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Katherine Gray, a professor of art at California State University, San Bernardino, is one of five artists to be honored as a College Fellow by the American Craft Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing American craft.
This year’s honorees will be celebrated during a formal ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, with details forthcoming.
Gray is a Los Angeles-based glass artist whose work ranges from blown glass to elaborate installations of found glass. Her immersive work draws on rich traditions of glass blowing, fearless experimentation, and a fascination with glass as both a visual and experiential encounter.
She can be seen in the Netflix series Blown Away as the resident evaluator. In 2017, she received the Libenský | Brychtová Award from the Pilchuck Glass School for her artistic and educational contributions to the field.
To be elected into the College of Fellows, an artist must demonstrate leadership in the field, outstanding ability as an artist or teacher, and 25 years or more of professional achievement as an American craftsperson. Awardees are nominated by the active College of Fellows; the distinction represents recognition of meaningful contribution to the field not by critics, scholars, or collectors, but by one’s peers.
Read the complete article at “American Craft Council celebrates 50 years of awards - check out the remarkable work of this year's honorees.”

Two CSUSB political science professors emeriti to publish handbook on the First Amendment
Feb. 12, 2020
Toward the end of a long article on First Amendment issues, the website reported that Michael C. LeMay and Alemayehu G. Mariam, professors emeriti from the CSUSB political science department, will soon publish the “First Amendment Freedoms: A Reference Handbook” (ABC-CLIO, Sept. 2020). 
According to the abstract: “‘First Amendment Freedoms: A Reference Handbook’ provides a comprehensive, objective, and accessible source of critically important information on the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly, and the post-Civil War Fourteenth Amendment.
Geared for high school and college readers, it covers relevant historical events from the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to the array of Supreme Court cases that further defined the scope and limits of First Amendment freedoms.”
The announcement appears under the heading “Forthcoming: First Amendment Handbook” at the end of the article “First Amendment News 241: Floyd Abrams on retaliation against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.”

High school students’ photo with Nazi symbol and Confederate flag example of ‘sociopolitical mainstreaming of white supremacy and Nazi symbols,’ CSUSB professor says
Los Angeles Times
Feb. 12, 2020
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about a photograph of a group of Riverside teenagers posing with a Nazi symbol in front of a Confederate flag that began circulating on social media last week that has prompted backlash from students and parents.
Levin said the photo and others like it are meant to be a “bonding experience for young people who are ignorant and are trying to send a message to a changing society.”
“At a time when over 40% of Americans say whites are under attack, these young people are sending a shock message that they’re still relevant, and the biggest reverberation you’ll get is when you hook into tribal prejudice,” Levin said. “Some of this is youthful rebellion, but don’t kid yourself: It’s also another example of the sociopolitical mainstreaming of white supremacy and Nazi symbols.”
Read the complete article at “Photo of students with swastika and Confederate flag roils Riverside school.”

CSUSB professor refutes far-right group’s claim that Antifa extremists have committed homicides
Lead Stories
Feb. 12, 2020
The website interviewed Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, for an article that aimed to refute a claim from the founder of the far-right group, the Proud Boys, that left-wing extremists known as Antifa have killed at least 16 people.
Levin supplied Lead Stories with the 2019 'Report to the Nation,' which he co-authored. It said: “While there were both a string of politically motivated assaults and suspected crimes--and non-violent protests--by Antifa, anarchists, and hard left extremists, there have been no homicides by any of their adherents in 2018 or 2019.”
In an interview with Lead Stories, Levin emphasized, 'While there have been numerous instances of assaults and property damage, there have been no homicides attributed by law enforcement to Antifa or related movements.'
Levin, however, pointed out that Antifa follower Willem Van Spronsen, 69, was killed during an attack on a detention center in Washington state on July 13, 2019. He was armed with a rifle and was throwing incendiary devices and died in the attack.
Read the complete article at “Fake news: Antifa has NOT killed 16 people.”

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