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Psychologist, Author Mary Pipher To Lecture at Doane

Best-selling author Mary Pipher will bring her address -- "The Middle of Everywhere: Nebraska/America 2011" -- to Doane College's Crete campus Oct. 4.

mary pipherPipher, a clinical psychologist who lives in Lincoln and worked as a therapist and adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Wesleyan University, will share how to become a cultural broker and connect with the local refugee population. Her talk begins at 11 a.m. in Heckman Auditorium and is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Betty Levitov, Doane Professor of English and African Studies, said Pipher's talk ties in with Doane's current Liberal Arts Seminar and its common theme: "Injustice. Why should you care? What should you do?"  (The Liberal Arts seminar introduces first-year students to college-level writing, discussion, critical thinking and critical reading.  Students share a common book, work collaboratively and gain an appreciation for multiple perspectives.)

 Working in schools, social service agencies and homes as a cultural broker, teacher and therapist, Pipher collected stories from several refugees who resettled in Lincoln after suffering personal tragedy. Pipher will update some of the stories, found in her book, The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community (published in 2003).

"It's all about why refugees and people who come to our country need our help," Levitov said. "She's speaking of her own experiences with refugees, and she's done the work she's talking about."

Pipher, Ph.D., has written best-selling books exploring family and societal issues, including Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other. She speaks across the country and has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the Today Show, 20/20 and National Public Radio's Fresh Air.  

"She calls herself an ordinary woman, but I call her extraordinary," Levitov said.

Pipher's speech is through Doane's Annadora Gregory Lectureship, which was established in the early 1980s to sponsor nationally known and successful leaders and speakers, who are active in the fields of art, music, science, social science, philosophy, religion or agriculture.