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August 2002

Release Date: August 29, 2002

Dr. Ruth To Open Speakers Series for ASU's 2002-03 Academic Year

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, whose candid talk about sex has made her a media darling, will speak on sexuality at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in Angelo State University's Houston Harte University Center.

Since 1980 when she debuted her 15-minute radio program Sexually Speaking, Westheimer has become one of the nation's leading and most visible authorities on sex. Dr. Ruth, as she is known to millions, offers frank and humorous observations on American sexuality through various electronic and print media.

Tickets are $1 for ASU students with ID, $2 for ASU faculty/staff and $3 for the general public. Tickets will be at the University Center Information Desk and at the door the night of Dr. Ruth's speech. Because of the subject matter, parental discretion is advised. Ticket information is available by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting www.angelo.edu/org/ucpc on the web.

Following her speech, Dr. Ruth will be available to sign books and greet the public during a reception. The University Center Program Council Speakers Committee is sponsoring her ASU appearance.

Dr. Ruth is a psychosexual therapist who helped pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program. She quickly became known for her wit and unabashed commentary, as she helped spread what she calls vsexual literacy." She is the author of 15 books and a newspaper column "Ask Dr. Ruth," syndicated by King Features. She is a radio and television regular and has branched out into other media including games, home videos, computer software and her own web site.

An American immigrant, she obtained her master's degree in sociology and later a doctorate in the interdisciplinary study of the family from Columbia University before her radio program began her improbable rise to fame as a psychosexual therapist.