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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]