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Contact: Deidra Baumgardner (317) 738-8189

 FRANKLIN, Ind. – Hank Nuwer, a Franklin College journalism professor and internationally recognized scholar in hazing education, has edited a new book on hazing and hazing prevention, published by Indiana University Press.

Hazing: Destroying Young Lives is a compelling anthology of 26 essays that look at how universities, the military and other social groups can learn from past mistakes and protect their members in the future. The book addresses the numerous, significant, and often overlooked impacts of hazing, including sexual exploitation, mental distress, depression, and even suicide.

In addition to investigative journalism essays written by Nuwer, the book contains interviews with acclaimed attorney Peter Lake and sociologist Michael Kimmel, as well as practical essays on the best science to prevent hazing. These include pieces by University of Maine professor Elizabeth Allan, Alfred University dean of students Norm Pollard, legal expert Douglas Fierberg and Greek professionals Tracy Maxwell, Travis Apgar, Robert Biggs and David Westol. Nuwer’s Franklin College colleague Ray Begovich, professor of journalism, also contributed an essay to the book, as did Debbie Smith, the mother of Chico State hazing victim Matt Carrington.

Nuwer graduated from Buffalo State College (now State University of New York) with a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education. He received his master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York in 2006. In 2010, Nuwer, a former journalism faculty member at Ball State University, was inducted into the BSU’s Journalism Hall of Fame.  In 2017, Nuwer won Franklin College’s scholar of the year award for the second time in his 15 years here.

Nuwer is the author of four previous books on hazing, all of which have won wide acclaim and one was adapted into a television movie. Nuwer has been featured on the CBS News, MTV, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” the “Today Show” and other major news outlets worldwide. He was a founding member of HazingPrevention.Org, an advocate for creating hazing awareness. As an investigative reporter, Nuwer has been reporting on hazing incidents since 1978. His last book was the 2014 Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey from Shalako Press, and one of its themes is an examination of hazing in the old American West.

Nuwer is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska-Nuwer, the chief accountant for an international firm. They reside in Waldron, Indiana, and Warsaw, Poland.

Malgorzata Wroblewska-Nuwer

Hazing: Destroying Young Lives can be ordered in both hardback and paperback formats through Indiana University Press at:


For more information, contact Franklin College’s Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.


Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis.  The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional programs.  In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation.  Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.  For more information, visit





Deidra Baumgardner
Franklin College
Director of Communications
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, IN   46131
Phone: (317) 738-8189
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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. 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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