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“Hate Crimes & Faith-Based Institutions” Lecture and Discussion

CSU Bakersfield announced today an upcoming lecture and discussion on “Hate Crimes & Faith- Based Institutions” on Tuesday April 23rd at CSUB’s Student Union Multi-purpose Room at 5:00pm. The event is sponsored by CSUB’s Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy and guest speakers include Mark Cullers, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Fresno office, plus Elana Landau, Assistant U.S. Attorney, also from Fresno’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to Stephen Campagna-Pinto, Associate Professor for Philosophy and Religious Studies, “The presentation will discuss hate crimes against religious groups and people of faith, and will be followed with a question and answer session.”

The public is invited to attend the FREE event. Parents are encouraged to exercise their judgment when bringing children due to the sensitive nature of the topic. The discussion will include hate crimes, religion, and relevant legal and social issues.

Parking will be made available for those attending the event and it is available on all the parking permit machines. In order to access the parking permit press pound (#) then star (*) to enter the coupon screen. Proceed to entering the code 4478512 and press OK (the “D” lettered button on the permit machine which will print your permit.

“We see acts of prejudice and hatred daily in American society, and religious groups are often the focus of such hatred.” said by Stephen Campagna-Pinto. He went on to say, “The sponsor of the event, the Institute for Religion, Education and Public Policy at CSUB, seeks to educate the campus community as well as the greater Kern County community about issues related to religion in public life.”

This is a timely opportunity to increase general awareness of hate crimes and crimes targeting faith-based organizations to better understand the far-reaching and often unforeseen consequences.

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