Hazing Rituals are not Rites of Passage
The death of Robert Champion, college student at Florida A&M University, has brought the issue of hazing and the dangers associated with it back into the mainstream. Hazing is a mostly male ritual whose proponents see as a rite of passage, sometimes with dire consequences. Since 1970, more than 100 deaths have been attributed to hazing.
That’s History explores the issue of hazing, from its origins to its place on the college campus today. Despite being prohibited in 44 states, hazing rituals on college campuses continue to occur often without a large public outcry.
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That's History was a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring historian Jonathan Zimmerman that aired from 2011 to 2012. That’s History took an event, issue or person in the news, and looked back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons.