Bullying: Redefining Boundaries, Responsibility, and Harm

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Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon is an investigative reporter, author, educator, and expert on the social and legal facets of bullying. A graduate of Yale Law School and an accomplished journalist, Bazelon is currently a New York Times Magazine writer, a Slate senior editor, and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones. Her 2010 Slate coverage of the suicide of Phoebe Prince, a Massachusetts high school student whose suicide was linked to bullying, was a finalist for the 2011 Online Journalism Award from the Gannett Foundation and the 2011 Michael Kelley Award for “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In addition to her lecture schedule, Bazelon has appeared on The Colbert Report, PBS Newshour and Today. Her insightful and ground-breaking investigative journalism, coupled with her extensive legal knowledge, has made her one of the leading authorities on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age. By cutting through the news and sensationalism, Bazelon guides audiences on a clear-eyed journey of the most important issues – which school programs work best to combat bullying, what state laws are doing to protect our children, and how parents and kids can keep themselves safe. Insightful and engaging, Bazelon empowers parents, educators and students with the tools to stop bullying, both in the classroom, and online. Her upcoming lectures include a TEDxWomen talk and an on stage interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg at Harvard. Random House will publish her first book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy in February 2013.


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Bazelon brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the shifting landscape of teenage cruelty and harassment, and its sometimes devastating consequences. She defines what bullying is, showing when it is essential to intervene and helping parents and educators better navigate this tricky terrain.

Advance praise:

Sticks and Stones is a serious, important book that reads like a page-turner. Emily Bazelon is a gifted writer and this powerful work is sure to place childhood bullying at the heart of the national conversation – right where it belongs.”
– Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

“Finally! In remarkably clear and friendly prose, Emily Bazelon dives into a difficult, complex topic and emerges with a wise, deeply nuanced, and practical guide to a subject that has us all confused.”
– Wendy Mogel, Ph.D, bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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