Greek Brotherhood


How did Greek fraternities become a part of college life? Cristen and Caroline investigate the history of fraternities and how problems hazing, drinking and sexual assault threaten their future existence.

Episode sources:

"African American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision" edited by Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks and Clarenda M. Phillips. University of Kentucky Press. 2012. http://books.google.com/books?id=BBpRjQpHBqEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Belching a dirge?" The Economist. June 24, 2014. http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/06/college-fraternities

"Efforts by College to Curb Assaults Focus on Fraternities" by Richard Perez-Pena. The New York Times. June 12, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/education/fraternities-are-focus-of-measures-to-reduce-assaults-and-misconduct.html

"Fraternities and Sexual Assault" by Cory Weinberg. May 06, 2014. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/06/would-forcing-fraternities-admit-women-reduce-sexual-assaults

"Fraternities Lobby for Tax Break Without Hazing Penalties" by David Glovin. Bloomberg. June 25, 2013. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-25/fraternities-lobby-for-tax-break-without-hazing-penalties.html

"Gay History of Men's Fraternities" by Shane L. Windmeyer and George Miller. Campus Pride. http://www.campuspride.org/tools/gay-history-of-mens-fraternities/

"Gay Men in Black Fraternities" by Gregory S. Parks. The Huffington Post. Nov. 27, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-s-parks/gay-men-in-black-fraternities_b_2189499.html

"How Fraternities Work" by Katie Lambert. HowStuffWorks.com. http://people.howstuffworks.com/fraternity.htm

"Inside the Colleges That Killed Frats For Good" by Zach Schonfeld. Newsweek. March 10, 2014. http://www.newsweek.com/inside-colleges-killed-frats-good-231346

"Sigma Alpha Epsilon Bans Pledging Nationwide In Effort to Stop Hazing" by Tyler Kingkade. The Huffington Post. March 11, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/11/sigma-alpha-epsilon-pledging-hazing_n_4938425.html

"Study explores the relationship between drinking and fraternities." American Psychological Association. June 2001. http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun01/fraternities.aspx

"The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities" by Nicholas L. Syrett. University of North Carolina Press. 2009. http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Company_He_Keeps.html?id=chCRq2Pw77kC

"The Dark Power of Fraternities" by Caitlin Flanagan. The Atlantic. Feb. 19, 2014. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-dark-power-of-fraternities/357580/

Academic insights:

"A Sociological and Statistical Analysis of Fraternity Men's Attitudes on Rape and Sexual Assault" by Cierra Ensign. California Polytechnic State University. http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1119&context=socssp

"Fraternity and sorority leaders and members: a comparison of alcohol use, attitude, and policy awareness" by AM Fairlie et al. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. July 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20560837

"Pornography Viewing Among Fraternity Men: Effects on Bystander Intervention, Rape Myth Acceptance and Behavioral Intent to Commit Sexual Assault" by John D. Foubert, Matthew W. Brosi and R. Sean Bannon. The Journal of Treatment & Prevention. 2011. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10720162.2011.625552#.U-ImD2O-inp

"Short and long-term effects of fraternity and sorority membership on heavy drinking: a social norms perspective" by KJ Sher, BD Bartholow and S. Nanda. Journal of the Psychology of Addictive Behavior. March 2001. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11255938

"Sophisticated Practitioners: Black Fraternity Men's Treatment of Women" by Rashawn Ray. Journal of African American Studies. January 2011. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12111-010-9156-8#page-1

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