100 Ways: L.A. Eats


Published May 14, 2019 4:08 PM

Campus Crown Jewels


Fowler Museum

In global arts and cultures, few institutions match the Fowler Museum at UCLA. For 56 years, the Fowler has been an international thought leader, promoting the arts of the non- Western world through exhibitions, publications and public programs. The Fowler pioneered an expansive view of world arts, acknowledging the utility of objects in people’s lives while also valuing the objects as exemplary works of art. The Fowler has a strong track record of presenting the works of contemporary artists whose practices resonate with the global arts. Progressive programming helps visitors make connections across time and cultures, fostering an understanding that is critical in our increasingly global world.

Rendering of the Hammer Museum.

Hammer Museum

As L.A. became a mecca for contemporary artists, the UCLA Hammer Museum became their patron and gathering space. Over the past two decades, the museum has expanded its collections and programs, establishing the Hammer Projects series championing emerging artists. Part of the School of the Arts and Architecture, the Hammer presents as many as 300 free programs annually. Recent topics have included voting rights, U.S.-Saudi relations, gerrymandering and urban development. Currently, the Hammer is in the midst of a major renovation. Watch for a newly designed entrance, additional exhibition space and enhanced public spaces.

Legacy of Understanding

Ralph J. Bunche

Ralph J. Bunche ’27 shaped an impressive legacy built on bringing others together, and that legacy has continued to lead the way down through the generations. UCLA’s first African-American valedictorian, Bunche also was the nation’s first African American to earn a Ph.D. in political science.

Ralph Bunche.

He went on to become the first African American and first person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor he received in 1950 for his work as a U.N. diplomat in successfully mediating the Armistice Agreements between Arab nations and Israel. Today, Bunche is considered the “Father of Peacekeeping” because of his formidable skills in listening, understanding and finding common ground.

For nearly two decades as Undersecretary General of the United Nations, Bunche was celebrated worldwide for his contributions to humanity, particularly in mediation, decolonization, human rights and civil rights. He was the chief drafter of the sections of the U.N. Charter that dealt with trusteeship and decolonization at the San Francisco Conference of 1945. And during the famous Selma March in 1965, an ailing Bunche linked arms with Martin Luther King Jr. to lead the civil rights procession.

Ralph Bunche’s legacy of understanding lives on in the work of UCLA scholars today. Since 1969, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, part of the UCLA College, has advanced research on the history, lifestyles and socio-cultural systems of people of African descent. Scholarship seeded by the Bunche Center also has investigated challenges that influence the psychological, social and economic well-being of persons of African descent. Bunche Center-affiliated faculty have consistently demonstrated how knowledge produced by and about people of African descent enriches diverse fields of study, from microbiology to musicology.