GRCC speaker to discuss bullying



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Oct. 21, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Two Florida teens were arrested this month, accused of bullying a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide by jumping off a cement factory tower. Rebecca Sedwick’s death is only the latest incident to alarm parents, schools and communities as they wrestle with the issue of bullying.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series will look at the issue this week, with journalist Emily Bazelon presenting "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy” on Oct. 23.

Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate and a New York Times Magazine contributing writer. Her investigative journalism, compelling storytelling and extensive legal knowledge make her a leading authority on bullying in the cyber age. Her book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, has won widespread acclaim. She has already written about the Sedwick case; click here for the link.

On the afternoon of Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m., she will lead a session as part of GRCC’s “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” English writing symposium. That presentation will be in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.

Bazelon’s free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, and is ASL interpreted. She will be signing copies of her book after the lecture. GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation. On-campus parking is available for $3 (with a discount pass). For more information about other speakers in the series, please call (616) 234-3390 or click here.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.