Bio: Hank Nuwer is best known for his five young adult and adult books on the topic of hazing in society including Destroying Young Lives (forthcoming from Indiana University Press), Wrongs of Passage, High School Hazing, Broken Pledges, and The Hazing Reader. He is a social critic whose specialty is hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and school safety issue. His first investigative story on hazing appeared in 1978 for Human Behavior Magazine. His novel is Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey (Shalako Press), a book that includes bullying and hazing in the American West as a theme. He teaches journalism at Franklin College.
Quotes from Hank Nuwer:
–We pull for characters in a book because they really want something. The club/team that really doesn’t want to end hazing will never stop.–Hank Nuwer from new book: Hazing, Destroying Young Lives (Indiana Univ. Press, 2018).
–How to KNOW if a fraternity is responsible? Trust Aristotle who wrote: What are their habitual actions? Know the actions, know the chapter. –Hank Nuwer from new book: Hazing, Destroying Young Lives (Indiana Univ. Press, 2018).
–Chances are you and I one day will die sober. Sadly, that’s a gift that parents of hazing victims cannot say about their lost precious children. –Hank Nuwer, Statehousebureau.com
–Why do so many young people literally die to belong to fraternities, sororities, and other college social organizations? The answer is complicated, but here is a starting point: Ever since the medieval universities were founded, young people have done whatever it takes to gain acceptance, to break with their past lives, to achieve a sense of power, to carve out a society of their own that isn’t quite what their tutors and teachers had in mind. In the United States, hazing and drinking have been endemic since colonial days. From Hank Nuwer, Wrongs of Passage.
–Hazing is an extraordinary activity that, when it occurs often enough, becomes perversely ordinary as those who engage in it grow desensitized to its inhumanity. From Hank Nuwer, Wrongs of Passage.
–Few of us go through life without taking part in some kind of rite of passage. From Hank Nuwer, Wrongs of Passage
–In 2019, unless college students wake up and police their own kind, the United States will experience a nonstop half-century of hazing deaths. From Hank Nuwer, the Statehouse Bureau.com
–I challenge every fraternity, sorority, band and sports team (and their parents, Greek advisers, coaches, college presidents) to go alcohol-free during Hazing Prevention Week(Sept. 18-22, 2017) as a way of saying these deaths must end. From Hank Nuwer, the Statehouse Bureau.com