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Features investigative journalism and scholarship by Nuwer, interviews with education law guru Peter Lake and “Guyland” author Michael Kimmel; essays by HPO founder Tracy Maxwell, social activist Colleen McGlone, Professor and law expert Brian Crow, NCAA Survey cotaker Norm Pollard, Lawyer Douglas Fierberg, Chloe Neely, Ashley Stone, Prof. Gina Lee-Olukoya, Prof. Ray Begovich, Robert Biggs, Malinda Matney, Prof. Elizabeth J. Allan, Morgan B. Kinney, Susan P. Stuart, Debbie Smith, Stacey Kennelly, Edward G. Whipple, Sarah Wild, Allison Swick-Duttine, David Westol, James F. Keenan, S.J.;David Hovde, and Travis P. Apgar.
Elizabeth J. Allan is a professor of Higher Educational Leadership at the University of Maine. Her research on hazing is often noted by national media. She is the principal investigator for The National Study of Student Hazing.
Travis T. Apgar served Cornell University as the Robert G. Engel Senior Associate Dean of Students from 2006 to January 2017. An authority on hazing prevention, he is currently Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ray Begovich teaches as a Pulliam School of Journalism faculty member at Franklin College. He is at work on a biography about Elmer Davis, a onetime Director of War Information in World War Two.
Robert A. Biggs is executive vice president and CEO of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the president of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation.
Brian Crow is professor of sport management at Slippery Rock University. He has presented and written extensively on hazing in sports and is an expert on sports law.
Douglas Fierberg established a legal practice specializing in the representation of victims of school violence, now operating as The Fierberg National Law Group. Fierberg also founded the national litigation group, Schools: Violence, Misconduct, and Safety, which operates within and under the authority of the American Association for Justice.
David M. Hovde is associate professor of library science and research and instruction librarian at the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center at Purdue University Libraries.
James F. Keenan, SJ, holds the Canisius Chair at Boston College and is director of the Jesuit Institute. He is the author of University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics.
Stacey Kennelly is a California freelance journalist and former associate editor at Diablo magazine.
Michael Kimmel is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and author or editor on more than twenty books on gender studies. He is professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.
Morgan B. Kinney is a graduate advisor at University of Maine, Student Life. She has a University of Maine Master’s Degree in Student Development in Higher Education.
Peter F. Lake is Professor of Law, Charles A. Dana Chair and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and author of the seminal The Rights and Responsibilities of the Modern University.
Malinda Matney works as Senior Research Associate for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. Matney is the former national president of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Tracy Maxwell is the founder of HazingPrevention.Org. She has been working in and around higher education for more than 25 years. She currently speaks about hazing for CAMPUSPEAK. Her work as a healing coach assists survivors of hazing and their families.
Colleen McGlone is an associate professor in Recreation and Sport Management at Coastal Carolina University. Her Ph.D. is in Sport Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Chloe Neely is in law school at New York University and is clerking for The Fierberg National Law Group. Neely secured a federal clerkship and plans to represent survivors of sexual assault.
Hank Nuwer has written The Hazing Reader and Wrongs of Passage for Indiana University Press. He has also performed a one-man play about hazing called “The Broken Pledge,” and he penned the novel Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey that concerns hazing in the American West.
Gina Lee-Olukoya is associate dean of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves on the foundation of Hope Street Youth Development. She formerly served as a board member on HazingPrevention.com.
Norm Pollard is the dean of students at Alfred University, a licensed mental health counselor and certified Title IX investigator. Pollard was the co-author with Nadine Hoover on a seminal study of hazing among athletes and hazing in high schools in the United States.
Debbie Smith is the founder and CEO of AHA! Movement, a non-profit organization created in memory of her son, college student Matt Carrington. Matt died in 2005 after enduring a horrific water hazing pledging at a fraternity in Chico, California.
Ashley Stone is an academic counselor in the African American Academic Network (AAAN) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Stone has used her background in non-violence education and sociology to create identity-conscious programming for various audiences.
Susan P. Stuart has written many essays on education law. Retired as dean from the Valparaiso University School of Law, she credits her research assistants who assisted her: Colleen Clemons, Emily Calwell France, Adam Miller, William Horvath, and Shay Hughes.
Allison Swick-Duttine is director of fraternity/sorority Life at SUNY Plattsburgh. She was a founding board member and a past president of HazingPrevention.org.
David Westol, JD, is the Founder of Limberlost Consulting, providing strategic planning and consulting to campuses, organizations and foundations. A former executive director of Theta Chi Fraternity, he once served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Ed Whipple is vice president for campus life at Willamette University. He holds a doctorate from Oregon State University and is a member of the Phi Delta Theta General Counsel.
Sarah Wild is a certified counselor based in North Carolina with a professional background in fraternity/sorority advising and career counseling.
The story is of two young brothers, Anton and Nicky Ibarra, who flee their homeland of Spain to work as sheep herders in Idaho with their uncle. As the reader of this novel, I found myself continually with the brothers every step of the way. From the journey to America to the learning stages of sheep herding to the constant fight with the cattle rancher Sinclair, I felt as though I was right along side the main characters and their friends.
Within the novel, there is extreme historical accuracy and hidden messages. It is obvious that Nuwer did his homework on the Basque Herders and their lifestyle (it helps that he lived in this territory with the Basques for some time). What impressed me most about the novel was the subtle hints of the works that have influenced Nuwer and his writing. Obviously, the classic western films such as “Shane” influenced the work but I also got subtle hints of classic literary works from Mark Twain and Harper Lee. It was obvious to me that there was an underlying coming of age theme. Anton and Nicky resemble Huck Finn and Scout and Jem Finch in the fact that they grow from young boys into young men as the novel progresses. Nuwer makes it a more believable than other coming of age novels in the fact that the brothers still show their childish ways with all of the jokes and the humor that is thrown into the story of the Basque Herders.
Overall, the story is an intriguing novel of brothers that come to age in a western setting with people of various cultures and backgrounds around them. I recommend it to any fan of classic literature or any fan of western stories. It is well researched and well written. Reading “Sons of the Dawn” is a great way to spend any free time.
Basques have been an unsung but essential element in the development of the American West. “Sons of the Dawn” follows a series of sharply chiseled characters from the Spanish homeland to New York to Idaho and into the frontier mythos.
This is not a history book but a novel characterized by drama and action aplenty. Along the way it exposes readers to a wide range of experiences — from the trans-Atlantic journey in the late 19th century, to the challenging lives of men (and dogs) following sheep across the wilderness, as well as the tension between cattlemen and shepherds, all the way to the Spanish Civil War well into the 20th century.
Best of all, Sons of the Dawn is a page-turner, and author Hank Nuwer is to be thanked for enriching our sense of the West with this memorable novel. Don’t miss it. –Gerald Haslam, author of Okies and Hawk Flights: Visions of the West
Across decades, two continents, and an ocean, acclaimed writer Hank Nuwer brings us an epic story of two brothers forced by circumstances to leave the beloved land of their birth to seek not necessarily wealth, but mere survival in the still-raw American West. Orphaned as babies and raised by a loving and wise priest, the boys grow into extremely appealing but disparate characters, their individual talents complementing each other in a manner that delights (and enlightens) the reader as their lives unfold. Expertly researched with the stunning detail that marks the vast body of nonfiction work that Nuwer is currently best known for, this is a richly-rewarding, old-fashioned (in the best sense) historical novel, one that with artistry and skill is made current and topical. –Gary Eller, author of Thin Ice and Other Risks
“Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey” delivers even more than its title promises. Hank Nuwer’s tale of brothers Anton and Nicky, who leave the Old Country to seek their fortune on an Idaho sheep ranch, deftly weaves in bits of American history – the Spanish-American War, immigration battles, the range wars of the West, and the ominous approach of World War II – that threaten to fade into obscurity. The Basques’ lives weren’t easy in either the Old World or the new, but Nuwer’s compelling novel leavens those hard facts with flashes of humor from his well-drawn characters. Anton and Nicky, along with a herder named Tubal who very nearly steals the show, are wonderful company on this fast-paced ride. PS – Can you tell that I loved Tubal? He made me laugh and laugh. –Gwen Florio, author of Montana
Nuvo es una revista y una web que se publica en Indiana (USA), que se autodenomina la “voz alternativa de Indiana” y que está centrada en la información, la cultura, la música y la gastronomía.
En esta revista Jim Garlits ha publicado un reportaje-entrevista sobre el libro que el escritor y profesor Hank Nuwer publicará en enero de 2014, bajo el título Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey. Un libro que nos habla de las historias de los enfrentamientos de los verdaderos americanos (una expresión que se refiere a los blancos anglosajones llegados un siglo antes y nos a los aborígenes norteamericanos) y los inmigrantes que, a finales del siglo XIX , llegaban al Lejano Oeste.
La historia nace de una información que el autor leyó en un diario de Nevada de finales del siglo XIX y que narraba cómo un grupo de vaqueros quemaron a un pastor de ovejas. Así, partiendo de esa historia, Hank Nuwer crea un relato de la lucha de los recién llegados por hacerse un sitio y por mantener su dignidad. Esta no es sólo una historia de vascos, sino una historia en la que un vasco es el protagonista, pero en la que el relato gira en torno a cuestiones universales.
Hank Nuwer cuenta en la entrevista cómo, Robert Laxalt, probablemente el mejor escritor de ficción vasca de todos los tiempos le animó a hacerse escritor. —http://blog.aboutbc.info