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CSUSB: Creatives speak truth to power
Precinct Reporter
Feb. 4, 2021

Performers are on a mission to transcend the spectral of this past year, the threats to democracy and the madness of a boiling political climate– all while creating content within pandemic isolation.

Kathryn Ervin, Cal State San Bernardino professor of theatre arts, said one way that “creatives” are not getting mired in the muck is by keeping perspectives, and helping each other move forward. They regularly check in to make sure their colleagues are okay, and they keep centered on the issues of the day by speaking truth to power.

“Several groups I work with are trying to be intentional about what issues we choose to tackle because there’s a lot. You can start in the middle and work your way to both ends, but you’ll burn out that way,” said Ervin.

The article also lists some of the programs at CSUSB that are scheduled this month in celebration of Black History Month. Among the breakout of dynamic events and speakers in the coming weeks, social justice is framing the arts, performances, and conversations.

Read the complete article at “CSUSB: Creatives speak truth to power.”

CSUSB professor discusses international court decision to hear Iran’s case against U.S.
Press TV
Feb. 4, 2021

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interview for a segment about the International Court of Justice (ICJ) deciding to hear Iran’s case against the United States regarding sanctions reimposed on it in 2018 by former President Donald Trump, who withdrew from a multinational agreement regulating Iran’s nuclear program. Trump wanted what he called a stronger deal, and used the sanctions in an attempt to bring Iran to the negotiating table.

Despite President Joseph Biden’s administration coming to power, and the possibility of the U.S. returning to the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the U.S. State Department expressed disappointment in the ruling.

Yaghoubian said the U.S. has a history of ignoring the ICJ’s jurisdiction and rulings.

“Even if the United States, due to this ruling, pulls out completely from its commitments to international law or relative to the jurisdiction of the ICJ, it’s nevertheless critically important for the world community that the continued rogue behavior and scofflaw behavior of the United States is recognized,” Yaghoubian said. “These are the proper channels through which to recognize it.”

Watch the segment at “International Court of Justice takes on Iran's bid to overturn U.S. sanctions.”  

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