Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was the guest speaker for the inaugural Yotie Talks. His lecture: “Emerging Issues on Hate and Extremism,” was delivered on February 23 to discuss the December 2 shootings at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, which left 14 dead, including five CSUSB alumni, and left 22 wounded.
As the community continues to recover and heal from the event served as a forum to ask pressing questions, including what prompted it, safety, and the likelihood of a similar attack in the future.
The Yotie Talk program, which follows a format similar to the TED Talks, is organized by the University Diversity Committee at CSUSB and allowed students, faculty, staff and community residents to discuss their thoughts about hate and extremism – and helped them develop an understanding of its effect on the community.
Levin, a criminal justice professor, is an expert in the study of hate crimes and extremism. In the hours and days after the attack, local, national and international news media sought him for his expertise and insight to help make sense of it all.
A graduate of Stanford Law School, Levin is the author, co-author and editor of various books, scholarly articles, training manuals and studies on extremism and hate crime. In addition to appearing and being interviewed by news media on issues related to terrorism, extremism and hate crimes, he has been called as an expert witness to Congressional hearings, most recently in November 2015.
Levin has written various U.S. Supreme Court friend-of-the-court briefs, including those in the landmark case of Wisconsin v. Mitchell, where he presented criminological data establishing the severity and characteristics of hate crime. His analysis has won various awards and his work has been referenced in numerous prominent social science journals and major law reviews.
Before entering academia in 1996, Levin served as associate director-legal affairs for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Klanwatch/Militia Task Force in Montgomery, Ala., and as a corporate litigator for the law firm of Irell & Manella. He was also a New York City police officer in Harlem and Washington Heights during the 1980s, and received citations for academics and excellent police duty.