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,


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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