MARQUETTE Ã‚– Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the psychosexual therapist who has doled out relationship advice for more than 20 years, will make a presentation at Northern Michigan University. The event is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Admission is free for NMU students and $2 for non-students.
Westheimer helped pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program, Sexually Speaking. It began in 1980 as a 15-minute, taped show that aired on a New York City station. It expanded to a live, one-hour segment that included call-in questions from listeners and soon became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. RuthÃ‚’s expertise via television, books, newspapers, games, home video and computer software.
Born in Germany, Westheimer was sent at age 10 to a school in Switzerland that became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who escaped the Holocaust. She went to Israel at 16 and fought for that countryÃ‚’s independence as a member of the Jewish freedom fighters, or Haganah. Westheimer later studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught kindergarten before immigrating to the United States.
She earned her masterÃ‚’s in sociology from the New School of Social Research and a doctorate of education from Columbia University TeacherÃ‚’s College. A job at Planned Parenthood motivated her to further her education in human sexuality by studying under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.
Westheimer has taught at a number of higher education institutions, most recently as an adjunct professor at New York University and an associate fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University. In addition to her own private practice, she speaks at universities across the country and has twice been named Ã‚“College Lecturer of the Year.Ã‚”
Her NMU presentation is sponsored by Platform Personalities.