My readers rightfully may ask: why come back after your retirement? Quite simply, I could not turn down an offer to write a proposed book called “Hazing in American Culture,” a veritable encyclopedia of fact about hazing in the American colonies, American West, occupations, adult secret societies, the US military and academies, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, bands and campus societies. Much of the research is already in my files here and at the Buffalo State Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection. Plus, I no longer am commuting to Poland to be with my wife Gosia. She has her USA visa and will be here with me in the USA (Indiana, Alaska, Nevada) very soon. Finally, I was unquestionably worn down and discouraged by the sheer tragedy of the spate of hazing deaths 2017-2019, but the fighting spirit of anti-hazing activists and parents again has given me a boost. As of today, I’ve stopped saying no to speaking requests.
Hence, I’ve put on the gloves again effective August 24, 2019. I am applying for grants and fellowships to help me research the new book. Let’s stop hazing deaths together, altogether! — Hank Nuwer, August 24, 2019
Past NASPA Course: Containing Hazing in Student Organizations & Athletic Teams
NASPA BIO: Hank Nuwer is a professor at Franklin College and began researching hazing as an international human rights abuse issue and pushing prevention in high schools and on college campuses in 1978 with an article in Human Behavior. He has spoken on the topic on roughly 150 television and radio shows, including NPR, “Today Show,” CNN, ESPN, “Anderson Cooper 360” and “20/20”; has spoken at more than 100 universities, including University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Oregon, University of Toronto and University of Illinois; has authored dozens of scholarly articles and has been cited in roughly 200 scholarly books, dissertations and articles; he has written one play, one novel and four [now five] scholarly books on hazing, including “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives,” “High School Hazing” and “The Hazing Reader.” His book, “Broken Pledges,” was made into an NBC Movie called “Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges.” He is considered an expert in the field both nationally and internationally, fielding dozens of interview requests annually.
In addition to serving for 32 NCSI, Nuwer is a founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, which honored him with naming its top award the “Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Award.” Former quarterback Peyton Manning was a past award recipient. Nuwer is also a founding board member for the Anti-Hazing Awareness Movement, a longtime Security on Campus adviser, a Kids-in-the-House expert on bullying and a former columnist for Stophazing.org. He was granted an honorary doctorate from State University of New York for service and books related to hazing; he founded the Hazing Collection at SUNY’s Buffalo State College Library for scholarly research. He has written articles on hazing for Campus Safety Magazine, Athletic Business, Harper’s, the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Fraternal Law.
Northeast Greek Leadership Hank Nuwer Award
Bio: Nuwer, a contributor to the scholarly “The Conversation” online magazine
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Speaking at a major Penn State panel on hazing reforms in fraternities and sororities
Keynote speaker at 2018 convocation of parents that have lost children to hazing
Hazing, Alcohol, Cyberbullying Speaker (New: August 24, 2019)
- From Eric Pope of Rochester Institute of Technology: “RIT’s Fraternity & Sorority Life was honored to have the internationally renowned hazing prevention expert, Hank Nuwer, as our Hazing Prevention Week Keynote speaker. Professor Nuwer was able to share powerful stories on how hazing has impacted the lives of not only the victims but the families, friends, and others which really hit home to our community. . . .Hearing the stories about how others have suffered has only strengthened my resolve to continue fighting against this evil. “
- Hank Nuwer: a man on a mission to end hazing deaths
- Member and proud supporter of National Panhellenic Conference panel for reforms
After a long leavetaking from speaking appearances, Hank Nuwer has a new book “Hazing” (Indiana University Press) out and he again takes his powerful, passionate presentation to the college circuit for debate. He is also writing a massive, encyclopedic new book titled “Hazing in American Culture” with a 2021 publication date. He also is available without charge, of course, for book signings at every talk.
He represents himself and so you pay ZERO agency fees. He tailors EVERY presentation to the sponsoring college after working with advisors and students. If he turned you down for a talk since 2017, sorry, ask again.
He has delivered speaking appearances in the USA, Canada, Poland and Spain and plans to return part-time for presentations in the 2019-2020 school year.
As a speaker he has visited the University of Maine, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Oregon, University of Toronto, Coe College, Dartmouth, Indiana-Ft. Wayne, West Liberty University (W.V.), Kenyon College, Penn State-Altoona, Hofstra, Adelphi, Cornell, Indiana University, Florida A & M, Stetson, Augustana, North Carolina A & M, Southern Illinois, Bryant College, Johnson & Wales, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, University of Vermont, Buffalo State, SUNY Albany, Villanova, Geneseo, Colorado, Regis, Albright, Penn State, Syracuse, Bucknell, Vincennes, the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, Lehigh, IUPUI, Eastern Kentucky, Purdue, Rochester Institute of Technology, Nevada High School Athletic Association, Bradley University, Albion College, Western Michigan University, Wilmington (Del.) Quaker School, Delaware State, Franklin College, University of Richmond, Lafayette, Transylvania and many more colleges and prep schools. Hank books his own appearances, and you have no agent fees. Email him for his phone number.
He pledges to donate a portion of his future talk fees to the Hank Nuwer Antihazing Hero Award at HazingPrevention.org and the Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection at Buffalo State College. (In the past he has occasionally donated his entire fee to Buffalo State’s Collection to support research by emerging scholars).
He speaks to general student audiences, Greeks, athletes, faculty–and many times he speaks at three or four different sessions in one day. On a couple occasions, he talked to two or more schools within an hour’s commute. Fee: $2,500 and reasonable expenses (travel and room).
Important: He speaks as an author and journalist, not an antihazing activist. If you want your students to hear the good and bad news about hazing directly from a speaker, consider inviting him. He pulls no punches. His background as a college student at Buffalo State was in Greek life and athletics (baseball player and soccer manager). 2018 BSC Hall of Fame induction of 1967 Soccer champions.
Writing Conference Speaker: nonfiction, literary journalism, fiction
Hank Nuwer, author of the award-winning To the Young Writer, and How to Write Like an Expert, has taught numerous topics at conferences for new, teenage, and veteran writers. Fee is negotiable depending on your need for his expertise.
Topics: Using fiction methods in your magazine articles; profiles to die for; adding database reporting and investigative reporting to your stories; the importance of becoming the best ever in your topic.
Midwest Writers interview with Hank
Conference: George Plimpton, guest. Hank Nuwer, keynote speaker
Former editor-in-chief Nuwer speaking
Every talk filled with writing and editing tips
How to Write Like an Expert: just one of his sample talks
June 10, 2019. International conference on trafficking, labor slaves link: conference
University of the Basque Country, Spain October 8, 2014