Dr. Ruth comes to the Garde Sunday

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who became famous for her blunt talk as a sex therapist, is coming to New London for a Sunday afternoon program where she will answer audience questions about love, sex and health.

Ticket holders will get a card on which they can write down questions for her. Some of those questions will be selected for Westheimer to answer during the stage session.

Westheimer, now 91, is also the subject of a recently released documentary titled “Ask Dr. Ruth.” In it, she talks about her life. She was born in 1928 Germany, and at age 10, she was sent to Switzerland to escape the Holocaust. She lived there in a children’s home for German Jewish youths. Her parents both died in the Holocaust.

Her years after that included a stint living in Jerusalem and serving as a sniper during the war there. She studied psychology at the Sorbonne and, after moving to the U.S. in 1956, earned a master’s in sociology from the Graduate School of the New School of Social Research.

She began studying human sexuality, and the rest is pop-culture history. Her radio program “Sexually Speaking” made her a national figure.

Her appearance at the Garde is in conjunction with the launch of the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut Annual Campaign.

Dr. Ruth, 2 p.m. Sunday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; 54; (860) 444-7272, www.gardearts.org.

 

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