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Columnist Byron Dobson on the FAMU hazing forum

Thank you, Mr. Dobson–Moderator

A’im Akbar, a Tallahassee native and nationally recognized clinical psychologist, bluntly reminded the crowd that brutal hazing is an offshoot of what slaves endured and how that practice has misconstrued perceptions about power and dignity.“We let someone else define (our) worthiness by that person’s standards,” he said of the abusers.

Hank Nuwer, one of the country’s leading researchers on hazing and author of four books on the subject, called it a human-rights abuse and an “equal-opportunity disgrace” perpetuated today by influential pro athletes to fraternities and sororities, including those at other elite universities. He ran down a list of predominantly white universities that have struggled with hazing. He drew strong applause when, in responding to a Twitter-submitted question on what FAMU could do about it, he declared Thursday’s forum a milestone as the “largest gathering of anti-hazing speakers in the world.”

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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