Journalist Emily Bazelon To Visit SJU

Richard Johnson Center hosts discussion and examination of bullying

Monday, February 18, 2013

by Amanda Sapio ‘13

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 18, 2013) — Teenage bullying has become increasingly prevalent among students with the accessibility of the Internet and social media. Parents and educators are faced with the challenge of controlling this issue every day in schools across America.

The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence at Saint Joseph’s University will host Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate Magazine and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the North Lounge of the Campion Student Center. Bazelon will discuss her newest book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Discovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Scheduled for release on February 19, the book focuses on the devastating consequences of teenage bullying and offers thought-provoking solutions for parents and educators.

Later that day, Bazelon will visit Philadelphia’s High School of the Future (4021 Parkside Ave.) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., to meet with teachers, parents and students from Philadelphia district schools. The Richard Johnson Center worked in collaboration with the Philadelphia School District and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Office of Safe Schools to host the event.

Bazelon grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Yale University in 1993. After completing Yale Law School in 2000, she became editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was nominated for the 2011 Michael Kelly Award, which honors a writer whose work exemplifies “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.”  She was also a finalist for the 2011 Online Journalism Award from the Gannett Foundation.

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Kelly Welsh, Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences, University Communications, 610-660-1385,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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