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Special Projects

  The Special Projects Unit is responsible for the development and implementation of cultural and informational programming that enriches the experiences of the UCLA and broader Los Angeles communities through a variety of outreach vehicles. A central component of Special Projects is an active symposium and lecture series focusing on topics of local, national, and international significance. Among the events […]

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Thurgood Marshall Lecture

Thurgood Marshall Lecture

To highlight the importance of celebrating and maintaining the civil rights tradition, in 1986 the Bunche Center inaugurated the Thurgood Marshall Lecture Series on Law and Human Rights. Named for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the series pays tribute to his brilliant record of civil rights advocacy by presenting an annual public lecture by a distinguished scholar, legal practitioner, or […]

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Black Convocation

Black Convocation

  The Black Convocation is an annual event programmed to expose the richness and breadth of the black community on campus to incoming freshmen and transfer students.  It orients the new students to the services, resources, and people on campus that are here to be a part of their UCLA Community experience.  This event is attended by over one hundred […]

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Professor Kenny Burrell, KCET Special

Professor Kenny Burrell, KCET Special

  On Thursday, March 8, 2012 , KCET will air a 90-minute special on Bunche Center-affiliated faculty member Kenny Burrell, UCLA Professor and Director of Jazz Studies.  The special, “Kenny Burrell:  Jazz Master and Mentor,” highlights Burrell’s outstanding career as a professional musician as well as his teaching and ongoing dedication to promoting jazz as a legitimate musical art form.  The […]

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Bunche Chair Lecture

Bunche Chair Lecture

    The Bunche Chair Lecture series was inaugurated in 2006 and is held most years to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche. The Ralph J. Bunche Endowed Chair in International Studies (currently unfilled) was supported by a major donor and hundreds of alumni and community members in the name of one of the truly monumental figures in […]

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TODAY!!! 2012 Thurgood Marshall Lecture

TODAY!!!  2012 Thurgood Marshall Lecture

Please join us on April 4, 2012 for the 23rd Thurgood Marshall Lecture, 5:30 pm Covel Commons, UCLA.  This year we honor Clayborne Carson, Professor of History and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.  For more information on this year’s event and past lectures, please click HERE and HERE.  Click HERE for the UCLA […]

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Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012)

Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012)

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

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Black History Month 2012

Black History Month 2012

  Historian Carter G. Woodson initiated Black History Week in 1926.  In 1976, during our nation’s bicentennial, the annual celebration was expanded to a month.  A recent article in the Los Angeles Times explores a simmering controversy over the merits of Black History Month.  Some argue that relegating the celebration to just one month out of the year diminishes the […]

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History & Mission

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

    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.   [slideshow_deploy id=’5672′]   The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black […]

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About the Center

Haines Hall, UCLA, Day

The Bunche Center is composed of five divisions, which report to the director: Research, Library and Media Center, Interdepartmental Degree Program, Publications, and Special Projects. The director, Darnell Hunt, reports to the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division Claudia Mitchell-Kernan. RESEARCH Bunche Center research programs are designed to (1) expand the knowledge of the history, […]

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