My last every talk to athletes, Greeks and coaches will be in Lexington, KY at Transylvania University on Sept. 17, 2018. It is almost 40 years since my first article on Hell Night hazing deaths appeared in the national issue of Human Behavior magazine. In a way it is a semi-retirement for me. I have written all I know about hazing in five books on hazing.
I will continue to answer questions from hazing researchers and interested reporters about those books. I will contribute financially to the Hank Nuwer Ant-Hazing Hero Awards from HazingPrevention.Org. I will continue my donations to improve and expand the scholarly holdings of the Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection at Buffalo State College. More importantly, I will maintain the Hazing Deaths site at http;//Hanknuwer.com — but at 72, my energies now go into the completion of biographies and historical fiction like my treasured novel “Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey.”
Forty years now pass in a wink, leaving the broken bodies of many hazing victims who were killed or injured while merely trying to fit in with guys and gals they wanted for friends. Forty years ago I thought one man’s crusade might end hazing. That was hubris. But I leave knowing many parents, students, journalists, researchers, and ordinary citizens of the world are united against hazing, an international scourge.
My thanks to anyone this blog has ever touched. From now on the posts will concern my new book-in-progress, reviews of my published works, and stories about my adventures as my wife and I go horseback riding, skydiving, hiking, dogsledding, museum hopping, and traveling for my new research on a Kurt Vonnegut biography and a new historical novel.
In the words of that historic fighter Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce: “I will fight no more.”
–Hank Nuwer, Waldron, IN, Warsaw, Poland, Tok, Alaska, Great Basin, NV