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Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience Probed in Loyola University Chicago Professor’s New Book
Dr. James Garbarino Offers an Insightful Perspective on the Human Rights of Children

CHICAGO, April 14, 2008 – The haunting images of children huddled in refugee camps and exposed to violence in war zones appear on millions of television screens and in newspapers everyday worldwide. Children continue to be burdened by the emotional and physical scars of violent homes and communities. In his new book, Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development, author James Garbarino, PhD, blends insights from the fields of psychology and philosophy with his own wide-ranging, first-hand experiences around the world, taking readers on a personalized journey into the dark side of human experience as it is lived by children.

Throughout this book, Dr. Garbarino intertwines a discussion of children’s material and spiritual needs with an examination of the clinical knowledge and experiential wisdom required to understand and meet these complex developmental needs. Using anecdotal observations, empirical evidence, and an ecological perspective, he reveals a path to ensuring the fundamental human rights of all children: the right to safety, equality, economic parity, and a meaningful life.

“If we are to succeed in making a lasting, positive change in the lives of children, we must be willing to rethink the concepts of development, trauma, and resilience,” says Dr. Garbarino. “My book brings to light the struggle that many of our children face, and can be an important tool for mental health professionals, educators, researchers, social workers, child advocates, and policymakers. Really, anyone who takes an interest in the well-being and future of the world’s children can benefit from this book.”

For more information on Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development (Springer 2008, $29.95), or to obtain a review copy, please contact Steve Christensen at 312-915-6164 or schris6@luc.edu.

Symposium: A Child’s Right to a Healthy Environment
From April 16-18, 2008, Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children will host a symposium entitled, “A Child’s Right to a Healthy Environment,” which will feature child advocacy experts from the United States and the Netherlands. The event, which is one of a series of major conferences that Loyola will hold to celebrate its 100th anniversary as a university, will take place on the University’s Water Tower Campus, right off of Michigan Avenue. The conference is free for Loyola faculty, staff, and students; $50 for students enrolled at another university; and $75 for all other participants.

About the Author: James Garbarino, PhD
James Garbarino, PhD, holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and is director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. His 25 years of research focus on the social ecology of child and adolescent development, and he has a long-standing interest in a wide range of violence-related issues-war, child maltreatment, childhood aggression, and juvenile delinquency. In 1991, Dr. Garbarino undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq, and he served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian, and Croatian children. He has served as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving trauma, violence, and children. Dr. Garbarino is the author of See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It, Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment, and Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. He is also co-author of And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence and Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.




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