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National Society of Collegiate Scholars honors CSUSB with ‘Star Status’
High Desert Daily
Aug 20, 2021

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Chapter at Cal State San Bernardino earned Star Status for the 2020-21 academic year.

“The chapter has had consistent success in achieving Star Status over the years, which demonstrates the commitment CSUSB’s members have had to the organization’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and service,” said David Marshall, CSUSB’s NSCS chapter advisor, director of the Honors Program and professor of English.

Later in the article: “CSUSB has tremendous students, and NSCS has become a base from which many of them have been able to develop themselves as leaders while making a difference in the community,” said Marshall. “I was particularly proud of the 2020-21 officers for keeping the chapter active during the pandemic. They organized virtual events and a pen-pal program with residents in an assisted living community.”  

Read the complete article at “National Society of Collegiate Scholars honors CSUSB with ‘Star Status.’

Afghanistan 101: CSUSB professor answers questions on what you need to know about the Taliban
Aug. 21, 2021

All eyes are on Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. What will a life under Taliban rule look like? Does the Taliban have the ability to keep the country running? NBC’s Joshua Johnson spoke with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, about what the future looks like for a nation in crisis.

Levin answered a wide range of questions submitted by viewers, including how the Taliban will adhere to its statements that women will have rights under its governance. Levin said, “Bottom line is they said a lot of the right things last time around ... I don’t have a lot of confidence that this is going to be sustained.”

The online video can be viewed at "Afghanistan 101: What you need to know about the Taliban."

CSUSB professor discusses LAPD enforcement at recent anti-vax protests
Los Angeles Times
Aug. 20, 2021

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for an article that examined why the Los Angeles Police isn’t cracking down more on the right-wing activists who have engaged in brawls at recent protests on COVID-19 restrictions and national politics.

Levin, a former police officer, said he was hesitant to criticize the LAPD, as members of both groups had clearly shown up at an Aug. 14 rally in downtown Los Angeles ready to fight.

However, such demonstrations are only likely to continue — and get more violent — as the pandemic continues, he said, echoing recent warnings from the Department of Homeland Security. The LAPD, he said, could avoid bias complaints by establishing clearer guidelines for how it will police such demonstrations going forward.

“The department would be well suited to establish standards that would be based on threats that immediately emerge at these protests, without respect to ideology,” Levin said. “They have to publicize this and lay it out: If we see people acting violent, we’re shutting stuff down — irrespective of who is doing the protest and what side is doing what.”

Read the complete article at “Violence at anti-vaccine protest brings new criticism of LAPD tactics, claims of bias.”

CSUSB professor contributes research to article on why some socially liberal Gen-Z voters are remaining with the GOP
Aug. 23, 2021

Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science, contributed research to an article about socially liberal Gen-Z voters – those born from 1997 onward – who are staying with the Republican Party. Read the article at “Why some socially liberal Gen-Z voters aren’t leaving the GOP.”

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