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CSUSB art professor’s work now on display at Toledo, Ohio, museum exhibit, ‘Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue’
The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade
Aug. 19, 2019
In a roundup of art exhibits in the Ohio city, the newspaper reported that “A Rainbow Like You,” by Los Angeles glass artist and CSUSB professor of art Katherine Gray, is now on display as part of the exhibition “Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue” in Toledo  the newspaper reported.
The piece, which focuses on functional glass forms incorporated into larger pieces, was part of the larger TMA show, “Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop,” which was installed last winter and spring.
Gray teaches glassblowing at Cal State San Bernardino, and is a judge on the Netflix reality show “Blown Away.”
Read the complete article at “More than 100 artists to be featured at Levis Commons.”

Survey for High Desert led by CSUSB professor topic of opinion column
Daily Press (Victorville)
Aug. 18, 2019
Victorville resident Michael Stevens wrote in an opinion piece about the launch of the High Desert Survey, led by Barbara Sirotnik of CSUSB’s the Institute of Applied Research.
Stevens wrote: “One of the more prominent surveys conducted over the years is conducted by the Institute of Applied Research (IAR) at California State University, San Bernardino on behalf of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (formerly known as SANBAG, San Bernardino Associated Governments). The Transportation Authority is governed by elected representatives from each of the 24 cities and towns in the county, as well as the County Board of Supervisors.
“The survey is led by Dr. Barbara Sirotnik — the same Barbara Sirotnik leading the High Desert Survey. According to the 2018 survey report, ‘since 1997, IAR has been helping public and private agencies in the Inland Empire understand their constituencies through residents’ input on the Inland Empire Annual Survey, a telephone survey of over 1,000 people (including High Desert residents). IAR has tracked changes in Inland Empire residents’ ratings of the county as a place to live and ratings of the public and private services provided.’”

CSUSB professor discusses incident involving tanker carrying Iranian oil caught in a standoff between Iran and the West
Aug. 15, 2019
Press TV
In its program “The Debate,” Press TV interviewed David Yaghoubian, professor of History at CSU San Bernardino and Jonathan Fryer, author and lecturer from London on the release of Grace 1 oil tanker carrying Iranian oil after a court ruling in Gibraltar. The court did this despite U.S. request for detention of the ship.
The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marine commandos in darkness at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.
Watch the episode at “Debate: Release of Grace 1.”
Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

CSUSB center helps review statement made by Democrats regarding Trump rallies and increase in hate crimes
Aug. 12, 2019
The news website turned to the research of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism to check the accuracy of statements by two Democrats that said counties hosting a Trump rally in 2016 saw 226 percent spike in hate crimes.
Brian Levin, Kevin Grisham, and John Reitzel, three of the contributors to a California State University, San Bernardino study of hate crime trends in recent years, told PolitiFact that it’s hard to know whether other factors could have played a role in boosting hate crimes in the counties with a Trump rally.
'It is hard to untangle all these relationships without some interviews and in-depth qualitative data,' Grisham said. 'I think the data is fascinating and may be the first step in a larger and more in-depth project. But, we cannot say with absolute certainty that hate follows the rallies.'
For instance, Grisham said, it could be that the rallies may be a contributing cause rather than a dominant one. 'Anyone using that data should be aware of the complexity of extremist actions and their connections to rhetoric. Like anything with human beings, nothing is black and white.'
Read the complete article at “Did counties hosting a Trump rally in 2016 see a 226% spike in hate crimes?

CSUSB professor defines ‘identitarian’ movement in news report
The New York Times
Aug. 18, 2019
Rumors of white supremacy amid the stalls of clover honey and sweet corn left farmers and shoppers reeling: Not even their seemingly placid farmers’ market in Bloomington, Ind., was immune from the battles over extremism convulsing the country at a time of rising alarm over white supremacist violence.
One of the owners of the farm accused of being run by white supremacist denounced the rumors. The newspaper said she described herself as an “an identitarian,” which she described as a worldview that “emphasizes the importance of identity.”
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, described the European-rooted identitarian movement as repackaged white supremacy that opposed immigration and promoted white identity.
Read the complete article at “Amid the kale and corn, fears of white supremacy at the farmers’ market.”

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