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CSUSB professor discusses current situation in GazaKPFKAhlam Muhtaseb, CSUSB professor of communication, was interviewed on the KPFK program “Freedom Now” on June 30 to discuss the current conflict in Gaza. Her interview begins at about 35 minutes, 20 seconds into the hour-long program.To listen to the program, go to the KPFK archive page and scroll down to the Freedom Now episode on June 30. 
Vanishing act: CSUSB professor Katherine Gray’s explorations in glass and light Los Angeles TimesThe newspaper featured an exhibit of ten works by Katherine Gray, CSUSB professor of art, now on display at Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles through Sept. 9.“‘As Clear as the Experience’ (also the title of the show) crowds 86 pieces of black domestic glassware on shelves in a greenhouse window frame. The inky stockpile renders the window box useless, deviously replicates on a second glance (or so it seems), and simply eats light,” reporter R. Daniel Foster wrote.Read the complete article at “Vanishing act: Katherine Gray’s explorations in glass and light.” 
CSUSB Opera Theatre its shares expertise with high school students in RiversideRiverside Unified School DistrictJuly 2, 2018The video follows theater faculty from CSUSB — including Stacey Fraser, director of the CSUSB Opera Theatre, and Alastair Edmonstone, its music director — as they taught a master class to choral students from Riverside Poly, Martin Luther King and John W. Smith high schools. The students learned and then performed a piece from an avant-garde opera by composer Philip Glass.View the video at CSUSB Opera Theatre its shares expertise with high school students in Riverside 
CSUSB professor quoted in article about infidelityThe Citizen (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)July 8, 2018Kelly Campbell, associate professor of psychology and a nationally recognized relationship expert, was quoted in an article about why some people in a relationship are prone to cheating on their partner. She said these include individual reasons, relationship reasons and situational reasons.Men, for example, are more likely to cheat than women largely because they have more testosterone, which is responsible for the strong desire to have sex, she said. People with rigid values, such as those with strong religious beliefs, are less likely to cheat.Read the complete article at “Inside the world of serial cheaters.” 
CSUSB professor comments on proliferation videos of hate incidents going viral on social mediaThe Press-Enterprise/Southern California News GroupJuly 7, 2018Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB, is interviewed for an article about the proliferation of social media postings of people berating others on account of race, religion or presumed immigration status.He said the trend likely reflects a rise in hate crimes seen in California and across the nation.“These public displays of bigotry may actually be outpacing the increase in hate crimes,” he said.Levin said his center is projecting that, when all statistics are in for 2017, the numbers will show that, for a third straight year, hate crimes rose statewide.He said the total jumped from 758 in 2014 to 837 in 2015, then to 931 in 2016. He predicted the 2017 total will surpass 1,000 for the first time since 2011.Before the recent uptick, California was following a downward trajectory after peaking at about 2,000 hate crimes in 2001, Levin said.Levin based his projection of a third straight annual increase on 2017 statistics already available for the nation’s 38 largest cities. That trend is detailed in a center report.The center reported 254 hate crimes in Los Angeles last year, up from 229 in 2016. Long Beach logged 18 hate crimes, up from nine. Anaheim had the same as the previous year: one. Hate crimes fell in Riverside, which had six in 2017 after reporting nine the year before, and in San Bernardino, which had five, a drop from nine. The report did not include Santa Ana, Levin said.Read the complete article at “Why are so many racial, religious confrontations popping up on social media? 
Allegations of offensive social media posts by San Bernardino County gang prosecutor should be investigated by DA, CSUSB criminologist saysThe Sun/Southern California News GroupJuly, 6 2018Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and hate crime expert, was interviewed for an article about the lead hard-core gang prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office being investigated for allegedly posting a series of offensive rants on social media, triggering demands for his dismissal.Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem, who joined the D.A.’s Office 12 years ago, targeted outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and the victim of a police shooting in Facebook and Instagram posts labeled by one critic as “hateful rhetoric.”Levin said the district attorney needs to take this “incredibly seriously and address it forthwith.”“Such declarations are deplorable, reprehensible, disgusting and bigoted and have no place in the public domain of a trusted public official,” Levin said. “It’s shocking if these allegations are true.”Read the complete article at “Top San Bernardino County gang prosecutor under fire for offensive social media posts.” 
 Hate crimes are up in major U.S. cities for the fourth year in a row, CSUSB study saysSouthern Poverty Law CenterJuly 5, 2018Hate crimes reported to police in America’s 10 largest cities went up by 12.5 percent in 2017, according to a new analysis, making it the fourth consecutive year U.S. hate crime reports in those areas have increased.The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism released a report last week examining 2017 police data on hate crimes from 38 jurisdictions across the U.S. The study also registered the highest number of total hate crimes in the 10 largest cities in more than a decade.When researchers expanded their analysis to include the data from all 38 jurisdictions, they found a similar overall increase of 12 percent in 2017 compared with 2016. Hate crimes went up in seven of the 10 largest cities in America. And the study notes that while reports decreased in Chicago and New York in 2017 (by 14 and two percent, respectively) those cities had seen multi-year hate crime highs in 2016.Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, and professor at California State University, San Bernardino, where the Center is housed, co-authored the study. He noted the possible role that Russian social media influence may have had on simmering tensions, citing a May 2018 content analysis by USA Today that shows a significant portion of Russian ads were targeted toward exacerbating existing racial divisions.“I’m not saying they started anything, I’m saying they’re happy to throw gasoline on a fire that is already raging,” he explained. “These foreign actors were trying to, according to the indictment, sow discord, and this is the first statistical demonstration of that.”Read the complete article at “Hate crimes are up in major U.S. cities for the fourth year in a row, study says.” 
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