News Release: Events, Student Life

Mar. 29,  2011

Bullying, Gossip to be Focus of Civil Discourse Panel

Gossip and bullying — recent incidents and ways to deal with them — will be the topic of a public panel discussion at Emory University at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, Emory Law School’s Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Rd. Admission is free.

“Civil Discourse: Gossip, Bullying and the Digital Age” will feature:

  • Matt Ivester, founder of, the now-defunct blog for gossip on campuses across the country;
  • Omar Wasow, co-founder of; and
  • Daniel Solove, law professor at George Washington University.

On the panel from Emory will be:

  • Shifali Baliga, president of the College Council;
  • Paula Gomes, director of the Faculty Staff Assistance Program; and
  • Mark McLeod, director of counseling services.

Panelists will cover questions of speech and responsibility, recent instances of bullying and gossip, the impact of new technology on society, and ways of mediating and managing gossip and bullying.

“We all are vulnerable to the opinions of others and our sense of vulnerability may be heightened given the proliferation of technology, old attitudes and modern social networks,” says Ozzie Harris, senior vice provost for community and diversity.

“We will examine what is occurring in our society and imagine what we might do, or not do, to address these pressures,” Harris says.

The event is sponsored by Emory’s Office of the Provost, the Office of Community and Diversity and the College Council.


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