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CSUSB professor co-authors column on ‘Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?’
The Conversation
July 18, 2021

Paloma E. Villegas, California State University, San Bernardino assistant professor of sociology, co-authored an article with Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto professor of sociology, about protestors defacing and monuments “to help rewrite Indigenous-settler relations.”

“Powerful messages overlay the destruction: red handprints, ‘clean water-land back,’ ‘we were children,’ ‘respect the treaties’ and ‘215.’

“But the suburbs have escaped this political reckoning for a mix of reasons. They’ve been written into our imagination as an empty land without history ready to be occupied and manicured. For more than a century, city-dwellers have been escaping the chaos of the city for the burbs.

“Suburban monumentalism is an oxymoron. Unlike its urban cousin, suburban monumentalism does not occupy remarkable public spaces. As a result, it flies under the radar of political confrontation.”

Read the complete article at “Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?

CSUSB professor interviewed for article on demisexuality
The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald
July 18, 2021

Megan Carol, CSUSB assistant professor of sociology, was interviewed for an article about demisexuality.

“Demisexuality, which was coined about 2006 and became more widespread in 2008 according to The Asexual Vibsibility & Education Network, exists along the asexual spectrum, says Dr Megan Carrol, assistant professor at California State University San Bernardino, who researches asexualities and identifies as asexual.

“‘Demisexuality is a type of asexuality where people do not experience sexual attraction unless they have formed a close emotional bond with someone – and even then, a close emotional bond doesn’t guarantee sexual attraction,’ she says.”

Read the complete article at “‘It isn’t not being able to get laid’: what is a demisexual?

CSUSB professor co-authors paper: ‘Characteristic classes and stability conditions for projective Kleinian orbisurfaces’
Mathematische Zeitschrift
July 13, 2021

Bronson Lim, CSUSB assistant professor of mathematics, co-authored a paper with Franco Rota, Rutgers University assistant professor of mathematics, on the “Characteristic classes and stability conditions for projective Kleinian orbisurfaces.”

The abstract reads: “We construct Bridgeland stability conditions on the derived category of smooth quasi-projective Deligne–Mumford surfaces whose coarse moduli spaces have ADE singularities. This unifies the construction for smooth surfaces and Bridgeland’s work on Kleinian singularities. The construction hinges on an orbifold version of the Bogomolov–Gieseker inequality for slope semistable sheaves on the stack, and makes use of the Toën–Hirzebruch–Riemann–Roch theorem.”

CSUSB professor writes on ‘The path of our actions’
The Pioneer (India)
July 19, 2021

Vipin Gupta, CSUSB professor of management, wrote, “In the current scenario, as we work our way through the pandemic, there is a critical need for us to revisit the path of action to know its significance using the modern scientific parlance. The path of action leads us to be conscious that our present consciousness is contaminated with many local forces. By globalising our mindset consciously, we can be the conscious entity enjoying our life without contaminating the consciousness of others with our unfulfilled wishes.”

Read the complete article at “The path of our actions.”

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus receives $20k grant for neurofeedback program
The Desert Sun
July 16, 2021

The Anderson Children’s Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Neurofeedback Center at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus to treat children in the Coachella Valley adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSUSB’s Neurofeedback Center will be partnering with school districts in the Coachella Valley to provide innovative mental health services to children whose mental well-being has been adversely affected by the global pandemic.

The funds will be used to extend the university’s neurofeedback program to students at greatest need in the Coachella Valley, and will provide additional neurofeedback services to 100 children per year, significantly improving the quality of life of the children receiving these services.

“Anxiety and depression levels decrease, academic performance improves, behavioral interventions decrease and the overall positive outcomes enhance the lives of the children, their parents, their teachers and the community as a whole,” said Connie McReynolds, director of the Institute for Research, Assessment & Professional Development, and professor of special education rehabilitation and counseling at CSUSB.

CSUSB professor comments on cancellations of ‘America First’ rallies in SoCal
CBS Los Angeles
July 17, 2021

After three separate attempts to hold an “America First” rally, which were being organized by Congress members Matt Gaetz and Majorie Taylor Greene, were cancelled by southland venues, organizers held an impromptu rally outside Riverside City Hall Saturday.

Cal State San Bernardino Professor Brian Levin said it’s less clear why the Riverside Convention Center pulled out of the event and said there’s a factor that could give Gaetz and Greene a legal leg to stand on, which is that the convention center is managed by a private company, but owned by the city.

“As long as it’s blind to the viewpoint, in other words if they would have treated the Girl Scouts the same way, I think the city has a defense. However, if the rally organizers find there is a viewpoint-centric reason for the refusal of their request, I think they have at least the beginnings of a plausible case,” Levin said.

Read the complete article and see the related online video report at “After 3 separate venue cancellations,`America First’ rally organizers hold impromptu rally at Riverside City Hall.”


The CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism’s latest research on hate crimes against Asian Americans was cited in the following:  


Asian American Olympians face racism at home
July 19, 2021

Asian American Olympians representing the United States are competing for gold in Tokyo as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are targets of violence and bigotry back home.

Anti-Asian hate crimes reported to police in the U.S.'s largest cities jumped 189% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period of time in 2020, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.


NYPD, FBI join forces to fight Asian hate in new campaign
July 17, 2021

The New York Police Department (NYPD) and FBI have launched a joint public service announcement to encourage the reporting of potential anti-Asian hate crimes. …

New York recorded the most anti-Asian hate crimes among 16 of America’s largest cities and counties in the first quarter of the year, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. The incidence marked a 223% increase from the same period last year.


CSUSB center referenced in article about Florida ramen restaurant subjected to anti-Asian racial slurs
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
July 18, 2021

A viral video shows two men hurling anti-Asian slurs at employees at a Florida ramen shop after they asked their group to leave. 

The incident came as incidents of anti-Asian hate have skyrocketed in the United States over the past year, with the country's largest counties and cities reported that anti-Asian hate crimes were up 164%, according to a May study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. 


Stigmatizing and scapegoating: how Asian human rights sacrificed in a COVID-wreaked America
July 17, 2021

The Asian community in the US has been in collective trauma following an alarming increase in racial discrimination and hate crimes against them. While the slaying of six Asian women in Atlanta in March was the most tragic of those, racially motivated violence has been happening all the time, taking place in multiple forms and jeopardizing every age group of this community. …

A research report by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino showed that hate crimes targeting Asian Americans increased by 169 percent in 15 of the America's largest cities in the first quarter of 2021 over the same period in 2020.

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