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RAFFMA collaborates with elementary school to present SmARTshow
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
May 19, 2022

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at Cal State San Bernardino, in collaboration with the Manuel A. Salinas Creative Arts Elementary School, will present smARTshow, a conceptual fourth-grade art show by Oraib Mango, CSUSB professor of world languages and literatures, and William Beshears, a fourth-grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) teacher at the elementary school.

The exhibition will be on display at the RAFFMA Dutton Family Gallery from May 21-27, with an opening reception on Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m.

The smARTshow will be this academic year's final presentation piece of the collaborative Al-Najm program, founded by Mango and Beshears. The two educators created Al-Najm ("star" in Arabic and the school's symbol) to bring college-level thinking to elementary school students, increase student agency, and create a more engaging educational experience for the students' families.

Mango received a 2012-13 Community-Based Research Mini-Grant from the Office of Community Engagement to begin the Al-Najm program with the Manuel A. Salinas Creative Arts Elementary School. "Working with Mr. Beshears and fourth-grade students has inspired me to think in new ways," Mango said. "It allowed me to break free of restrictions and set me free to develop new ways of looking, seeing, wondering, dreaming and questioning, which are at the heart of teaching and scholarship."

CSUSB’s hate crime expert, Brian Levin, on the Buffalo shooter
WNYC Radio New York City
May 18, 2022

Brian Levin, criminologist, civil rights attorney and professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was a guest on the Brian Lehrer Show on the NPR affiliate. Levin talked about the hate crime investigation, and the motivation of the suspect who shot 13 people, killing 10, in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14.

Listen to the segment at “A hate crime expert on the Buffalo shooter.”

Black Americans are most targeted victims of hate crimes, CSUSB professor says
May 19, 2022

One pattern has remained consistent since the FBI began tracking and reporting hate crime in 1991: Black Americans have been its most frequent victims, the magazine reported. “The pattern is absolutely clear, absolutely overwhelming. And in 2020—that’s the last year we have [numbers from] right now—the FBI data showed we had the worst year ever for anti-Black hate crime,” says Brian Levin, a criminologist and civil rights attorney at California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Levin leads a team of researchers exploring multiple aspects of hate crime, and the language he uses to describe recent patterns is alarming. “Just like people with cameras getting the hurricane coming in, we’re getting the data on it and it’s severe.”

Read the complete article at “Anti-Black violence has long been the most common American hate crime—and we still don't know the full extent.”

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