Dr. Drew Leder - A Brief Biography

Dr. Drew Leder has blended an unusual array of interests and accomplishments. He has an M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is currently a full professor teaching Western and Eastern Philosophy at Loyola College in Maryland.

Dr. Leder is the author of many books. His latest, Sparks of the Divine: Finding Inspiration in Our Everyday World (Sorin/Ave Maria Press, 2004) explores the spiritual lessons hidden within the things of the natural and human-constructed world.

Another book, Spiritual Passages: Embracing Life's Sacred Journey (Tarcher/Putnam, 1997), grew out of work Dr. Leder did on cross-cultural views of aging, begun as a Scholar-in-Residence at Chicago's prestigious Park Ridge Center. Dr. Leder continues to offer lectures and workshops on spirituality and aging, and acts as a consultant to educational and residential communities with this interest.

Dr. Leder's earlier, more academic writing, focused on bodily experience in health and illness. He is the author of The Absent Body (U. of Chicago Press, 1990), editor of The Body in Medical Thought and Practice (Kluwer, 1992), and assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Macmillan, 1995).

In addition, Dr. Leder has worked extensively with prisoners in a maximum security environment. Using philosophical and spiritual tools, he has explored with them the nature of violence, incarceration, and self-transformation. The results of this work are found in The Soul Knows No Bars: Inmates Reflect on Life, Death, and Hope (preface by Cornel West; Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).

On a lighter note, Dr. Leder was inspired by his daughter, and personal experience, to write Games for the Soul: 40 Playful Ways to Find Fun and Fulfillment in a Stressful World (Hyperion, 1998) Many spiritual practices and disciplines have the structure of games. To reach "enlightenment" it can help to lighten up and follow the way of play.

Dr. Leder's work has garnered a good deal of media attention. Articles by or about him have appeared in such places as Family Circle, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and other magazines and newspapers around the country. He has appeared extensively on national and local radio. Dr. Leder has also spoken at conferences around the country, and participated in panels, workshops, and think-tanks in a variety of settings, including the Omega Institute and Esalen, along with more traditional scholarly forums. He is committed to reaching as wide audience as possible through his books, articles, workshops, retreats, and audio tapes.

Dr. Leder's academic C.V.

Contact Information:

Dr. Drew Leder
Dept. of Philosophy
Loyola College in Maryland
4501 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 617-2325 (p)
(410) 617-2628 (f)
dleder@loyola.edu (e-mail)

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