What is antifa – and does its rise mean the left is becoming more violent?

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Jody Armour about the false assertion that left-leaning individuals are becoming more violent in their political opposition. While the antifa catalog of opposition is broad enough to resonate with progressives who don’t condone violence, even as self-defense, antifa groups make up only a small sliver of progressives and liberals, says…

The Fact of a Body

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is a true crime memoir. After encountering the child murderer Ricky Langley, Alexandria’s desire to work as a lawyer to fight against the death penalty is up-ended. She spends several years investigating Ricky’s story as a way to confront the story of her own child abuse. This is a deeply moving book, and a relatively easy read given the morose topic – a testament to the author’s skill.

Our conversation ranges from the effects of trauma on individuals and communities to the genre itself. If you haven’t read it yet, beware that we assume you’ve read it, spoiler alert!

Featuring Jeffery A. Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), Brettany K. Shannon (@brettanyshannon), and Deborah Winters

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American Assassin – directed by Michael Cuesta

Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat.

We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender themes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.

Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alessandro Ago, Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson, and David Warshofsky.

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President Trump wants ‘the facts’ on right-wing extremism. Here they are.

In USA Today, Erroll Southers, director, Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, published an op-ed on right-wing extremism. The truth of it is that our nation has been conditioned to view terrorism as the exclusive province of extremist Muslims. And now the chickens are coming home to roost. For far…

In light of white nationalism and counter-protests, we revisit the First Amendment

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the legal limits of protesting hate speech. So what are the legal limits of protesting hate speech? Is violence ever justifiable and in what situations? What are the strategic and legal approaches to fighting movements that protesters view as morally reprehensible? Listen to the…

Charlottesville police face critics

Los Angeles Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the rise of homegrown terrorism and domestic violence, and what local and federal authorities can do to prevent tragedies like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The threat of homegrown terrorism will continue to grow,” Southers said. “I see this getting worse unless the…

Anti-terrorism efforts and domestic sources of violence

The New York Times quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School on why only targeting Muslim extremism fails to address other domestic sources of violence. “Data should dictate policy,” Mr. Southers said. “If you ignore data, you ignore the real problem, which is that extremism comes from a diverse range of sources.” Full article…

Schweitzer: Seek out Diverse Perspectives and Sources of Information

Our discussion of the prevalence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media continues. Today’s response is from Professor Lisa Schweitzer, who specializes in urban studies, particularly empirical analysis of social justice, environment, and transport in cities.   Bedrosian Center: What’s one thing we can do better to address biases in how…

Lewis: Acknowledge Different Interpretations of Events

Today we’re continuing our discussion of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We have been asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at recognizing and overcoming this prejudice. Our…