Former philosophy professor, author of Boys Will Be Boys
Public Philosopher Myriam Miedzian writes frequently on contemporary social, political, and cultural issues. Her articles, Op Eds, and blogs have appeared in many publications, including, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE BALTIMORE SUN, THE BOSTON GLOBE, THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, DISSENT, SOCIAL RESEARCH, DENVER POST, COMMON DREAMS, JEWISH CURRENTS, THE HUFFINGTON POST.
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 has been the subject of the Time Magazine Interview.
The revised edition of her ground breaking 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.
In March 2013, she and her husband Gary Ferdman co-authored a HUFFINGTON POST blog entitled, Time to 'Remember the Ladies'-- In Central Park. It focused on the fact that while there were 22 statues honoring men in the park, there was not one statue honoring a woman. In order to remedy this untenable situation, they searched and found kindred spirits with whom to launch The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund. The estimate is that the statue will be unveiled by 2020 at the latest.
She is a founding director of Prepare Tomorrow’s Parents, a non-profit organization which advocates teaching child- rearing in public schools. It grew out of recommendations made in BOYS WILL BE BOYS . A lecture she gave in 1995 in Mississuaga, Canada on this topic led to the creation of the Canadian non-profit, Roots of Empathy which has by now reached half a million children worldwide.
.Miedzian’s book, GENERATIONS: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives, (The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997; Dell 1998; Kindle Edition 2013 ), 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.
In HE WALKED THROUGH WALLS: A Twentieth Century Tale of Survival (Lantern Books. September 2009) she tells the story, in the form of a "memoir" of how, against all odds, her father survived, , three 20th century European wars.
Her articles and excerpts appear in anthologies including: MARXISM, REVOLUTION, AND UTOPIA VOL.6 (University of California 2014); NEW GIRL ORDER: ARE MEN IN DECLINE? (Kindle Edition, 2012) ;Transforming Terror (University of California 2011) ; MOTHERHOOD AND FEMINISM (Seal Press 2010);VIOLENCE AND GENDER (Prentice Hall, 2004); TRANSFORMING A RAPE CULTURE (Milkweed, 2004); ENDING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE (Sage, 1994); RETHINKING PEACE (Lynne Rienner, 1994)
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, Barnard, and Brooklyn College.