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March 20: Annual Nadine Andreas Lecture

Guest lecturer Maili Pörhölä to discuss bullying's impact on health.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-28-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Guest lecturer Maili Pörhölä (pictured at right), a professor at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, will discuss the impact of bullying on health in the 2012-13 Nadine B. Andreas Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union, Room 253.

Pörhölä’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, is titled “From the PLAYGROUND to the WORKPLACE: Bullying’s Impact on Individual and Community Health.”

The lecture will be followed by a community conversation about bullying. Among the participants will be Walter Roberts, professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Counseling and Student Personnel; Anne Dahlman, associate professor and chair in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs; Catherine Davis, physician in the Mankato Clinic; and Maureen Tanis, a social work professional from the Mayo Health System.

Maili Pörhölä (Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä, Finland) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where she is the director of the “Mental Violence in Communication Relationships” research project. Her research focuses on bullying at school, in higher education, and in the workplace, including examining aspects of peer relationships, peer community integration, and psychosocial well-being.

She has published research articles in “Communication Education”, “Communication Research Reports,” “Communication Yearbook,” “Teaching and Teacher Education,” and “Violence and Victims” as well as authored several book chapters. In addition, she has co-edited the book “Anti and pro-social communication: Theories, methods, and application,” and co-authored the book “Bullying: Contexts, consequences, and control,” which has been translated in Spanish (“El Acoso: Contextos, Consecuencias y control”) and Catalan (“L’assetjament: Contextos, conseqüències i control”). Barcelona, Spain: Editorial Aresta.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities. Those who want more information may contact faculty member Dave Engen, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies by phone at 507-389-5537 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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