NJCU to Host April 23 Seminar — Domestic Extremism and Social Justice: Using Data to Chart a Course Forward

April 8, 2021
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | New Jersey City University (NJCU), in a collaborative project between the Professional Security Studies and Criminal Justice departments, is hosting a free seminar entitled “Domestic Extremism and Social Justice: Using Data to Chart a Course Forward.”

The virtual seminar will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 12-1:30 p.m. For more information and to register please visit www.njcu.edu/socialjusticedata 

Hosted by Drs. Scott Fisher and Esther Nir, this webinar is open to NJCU students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to use a free open-source dataset known as Tableau to answer questions about domestic extremism and social justice.

Are extremist attacks in the U.S. increasing or decreasing? Which groups are the most active — Islamist, left-wing or right-wing groups? What types of attacks are most common? Where do these attacks occur in New Jersey? The panelists will explore these pertinent security questions and introduce how data is used to answer these questions.

This data is widely available, as is data on policing, crime, and other social justice issues. But how can we analyze the data? What legal issues are involved? Are there ethical considerations in using these types of data? What strategies can we use to understand and contextualize available data? How can we use our time efficiently?

In less than an hour this seminar will get you to answer these important questions, distinguish data from disinformation, and teach you to use the powerful and the much in-demand tools of data analysis and visualization.

Dr. Michael Edmondson, Interim Dean of NJCU’s College of Professional Studies, said “this collaboration between two of our outstanding faculty members will showcase an important tool available to use for those interested in understanding the intersection of big data, domestic extremism, and social justice.”

Dr. Fisher is an Assistant Professor in the Professional Security Studies department focusing on national and international security. His research focus is on information warfare, U.S. national security challenges in East Asia, and open-source intelligence. Dr. Nir is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice department. Her research interests include sentencing disparities, policing, criminal procedure, and community engaged learning initiatives. 


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301