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Georgia, Oregon, Idaho and Kentucky primaries 2024: Willis, McAfee win; tough night for progressives
ABC News/538
May 22, 2024

Meredith Conroy, professor of political science and a 538 contributor, joined 538 staff writers and fellow contributors on a live blog following May 21 elections in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, Kentucky and California.

Among her takeaways, Conroy wrote: “There's a misconception that female representation is markedly better in lower level offices, like state legislatures. It's a bit better, but not much. Women currently make up 28 percent of the U.S. Congress, and just 33 percent of state legislatures, nationwide. That number varies state to state, and some states we're watching today are below that average, while others are above: Idaho's state legislature is 30 percent women, Kentucky's 31 percent, Georgia's 35 percent, and Oregon's 41 percent (!), according to the Center for American Women and Politics.”

'Kung Fu Panda' animator discusses how CSUSB's Stuart Sumida helped filmmakers
May 21, 2024

In a podcast, Sean Sexton, the head of character animation for "Kung Fu Panda 4" talked about working with Stuart Sumida, CSUSB professor of biology and consultant on anatomy and movement to filmmakers. Sexton described how Sumida gave a two-hour lecture on chameleons and Komodo dragons to help animators make the movements of the character the Chameleon more realistic.

CSUSB’s Brian Levin interviewed about possible political violence during upcoming presidential election
KBFX (Bakersfield, Calif.)
May 20, 2024

Brian Levin, founding director of the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment about possible violence that may accompany the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

Hate crimes reveal an ugly, demented side of social fabric
Our Weekly Los Angeles
May 15, 2024

Brian Levin, founding director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for article examining the causes and catalysts of hate crimes.

Levin saw distinct patterns that added weight to the theory that former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric eight years ago coincides with the rise of White nationalist behavior which continues to drive many types of hate crimes presently. Levin looked back farther–to 1996–in pinpointing the single worst month in anti-Black hate crimes. In July of that year, one month before former President Bill Clinton signed a welfare-reform bill into law, conversations about supposed “welfare queens” and ostensibly fecund and lazy Black people were not hard to encounter.

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