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August 2002

Release Date: August 15, 2002

Dr. Ruth to Talk Sex, Sign Books at ASU Sept. 3

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a one-woman media explosion and America's unlikeliest sex symbol, will speak at Angelo State University Sept. 3 in the inimitable style that has made her one of the nation's leading and most visible authorities on sex.

Since 1980 when she debuted her 15-minute radio program Sexually Speaking, Westheimer's frank and humorous observations on American sexuality have expanded into television, books, newspapers, games, home videos, computer software and a web site.

Dr. Ruth, as she is known to millions of fans, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center. Tickets are $1 for ASU students with ID, $2 for ASU faculty/staff and children under 12 and $3 for the general public. Tickets go on sale Aug. 26 at the University Center Information Desk. Ticket information is available by calling 325-942-2062 or visiting on the web.

During a reception after her lecture, Dr. Ruth will be available to sign books. 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. A year after its radio debut, Sexually Speaking was expanded into a live, one-hour show in which Dr. Ruth answered call-in questions from listeners. Her wit and unabashed commentary quickly led her into other media.

She has used the media to help spread what she has labeled "sexual literacy." In addition to radio, she is involved in both broadcast and cable television. She is the author of 15 books and a newspaper column "Ask Dr. Ruth," syndicated by King Features.

Born in Germany in 1928, she went at age 10 to a school in Switzerland that became an orphanage for many German Jewish students sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for the country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. She later moved to Paris where she taught kindergarten and studied psychology before immigrating to the United States in 1956. She obtained her master's degree in sociology and later a doctorate in the interdisciplinary study of the family from Columbia University.

Dr. Ruth has taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point. She also worked for Planned Parenthood and studied under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.

The National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother of the Year" and she received a Liberty Medal from the City of New York. She has been nominated for an Ace Award and her program, The All-New Dr. Ruth Show, won an Ace Award (1988) for excellence in cable television. What's Up, Dr. Ruth was awarded the Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival for excellence in educational television.

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