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Billy Hayes

Bio: 

"An epic journey of self discovery. Written and Performed by the man who lived it." SOLD OUT EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTiVAL

The TRUE story of Billy Hayes best known as the subject for the iconic movie, The Midnight Express.  This performace piece tells his story of being thrown in prison for smuggling hashish as a college student.  Q&A following show.

“A SENSATIONAL STORY...There is intrinsic power in escape stories. With RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS WITH BILLY HAYES, the writer, Billy Hayes, tells his own. Mr. Hayes is an ingratiating presence...Savor his engrossing tale. His sincerity is appealing – his desperate journey is stirring.” The New York Times

“A thrilling first-hand account of a much publicized prison break. Hayes sets the record straight...It’s just Hayes and his story up on stage.
And he has a truly interesting story to tell...Fascinating.” Theatermania

“Spellbinding. Charismatic and believable Mr. Hayes is a master storyteller”

Times Square Chronicles

“Prime edge-of-the-seat stuff.” CurtainUp “Vivid and captivating.” Theater Pizzazz!

Riding the Midnight Express is a memorable evening of theater that will appeal to any real life or armchair adventurer. Billy Hayes is a master storyteller who doesn't have to fictionalize any elements of his true life adventures: they are incredible enough.” CinemaRetro

“Engrossing, compelling, profound and illuminating theatrical experience that will leave you uplifted and inspired. This is a performance not to be missed.” BlogCritics

“It’s a remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humour and energy in this anecdotal one-man stream of consciousness. Part memoir, part thriller, part philosophical contemplation of freedom, this absorbing story proves Hayes to be a fascinating character and charismatic storyteller. ThreeWeeks.co.uk, Edinburgh

Cindy Kaza

Bio: 

Move out of the way- there's someone in the room who realtes to the younger, the techno savvy, to those who may not have been believers.

Cindy Kaza is an evidential medium based out of Nashville, TN. She has been extremely intuitive since very, early childhood but had her first memorable experience with a spirt at age 10.  Days after losing an elementary school friend in a fatal car accident, Cindy woke up in the middle of the night to see her friend standing right next to her bed.  At the time, she dismissed this experience. She convinced herself it was just a dream.  It wasn’t until her early 20′s that she realized she was having psychic and mediumistic experiences all along. During this “awakening” she began searching for answers and reasons for her experiences and became aware of her multifaceted abilities as a psychic medium. Cindy is clairvoyant (clear seeing), clairaudient (clear hearing) and clairsentient (clear feeling) . She  works as an evidential medium.  Evidential mediumship is a style of mediumship practiced around the world that puts heavy weight on the medium’s ability to bring through extremely specific evidence to the sitter.

This evidence can include, but is certainly not limited to, names, personality traits, physical ailments, favorite past times, and phrases often used by loved ones in spirit. The purpose of this style of mediumship is to diminish skepticism among sitters and to prove that the medium is truly connecting with the client’s loved ones in spirit. Cindy has trained thoroughly through the United States and also at the Arthur Findlay School of Intuitive Sciences in Stansted, England.  There is no right or wrong way to grieve the loss of a loved one. Each person experiences the loss of a loved one in his/her own way. Cindy believes in compassionately sharing her gift with others while also opening up others to the gifts they too possess. Everyone is inherently intuitive and able to feel Spirit!

Caryl Stern LaRosa

Bio: 

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time. She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices. Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union.

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities. She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award. She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force. Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle. She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Jen Chapin

Bio: 

Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today." She has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien,” honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers. Her performances are powerful, spotlighting the world-class musicianship and rare chemistry of Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and “unflappable melodist” (New York Times) guitarist Jamie Fox. As an activist, educator and mother, Jen also brings the knowledge and insight of varied experience (student/traveler in Mexico and Zimbabwe, BA in International Relations, longtime Member, former Chair and present Secretary of the Board of WhyHunger- to her workshops and presentations to college, church and community groups. 

Jen’s latest recording, the EP Five Songs, will be available in Spring 2011.

Jen Chapin Discography:
ReVisions: Songs of Stevie Wonder (2009)    “sophisticated ..little short of miraculous” - The Sunday Times 
Light of Mine (2008)    “crossing multiple musical boundaries ..mesmerizing” -- Time Out London
Ready (2006) “supremely confident, slightly off-center, and instantly compelling." -- River City Reader
Linger (2004) “uncommon wit and sweetly supple singing” - Entertainment Weekly
Open Wide (2002) “cool ..spare funkiness” - Washington Post
 

Jen is especially committed to WHY's "Artists Against Hunger and Poverty" program, which works to forge relationships between musicians and WHY's network of innovative grassroots groups fighting hunger and poverty across the country. She also serves on the board of Secret Smiles, Inc., and on the advisory board of "KIDS Can Make a Difference."

Please see www.jenchapin.com for more information on Jen, and to read lyrics, performance schedules, and updates about recordings and other developments.

Michael C. Belmear

Bio: 

Michael C. Belmear is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV. During his 30+ years at this college, he has been the director of the highly successful New Student Orientation in which he guides and motivates 250+ student volunteers, who will in turn work with the incoming class,in a very unique program. His work with parents includes"The ins and outs of letting go of your college freshman". In addition to coordinating many other campus programs, leadership conferences, and student activities he serves as crisis counselor and advisor to the Student Government. He also teaches Race, Class and Gender on and off campus to traditional and nontraditional students.

While taking a group of students to Italy, Belmear looked at the potential for an exchange program that would focus and embrace diversity. He created a "camp" that mixed students from urban Washington DC with students from rural WV plus international students from Italy to experience diversity and to create bridges of communication leading to community. 

LEADERSHIP IS NOT VIRTUAL-  the flip side to technology in leadership.  Exploring and building meaningful relationships to inspire individuals to reach their own potential and to then reach others to help them up the same ladder to success.

Professional Speaking Experience:
His enthusiastic, yet compassionate style, allows him to excel in the areas of motivation, leadership, communication, team-building, strategic planning and organizational change.

Clients Include:
WV EEO Conference, Eastern Regional DHHR Conference, FBI, WV State Nurses Association, Gardner Webb University and the National Conference for Student Services.

He Began His Career:
In higher education at West Virginia University after receiving his Masters Degree in Counseling, he served as Admissions counselor for five years before beginning his career at Fairmont State. He has served on the executive board of the WV Association of Student Personnel administrators for 15 years where he also served as president of the organization and received their Distinguished Service Award. He was also appointed to the Governor's Commission for the Holocaust and presently serves as vice president.

With a compassionate yet energetic style and gentle sense of humor, Michael provides the motivational atmosphere essential to successful workshops, conferences and other special events.

Martha Curtis

Bio: 

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.

Carolivia Herron

Bio: 

The 20th anniversary of NAPPY HAIR celebrates what started as a book celebrate a childs background and became the #1 banned book.  Today NAPPY HAIR and it's author CAROLIVIA HERRON open up eyes and heart with the unique tie in of poetry, culture and passion to unite all people through the written and spoken word.

 

She is a Black Jew and much of her writing stems from that heritage, she has also been named the “Grandmother of Hip Hop” as she was the first prof in the US to teach a course on hip hop - - - comparing it to ancient Greek epic.

The natural tie in groups would be, Jewish Student Organizations, Social Justice, Black Student Union, early education and english.  If there is a class on Hip Hop or a poetry club they too would be interested.

Here is some recent inf:

On December 15, 2016 she will be talking at the NYPL on “Banned in Brooklyn: The Journey of Nappy Hair from DC to NYC”
For education majors there is a natural tie in with education, diversity and a reading of the book to exemplify call and response and the creation of poetry for students.

Her first book, Thereafter Johnnie, has recently been identified as one of 100 novels that every Jew should read. Here is the link to the article.
http://bookriot.com/2016/07/15/100-must-read-works-of-jewish-fiction

Opera Ebony in NYC is working to produce her opera, “Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson" in February of 2017
(In the mid 20th century opera singer Marian Anderson, was denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall by the DAR because of her color. At the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, she broke the barrier to perform at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939.)

Her novel “Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair" interconnects a fictionalized version of my life with the life of Asenath, wife of Joseph, son of Jacob in the Bible

Her latest book, “Peacesong DC"
  a) was specifically requested by the Pen/Faulkner Writers in School Program for placement in Washington, DC high schools
  b) is a 95% autobiographical account of growing up black and Jewish in Washington, DC
  c) is being considered for a Jewish Book Council Jewish book award. The Jewish Book Council has already asked her to be in a program  in Washington, DC in February

 

Carolivia Herron is the author of the much publicized children's story, Nappy Hair. A huge controversy occurred when a white teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was verbally accosted by members of the African American community for reading and sharing Ms. Herron's book with her class of African American and Hispanic children.
It was only after the media created a circus that the parents realized that Nappy Hair was a celebration of heritage. Nappy Hair, written in call and response style, enables young people to be active participants in living poetry.

Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and
publisher living in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in
Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of
Pennsylvania, and has held professorial appointments at Harvard
University, Mount Holyoke College, California State University, Chico,
and the College of William and Mary. Most recently she has been the
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Project Humanities at Arizona State
University.

Carolivia’s publications include the adult novel Thereafter Johnnie
(Random House, 1991), the critical edition, The Selected Works of
Angelina Weld Grimké (Oxford University Press, 1991), and the
children’s books, Nappy Hair (Knopf books for Young Children, 1997),
Little Georgia and the Apples (EpicCenter Stories, 2005), Always An
Olivia (Kar-Ben, 2007), and Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair
(Street to Street Epic Publications, 2014).

She has also written lyrics and librettos for the following  musical
works: Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson (music composed
by Bruce Adolphe; commissioned by the Washington National Opera and
the Washington Performing Arts Society); The Journey of Phillis
Wheatley  (music composed by Nkeiru Okoye, commissioned by Boston
Landmarks Orchestra); We are Free in choral composition, Reach out,
Raise Hope, Change Society (music composed by Bruce Adolphe,
commissioned by the University of Michigan School of Social Work), and
An Ocean Can Dry Into Silence (music composed by Ellen Harrison;
performed by University of Cincinnati Camarata).

Dr. Herron promotes and publishes the writings of Jews of African
descent and directs the educational program, EpicCenter Stories, a
non-profit that encourages the study of traditional epics and the
writing and publishing of contemporary epic. She also directs the
PAUSE writing program (Potomac Anacostia Ultimate Story Exchange), and
teaches courses in classical epic, Star Trek, and hip-hop. In fact,
she was the first professor in the United States to teach a university
course in hip-hop. (Harvard University, 1987).

Carolivia loves epic literature and the city of Washington, DC. Much
of this novel, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, derives its
impetus from her discovery of John Milton’s Paradise Lost in the
Carnegie Library of Washington, DC when she was eleven years old. The
second volume of this two volume publication, Asenath and Our Song of
Songs, will be published by 2017.

Carolivia Herron has won writing awards and commendations from from
Be’chol Lashon, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic, Marian Vanett
Ridgway Awards, the Patterson Poetry Center, the Elizabeth Stone
Memorial Award, and has received the Exceptional Women in the Arts
Award from Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

UNICEF

Bio: 

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, because we are able to tackle the real issues that effect why children are dying.

On the ground in 156 countries, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) helps children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

UNICEF provides emergency relief in Darfur, Peru, Afghanistan and many other countries. Globally, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, and good water and sanitation. UNICEF aims to ensure quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is the world’s leading advocate for children.

Speakers are available to visit your campus on a myriad of topics.

For more information on UNICEF in the United States, please visit www.unicefusa.org

Credits: 

President Caryl M. Stern

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007.  Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time.  She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices.  Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).   

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.  She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987).  A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education.  She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives.  Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. 

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities.  She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award.  She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force.  Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation. 

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle.  She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine in December 2000 and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in June 2008.

Bruce George

Bio: 

Bruce George is the  co-founder of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam As a  Peabody Award Winner he is a visionary, executive producer, writer, poet and activist. He was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…

“Bruce George was a pleasure to meet and spend time with. His presence fostered an environment of intellectual enthusiasm and intrigue for social consciousness. His life story has shaped a character that is both humbled and focused. His accomplishments only make up a fraction of what he has contributed to to the art of word for 30+ years. To have transcended from the inner city boroughs of New York, New York...his heart and soul will always be empathetic to the struggle suffered by the oppressed masses of The American Ghetto. With that said, we appreciated his dynamic presence, authenticity and unwavering support!” - Wesley College, Office of Student Life

 His newest publication:
Street Smarts: An Anthology of Urban Survival Strategies
is a literary first that focuses on how urban working class people enhance their earning power despite often being underemployed. How do lower paid workers make ends meet? How do the unemployed survive once they've used up their unemployment benefits? What happens to them once they disappear from official statistics? What tactics have they developed? Is there another economic system at work that is totally outside of mainstream standards? What does the underclass do to feed the family within a hostile environment? Are the strategies they devise parts of yet another working standard?

To what extent is there an underground economy that is not exactly illegal, yet for which there is no yardstick by which to measure its effectiveness? Given the current economic downturns and consistent losses of jobs, are the strategies and options that have long ago developed among the working poor still viable? What are they? Are they legal, extralegal or illegal? What common threads hold the underclass together? Do they bear their own ethics? How applicable are they?

The answers to these questions serve as the parameters for Street Smarts. The target audience includes the hundreds of thousands who, like never before, are faced with new challenges – unemployment, loss of homes, debts, etc., with homelessness and public shelters their potential options.

Bruce has his own online social network via “Ning”: "The People Power Network" a grassroots platform: http://thepeoplepowernetwork.ning.com/

Bruce has joint-ventured with Harold Whaley who's the COO of Mongram Virtua and Terry Cyrus of OutSpoken Media as Virtual Consultants within "Second Life" www.secondlife.com  which is an entire virtual world.

2007 Bruce is one of the founders of an anti-violence/poverty initiative entitled "The American Experiment Peace Project"
www.myspace.com/theamericanexperiment

2007 - Bruce is the Executive Consultant of Gumbo For The Soul Publications. www.gumboforthesoul.com 

2007- Bruce is the Executive Consultant/VP of Business Development of the "International Hip-Hop Speakers Bureau."

2006- Bruce is on the Host Committee of Kevin Powell’s 6th Annual Holiday Party Clothing Drive to benefit the homeless at “The Safe Horizon Street Work Project.”

2006- Bruce is the Executive Consultant for Audible, Inc. creating/providing "Top Tier" Podcasting-i-Tune & i-Pod content of celebrities (Spoken Word Artists, rappers, authors, comedians, singers etc. 

Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance. 

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Consultant of Ebony Energy Talent Network (Booking Agency) featuring major talent such as Paul Mooney, Rev. Jessie Jackson, Amiri Baraka, The Last Poets, Malik Yoba, Dawn Robinson etc.

Bruce is the Co-Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam.”  He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

Bruce is the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled: “Bone Bristle, A Spoken Word Documentary” which is in post-production.  The film features critically acclaimed writers, poets & spoken word artists.

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle.

Bruce has served on numerous panels (Hampton, Harvard, The New School, Fordham University, Medgar Evers, Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture etc…) and judged hundreds of poetry/spoken word competitions.

Bruce is a graduate of Niagara University in which he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Bio: 

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.

Credits: 

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)

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