The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth. The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black students at […]continue reading
2015-2016 In many ways, we live in more complicated times today than we did 50 years ago, when the Watts Rebellion erupted. Then, officialdom at least acknowledged that the nation had a race and poverty problem — even if it ultimately punted on its responsibility to get to the bottom of it once and for all. Today, the nation is […]
June 26, 2016 — Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, levels a pointed critique of American racism as he accepts BET’s Humanitarian Award for his work with Black Lives Matter. You can watch the speech in its entirety HERE.
June 23, 2016 -Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, and determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional. The ruling also finds that affirmative action is necessary and appropriate for creating diversity and sets reasonable standards […]
July 21, 2016 – In two new webisodes by #FastForward, EBONY.com and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) talk with influential entertainment stakeholders about Hollywood’s diversity crisis. To read the article and view the webisodes, Click Here. As part of the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, the Center is collaborating with Hollywood industry players to produce the Hollywood Diversity […]
June 21, 2016 –Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, and Bunche Center affiliated faculty member discusses the late Cedric J. Robinson, in his piece, “The Making of a Black Radical Intellectual,” on counterpunch.org. To read the story, Click Here. (Photo Credit: Ruthie Wilson Gilmore)
June 17, 2016 — Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses the role tax incentives could play in addressing Hollywood’s diversity problem on KPCC’s “AirTalk,” guest hosted by Patt Morrison. You can listen to the segment HERE. To download the Bunche Center’s 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report, please click HERE.
June 13, 2016 –Professor Tyrone Howard is Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member. The video documents his book talk, Black Male(d):Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males. The edited video is now available on Bunche TV To view the talk, Click […]
June 8, 2016 – When she officially steps down as vice provost of the Institute of American Cultures (IAC) on July 1, 2016, M. Belinda Tucker can be satisfied that her 5-year tenure helped re-envision and broaden the focus and mission of UCLA’s ethnic studies research centers – the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, the Ralph […]
June 6, 2016 –Now on Bunche TV, New York University Professor Michael Ralph discusses his new book, Forensics of Capital. The book explores Senegal and US imperialism. This video includes the talk and discussed that followed. The event was co-sponsored by the UCLA Departments of Anthropology and African Studies and took place at the Bunche Center on April 13, 2016. […]
June 3, 2016 — Muhammad Ali, arguably the greatest boxer and most influential athlete in history, died today at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Not only was Ali revered for his boxing prowess and poetic bravado but he was also a defiant critic of the Vietnam War and defender of Islam in the face of stereotypes emerging in […]
June 2, 2016—Whether you are traveling, spending time at home, or performing your usual routine this summer, there is always time to indulge in a good book. Here are some 2016 summer book recommendations from the Bunche Center. These books cover a wide arrange of topics from African American literature to research to politics. We have also included some […]