College and University Safety Report: 56.9 Years Since Last Year Without a USA Hazing Death (1961). Revised 9/18/17.
Bio: Hank Nuwer graduated from Buffalo State College and New Mexico Highlands University; he has an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (Buffalo State, 2006) and taken additional graduate courses from the University of Bridgeport Shakespeare Institute, University of Nevada and Hamline University. Nuwer is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska-Nuwer. He has two grown sons and two grandchildren. She has one grown daughter. Hank and Gosia have an elderly but still feisty black Labrador retriever named Casey. “If you feel pity for the hazer walking the perp walk after police booking,” said Nuwer. “Save a little compassion also for the victim who walks alone.”
Photo: Hank Nuwer with backpack in Havana, Cuba; August 16, 2017
Ball State University awarded him its doctoral equivalency for his research and publications in 1986. He holds membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, the Order of Omega, and Sons of the American Legion. He has taught at Franklin College in the Pulliam School of Journalism since 2002.
This blog covers his passion for keeping young people safe by covering hazing as a school safety issue and tracking hazing deaths from school, military and other nations.
He is best known for his young adult and scholarly books on the topic of hazing in society including Hazing: Destroying Young Lives (forthcoming from Indiana University Press), Wrongs of Passage, High School Hazing, Broken Pledges, and The Hazing Reader. Early in his career, he worked as a freelance writer with photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg, now a freelance video artist and contributor to National Geographic magazine. His early book, Rendezvousing with Contemporary Authors has interviews with David Mamet, William Least Heat Moon, Kurt Vonnegut, Rosemary Rogers, James Dickey, John Jakes, Maurice Sendak and many other writers. He has written books suitable for teens including Sons of the Dawn, High School Hazing, The Legend of Jesse Owens, Steroids and To the Young Writer.
Today, Nuwer is a journalist 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 contributes regularly to the Buffalo State College Hank Nuwer Collection and BSC Hazing Collection under BSC archivist Dan DiLandro. A founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, he contributes to its annual Hank Nuwer antihazing hero awards..
Photo: Hank Nuwer and wife Malgorzata (Gosia) Wroblewska-Nuwer with friends, May 12, 2017
Quotes from Hank Nuwer:
“There is no acceptable level” of hazing in high school or college sports, says Hank Nuwer, who has written several books about hazing as a social problem and lectured on the subject at colleges nationwide. What sometimes is referred to as good-natured hazing “is an oxymoron,” said Nuwer, 71, professor of journalism at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. “It only takes one player to have that permission to take things out of bounds.”
–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, North America will experience 60 nonstop years of hazing deaths. From Hank Nuwer, the Statehouse Bureau.com