Filmmaker Lee Hirsch takes on story, sources, solutions behind ‘Bully’

Lee HirschThe University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presents a multimedia lecture experience, An Evening with Lee Hirsch,” on Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Documentary filmmaker Hirsch will tell the story of “Bully,” his critically acclaimed film that sparked a national conversation upon its 2011 debut..

Sharing clips of the film and taking the audience behind the scenes, Hirsch will tackle the issue of bullying and how it affects students, their families, schools and society at large. He will also discuss his experiences as a documentary filmmaker hoping to create social change through exposure of this critical issue.

Hirsch’s lecture is the centerpiece of National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month at UWM, which includes a series of events designed to raise awareness, provide education about and explore solutions for bullying. The series culminates in an interactive workshop with musician-activist Traciana Graves on Oct. 30 that will empower participants to become “upstanders” for civility and inclusion rather than bystanders when witnessing acts of bullying.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Union Sociocultural Programming, visit, add UWM Sociocultural as a friend on Facebook or follow @UWMSociocul on Twitter.

UWM Union Sociocultural Programming provides events and activities for the campus and community designed to increase awareness and understanding of diverse identities, cultures, lifestyles and worldviews. Our programming explores and celebrates differences and commonalities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, spirituality, cognitive and physical ability, socioeconomic status and more.