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CSUSB professor discusses how extremism in California is a microcosm of what’s happening nationwide
NPR/KQED (San Francisco)
June 9, 2022

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed on the California Report to discuss extremism in California as Congress’ House Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection prepares to hold a primetime hearing on the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Levin said extremist activity in California is a microcosm of what’s happening in the rest of the nation.

He also discussed the “insurrectionist doctrine” of the Second Amendment that many extremists adhere to. “If people feel that they’re aggrieved with what they personally believe as conduct from a tyrannical government, they have the right to armed rebellion,” Levin explained. “And this has taken form in a variety of different ways.” Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in a number of restrictions to slow the spread of the virus was seized upon as one such grievance, he said.

Listen to the interview, which is at the start of the segment, at “A closer look at extremist behavior in California.”

CSUSB professor comments on latest hate crime report in Long Beach
Long Beach Post
June 9, 2022

Long Beach police recorded 12 hate crimes in 2021, mostly targeted at LGBTQ and Black people, according to figures from the department. That’s down from 18 in 2020 and 23 in 2019.

The decline is a rarity, according to Professor Brian Levin, who tracks hate crime data at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

When compared to other cities with populations between 150,000 and 499,000, Long Beach was one of only three nationwide that saw a decline in hate crimes reported to their police agencies, Levin said.

It’s not clear what caused Long Beach to buck the trend.

“Long Beach has many similar demographics as neighboring Los Angeles, so I would expect increases from Los Angeles to affect neighboring cities,” said Levin, who cautioned that the decline could be a statistical anomaly—because the local numbers are so small to begin with—or may be caused by underreporting, particularly in communities that may have a language barrier or stigma about talking to police.

Read the complete article at “Hate crime reports declined in Long Beach despite large rises elsewhere.”

CSUSB history professor awarded national grant for archaeological conservation work in Egypt
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
June 8, 2022

Kate Liszka, the Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology and associate professor of history at Cal State San Bernardino, was awarded $50,000 from the Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) of the American Research Center in Egypt.

This U.S. Agency for International Development-funded grant will be used for conservation, restoration and 3D recording of over a dozen ancient rock inscriptions that are more than 4,000 years old and could provide new insights into the history of ancient Egypt.

Kate Liszka, CSUSB’s Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology, to talk about King Tut’s tomb
Redlands Daily Facts/The Sun
June 7, 2022

Kate Liszka, an associate professor of history at Cal State San Bernardino and the university’s Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology, will talk about the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb when the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library hold their annual meeting. The program, open to the public, is 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands.

Liszka will discuss archaeologist Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of the tomb of King Tut, who was buried with more than 5,000 objects of golden treasure, and the story of the young Egyptian king.

Read the complete article atDiscovery of King Tut’s tomb will be topic of Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library program.” 

CSUSB alumnus, now faculty member, named to Desert Sun editorial board as a community member
The Desert Sun
June 6, 2022

Ezekiel Bonillas, a CSUSB gradate from of Indio who is now a faculty member at the university, is the newspaper editorial board’s latest community member. That means he is not a Desert Sun employee but a valley resident who brings his own life and work experience to the board's discussions.

After getting his undergraduate education at CSUSB, Bonillas worked as a bank loan officer and as a business advisor, then for the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. He later headed economic development efforts for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

He started teaching at CSUSB part time in 2014, was named outstanding lecturer in 2021 and now joins the full-time faculty in the School of Entrepreneurship. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western University.

Read the complete article at “Ezekiel Bonillas of Indio joins Desert Sun editorial board.”

Inland Empire radio show produced by CSUSB team wins recognition
Palm Desert Patch
June 6, 2022

A radio show created by four Cal State San Bernardino alumni – including one who is a faculty member – that focuses on Inland Empire education issues has won a Best of the West Media Award from a regional organization, officials from CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus announced Monday.

"Education Insight," which broadcasts monthly over NPR affiliate KVCR (91.9 FM), was recognized as Locally Produced Show of the Year by the Western Region of the American Advertising Federation.

The awards go to "individuals and companies who exemplify excellence in service to their communities and the media industry."

The show’s four-member production team – all of whom received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from CSUSB and met at Coyote Radio and Paws Radio, the two campus radio stations at CSUSB –consists of Jake Poore, executive producer; Tyler Veazey, production engineer; Alyssa Silva, chief production assistant; and host, consultant and CSUSB communication studies lecturer, Lacey Kendall.

Read the complete article at “Inland Empire radio show wins recognition.”

The article was also published in the Redlands-Loma Linda Patch, “Four California State University, San Bernardino alumni win top award for radio show,” on June 6, and the MyNewsLA website at "Inland Empire radio show wins 'Best of West' award," also on June 6.

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