March 12

UCLA Friends Of Semel and Resnick Advisory Board Open Mind Program “And Then They Stopped Talking To Me”

And Then They Stopped Talking to Me
UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute and Resnick Board for an Open Mind/#WOW program with Judith Warner, New York Times best-selling author of the critically acclaimed new book And Then They Stopped Talking to Me- Making Sense of Middle School. Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Associate Professor at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies, will join Ms. Warner in a conversation about the effects of bullying, cyberbullying, “ghosting” and  “cancel culture” on the mental health and wellbeing of teens.  

Through the stories of kids and parents in the middle school trenches, Ms. Warner reveals why these years are so painful, how parents unwittingly make them worse, and what we all need to do to grow up. Part cultural critique and part call to action, with deep insight and compassion, this essential book unpacks one of life’s most formative periods and shows how we can help our children not only survive it but thrive.   

Judith Warner is the author of the New York Timesbestselling books, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety; Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story; and the award-winning We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which she spoke about at an Open Mind program in 2010. A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Ms. Warner has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, where she wrote the popular Domestic Disturbances column, as well as numerous other publications. 

In addition to being an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry. She also holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and has been appointed as a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance. She is a board member of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, serving those vulnerable to online harassment and serves on the NYU Center Critical Race and Digital Studies advisory board. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, which has been widely-reviewed in scholarly and popular publications.