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 […]
(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus/Nobby Clark) May 4, 2016 – If the Oscars showed the glaring lack of diversity in Hollywood, this year’s Tony Award nominations highlight the diversity on Broadway. In a season filled with diverse offerings on “The Great White Way,” the 2016 Tony Awards have the potential for the first time in Tony history, to award all four musical acting categories […]
(image credit) May 4th, 2016 – Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA, Pedro Noguera, discussed his book Race, Equity, and Education in a recent talk at the UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies, sponsored by The Bunche Center Authors’ Series. Noguera’s book centers on research he has engaged in, including the social and economic factors that influence racial and educational disparities. Listen […]
(image credit) May 3rd, 2016 – Verona is an indie film written and directed by UCLA undergraduate student, Romeo Curtis Brooks. The film takes place in the 1800s and is about a young woman who is deprived of love and made a slave by her biological father. In the discussion, Brooks and the actors brought attention to the stereotypical notions and […]
(Photo credit: Jezebel.com) May 2, 2016 – New York Times Op-Ed by Keith Chow asks the question, “Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?” Chow cites the Bunche Center Hollywood Diversity Report in his analysis. To read the full story, Click Here.
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April 27, 2016 – The UCLA Alumni Association announced D’Artagnan Scorza ’07, Ph.D. ’13 as the recipient of the UCLA Award for Recent Graduate Achievement. Scorza is a decorated Iraq War veteran and current board member for the Inglewood Unified School District. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), advancing communities to achieve […]
(Photo Credit: Jeff Richmond) The World Music Center at UCLA, Department of Ethnomusicology, Herb Alpert School of Music presents a special screening of the film, Remembering Kojo: A Celebration of the Maroon People of Accompong, Jamaica, and a lecture by Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje and Carol Merrill-Mirsky. The film Remembering Kojo documents the January Sixth celebration of the Maroons of Accompong, […]
April 27, 2016 – A dominant figure on and off the court, tennis star Arthur Ashe (UCLA ’66) became the first African-American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won a NCAA singles title, and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title. And that was just during his years at UCLA. He went on to win more than fifty professional […]
On Friday, April 29, 2016 (Ellington’s Birthday), The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology presents Jammin’ for the Duke, an annual birthday concert celebration honoring musical great, Duke Ellington. The concert will feature UCLA jazz students and faculty, including world renowned jazz guitarist and composer, Kenny Burrell. Burrell is a UCLA Distinguished Professor, Director of Jazz Studies at the […]