Franklin professor edits hazing book

A Franklin College journalism professor has edited a book on hazing.

Hank Nuwer has edited “Hazing: Destroying Young Lives,” published by Indiana University Press.

The book is an 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, the publisher said.

In addition to investigative journalism essays written by Nuwer, the book contains interviews with 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.