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HarperCollins Speakers Bureau 212-207-7100

Currently I present the following lectures:
America's Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy

Even 150 years after John D. Rockefeller entered the oil trade, people either love or hate the Rockefellers. Few people are aware of the magnitude of the cultural gifts bestowed by the Rockefellers onto America. Actually, however, the lives of the wealthy are quite ordinary, and my illustrated lecture is filled with anecdotes and unfamiliar pictures.

In December 2011, this presentation inaugurated the spectacular auditorium at the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Other venues have included the 2012 New York Antiques Show at the Armory, the annual meeting of the Friends of Acadia in Northeast Harbor Maine, libraries in New York, Connecticut and Maine, and Kykuit in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Thom Thacker, Site Director of Historic Hudson Valley properties said of Suzanne Loebl's presentation in November 2010: 

"[The fifty] Kykuit guides, who lead over 33,000 visitors on tours of Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, are a highly educated group who have great stores of knowledge related to the Rockefeller family and its legacy. The fact that Ms. Loebl's lively talk was a highlight of the year for them speaks volumes about her presentation skills."

Lecture brochure available upon request.

At The Mercy of Strangers: A Personal Story of Holocaust Survival

As we enter the third millennium, eyewitness accounts by survivors of Hitler’s ruthless effort to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population are becoming increasingly rare. Moreover, many Holocaust stories are so devastating that audiences recoil from attending. Some parents are loath to expose their children to the insane cruelty of Hitler’s camps. In At the Mercy of Strangers: Growing Up on the Edge of the Holocaust—selected as Best Book for the Teen Age in 1998 by the New York Public Library— I never shy away from the reality of the situation, nevertheless the story is uplifting, because throughout the book I am grateful to the many people who, at the risk of their own lives, hid me from my executioners. My lecture emphasizes we are all responsible for our actions regardless of their popularity or futility.

Adults and students continue to identify with the story of this “ordinary” young girl who faced the constant threat of capture while also struggling with the turmoil of adolescence. The diary I kept during those years of working hard is woven into the text of the book. The diary, coupled with the main text I wrote as an adult, tell of my fears, my hunger, my frustrations and homesickness, my fantasized love life. The book explores conflicts with my mom, the pain of being an outsider, my defiance of danger in moments of youthful bravado, and of my stubborn belief in the future in the face of defeat.

In the spring of 1999, after one of my early presentations at the John Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, Director Dr. Geraldine Nussbaum wrote: 

“Suzanne Loebl’s visit to our school was memorable. The students responded warmly to her very personal story. They identified with the ordinary young girl who grew up under such unusual circumstances. It was most valuable for them to see how both positive and negative life experiences can be the source of excellent books.”

As a thank you to those who helped preserve my life, and as a memorial to the millions who perished, I usually waive my presentation fee.

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Memoir Writing Workshop
Presentation based on my memoirs, The Mothers' Group: Of Love, Loss, and AIDS and At the Mercy of Strangers

The need to write is basic human nature. From the Iliad and the Bible on, civilization has produced great books by talented writers; but even ordinary people love to write. The Internet with its blogs, e-mails, websites, and forums for the lovelorn, new mothers, recovering alcoholics and patients of various kinds is just one example of the eagerness with which we all embrace the opportunity to unburden ourselves via the pen—or its electronic equivalent.

Using The Mothers' Group and At the Mercy of Strangers as a guide, I suggest how writing and journaling can be used to face problems that at first seem insurmountable.

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America's Art Museums: A Travelers' Guide to Great Collections Large and Small
(Lecture & Powerpoint Presentation)

Around 1900, a few decades after America's disastrous Civil War, America's art museums started a growth spurt that, with some interruptions, has not yet abated. Art treasures, acquired by captains of industry, robber barons, and discriminating collectors, migrated across the oceans. Eventually these were housed in splendid structures which more than any other group of buildings demonstrated the architectural history of America.

My presentation recaps these amazing historical developments, and is adapted to the venue and audience.

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