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CSUSB part of effort to preserve Serrano language
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 25, 2021

An article about Ernest Siva’s work to preserve the Serrano language included mentioned that he contributes to Cal State San Bernardino’s language program through an arrangement between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the university. A class on the Native American language was introduced over a decade ago, but today, it is offered as a full-credit course.

Carmen Jany, the coordinator of the California Indian Languages Programs at Cal State San Bernardino, said Siva’s instruction has been vital in keeping the Serrano language alive.

“I believe that his sincere desire to preserve and pass along the language and traditions of the local native cultures — evident in his generous gifts of time, talent and knowledge — is clearly a driving force behind these efforts,” Jany said in an email about Siva’s work.

Also mentioned in the article, Mark Araujo-Levinson, a mathematics student at Cal State San Bernardino who views grammatical rules like equations or theorems, shares his love of languages — including the Serrano dialects — on his YouTube channel and even earned a job with the Morongo Cultural Heritage Department as a language preservation specialist.

Read the complete article at “The Indigenous Serrano language was all but gone. This man is resurrecting it.”

CSUSB professor discusses how collecting $26 million award vs. white nationalists could happen
Kansas City Star/The Associated Press
Nov. 25. 2021

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernadino, discussed how the civil judgement against organizers of the 2017 far-right extremists rally in Charlottesville, Va., could be collected.

Levin said the plaintiffs' lawyers may be able to recover some of the damages because of the sheer number of defendants named in the lawsuit. The Virginia civil court jury issued the $26 million judgement against 17 defendants; the judge issued default judgments against another seven defendants before the trial.

“The thing that's different about this case is you have a wide array of defendants. Some of them are currently locked up or destitute, but they might have assets, (insurance) policies or real estate that could be recoverable,” Levin said.

Read the complete article at “Collecting $26M award vs. white nationalists may be tough.”

CSUSB center’s work mentioned in article about anti-Semitic leaflets left on Beverly Hills lawns
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 28, 2021

An article about anti-Semitic leaflets found in the yards of Beverly Hills residents over the weekend cited research by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Brian Levin, executive director of the center, has said that in 2019, Jewish people were the “top target” of hate crimes in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Several people found the one-page documents in their front yards Sunday morning, the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement shared on social media. The department said it is investigating the fliers, which included “propaganda style hate speech related to the COVID pandemic and the Jewish people.”

Read the complete article at “Beverly Hills police investigating anti-Semitic fliers left at residents’ homes.”

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