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The Joseph J. Naples ’41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture Series presents a lecture by Rosemary Radford Ruether, PhD, entitled “Religion and Mental Illness” today (October 7) at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow the lecture.

Ruether is professor of feminist theology at the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion. She holds a PhD in classics and patristics from the Claremont Graduate University and 12 honorary doctorates.  A prolific writer, she has taught theology at the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Howard University, and at Princeton, Harvard and Yale Universities.

Ruether has written books on theology, ecofeminism, and Christian history.  Her work has been translated into Spanish and German.  Her most recent book, Many Forms of Madness: A Family’s Struggle with Mental Illness and the Mental Health System, is a memoir written collaboratively with her son David.  The book tells the story of her family’s experiences with our system of providing care for the mentally ill.

For more information contact Nancy Rourke, PhD, at

Submitted by:  Marilyn Tokarczyk, administrative associate, religious studies