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CSUSB professor comments on report profiling U.S. Capitol rioters
Voice of America
Feb. 12, 2021

While one study by researchers is finding that many those who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol were not just right-wing extremists, but also but also doctors, lawyers, architects and business owners, Cal State San Bernardino professor Brian Levin cautioned that the data is far from conclusive.

As the investigation proceeds, previously unknown ties between the insurrectionists and organized right-wing groups may come to light, said Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB. Just because a violent rioter is not a member of an organized extremist group does not make him or her any less dangerous, Levin said.  

 "They might dine from the same buffet table of extremism," but "you don't have to be a member of the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers to belong to the same overall subculture or to adhere to certain conspiracies," he said. 

Read the complete article at “Who were the U.S. Capitol rioters?

CSUSB professor interviewed about military veterans who were among those arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot
Feb. 13, 2021

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for a segment about the make up of people, and their affiliations, who have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Some, the report said, had military ties.

Levin said he wasn’t surprised that some veterans had taken part in the riot. “There has been a purposeful recruitment effort at law enforcement and military from a variety of extremist groups, including groups like the Oath Keepers, for instance, and 3 Percenters, who want folks with those kinds of specialized skills” he said.

See the full segment at MSBNBC.

CSUSB professor writes on ‘Managing loneliness on Valentine’s Day in the pandemic’
Psychology Today
Feb. 12, 2021

Before the holiday on Feb. 14, Anthony Silard, associate professor of public administration, wrote in his Psychology Today blog, “The Art of Living Free,” about managing loneliness on Valentine’s Day during the pandemic.

He offered three strategies to help people manage loneliness:

  • Recognize love in the forms in which it emerges in your life;
  • Become the right person; and
  • Reengineer your perception of Valentine’s Day.

“Detecting love in all its forms is also strengthening: it enables you to replace a yearning for what you don’t have with a deep reserve of gratitude for what you do have,” Silard wrote. “This appreciation and inner strength will set the stage for your future life partner to enter your life.”

Read the complete article at “Managing loneliness on Valentine’s Day in the pandemic.”

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