College of Arts and Humanities
Jahsun Ifakolade Edmonds, lecturer of Africana studies, was interviewed on the La Cura podcast about the spiritual roots of capoeira and the martial art’s connection to Black rebellion and liberation. He was also featured on the podcast A Long Way from the Block for a conversation on African spirituality.
Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, released the third edition of her book Holding These Truths: Empowerment and Recognition in Action, an interactive multicultural case study curriculum for catalyzing justice with conflict tools and skills.
Meryah Fisher, lecturer of Africana studies, will be serving on a panel discussion called “At the Intersection: Racism, LGBTQ+ Identities, and Supporting our Young People” on November 9. It is part of the DASH Learning Collaborative.
Christian Green, lecturer of Africana studies, moderated the panel “Policing Practices in the AV (Antelope Valley)” as part of his work as a campaign coordinator of Cancel the Contract Antelope Valley, a coalition of organizations and leaders calling on cities and schools to cancel the contracts with the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and reinvest those dollars in a new vision of community safety and meaningful services for students and the community.
From September – December 2021, Green is also the featured monthly guest speaker for “Your Story Can Move Mountains,” part of the California Community Colleges Guardian Scholars statewide program for students in foster care.
Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific Studies Mary Talusan Lacanlale co-produced Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora for Smithsonian Folkways. Lacanlale provides commentary on the album, available for streaming on Pandora.
Donna Nicol, associate professor and chair of Africana Studies, was a featured guest on the KZFR (Chico) Peace and Social Justice Radio Show to discuss critical race theory. The show was hosted by Associate Professor of Philosophy Robert Jones, who also discussed critical thinking about conspiracy theories and COVID-19 anti-vaxxers.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Shari Berkowitz, associate professor of criminal justice administration, co-authored “Convicting with Confidence? Why We Should Not Over-Rely on Eyewitness Confidence” and “Eyewitness Confidence May Not Be Ready for the Courts” for the scientific journal Memory, published by Taylor & Francis. Both articles examine research which casts doubt on the reliability of highly confident eyewitness testimony.
College of Extended and International Education
Matthew Luckett, external master’s in humanities academic coordinator, was awarded the 2021 Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction Nebraska History. The award was for for his book Never Caught Twice: Horse Stealing in Western Nebraska, 1850-1890, which documents the widely misunderstood crime in American mythology of horse stealing.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Terry McGlynn, professor of biology, co-delivered a virtual workshop about native L.A. species harvester ants for the Natural History Museum of L.A. County.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“Normally, when things in the [Dominguez] Channel are flowing properly, and there’s plenty of oxygen, and the water is moving, the good bacteria are thriving. Most of the time, there’s good bacteria, and the emissions are generally odorless.” – Barbara Belmont, lecturer of chemistry, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about the chemical causes behind the odor coming from the Dominguez Channel.
“When we have our screens close at hand (or on arm) they are often just extensions of the connection apps we use on our phones. The more we allow notifications and alerts to beckon us, the more stress and anxiety chemicals are released, making us on edge, and our mental and emotional systems are flooded with a message that says, ‘check me now.'” – Larry Rosen, professor emeritus of psychology, was interviewed by CNN for an article about how a fixation on fitness metrics can lead to negative thought patterns.