Film ‘Bully,’ & Bullying Solutions Conf. here
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside presents a two-part program on bullying Friday, April 26. The documentary "BULLY" is shown and discussed at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Cinema and the mini-conference "Bullying Solutions: Creating a Culture of Acceptance," featuring author educator Stan Davis, follows the movie at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center. The film is free and participants can save now on conference admission.
Working in partnership, Mentor Kenosha & Racine and Peace Learning Circles present the film "Bully," a documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in American schools.
"This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones, and on the streets of their towns, making it the most common form of violence young people in this country experience," wrote film director Lee Hirsch and co-writer Cynthia Lowen on the Internet Movie Database web site. "'BULLY is the first feature documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators, or stood silent witness."
A panel discussion and question-and-answer session on bullying with local professionals follow the film. Please note: "BULLY" is rated PG 13 for intense thematic material and strong language.
The film is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 262-595-3340.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., the "Bullying Solutions" mini-conference offers a keynote by Stan Davis and a series of informative breakout sessions. The conference takes place in the UW-Parkside Student Center.
Davis, a therapist, school counselor, bullying prevention educator, and researcher has supported positive youth development and empowerment for more than four decades. He is the author of the books "Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies to Reduce Bullying" and "Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention."
Following the speaker and dinner, five break-out sessions focusing on specific topics are available. These include experts speaking on anti-bullying educational resources, LGBTQ issues, building connections, and social media.
The movie and conference are for educators, mentors, students over 13 years, parents, and all community members. Continuing education credit is available.
Registration is 3:30-4 p.m. with the conference running from 4-7 p.m. Registration before April 19 is $50, after April 19 it is $60; student cost is $25. This includes dinner and resource materials. A limited number of scholarships are available.Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 262-595-3340.