Ralph Bunch was a towering diplomat, academic and civil rights advocate who transformed the 20th century world order and America’s global role. Raised in a humble environment during the Jim Crow era, he became one of the most famous Americans of his generation, became an adviser to the president, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. As architect of the United Nations and later as a senior UN official, Bunche accelerated the pace of decolonization, helped invent United Nations peacekeeping, and strengthened U.S. support for human rights abroad and enduring human rights at home. clarified the chasm between species discrimination.
Join UCLA Professor Kal Raustiala, UCLA professor and author of a recently published biography, for a conversation about Bunche’s remarkable life and enduring legacy. The Absolutely Essential Man: Ralph Bunch, the United Nations, and the Battle to End the Empire.