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      October 23, 2019

      Wednesday   3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      8700 Northwest River Park Drive
      Kansas City, Missouri 64152

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      Banishing Bullying Behavior Book Talk

      An event that will provide a call to action to banish bullying behavior will be the focus of a book talk on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Park University. Blanche Sosland, Ph.D., professor emerita of education and expert in bullying-related issues, will present a discussion that begins at 3 p.m. in the David Theater within Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the event, which is open to the public, is free.

      Sosland will discuss her book, Banishing Bullying Behavior: A Call to Action from Early Childhood through Senior Adulthood, with a focus on the fields of law, medicine and academia across social, age, gender and generational lines. She will cover bullying behavior from the schoolyard to the board room to the retirement center, as well as the characteristics of bully-free environments.

      “My discussion will be based on three years of research and interviews with bullies, targets, victims and bystanders, many of whom sought me out when they heard I was writing my book and wanted to spare others the pain they had endured,” said Sosland, who taught at Park for 21 years and served as chair of the Department of Education (now School of Education).

      Sosland’s book is an in-depth exploration of the various types of bullying — physical, verbal, emotional, cyber and electronic, and the devastating, lifelong effect each has on their victims. Banishing Bullying Behavior also presents advice on how to experience positive, healthy workplace experiences, including a chapter devoted to the efficacy of leadership. Another chapter covers the topic of the enormous power of kindness, addressing the role of modeling and teaching kindness as an important component of the solution to the bullying problem. The book concludes with model responses to a call to action with descriptions of several organizational responses, including guidelines for individual and group responses.

      Sosland, who spent most of her teaching career at the college and university level, also taught in early childhood, middle school and Head Start classrooms. Her areas of expertise include diagnosis and remediation of reading problems in the classroom and the identification, evaluation and intervention for twice exceptional children who are both gifted and learning disabled. Sosland earned both a Master of Arts degree and a doctorate in reading education and psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Literary & Books | Politics & Activism

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