Lori Rotskoff’s classes for adults are lively, interactive seminars covering topics in literature, cultural history, and the arts. Beginning in 2005, she designed and taught a class called “Personal Histories: Reading Multicultural Memoirs” at the Barnard Center for Research on Women that draws participants from throughout New York City and surrounding areas. The class is no longer held at Barnard, but continues to meet independently. Currently, Lori also teaches at the 92nd Street Y, the Scarsdale Adult School, and the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Continuing Education program in Westchester County.

* To register for “Personal Histories” at the Scarsdale Adult School beginning in Fall 2015, please click here.

* To register for “Personal Histories: Reading Contemporary Memoirs” at the 92nd Street Y beginning in October, 2105, click here.   (Please be patient; this webpage takes a few extra seconds to load…)



* For the 2015-16 Wednesday Evening “Personal Histories” class in NYC, which meets at Symphony Space on 96th & Broadway, class dates and book selections include: (*dates may be subject to change):

Sept. 16: Charles Blow, Fire Shut Up in My Bones

Oct. 21: Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World

Nov. 18, Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Jan. 6, Sally Mann, Hold Still

Feb. 3, Patti Smith, Just Kids

Mar. 2, Joy Harjo, Crazy Brave

Apr. 6, Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

May 11, Alice Eve Cohen, The Year My Mother Came Back



Lori also consults with independent book clubs and other organizations to develop classes and discussion groups on topics including memoirs, biographies, historical fiction, women’s and children’s issues, the visual arts, and other subjects in cultural history. She is available to speak or lead group discussions; and she can also plan and guide small group tours of selected exhibitions at museums and historical societies throughout New York City, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, CT.

Please email her at rotscant@yahoo.com  for more information about registering for an established class, or to design a new program specifically for your group.

Possible topics include:

  • Personal Histories: Reading Multicultural Memoirs
  • Family Secrets: Knowledge and Self-Discovery in Contemporary Memoirs
  • Self / Portraits: Women Artists in Modern America
  • Food For Thought:  Cuisine and Culture in Contemporary Memoirs
  • Contemporary Historical Fiction in Context
  • Books with a Social Conscience: Can Writing and Reading Change the World?