ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hank Nuwer, Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism & Professional Writing program.
Main Location: Waldron, Indiana.
Hank Nuwer is a journalist and author. His main in-progress projects are a biography of Kurt Vonnegut for Indiana University Press and a literary novel. He maintains the Hazing Deaths database. He teaches database reporting, professional writing and sports issues at Franklin College since 2002 as a full professor. His academic specialty is hazing as an international social issue. His wife is Malgorzata (Gosia) Wroblewska-Nuwer.
Most recently, the Northeast Greek Leadership Association named an award for him. “The Hank Nuwer Award for Hazing Prevention will recognize a campus community, campus volunteer, campus chapter, student leader, campus professional, national organization staff member or volunteer, or community member that has made significant contribution to hazing prevention in the Northeast.”
Also recently, in 2018, the Buffalo State College 1967 soccer team was named to the Buffalo State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Top row: Asst. Coach Jack Hughes, Manager Hank Nuwer, Rich DeGlopper, Terry Andress, Dennis Malionowski, Rich Ferrari, Bob Mauer, Michael Gomez, Roman Kucil, Andre Gorzynski, Gary Payne, Head Coach Fred Hartrick
Hank Nuwer’s public life stems from his journalism teaching and for his young adult and scholarly books on the topic of hazing in society including Hazing: Destroying Young Lives, 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 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.
Hank graduated from Buffalo State College (B.S.) and New Mexico Highlands University (M.A.); he has an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (Buffalo State, 2006) and taken additional graduate coursework at the University of Nevada and Hamline University.
Ball State University awarded him its doctoral equivalency for his research and publications in 1986 and elected him in 2010 to the BSU Journalism Hall of Fame.
He is married to Malgorzata (Gosia) Wroblewska-Nuwer, an accountant executive for an international firm. He has two grown sons and two grandchildren. Gosia has one grown daughter, Natalia, a Ph.D. graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. Hank and Gosia’s black Labrador retriever named Casey died peacefully on April 17, 2018. The couple lives in Indiana and Warsaw, Poland. They also frequently visit their 20 acres in remote Alaska.
Charitable work: He contributes regularly to the Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award and to Buffalo State College Hank Nuwer Collection and BSC Hazing Collection under BSC archivist Daniel DiLandro. Link to the Buffalo State (SUNY) Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection A founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, he contributes donations to its annual Hank Nuwer Antihazing Hero Awards for HazingPrevention.org
Scholarship and Miscellaneous Publications:
2019: Nuwer, Hank. Review of “Echeverria” by Gertrude Skivington, Western American Literature, University of Nebraska Press, Spring 2019.
2019: In-progress biography of Kurt Vonnegut (Indiana University Press). Anticipated completion: 2020.
2019: In-progress scholarly essay on “Fraternity Culture” intended for a sociology journal.
2019: Completing final draft of a full-length play “The Monster,” an adaptation of a Stephen Crane novella.
2018: Editor and contributor to “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives” (Indiana University Press).
2018: Wrote forward to “Building Up without Tearing Down: How to Cultivate Heroic Leadership in You and Your Organization by Chad Ellsworth (Aviva Publishing).
2018: Nicoletti, John and Hank Nuwer (Hazing essay). “Violence Goes to College,” Thomas Publishers), 2009 and 2015 (second edition) and 2018 (third edition).
2018: Nuwer, Hank. “Poland Must Preserve Its Constitution,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” July 5, 2018.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. Quoted in “Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews” by Ted Geltner (University of Georgia Press).
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Hazing Death No Longer Shrugged off by Juries,” “Thestatehousefile.com,” December 26, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Penn State’s Tim Bream: Betrayed by the Brotherhood,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” September 15, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Penn State University’s Tarnished Lions,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” September 4, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Must the USA Endure 50 Years of Hazing Deaths?” “Thestatehousebureau.com, “September 1, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “The European Commission Digs a Line in he Sand Against Poland,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” July 26, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Is Poland’s Departure from the European Union Inevitable?” “Thestatehousebureau.com, “July 26, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Trump Fiddled while Democracy Burned in Poland,” “Thestatehousebureau.com, “July 21, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “Parent Alert: Check Out Your Kids’ Camp for Hazing Masked as Pranks,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” July 5, 2017.
2017: Nuwer, Hank. “A Quiet Protest to Raise Hazing Awareness,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” June 23, 2017.
2016: Published “Maurice Sendak Q & A” in “Conversations with Maurice Sendak,” edited by Peter C. Kunze (University Press of Mississippi).
2015: Published one-act play “A Broken Pledge” (Shalako Press). Author: Nuwer; Director: Ray Begovich. Performed twice at University of Cincinnati and once at Buffalo State College.
Nuwer, Hank. “Hazing in Fraternities and Sororities,” “International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavorial Sciences,” 2nd ed., vol. 10.
Nuwer, Hank. “Challenges Being Made to Licensure Exam Following Educator Frustration, “Thestatehousebureau.com,” December 8, 2015.
Nuwer, Hank. “Elegy for an Indianapolis Mad Dog,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” October 23, 2015.
Nuwer, Hank. “Seeing the Writing on the Wall,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” October 7, 2015.
Nuwer, Hank. “On Not Judging by Appearances,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,”October 1, 2015.
Nuwer, Hank. “Unsafe at Any Speed: Volkswagen’s Emission Scandal,” “Thestatehousebureau.com,” September 24, 2015.
Nuwer, Hank and Tracy Maxwell, “Hazing,” “World Book Encyclopedia,” 2014.
Nuwer, Hank.“Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey” (Shalako Press), 2013.
Nuwer, Hank. “A Band Hazing May Forever Increase the Legal Consequences for Hazing Deaths,” “Fraternal Law,” January 2012.
. “What’s the life of a dead fraternity pledge worth?–$1,000,” “Orlando Sentinel,” July 11, 2012.
2009: Nuwer, Hank and Fraser Drew.“One Long Wild Conversation,” Buffalo State Library.
2009: Nuwer, Hank. “The Freelance Writer’s Desktop Companion” (Alta Villa Publishing).
2007: Nuwer, Hank. “Vonnegut’s Home Forever,” Indianapolis Star, April 13, 2007.
2006: Nuwer, Hank. “Literary Journalism,” in “Real Feature Writing” by Abe Aamidor, (Routledge), 2006.
2004: Nuwer, Hank. “The Hazing Reader” (Indiana University Press).
2004: “Nuwer, Hank . “At the Crest: A History of Cedar Crest (PA) College” (CC Alumni Press).
2002: Nuwer, Hank. “To the Young Writer” (Grolier/Franklin Watts).
2002: Nuwer, Hank. “The Man Whose Soul Is Not for Sale: Jim Harrison,” in DeMott, Robert, “Conversations with Jim Harrison,” UP of Mississippi.
2001: Nuwer Hank, “Broken Pledges” essay in Hallman Bryant, Understanding a Separate Peace, Greenwood Press.
2001: Nuwer, Hank. “A Matter of Perception,” “David Mamet in Conversation,” University of Michigan Press, 2001.
1999: Nuwer, Hank . “The Writer Who Plays with Pain,” in Bledsoe, Erik (ed.). Getting Naked With Harry Crews: Selected Interviews, University of Florida Press.
1999 (Second revised edition 2001): “Nuwer, Hank. Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing and Binge Drinking” (Indiana University Press).
2000: Nuwer, Hank. “High School Hazing” (Scholastic Press), 2000.
1998: Nuwer, Hank. “The Legend of Jesse Owens” (Grolier/Franklin Watts), 1998.
1995: Nuwer, Hank. “How to Write Like an Expert About Anything” (Writer’s Digest Books), 1995.
1995: “Comes a Horseman-Poet: An Interview with Henry Taylor” in The South Carolina Review, Fall 1994/Spring 1995.
1990: Nuwer, Hank. “Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing “(Longstreet Press), 1990.
1990: Nuwer, Hank. “Steroids” (Franklin Watts), 1990.
1990: Nuwer, Hank, “Elbert Hubbard,” in Riley, Sam. “American Magazine Journalists,” (Detroit: Gale), No. 91.
1989: Nuwer, Hank in Allen, William Rodney (ed.) Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut (University of Mississipi Press), 1989.
1989: Nuwer Hank, “Limitations and Infinities” in “The Voiced Connections of James Dickey: Interviews and Conversations,” Edited by Ronald Baughman (University of South Carolina Press).
- Nuwer, Hank. “A Conversation with George Plimpton,” “Ball State University Forum,” Summer 1989.
1988: Nuwer, Hank. “Rendezvousing with Contemporary Authors “(Idaho State University Press).
1988: “Tom Wolfe and the Agrarians” presented at Tom Wolfe Symposium, Randolph-Macon, 1988.
1987: Nuwer, Hank. “A Skull Session with Kurt Vonnegut,” “South Carolina Review,” Spring 1987.
1986: Nuwer, Hank and Robert Waite , editor. “Rendezvous at the Ezra Pound Centennial Conference,” Idaho State University Press).
1986: Nuwer, Hank. “An Appreciation of Ezra Pound, Editor” in Rendezvous at the Ezra Pound Centennial Conference;( Idaho State University Press).
1984: Nuwer, Hank . Jack Schaefer Interview in Shane: The Critical Edition (University of Nebraska Press) by Work, James C. (ed.).
1976: “Robinson Jeffers’ Influence on Walter Van Tilburg Clark” in Robinson Jeffers Newsletter, Number 44, March 1976.
1976: “Ice Breaking” in Shoptalk (Kansas State University Freshman Composition periodical), 1976.
Selected Nuwer scholarship cited in publications:
Hechinger, John. “True Gentlemen,” Hachette, 2017.
Wolf, L.A., et al. “Nurse Bullying and Hazing,” “Int. Emergency Nursing,” September 22, 2017.
Stuart, Susan P. 35 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 377 (2013)
“Warriors, Machismo, and Jockstraps: Sexually Exploitative Athletic Hazing and Title IX in the Public School Locker Room.”
Hechinger, John. “Fraternities Scuttle Proposals to Ban Freshman Rush After Drinking Deaths,” “Bloomberg News,” October 5, 2013.
Alvarez, D.M., “Death by Hazing.” Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (1947-2900), 2015 – jmrpublication.org
Keenan, J.F. “How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics.” (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
Gurbacki, K., et al. “Hazed and Confused.” “Entertainment and Sports Law Review,” 2015.
Manzanedo, Arturo. “The Persistence of Hazing in the Military,” Defense Technical Information Center, April 25, 2013.
Young, C.J. “Minding the Realm: William Least Heat Moon and the Blue Highways of Public Memory,” “South Shore Review, 2013.
Lundsen, Richard. Hazing: Rituals of Bondage, Create Space, 2013.
Crumm, David. The New Bullying, Michigan State University, 2012.
Grimes, Ronald L. Ritual, Media, and Conflict, Oxford Ritual Studies, 2011.
Anderson, Eric, et al. “Male Team Sport Hazing Initiations in a Culture of Decreasing Homohysteria,” Journal of Adolescent Research, July 2011.
Cimino, Aldo. “On the Perception of Newcomers,” Human Nature, June 10, 2010.
Waldron, Jennifer L. and Christopher L. Kowalski. “Crossing the Line: Rites of Passage, Team Aspects, and Ambiguity of Hazing, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, (80), 2, June 2009, 291-302.
Fields, Sarah K. et al. “Violence in Youth Sports: Hazing, Brawling, and Foul Play,” Journal of Sports Medicine, October 25, 2009.
Kimmel, Michael. Guyland, HarperCollins, 2008.
Parks, Gregory S. Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century, University of Kentucky Press, 2008.
Weishampel, Stefan. The Role of Scientist, Diplomica Verlag GMBH, 2008.
Clery, Constance L., et al. Creating and Maintaining Safe College Campuses, Styles Publishing, 2007.
Guernsey, Bridget. “Book Review of Preventing Hazing by S. Lipkins,” NASPA Journal, (44), 1, 2007.
Kimbrough, Walter. “Why Students Beat Each Other,” in Creating and Maintaining Safe College Campuses by Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Stylus, 2007.
Finley, Laura L. and Finley, Peter. “A Content Analysis of news coverage of sports-related hazing incidents in high schools,” Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 14 (2), 2007, 197-219.
Bronner, Simon J. Crossing the Line, Amsterdam University Press, 2007.
Lipkins, Susan. Preventing Hazing, Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Howard, Adam and Elizabeth England Kennedy. “Breaking the Silence: Power, Conflict, and Contested Frames within an Affluent High School,” Anthropology and Education Quarterly, (37), 4, 2006, 347-365.
Gervais, Joe. “In the Name of Obedience: Overcoming the Damaging Myths about Hazing,” in Prettyman, Sandra Spickard and Brian Lampman, Learning Culture Through Sports, Exploring the Role of Sports in Society, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006.
Robbins, Alexandra. Pledged, Hyperion, 2004.
Jones, Ricky L. Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities, SUNY Press, 2004.
Dundes, Alan. Bloody Mary in the Mirror, University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
Mailer, Norman. The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing, Random House, 2003.
Gulledge, Jo and Shawn Beard. Campus Safety & Security (Aspen Publishers), 2002.
Hollmann, Barbara B. “Hazing: Hidden Campus Crime,” New Directions for Student Services, Wiley (99), Fall 2002.
Horner, Carl S. The Boy Inside the American Businessman, University Press of America, 1992.
Weinberg, Steve. The Reporter’s Handbook: An Investigator’s Guide to Documents and Techniques, IRE, 2002 rev.
Weinberg, Robert. The Louis L’Amour Companion (Bantam), 1994.