Public Philosopher Myriam Miedzian writes frequently on contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. Her recent book, HE WALKED THROUGH WALLS: A Twentieth Century Tale of Survival (Lantern Books. September 2009) captures some of these issues in a narrative focused on her father’s survival, against all odds, of three 20th century European wars. Dr. Miedzian’s speaking engagements on the topic of this book, include: The Mercantile Library and the 92nd Street Y in NYC; the Jewish Community Center’s Evening of Jewish Renaissance in Providence, R.I., SUNY New Paltz’s Resnick lecture.
The revised edition of her book BOYS WILL BE BOYS: Breaking the Link between Masculinity and Violence (Doubleday 1991, Anchor 1992) was published in November 2002 by Lantern Press. She has lectured widely on how to change the socialization of boys to decrease violence. Speaking engagements have included: Columbia; Harvard; the California Attorney General and Department of Education Conference; and the Barcelona II International Citizens Meeting. She has advised the Clinton Administration's Violence Prevention Task Force, and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families.
Dr. Miedzian’s book, GENERATIONS: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives, (The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997; Dell 1998), co-authored with her daughter Alisa Malinovich, deals with issues such as the transformation of the family, work/child rearing conflicts, sexual harassment and violence against women.
Dr. Miedzian has appeared on over 300 TV and radio programs, including CHARLIE ROSE, OPRAH WINFREY, LARRY KING LIVE, and THE BRIAN LEHRER SHOW. Her research on school programs that help prevent violent behavior, formed the basis of an NPR Weekend Edition program. She was the subject of the Time Magazine Interview.
Her articles and excerpts in anthologies include: NEW GIRL ORDER: ARE MEN IN DECLINE? 2012 Kindle Edition, MOTHERHOOD AND FEMINISM (Seal Press forthcoming);VIOLENCE AND GENDER (Prentice Hall, 2004); TRANSFORMING A RAPE CULTURE (Milkweed, 2004); ENDING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE (Sage, 1994); RETHINKING PEACE (Lynne Rienner, 1994)
Her articles and Op Eds have appeared in many publications, including, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE BALTIMORE SUN, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, SOCIAL RESEARCH. Her blogs appear frequently in THE HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Miedzian, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., has served on the faculties of Rutgers University, The City University of New York, and Barnard College. Most recently, she was the Visiting Libra Professor at the University of Maine.
She is a founding director of Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents, a non-profit organization which grew out of recommendations made in BOYS WILL BE BOYS.