The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research hosted Benjamin Madley Tuesday to speak about the controversial murder of as many as 16,000 Native Americans by vigilantes, state volunteer militiamen and U.S. Army soldiers during the period between 1846 and 1873. Madley, an Associate Professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently published An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 after conducting research on the topic of Native American history. He used the 1948 United Nations Genocide Convention to define genocide and then prove, with historical evidence, how the removal of tens of thousands of California Native Americans during and after the Gold Rush by the United States government was an act of genocide. In order to accurately depict the historical events, Madley spent over a decade looking for relevant details to complete the stories in various archives in libraries and by visiting a variety of Native American tribes who have passed down stories through generations. The purpose of Madley’s work is to raise awareness of this genocide so reparations can be made for the generations affected. “It’s time for state and federal officials to acknowledge the genocide that happened here in California under United States rule,” Madley said. When asked about the inspiration for his research topic, Madley relayed a story about his childhood and how his experiences growing up shaped his interest in Native American history.“I spent a lot of time in Karuk Country growing up where my father worked with Karuk people in Northern California,” Madley said. “So, at an early age, I was exposed to conflicts between natives and newcomers. Then, I came down to Los Angeles in high school and attended University High where the Indian mascot discussion was beginning and where students were discussing the fact that we were taking classes on ancient Tongva village site. That’s when I began to wonder ‘Where are all the Indians?’ But I only really began deeply investigating California Indian history in graduate school.”Madley’s work and passion for genocide reflects the overall purpose of the USC Shoah Foundation to provide curious students with the resources and opportunities to pursue higher learning in the field of genocide. The USC Shoah Foundation was first founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve testimonies of Holocaust survivors. Since then, the organization has expanded to collect testimonies from other major international tragedies, including the Rwandan, Armenian and Mayan genocides. Wolf Gruner, the founding director of the foundation, established the Center for Advanced Genocide Research to raise awareness of the work that is being done in the field of genocide. Gruner, in an attempt to encourage interdisciplinary research on genocide, also provides fellowships and internships to bring scholars to USC and encourage USC scholars to research various genocides using the foundation’s extensive database of testimonies and information.
The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce also won a category award, the Female Athletes of the Year for athletics and the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for her 100m gold medal run in Doha.Shericka Jackson, who won three medals in Doha, was voted runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year. The other female nominees were Alia Atkinson (swimming) and Rushell Clayton, Natoya Goule, Shanieka Ricketts, Danniel Thomas-Dodd, Elaine Thompson and Danielle Williams, all from athletics.The Sportswoman of the Year award was one of several recognitions for Fraser-Pryce following her 2019 season. Just last month, Fraser-Pryce was honored as the Best Female Athlete of 2019 at the Panam Sports Awards ceremony which took place in Fort Lauderdale.She was also nominated as a finalist for the 2019 IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.The Sportsman of the year awardee, Tajay Gayle, also had an incredible 2019, making history when became the first-ever Jamaican to score a gold medal in the long jump event at the World Championships.The 23-year-old set a new personal best with a jump of 8.69 metres. It is also a new national record, erasing the 8.62 metres which was held by James Beckford. Gayle also won a category award, the Male Athletes of the Year for athletics.Fedrick Dacres, the World Championships discus silver medallist, was voted runner up to the Sportsman of the Year. The other male nominees were Christopher Binnie (squash), Yona Knight-Wisdom (diving) and Travis Smikle (athletics).Assistant referees Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing and Princess Brown-Muir were jointly presented with the Chairman’s Award for exemplary duties at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France where Concacaf giant the USA retained their title after blanking The Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon on July 7.Yee Sing and Brown, who were among eight assistant referees and five referees representing Concacaf at the showpiece, top of their performance by officiating in the semi-final match between The Netherlands and Sweden.West Indies fast bowling legend, Courtney Walsh, was presented with the Iconic Award. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Tajay Gayle were named the 2019 RJRGleaner Sports Foundation Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the event ceremony on January 17 in Kingston.Fraser-Pryce scored her fourth 100m World Championships title at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, last year and created history in doing so, by becoming the first athlete, male or female, to win four 100-metre World Championship titles. The 32-year-old won the 100m in a time of 10.71 seconds, the fastest time in 2019, and was also part of the Jamaican 4x100m women’s winning team at the Championships.The award represents the fourth for Fraser-Pryce who also won the Sportswoman of the Year title in 2012, 2013 and 2015.
And yet, much like Tennessee in 2018, Michigan State still found a suitable hire: Mel Tucker is expected to take the job Wednesday.AP Sources confirm Colorado coach Mel Tucker agreed to lead Michigan State’s football program. The MSU board is scheduled to meet this afternoon to approve the hire, a source said.— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) February 12, 2020MORE: Why did Mark Dantonio retire at Michigan State?This is the nature of coaching searches in 2020. They can get ugly for both sides. Michigan State trustee Brian Mosallam called Fickell a “waffling flake” after he turned down the Spartans. Tucker on Feb. 5 tweeted he was staying with Colorado , then left a week later. This is the same coach who once said, “There’s no transfer portal in the real world.”All of that will get tossed around the news cycle in the next 48 hours, and none of it will matter.Michigan State still landed a solid candidate to navigate the program through what is going to be a rough season or two. Tucker fittingly started his coaching career with the Spartans as a graduate assistant in 1997-98 and worked with Dantonio as an assistant coach at Ohio State. He spent 2015 as the defensive backs coach at Alabama under Nick Saban, then followed Kirby Smart to Georgia, where he was defensive coordinator from 2016-18.Tucker can recruit. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings , Colorado’s 2020 class ranked No. 35 in the FBS, a nine-spot improvement from 2019 — and eight spots higher than the Spartans’ 2020 class. Michigan State hasn’t reeled in a top-25 class since 2016, when it was ranked No. 17. That was Dantonio’s highest-ranked recruiting haul.Michigan State needs recruiting classes that are fringe top-10 — the ones that Michigan and Penn State have — to get back in the mix in the Big Ten East. That will be Tucker’s challenge. The Spartans have to play catch-up with the Wolverines and Nittany Lions before entertaining the notion of competing with Ohio State again.Can it be done? Look at Tennessee: Jeremy Pruitt needed two seasons — and there were low points — but pulled in the No. 10 recruiting class in 2020. Phillip Fulmer is proclaiming that “The Vols are back!”MORE: Michigan State must know its coach won’t be the next Mark DantonioTucker faces another challenge in living up to the on-field standard set by Dantonio, which included a share of a Big Ten title and two outright championships and winning records against Michigan (8-5) and Penn State (6-4). Dantonio did that with a program-wide chip that worked until the last few seasons. Michigan State’s coaching search to replace Mark Dantonio was not executed well.Multiple candidates turned the Spartans down. The shadow of a lawsuit involving former assistant coach Curtis Blackwell still hangs over the program. The best candidate — Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell — stayed at a Group of 5 school instead. Michigan State had stability with Dantonio. That is not going to be easy to recreate for Tucker. The case involving Blackwell will need to run its course first. Fickell reportedly turned down the job because of concerns about the “campus culture.” Tucker’s reputation will be questioned, too, after his exit. Colorado fans probably feel like he’s the “waffling flake.”But the truth is Michigan State paid for their mistakes in the search. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported the details of a substantial raise that would double Tucker’s salary. In the end, that’s where these coaching searches end. The money talks.The rest — you know what it’s called, and there was a lot in this case to sift through — walks.