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Faculty in the News, March 7

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CSUSB English professor honored for dissertation
Inland Empire Community News
March 5, 2019
Miriam Fernandez, assistant professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino, has been selected for the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Tropes of the Nation: Tracing the Colonial Origins of the Matriarchal Figures of Mexican Nationalism.”
Fernandez, who teaches a first-year writing class and a rhetoric graduate course at CSUSB, will be announced as the recipient of the award at the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention on March 15 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Read the complete article at “Cal State SB English professor Miriam Fernandez honored for dissertation.”

CSUSB professor quoted in article about the increase of hate propaganda in Colorado
The Denver Post
March 7, 2019
In 2018, white supremacist groups targeted 13 colleges and universities across Colorado, part of a dramatic increase in hate propaganda seen across the country, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. Last year, the state had at least 72 propaganda distributions.
In addition to spreading paper on campuses, so-called “flash mobs” — unannounced gatherings that avoid advance publicity and scrutiny — have become a less risky way to advance white supremacist agendas, said Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
“It’s the type of engagement where you can still get notoriety, but the risks to yourself physically and professionally are eliminated,” he said.
Read the complete article at “Colorado ranks third in the nation for white supremacist propaganda, Anti-Defamation League says.”

‘Ignorance is the soil from which evil takes root,’ says CSUSB professor
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2019
Brian Levin, professor of criminal justice and director of Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said revisionist history about issues like the Holocaust can eventually lead to hate crimes.
What’s most disturbing about incidents like the Costa Mesa party last weekend, where a group of teenagers posed around cups that formed a swastika, he said, is that most of the students likely are not “hardened bigots” but that Nazi symbols have become so mainstreamed that their meaning has been diluted.
“What’s scary is that there’s far more ignorance in America than evil, but ignorance is the soil from which evil takes root,” Levin said.
“When we get to a point where it’s elected officials appearing in blackface in their younger days and younger people today making light of the Holocaust, it shows an incredible stressor on the civic fault lines.”
There has also been a huge jump in recent years of reported “papering” incidents on high school and college campuses, with hate groups posting fliers with slogans like, “It’s OK to be white” and “protect your heritage,” Levin said.
Read the complete article at “As Nazi horrors fade into history, some youths are seduced by hate, others will never forget.”

Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism quoted about white supremacy groups
Minnesota Public Radio/NPR and 37 other news outlets
March 6, 2019
According to an Anti-Defamation League report, white supremacist groups are at “record-setting” levels. The increase in flyers and other propaganda reflects a relatively new strategy for hate groups. 
White supremacy groups are “trying to take advantage of a very polarized sociopolitical landscape,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and criminal justice professor at California State University, San Bernardino, told The Wall Street Journal.
And by posting photos of the propaganda on social media, these groups can make themselves seem to be more influential than they really are, Levin said.
Read the complete article at “White supremacist propaganda at 'record-setting' levels, report finds.”

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