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Ricki Kantrowitz, professor of psychology at Westfield (Mass.) State College, will speak on “The Beijing Conference on Women and Beyond: Women’s Mental Health from a Global Perspective” at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the auditorium of Lafayette College’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is one of many events in Lafayette College’s celebration of Women’s History Month. It is sponsored by The Ethics Project, the Association for Lafayette Women, the Department of Government and Law, the Department of Psychology, the International Affairs program, and the Values in Science/Technology (VAST) program.

Kantrowitz has long had an interest in traveling and learning more about global issues. She received Fulbright-Hays summer seminar grants to Korea and Hungary. She also participated twice in the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program, where she taught psychology to college students as they sailed around the world. For the past four years, Kantrowitz has been a non-governmental organization (NGO) representative of the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations in New York. It was in that capacity that she traveled to Beijing to attend the Fourth World Conference on Women. She is a member of United Nations NGO Committees on the Status of Women and on Mental Health.

Kantrowitz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. Along with her academic responsibilities, she is a psychotherapist in private practice.

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