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International Scholar to Speak at Penn State on Bullying Issues

Ken Rigby, adjunct research professor from the University of South Australia, is a leading international expert in the field of bullying.

Ken Rigby, Ph.D., adjunct research professor from the University of South Australia, will speak on the University Park campus in late October on issues of bullying. The event is sponsored by Penn State's Counselor Education Degree Program, the College of Education, and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library.

Rigby’s first presentation will be held Oct. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. He will focus on “promoting the crucial role of bystanders in discouraging bullying.” In his second presentation, scheduled Oct. 30 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Rigby will “tackle cases of bullying and select the most appropriate method for intervention.” Both presentations will be held in Foster Auditorium, located in Pattee Library.

Rigby is a leading international expert in the field of bullying. He is a psychologist and a qualified teacher and guidance officer, currently engaged as adjunct research professor and educational consultant based at the University of South Australia. Ken has lived in Australia for some 48 years and in England before that. He has been in the field of bullying since meeting Professor Dan Olweus in 1989; from whom he gained much inspiration. Subsequently he has spoken and published widely on the subject, having worked in many countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, South Africa, Israel, Greece, Italy, Belgium, England, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.

His publications include Bullying in Schools and What to Do About It (1996, 2007 revised); New Perspectives on Bullying (2003); Stop the Bullying (2001); and Bullying in Schools: How Successful Can Interventions Be? (edited with Peter Smith and Debra Pepler,  2004). His latest book, Children and Bullying: What Parents and Educators Can Do to Reduce Bullying in Schools, will be published in the United States this month by Blackwell & John Wiley.

Rigby is also featured in a recent DVD about intervening in bullying of intermediate severity and group involvement among adolescents. The 50-minute DVD features practitioners of the Method of Shared Concern using young people in Australia. Information and video clips are available online.

For more information on the presentation, e-mail Richard Hazler or call 814-863-2415.