The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 3, 2013

Professor from Finland to present lecture on bullying

The Free Press

MANKATO — A Finland professor who is researching bullying will be presenting the Nadine B. Andreas Lecture on Wednesday, March 20, at Minnesota State University.

Maili Pörhölä, a professor at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, will discuss the impact of bullying on health. The talk will be 7 p.m. in the 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 MSU’s Department of Counseling and Student Personnel; Anne Dahlman, associate professor and chair in the MSU Department of Educational Studies: K-12 & Secondary Programs; Catherine Davis, Mankato Clinic physician; and Maureen Tanis, a social worker from the Mayo Health System.

Pörhölä 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.

The event is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Communication Studies. Those who want more information may contact faculty member David Engen at 507-389-5537 or email at