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LMU Names Ruth Galanter A Distinguished Scholar: former councilwoman will lecture in several urban issues courses

Ruth Galanter, former Los Angeles City Council member, has been named Distinguished Scholar in Los Angeles Urban Research at Loyola Marymount University.

Galanter will lecture at LMU during the 2005-06 school year in several undergraduate urban issues courses.

“I am delighted that LMU students and faculty are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with and learn from such a significant civic leader as Ruth Galanter,” said Michael Engh, S.J., dean of LMU’s Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. “Ms. Galanter’s broad experience in the many issues facing Los Angeles will enrich our curriculum and campus discussions.”

Galanter’s primary role as Distinguished Scholar in Los Angeles Urban Research will be to serve as a resource for faculty and students by assisting professors, speaking in class, helping develop courses and supervising students in their independent research studies, said Engh.

Galanter’s lectures at LMU will cover subjects such as community development, environmental planning and urban physical environment, among others. Having spent 16 years on the City Council, she will be able to provide LMU students with first-hand knowledge of urban issues and her own experience in civic leadership.

Galanter will also supervise student research, a strong component in the urban studies program, known for its undergraduate research projects. Galanter will be involved in other LMU events that come up throughout the year, such as the annual Bellarmine Forum in November, which are open to the public.

During her four terms as a Council member, Galanter served as Council President and President pro tem as well as chair of the commerce, energy and natural resources committee, overseeing the Departments of Harbor, Airports, and Water and Power.

Prior to her election to the City Council, Galanter served as a coastal commissioner and worked in public health as the editor of the Health Law Newsletter. Now head of the consulting firm Galanter and Company, she concentrates on issues of land-use development, infrastructure and political strategy.

Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University in Westchester is the eighth largest of the nation’s 28 Jesuit universities with nearly 5,400 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate and law students.More than 70 percent of LMU alumni live and work in the Los Angeles region.

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