Author/legal expert to discuss culture of bullying Sept. 26

September 24, 2013 | Events, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps



Emily Bazelon, author, senior editor at Slate, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, will discuss the culture of bullying Thursday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

The free, public lecture titled “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy” is part of the College of Law’s Cannon Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity.

Bazelon, a leading authority on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age, will guide the audience on a journey through the social and legal ramifications to answer key questions: Which school programs work best to combat bullying? How effective are laws at protecting children from this trauma? What do recent high-profile cases of bullying tell us about how the issue has changed over the years? How are people using new technologies — mobile phones, social media, texting — to both spread and combat bullying?

Importantly, Bazelon also asks if bullying is happening to the degree that media reports suggest.

Her book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, has won widespread acclaim since its release earlier this year and is a New York Times Bestseller.

Sticks and Stones book cover“As events of even the past few days have illustrated, bullying can have the most serious consequences. We are fortunate to have one of the nation’s most thoughtful students of bullying speaking to the law school, the University and the community about this vexing social and legal issue,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the College of Law.

Bazelon is a New York Times Magazine contributing writer. She has spoken to audiences from the Aspen Ideas Festival to the Texas Bar Association to TEDxWomen. She is a member of the Slate “Political Gabfest” and is a frequent guest on “The Colbert Report.”

She also has appeared on “Today,” “PBS Newshour,” “Morning Joe,” “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and Mother Jones.

She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

The Cannon Lecture Series was established in 1980 in memory of Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon through a gift from his family and friends. The lecture series is intended to provide an opportunity for the College of Law, the University and the greater Toledo community to host individuals of national prominence who, in discussing questions of law and society, will emphasize the humanistic dimension as well as the limitations of our legal system.

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