Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Johnson Bunche (1904-71) was one of the twentieth century\u2019s foremost diplomats and intellectuals. In the wake of centennial celebrations of his birth, leading scholars and diplomats assess Bunche\u2019s historical importance and enduring impact on higher education, public policy, and international politics. Their essays reveal not only the breadth of Bunche\u2019s influence, such as his United Nations work to broker peace during times of civil war in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, but also the depth of his intellectual perspectives on race, civil rights, higher education, and international law. Probing his publications, speeches, and public policy initiatives, the volume offers telling insights into the critical roles of universities, public intellectuals, and diplomats in working together to find solutions to domestic and international problems through public and scholarly engagement. In this way, the volume highlights the very connections that Bunche exhibited as an academic, intellectual, and diplomat. Contributors include Lorenzo DuBois Baber, John Hope Franklin, Jonathan Scott Holloway, Charles P. Henry, Ben Keppel, Beverly Lindsay, Princeton Lyman, Edwin Smith, and Hanes Walton Jr.
Beverly Lindsay is a professor and senior scientist of higher education and policy studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the editor and senior author of The Quest for Equity in Higher Education, and the first American to become a senior Fulbright specialist in South Korea and Zimbabwe.