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Free puppet show will be presented at Cal State San Bernardino
Fontana Herald News
Jan. 8, 2024

A free, all-ages puppet show will be presented at Cal State San Bernardino during the weekend of Jan. 12-14.

“Puppets in the Mara” includes a retelling of “The Legend of Ngong The Giant,” a Maasai Tale, by Neil McLeod and Sue Hooper-Lawrie, adapted by Johanna Smith, CSUSB professor of theatre arts.

Asexuality is finally breaking free from medical stigma
Scientific American
January 2024

Megan Carroll, assistant professor of sociology at CSUSB, was interviewed for an article about new research on asexuality that shows why it’s so important for doctors and therapists to distinguish between episodes of low libido and a consistent lack of sexual attraction.

Carroll investigates resources for ace people that might apply more broadly. Some of her latest work examines the difficulty that asexual and aromantic people often face in accessing middle-class housing systems, which are built for nuclear family structures that might not be attainable or desirable for many asexual people, she explains.

Inland manufacturing stalls for third straight month
IE Business Daily
Jan. 8, 2024

Manufacturing in the Inland Empire is contracting, although not by much, according to data released Jan. 4.  The region’s purchasing managers index was 49.6 in December, the third consecutive month that number was below 50, the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino reported.

“Both the October and December figures were 49.6, barely below 50, so we are not ready to panic yet,” said Barbara Sirotnik, director of the institute and a member of the research team that determines the index.

How public divide over Jan. 6 could shape 2024 – and beyond
The Christian Science Monitor
Jan. 5, 2024

Brian Levin, professor emeritus and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article examining the continuing fallout from the Jan. 6, 2021, violence at the U.S. Capitol.

“Sincere fear and anger ... makes people malleable to these conspiracy theories,” says Levin. He points to a feeling of diminished status among white working-class males and widespread distrust in government institutions. “When people have less hope, when they don’t understand the dynamics of why change is occurring, it’s easier to foist that onto some perceived evil-doer.”

Hate crimes reached record levels in 2023. Why 'a perfect storm' could push them higher
USA Today
Jan. 5, 2024

The number of hate crimes reported to police in the nation's 10 largest cities rose again in 2023, according to preliminary data released Friday from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University.  

The annual study found at least 2,184 hate crimes were reported across New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, and Austin last year, an increase of nearly 13% from 2022 driven in part by upticks in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attacks amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. A larger analysis of 25 American cities found hate crimes increased an average of 17% from 2022, according to the study.

"The top 10 cities generally match what's going to happen nationally," said Brian Levin, professor emeritus and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

San Diego hate crimes rise following national trend
Jan. 5, 2024

San Diego experienced an increase in hate crimes from 2022 to 2023 – a 47% increase to 54 cases – according to a preliminary report by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The spike is a stark difference from the previous year's report that showed hate crimes dipped in San Diego amid increases in most other major U.S. cities.

"San Diego did not escape this national trend," the report's author and founding director of the center, Brian Levin, told Axios.

"The violence in the Middle East is reverberating back in San Diego and that's happening all over the country, particularly in cities that have larger Jewish and Muslim populations," he said.

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