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CSUSB part of project that aims to preserve Black history in Inland Empire
Feb. 5, 2022
The newspaper featured the “Bridges that Carried Us Over” project, which is digitally archived at the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library.
In 2007, Wilmer Amina Carter, a CSUSB alumna, and her late husband, William Henry “Ratibu” Jacocks, initiated the project, which, at the core, is a commitment to honoring the history of African American people in the Inland Empire and their personal stories of struggle and triumph through video recorded interviews.
Marc Robinson, assistant professor of history at CSUSB is involved in the project. He said, “As a professor of African American history, Bridges has clear connections to my research and teaching.” Currently there are two student interns from his campus transcribing interviews for the digital archive at the university’s Bridges that Carried Us Over webpage.
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CSUSB faculty member named principal guest conductor for San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 4, 2022
Lesley Leighton, artistic director of the Los Robles Master Chorale and director of choral activities at Cal State San Bernardino, has been named principal guest conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.
“As the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra continues to expand, it is critical that we add a world-classprincipal guest conductor to share artistic responsibilities on the podium and give our orchestra and ouraudience an extra musical perspective,” Anthony Parnther, the orchestra’s music director and conductor, said.
“I have collaborated with Maestro Parnther for many projects both on the stage and in the studio, and I adore working with such a smart and accomplished musician whom I admire. It’s exciting to work with Anthony in this new capacity, and I look forward to what we can bring together to the music scene in the IE,” Leighton said.
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CSUSB professor selects artists’ work for 11th Biennial Ontario Art Exhibit
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Feb. 5, 2022
Katherine Ervin, professor in the theater arts department at Cal State San Bernardino, selected the artists whose work is part of the 11th Biennial Ontario Art Exhibit, which opens Feb. 10 at the Ontario Museum of History and Art.
The exhibit, which runs through April 17, features contemporary artworks by nine local and regional artists from the 2021 Ontario Open Art Exhibition.
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CSUSB profess says the JCPOA would only revive if it benefits Iran economically
Feb. 5, 2022
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed for a segment on the latest development on talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and included the dropping of economic sanctions against Iran in return for the signatory nations able to monitor its nuclear program. The multi-national agreement began to fall apart in 2018, with then-President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of it saying he wanted a stronger deal, and unilaterally reimposed economic sanctions on Iran to get it to the negotiating table. The remaining nations – the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China – have remained in the agreement and have been trying to preserve it. The sanctions have been a sticking point in the U.S. reentering the agreement under President Joe Biden.
Yaghoubian said Iran – which adhered to the agreement after Trump pulled the U.S. out of it – would agree to revive the agreement only if it would benefit it economically by “verifiable, sustainable sanctions relief.”
CSUSB center’s study shows record-breaking hate crime spree in major cities
Feb. 5, 2022
Reports of hate crimes skyrocketed in 2021 in more than a dozen of America’s largest cities, with a record number of Asian Americans saying they were targeted, according to a preliminary analysis of the data. The unpublished study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as police departments have improved record-keeping.
Brian Levin, director of the center, told Axios virus lockdowns in 2020 may have artificially suppressed hate crimes for a year.
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Hate crimes up 46% in 2021 in U.S. largest cities, CSUSB center study shows
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Feb. 5, 2022
Data from metropolitan police departments in 14 cities found hate crimes were up by 46 percent in 2021 from 2020. The disturbing findings come from data that has been collected as part of an as yet unpublished study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
The increase in reported hate crimes is partly because cities have created more streamlined ways to report hate, said Brian Levin, director of the center.
“But the bottom line is when you're seeing these kinds of increases across the best reporting agencies, that is a scary proposition,” he said.
Looking at the data across years, Levin believes that 2020 was a significant turning point.
“Stereotypes and bigotry that are directed against various groups, particularly racial groups, really get anchored in 2020,' he said. 'Anti-Asian with respect to COVID-19 and anti-black with respect to the George Floyd lynching and the social justice protests.”
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San Diego hate crime numbers climbed higher in 2021
KPBS San Diego
Feb. 4, 2022
The number of hate crimes reported by the San Diego department nearly doubled last year. San Diego’s hate crimes numbers reflect nationwide trends.
A new study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino shows a 46% increase in hate crimes across the nation’s largest cities in 2021.
“New York, L.A. and Chicago hit century highs,” said Brian Levin, author of the study and director of the center.
Nationwide, race-based hate crimes are still primarily directed against Black Americans, but over the past few years, hate crimes against Asian Americans increased the most. The number of anti-Asian hate crimes increased 339% in the country’s largest metro areas in 2021.
The increase in reported hate crimes is partly because cities have created more streamlined ways to report hate, Levin said.
“But the bottom line is when you’re seeing these kinds of increases across the best reporting agencies, that is a scary proposition,” he said.
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CSUSB study finds sharp increase in hate crimes reported in Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles hit a grim record last year, recording a 56% spike in hate crimes. There were 594 reported crimes in which a victim was targeted based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender.
“This is the highest recorded number of hate crimes in any city in the United States this century and very well may be the highest in Los Angeles ever,” said Brian Levin, Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Read the complete article at “Record-breaking hate crimes in L.A."
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