A Conversation on the Consummate Negotiator, UN Undersecretary General Ralph J. Bunche
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern
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Please note this is a hybrid event - you have the option to attend in person or virtually. Registrations are required for all attendees. For in-person attendees, the event will run from 6:30 - 9 pm and will include dinner. The live stream will begin at 8 pm (virtual attendees will be sent a link for the event via email). This event is co-hosted by Ambassador Club International (ACI) Washington, DC Chapter, and DACOR and co-sponsored by the Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA), Black Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA), and Thursday Luncheon Group (TLG).

Join ABAA, ACI, BPIA, DACOR and TLG for a conversation with Dr. Michael Krenn and James Dandridge on the significance of UN Undersecretary General Ralph J. Bunche's role for the establishment of the UN's global peacekeeping role. 

Nowhere is Peace-Keeping mentioned in the UN Charter but thanks to Dr. Bunche, the UN has served its seminal role throughout global conflicts since its creation. Its maintenance of some semblance of global stability has been a major contribution in stabilizing international order in the face of global conflicts, thanks to Dr. Bunche. Krenn, a recognized diplomacy historian and Dandridge, a student in the late 40’s with indirect contact with Dr Bunche at Howard University during the latter part of his professorial tenancy and receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize and Dandridge’s latter Executive Director of the Ralph Bunche Centenary 2003-2004 will have a tour de force conversation on Ralph Bunche the international negotiator. 

Michael L. Krenn is Professor of History at Appalachian State University.  He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1985 where he studied with Lloyd Gardner. His books include The Color of Empire: Race and American Foreign Relations; Fall-Out Shelters for the Human Spirit: American Art and the Cold War; and The History of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy:  From 1770 to the Present Day. His 1999 book, Black Diplomacy: African Americans and the State Department, 1945-1969, helped to inspire the documentary, The American Diplomat, which premiered on the PBS series American Experience in 2022.

James “Jim” Dandridge was a member of the career Foreign Service. He later served as a senior inspector with the Department of State’s Office of Inspector General. Before joining the Service, Jim studied under professor Alain Locke, friend and mentor of Dr. Ralph J. Bunche at Howard University in the late 40's and early 50's, the last years of Ralph Bunche's tenure during his transition to the United Nations. Jim was the Washington executive director of the Ralph J. Bunche Centenary, 2003-2004, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Bunche that led to then Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph Biden’s introduction and Senate passage of  SR 82, recognizing the life and legacy of Dr. Bunche.
Setting: Hybrid
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UN Undersecretary General Ralph J. Bunche

James Dandridge

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