Health and Wellness

Martha Curtis

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Martha Curtis has an amazing story of love of music and the determination to be seizure free by convincing a team of doctors to remove much of her right brain. Martha Curtis is a concert violinist who learned how to co-exist with epileptic seizures even from the stage. Curtis suffered from epilepsy all her life. She began playing violin at age 9 and managed to graduate as salutatorian from the Interlochen Arts Academy and graduate with honors from the Eastman School of Music. Although experiencing seizures regularly, she was able to perform as a professional musician with various orchestras. The other musicians, she says, knew what to do if she experienced a seizure.

At universities throughout the US Ms. Curtis combines music, video, drawings of the brain systems, her own personal brain scans and her inspiring story. She uses Brahms and Solo Bach to make clear her understanding of the inner landscape.

Music is so much more specific than words. This presentation has been done for various classes in conjunction with the Lecture Recital during visits to many college campuses. She has also presented at neuroscience and epilepsy conferences worldwide.

Martha appears regularly on recital and lecture series, with orchestras, and as a guest teacher. Her classes include Psychology, Neuro-psychology, Education, Philosophy, Violin Master Classes, and Leadership Conferences. Because she knows her own medical case well and can perform in both words and music, she brings to stage unique insight from the inner world of the human being.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who helped to pioneer the field of media psychology with her radio program, Sexually Speaking. It began in September of 1980 as a fifteen minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight on WYNY-FM (NBC) in New York. One year later it became a live, one-hour show airing at 10 PM on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners.  Soon it became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. Westheimer's expertise which has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software and her own website, www.drruth.com, which links to her section on www.iVillage.com.

Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to a school in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who had been sent there to escape the Holocaust.  At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters.  She then moved to Paris where she studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten.  She immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained her Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research.  In 1970, she received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.

She worked for Planned Parenthood for a time and it was that experience that prompted her to further her education in human sexuality by studying under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center.  She later participated in the program for five years as an Adjunct Associate Professor.  She has also taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point.

Currently Dr. Westheimer is an Adjunct Professor at N.Y.U. and an Associate Fellow of Calhoun College at Yale University, where she will be teaching a course on the American family in the Fall of 2005, and a Fellow of Butler College at Princeton University, where in the spring of 2005 she’s teaching a course on the Jewish family. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and in addition to having her own private practice, she frequently lectures at universities across the country and has twice been named "College Lecturer of the Year."

During her early days as a college professor, Dr. Westheimer never envisaged that one day she would be making such wide use of the mass media to help spread what she has labeled "sexual literacy."  However, with her unique style, she has been able to communicate effectively through almost every avenue available.  In addition to radio, her television career has spanned both broadcast and cable.  Her first TV show aired locally in New York but she soon went national on Lifetime's The Dr. Ruth ShowKing Features Entertainment syndicated Ask Dr. Ruth both nationally and internationally so that she became a regular in such places as London and Hong Kong as well as America. The All New Dr. Ruth Show brought her back to Lifetime and with What's Up, Dr. Ruth she helped broaden Lifetime's appeal with teens. You're On The Air with Dr. Ruth brought her back to the format she began with on television with both guests and live phone calls.  In the fall of 1992 she reached out to adult Americans with Never Too Late, which was broadcast on Nostalgia Television. Lately she has been reaching the younger set teaching puppets how to read long words on the PBS series, Between The Lions.

Her first video was entitled Terrific Sex and she later did two more for Playboy. In the fall of 1993 Dr. Ruth had her own weekly series in Hebrew on Israeli television as well as a five-minute weekly "strip" on Great Britain's This Morning program.  Her other foreign ventures have included spots on Radio Television Luxembourg, German Swiss Television and France's TF-1.    In 1991, she donned the title of Executive Producer for a documentary on Ethiopian Jews titled "Surviving Salvation." Filmed by the Academy Award winning Malcolm Clarke, the documentary aired nationally on PBS.  Her second documentary, entitled  “No Missing Link”, also received national airing on PBS and was about how grandparents have transmitted values, particularly religious values during the 70 years of communism in Russia. She also has material for another based on a visit to the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea.

In print she circles the globe with her column, Ask Dr. Ruth, syndicated by King Features.  She is the author of thirty books, and counting. (See list.)   She answers questions on www.iVillage.com. There were also Dr. Ruth's Good Sex Night-to-Night Calendar (1993 & 1994) and a board game, Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex, which Victory Games released in a version for computers.  Unrelated to her vocation was her part in the French film by Daniel Vigne, One Woman or Two, which starred Gerard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver and in which she played the part of a wealthy philanthropist.  She also starred in a pilot for ABC titled Dr. Ruth's House and appeared in an episode of Quantum Leap.  She’s been featured on TV commercials for Clairol Herbal Essence, Honda, Pepsi, Entenmann’s and many other products. She also narrated two children's stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, on a CD entitled Timeless Tales And Music Of Our Time, a project by An die Musik (Oboe, String trio & Piano) for Newport Classics records which received a Grammy nomination (2002).

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 by the cable industry on five occasions and her program, The All New Dr. Ruth Show won an Ace Award in 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.  People Magazine included her in their list of the Most Intriguing People of the Century.  In May of 2000 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College - Institute of Religion for her work in Human Sexuality and her commitment to the Jewish People, Israel and Religion. In June 2001 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from CUNY's Lehman College. In 2002 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research 20th Anniversary Award and the Leo Baeck Medal. In June 2004 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She is a board member of the YMHA of Washington Heights, where she served as president for eleven years.  Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.

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BOOKS PUBLISHED BY DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER

Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Talking About Herpes with Pierre A. Lehu (Grove Press, Fall 2004)
52 Lessons on Communicating Love with Pierre A. Lehu (Blue Mountain Arts, Fall 2004)
Dr. Ruth’s 30 Days to Sexual Intimacy with Pierre A. Lehu (Sweetwater Press, Spring 2004)
Musically Speaking: A Life Through Song (University of Pennsylvania Press, Fall 2003)
Conquering the Rapids of Life: Making the Most of Midlife Opportunities with Pierre A. Lehu (Taylor Trade, Fall 2003)
The Lover’s Companion: Art and Poetry of Desire edited by Charles Sullivan (Abrams, 2003)
Grandma On Wheels with Pierre A. Lehu (Golden Books, Fall 2001)
Who Am I? Where Did I Come From with Pierre A. Lehu (Golden Books, Fall 2001)
Power: The Ultimate Aphrodisiac with Dr. Steven Kaplan (Madison Books, Fall 2001)
Human Sexuality: A Psychosocial Perspective with Dr. Sandy Lopater(Lipincott, Williams & Wilkins, Fall 2001, college textbook)
Rekindling Romance For Dummies with Pierre A. Lehu (Hungry Minds, 2001)
Dr. Ruth’s Guide to College Life with Pierre A. Lehu (Madison Books, 2000)
Dr. Ruth’s Pregnancy Guide For Couples with Amos Grunebaum, MD (Routledge, 1999)
Grandparenthood with Dr. Steven Kaplan (Routledge, 1998)
Dr. Ruth Talks About Grandparents: Advice For Kids On Making The Most of a Special Relationship with Pierre A. Lehu (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1997, paperback, Madison Books 2001)
The Value Of Family with Ben Yagoda (Warner Books, 1996)
Heavenly Sex: Sex in the Jewish Tradition with Jonathan Mark (NYU Press, 1995; paperback, Continuum 1996)
Sex For Dummies (IDG Books, 1995) (has been translated into 23 languages.)
Dr. Ruth’s Encyclopedia of Sex (Continuum, 1994)
Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids ( Macmillan, 1993; Aladin Paperbacks, 1998)
The Art of Arousal (Abbeville, 1993; paperback, Madison Books, 2000)
Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Safer Sex (Warner Books, 1992)
Surviving Salvation (NYU Press, 1992)
Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Sensuous and Erotic Pleasures with Dr. Louis Lieberman (S.P.I. Books, 1991)
Sex and Morality: Who Is Teaching Our Sex Standards with Dr. Louis Lieberman (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988)
All In Lifetime (Warner Books, 1987)
Guide to Married Lovers (Warner Books, 1986)
First Love (Warner Books, 1985)
Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Good Sex (Warner Books, 1983)

Matt Weinstein

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Matt Weinstein, CPAE, is the founding president of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that presents innovative team building programs for more than 400 clients each year. His PBS television special "Fun Works!" brought Matt national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building. Matt's dynamic keynote presentations come with an astounding money-back guarantee: if Matt does not get a standing ovation at the end of his program, you do not have to pay his fee!

Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt's long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!

Matt Weinstein is the nation's foremost authority on the use of fun and humor in team building. Drawing on his own experience as a company president and twenty years of research by the Playfair organization, his presentations are rich in content and alive with humor. Matt believes that team building is not just a concept – team building is an experience. So all of Matt's keynote presentations include dynamic audience interactions as an integral part of the lecture program.

If you're looking for something more than a lecture – if you're looking for a high-energy, audience-involvement keynote presentation that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause – then you're looking for Matt Weinstein.

ANT

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See ANT on CBS's The Doctors where he asks for help with weight and discloses his history of addicitions.  Spin off show to follow!

"We had ANT on campus for his comedy show one night followed by his Bullied, Bashed, and Not Broken lecture the next day. It was an amazing experience to see the effects of both shows on our students and how he tied everything together in the end about loving oneself. If you want a show (or two) that will truly make a difference at your campus, ANT is the perfect choice!" - RHPB and The University of Akron!

Hyper, irreverent, and just downright fabulous, ANT (spelled in caps) has steadily climbed the comedy hill to become one of the most successful comedians of our time. A regular guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Tyra Banks show, ANT is the only comedian to appear on all five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. He is recognized as the host VH1's  Celebrity Fit Club and in the LOGO series, "U.S. of ANT."  ANT ventured out of his comfort zone, appearing in  "Celebri-Cadabra." a competition show featuring magic and celebrities. His hit stand-up DVD, "ANT: America's Ready" and comedy CD "Follow my ass!" have sold tens of thousands of copies and are available in stores nationwide and online at every CD/DVD retailer including amazon.com.  ANT's daily video blog, "The ANT Colony," has taken the web by storm. Consistently rated as one of the top 10 celebrity blogs on MySpace and at mirror site www.nbc.com/ant, www.nbc.com/ant. The ANT Colony garners over a million visitors per month. www.antcomic.com/blog

The lecture- BULLIED BASHED BUT NOT BROKEN

Floundering in life for years, ANT moved to Los Angeles seeing fame and fortune.  He began to run with a fast, party crowd and soon his world started unraveling.  BULLIED at school for being different- gay, of immigrant parents, having funny lunches (everyone can fill in their own blanks) and peer pressure highlighting the need to fit in lead him into a dark dance with the devil.  Years of alcohol, Meth.,and Heroin abuse brings him to the brink of  insanity.  Almost homeless, desperate for a way out, he chooses suicide.  But life had another plan.

ANT's amazing journey will take you through - self-doubt, internalized homophobia, depression  and chemical dependency.  And when he hits rock bottom...The light – inside all of us - began  to shine.

What follows next is an unforgettable journey from hell to happiness.  A visitor from above or the most vivid dream he's ever had, lead him to the path of recovery. His is a story of hope and redemption.   He'll reveal how each of us has an infinite power and infinite potential within us. 

The ability to command into existence anything we desire. Tears, Laughter and Triumph.  Your change starts now.   

Currently ANT lives in Los Angeles and has been  clean and sober for nearly 6 years.

And most powerfully of all, they hear Ant tell the story of his longtime relationship with his partner, and of the mix of funny and sad moments that seasoned his last year, before dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

“I’m sharing the pain of my true experiences with you not only to honor him, but also to show that I’m willing to put it all up on the stage, just like I’m asking you to,” says Ant. “If you bring real truth to the stage about who you are, it will be unique and funny and heartfelt and memorable.”

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I have never dealt with a nicer celebrity than Ant. He was so humble and grounded which made my job much easier. He barely requested anything and he was more than happy to meet people and sign autographs. He asked as many people as he could to go out to dinner with us after the show. At dinner he was just as funny as he was in his show and he gave us students genuine advice. He bought everyone at dinner drinks and he was even respectful at 5 am when I took him back to the airport. I would love to have him back anytime. I wanted to send him a thank you note. Can you send me his address so I can send him the thank you note, or can you send me your address so you can send him the thank you note? I greatly appreciate your sincerity and professionalism on Ant.

Comedy Coordinator
Western Michigan University

I wanted to let you know that ANT was a hit here at the UCCS campus! I have heard nothing but good things from students you attended the show. ANT is an awesome guy and too much fun to hang out with. He is nothing but generous and sweet. Thank you for all you did to help us have ANT perform on our campus. Have a great weekend!

Council Co-President
Office of Campus Activities
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN with ANT
We had a great event in Chicago this past weekend. Thank you for all your help, and please extend a big thank you to ANT on behalf of everyone here at HRC.We had over 800 event attendees.

ANT was the best. Not only was his comic set stellar, but everyone (from staff to volunteers) loved working with him. He put on a truly great show… What a pro. We look forward to his taking part in future HRC
events.

Deputy Director for Membership Outreach
Human Rights Campaign

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