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Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez To Serve as Interim Director, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez To Serve as Interim Director, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor of History and African American Studies, will be the Interim Director for the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, effective July 1, 2017. Professor Lytle Hernandez is one of the nation’s leading historians of race, policing, and incarceration in the United States. Her award-winning book, MIGRA! […]

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Darnell Hunt Appointed Dean of Social Sciences in the UCLA College

Darnell Hunt Appointed Dean of Social Sciences in the UCLA College

Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and Chair of Sociology at UCLA, has been selected as the new dean of social sciences in the UCLA College, effective July 1. Hunt, a renowned scholar of race, media and culture, has written publications such as “Screening the Los Angeles ‘Riots’: Race, Seeing, and Resistance” and “Black […]

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How much more evidence does Hollywood need before it trusts its biggest projects to talented women?

How much more evidence does Hollywood need before it trusts its biggest projects to talented women?

‘Wonder Woman’ had the best domestic opening ($103 million its debut weekend in the US) by a female director, Patty Jenkins, and featured a female lead character played by Israeli actress, Gal Gadot. The film drew almost as many men as women into the movie theaters. According to the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report, authored by Bunche Center Director’s Dr. Darnell Hunt, Ana Christina-Ramón, […]

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Bunche Center Supporter John Densmore on Occupational Hazards of Music

Bunche Center Supporter John Densmore on Occupational Hazards of Music

John Densmore, founding drummer of the rock group The Doors and longtime Bunche Center supporter, is featured in a recent documentary on the life and career of the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.  In a May 25, 2017 Los Angeles Times column he talks about the occupational hazards associated with being a life-long dedicated musician.  You can read the full text HERE.

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Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

The overall goal of my research is to identify the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape health risk and resilience among African Americans across the life course. I focus primarily on understanding the ways that stress and coping contribute to disparities in both mental and physical health outcomes, and using this knowledge to improve health and well-being among this […]

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Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Click here to watch the recent televised interview of Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, with host Rhine McLin, the former mayor of Dayton, OH. Dr. Brown covers the subject of the sociology of funk music, African American community and Dayton, OH.

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Could the LA Riots happen again?

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Listener Johnny Moreno asked us this question via SoCal. So Curious. It’s a complicated one to answer because there were many factors that led up to the unrest, and it was more than just the verdict in the Rodney King case. Racial tension had been building up in the area, for example. Unemployment was rampant on the streets, too. Plus, there […]

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Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

by Lydia Lum (Diverse Issues in Higher Education) With his camcorder in tow, Dr. Darnell Hunt began exploring Los Angeles soon after mass unrest began on . The uprisings by frustrated Angelenos followed the acquittals earlier that day in the trial of four L.A. police officers on charges of use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of unarmed, […]

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Bunche Director Candidate, Eve Dunbar

Bunche Director Candidate, Eve Dunbar

Please join us on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 4 PM in 153 Haines Hall to hear Bunche director candidate, Eve Dunbar (Vassar College) speak about “Monstrous Work: Zombie Ethnography, Archives, and Gatekeeping” and on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 1 PM in 153 Haines Hall, for a Bunche Center Vision Talk, “Describe, Disrupt, and Produce: Collective Visioning at the Bunche Center,” with a reception to […]

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Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

Don’t miss out on panel discussions, art, films and media exhibits that examine the 1992 L.A. Uprising. This 3 day event will be on April 28-30 (Fri-Sun), 2017, at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center in Westwood and in Little Tokyo with the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Many of these events are free with registration. For program details and to RSVP, […]

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