is a paean to the diverse ways people form families, support one another, and honor difference. Stories, songs, poems, and pictures provide laughter and fun while creating an opening for children, parents, and other grown-ups to discuss sensitive issues such as divorce and adoption.
A child-cheering parent-pleasing book, Stories for Free Children reaffirms the joyful spirit of girls and boys who are free to be themselves and be true to themselves.