Filmmaker & Poet
Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. She is the producer and writer of Bully, a feature documentary following a “year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, which she developed, produced, and wrote in partnership with Emmy and Sundance Award-winning director, Lee Hirsch. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully opens a window into the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic, and economic borders. Read More >
An Issue We Can Solve Together
Bully: The Story Behind the Scenes
How can educators, parents and youth be equipped with the skills to prevent bullying before it takes root and create positive learning environments for all? In this engaging, multimedia presentation, Cynthia Lowen delves into the creative ways Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be integrated into school cultures and communities to create meaningful engagement, lasting impact and the next generation of motivated, caring citizens. Read More >
Drawing on her experience co-creating The BULLY Project Social Action campaign, centered around SEL philosophy with a goal of reaching 10 million youth, this presentation will explore core Social and Emotional Learning strategies including: building trusting school-wide relationships, fostering empathy and understanding, promoting responsibility, facilitating student leadership and encouraging parent participation. This talk will also provide real-world examples of schools that have successfully implemented SEL and will depict the positive ripples this work has created throughout the community. Read Less ^
Research shows a strong correlation between youth who are exposed to domestic violence and those who engage in bullying behaviors, as well as those who perpetrate or experience physical violence in intimate relationships. While one in three young people ages 14-20 have experienced dating violence, both boys and girls who engage in bullying behaviors are far more likely to report physical violence in relationships than their peers. Read More >
In this powerful multimedia presentation, Cynthia Lowen explores how communities can empower young women and men to engage in healthy, safe relationships. Using specific examples from her work with youth, educators and mental health experts, this talk will look at the formation of abusive behavior patterns and how these behaviors can evolve into bullying, harassment and violence towards peers and partners. She will also examine characteristics of physical and emotional abuse, cyber-bullying and sexual assault, equipping audiences with tools to identify and respond to relational violence and implement positive, community-wide interventions. Read Less ^
According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 35% of American youth have been the target of cyberbullying or electronic aggression. While young people, educators, parents and police departments struggle to keep pace with ever-evolving technologies, what happens online and through electronic devices continues to deeply impact student safety, attitudes and behaviors. Read More >
In this compelling program, Cynthia Lowen will draw on her extensive experience working with kids, families, educators and communities to provide concrete tools to prevent and effectively respond to electronic aggression and cyberbullying, as well as provide guidelines for safely navigating the internet and electronic devices. The talk will explore parents’ role in preventing cyberbullying and electronic aggression and will give a framework for how educators can effectively respond to the same. The program will also detail how schools and parents can foster partnerships with local police departments to respond to cyber-crimes, and will provide examples of constructive online communities and opportunities for young people. Read Less ^
In this special presentation, Cynthia Lowen will read from her poetry collection, The Cloud That Contained the Lightning, winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and released in September 2013. Using the character of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb," as a jumping-off point, The Cloud That Contained the Lightning explores the enduring legacy of the nuclear weapons, and the danger of forgetting. The reading will be followed with a discussion of the work with the author.
"Cynthia was very well received by attendees. Many attendees expressed gratitude for being able to open up dialogue about the issue of bullying, and Cynthia was great at encouraging attendees to get involved at their schools and in their classrooms."