Dr. Ruth to Speak at WSU
OGDEN, Utah – Ruth Westheimer, a pioneer of media psychology commonly known as Dr. Ruth, will speak at Weber State University on Nov. 27 at noon in the Shepherd Union Gallery.
Westheimer, who has spent her life as an educator, has a master's degree in sociology and a doctorate of education in the study of the family. She has taught as an adjunct professor at several institutions of higher education, including New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center for five years. She also has taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point.
In the 1980s, Westheimer became a pop culture phenomenon and pioneered the field of media psychology as a psychosexual therapist for a nightly radio call-in show on the NBC affiliate in New York. Westheimer also published numerous books and appeared on television shows. Most recently, she has taught puppets how to pronounce long words on PBS's children's show, "Between the Lions."
Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, was sent to Switzerland at the age of 10 and later lived in Israel, where she fought for the country's independence. She immigrated to the United States in 1956.
The event, part of WSU's Convocation Lecture Series, is free to the public.
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