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Faculty in the News, Nov. 15

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CSUSB Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘Twelfth Night,’ directed by Terry Donavan Smith
High Desert Daily
Nov. 14, 2019
Cal State San Bernardino’s Department of Theatre Arts kicks off the 2019-2020 season, Somewhere Between Fantasy and Reality, on Friday, Nov. 15, with a contemporary take on William Shakespeare’s classic “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” directed by Terry Donovan Smith.
The production will be staged on the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre stage Nov. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 17, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Read the complete article at “CSUSB Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘Twelfth Night.’

Latest FBI crime report indicates a ‘reshuffling’ of populations targeted in hate crimes, CSUSB professor says
San Francisco Chronicle
Nov. 14, 2019
Hate crimes jumped 58% in San Francisco last year even as they appeared to level off across California and the nation, new FBI figures show. The city’s surge in hate crimes, which local leaders called troubling, was driven by an increase in incidents in which people were accused of targeting victims due to their race or ethnicity. The number of racially motivated crimes more than doubled last year, from 19 in 2017 to 41 in 2018, making up the majority of San Francisco’s 68 reported hate crimes.
Nationally, there has been a “reshuffling” of which populations are targeted that mirrors shifts in political discourse, said Brian Levin, director of a California State University, San Bernardino center for studying hate and extremism. Accordingly, he said, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab crimes have decreased, while Latino, immigrant and transgender communities see spikes.
“I think what we’ve been seeing is a swapping of who is now considered a legitimate target of aggression in our socio-political climate,” Levin said. “Just as we were seeing that decline of anti-Muslim crime, we saw ... an increase of attacks against Latinos.”
Levin sees an alarming pattern in the national figures on serious crimes against people, like assault and intimidation, which rose to 4,571 — a 16-year high — and accounted for more than two-thirds of last year’s hate crimes.
Hate-motivated killings climbed from 15 in 2017 to 24 in 2018, which included 11 people slain in a mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
“An upward trend in violent crime is a cause for concern,” Levin said.
Read the complete article at “FBI: Hate crimes rose 58% in San Francisco as nationwide numbers leveled off.”

CSUSB professor participates on a panel discussion on the satirical movie ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Nov. 13, 2019
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism and professor of criminal justice at California State University, San Bernardino, was one of the panelists who participated in a recent discussion on the film “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi’s satirical Hitler youth tale. The film was screened at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Levin related FBI’s most up-to-date release of hate crime figures in the United States — and Jews are a primary target — to stress the urgency of stoking conversation about the Holocaust in a way that speaks to today’s youth.
“JoJo Rabbit,” he opined, can do just that.
“Hate doesn’t start with the devil, it’s starts with something more banal,” Levin said. “And one of the things that’s taking place right now is that we have to get young people to a place where they will watch the serious documentaries, where they will have some historic and civic literacy. And I think today we live in a world where young people, where sarcasm is part of their language, is part of how they get acquainted with each other. So I think part of the debate or the divergence that we’re having here today relates to: in what context will a film like this be presented? Will it stand on its own completely and will it have some kind of cartoonish contact with the Holocaust and Nazism? Or will it serve as an entry where we are talking in a language and tempo to today’s youth? And that’s where I think this film has done incredibly well.”
Read the complete article at “Holocaust experts debate ‘Jojo Rabbit’ at Museum of Tolerance screening.”

Better incentives needed for local law enforcement agencies to report hate crimes to FBI, CSUSB professor says
Nov. 13, 2019
report made public Wednesday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called on Congress to adopt legislation that would use funding to incentivize police departments across the country to produce annual accountings of hate crimes. The commission also recommended that the police departments establish dedicated hate crime units aimed at better identifying and investigating reports of those incidents.
The commission issued its proposals a day after the latest FBI report on hate crimes, an accounting the commission said remained deeply flawed. The FBI’s report, the commission noted, still depends on the voluntary submission of data from local police agencies, a process that has regularly produced what almost everyone agrees is a vast undercount of actual hate crimes.
Brian Levin, a former NYPD officer and the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, told ProPublica that better incentives for agencies to report to the FBI are key. Making training and policy standards contingent on funding could help, he said, as could expanding resources and personnel.
Read the complete article at “Police don’t do a good job tracking hate crimes. A new report calls on Congress to take action.”

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