Instructor's Notes offered here are intended to show how Ralph
Bunche: An American Odyssey can be successfully incorporated
into current curricula at the university and college level. The
Notes, which have been developed by top educators with expertise
in each area of study, will be of special interest to faculty
teaching courses in political science, sociology, American history,
international relations, multicultural and African-American studies,
and on the United Nations.
Ralph Bunche's Contributions to Political
Science and the Study of Race and Politics, by Paula D. McClain
Notes focus on the pioneering contributions made by Ralph Bunche
to the foundation of modern-day black politics as well as to the
study of race and race relations in the disciplines of political
science and sociology.
Paula D. McClain
is professor of political science and law at Duke University.
A Howard University Ph.D., her primary research interests are
in racial minority group politics, particularly inter-minority
political and social competition, and urban politics, especially
public policy and urban crime. Her most recent articles have appeared
in the Journal of Politics, American Political Science
Review, and American Politics Quarterly. Westview Press
published the second edition update of her most recent book, "Can
We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics,
coauthored with Joseph Stewart, Jr. in early 1999. The third edition
is due in early 2001.
Bunche: Civil and Human Rights, by Charles Henry
Notes focus on Bunche's intellectual and practical contributions
to the struggle for civil rights and human rights, in the domestic
and global arenas. They raise several pertinent questions, including
the extent to which his worldwide fame was a factor in improving
the condition of African Americans as a group, and how that fame
was used to promote the US democracy abroad. The Notes can be
used with the film in a variety of courses but would be of particular
relevance to African American and American studies, American history
and international relations.
Charles Henry holds
a Ph.D. in political science and is professor and chair of the
Department of African American Studies at the University of California
at Berkeley. He was chair of the board of directors of Amnesty
International USA from 1986 to 1988. Recent works include an edited
volume of Bunche's speeches and writings and a biography of Bunche.
Henry was a scholar/advisor on Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey.
Bunche, Government and Foreign Policy, by Ronald Walters
Notes cover the experience of Dr. Ralph Bunche with government
and his relationship to the American government and with those
governments whose association comprises the unique quasi-governmental
activities of the United Nations. They are relevant to the study
of the foreign policy agenda of government in courses related
to these two levels.
Ronald Walters is Distinguished Leadership Scholar and Director
of the African American Institute in the Burn Academy of Leadership.
He is also Professor in the Government and Politics Department
at the University of Maryland College Park.
most recent books are African American Leadership, (SUNY
Press, 1999) and, with Cedric Johnson, Bibliography of African
American Leadership: An Annotated Guide (Greenwood Press,
2000). Dr. Walters was a scholar/advisor on Ralph Bunche: An
by Troy Duster
notes are intended for social scientists interested in the relationship
between social movements, organizational constraints, and personal
biography. The social history of Ralph Bunche's professional career
provides a rich source of information and gives flesh to some
of the skeletal theories of social change and advocacy. Bunche
helps reveal just how much "agency" there can be in
a bureaucratic setting.
Duster is currently Professor of Sociology at New York University
and Director of the American Cultures Center a the University
of California, Berkeley -- where he also holds the position of
Chancellor's Professor of Sociology. He is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
He is the former Director of the Institute for the Study of Social
Change at the University of California, Berkeley. His books and
monographs include The Legislation of Morality, Aims and Control
of the Universities, Backdoor to Eugenics, and Race:
Essays on the Concept and its Uses in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural
Societies. He is also the author of a number of works including
articles in Politics and the Life Sciences, The Genetic
Frontier: Ethics, Law and Policy, and DNA and Crime: Applications
of Molecular Biology in Forensics.
Resolution and Peacekeeping, by W. Andy Knight
Notes suggest ways in which instructors can utilize Ralph Bunche:
An American Odyssey in teaching courses in political science.
Such courses include: international relations, international organization,
conflict resolution, peacekeeping and multilateralism courses.
The Notes examine how Ralph Bunche attempted to put political
theory into practice in conflict resolution and peacekeeping.
Dr. W. Andy Knight
is professor of international relations in the Political Science
Department at the University of Alberta. He has written extensively
on the United Nations and conflict resolution. His latest publications
include: Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era:
Lessons Learned (Macmillan/Palgrave 2001); A Changing United
Nations: Multilateral Evolution and the Quest for Global Governance
(Macmillan/Palgrave, 2000); and United Nations and Arms Embargoes
Verification (Mellen Press, 1998). Professor Knight is currently
editor of Global Governance Journal and is past Vice Chair
of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
Bunche, International Civil Servant, by Benjamin Rivlin
Notes focus on the role Ralph Bunche played in various capacities
during his 25 years of service at the United Nations. They were
prepared for instructors interested in using Ralph Bunche:
An American Odyssey to enhance their presentation in courses
on the United Nations and international organizations.
Rivlin is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director
of the Ralph Bunche Institute on the United Nations at the City
University of New York, Graduate School and University Center.
He worked with Bunche in the Office of Strategic Sevices (Research
and Analysis Branch, Africa Section) and the United Nations Trusteeship
Department. He is the author of Ralph Bunche: The Man and His
Times, The United Nations and the Italian Colonies,
and co-authored The Contemporary Middle East: Tradition and
Innovation. He was a scholar/advisor on Ralph Bunche: An
and Trusteeship, by Dr.
notes are intended to suggest ways in which the videotape Ralph
Bunche: An American Odyssey may be used to explore some
of the issues that Ralph Bunche dealt with in his life. Some of
the issues that preoccupied Ralph Bunche were racism, imperialism,
colonialism, colonial administration, African culture, the League
of Nations mandates systems and the UN Trusteeships System. Each
section of the notes introduces a concept of relevance to the
videotape, followed by a number of talking points, and a short
list of references.