The Institute of Politics Policy and History, housed at the University of the District of Columbia, will encourage constructive, spirited dialogue around the issues of the day; illuminating these conversations with insights from our city and nation’s history.
IPPH will inspire new generations and inform the quest for a more perfect union.
"Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all"
"A battle lost or won is easily described, understood, and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it."
Mayor Muriel Bowser, UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr will join IPPH Founding Director and Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt and Co-Chairs Michael Steele and Karen Tramontano for the IPPH launch/press event. The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the Executive Office of the Mayor announce the establishment of new Institute of Politics Policy and History (IPPH) to be housed at the University. Mayor Bowser will present UDC and Former Mayor Sharon Pratt with a proclamation.
The IPPH Speakers Series will host spirited, constructive dialogue around the issues of the day with nationally renowned leaders. Examples will include “Women in the House”: a panel focused on the historic number of women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and "A Nation Divided": focus on the deep political divides in the wake of the 2018 mid term elections and compare the environment to pre-Civil War.
On February 26, 2019, IPPH will host The History and Politics of Black Face panel at 3:00 p.m. in the Small Auditorium, Rm (A03) Building #44. Featured speakers include the much-regarded Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution of African American History; Doron F. Ezickson, D.C. Region Director, Ant-Defamation League; Dr. Bobby Austin, Author/Sociologist. The moderator will be Mary Ann French, former Washington Post reporter whose doctoral focus examines slave families in Virginia.
The panelists will delve into the history of Blackface, its origins, as well as the contemporary political import of “dehumanizing” symbols.
IPPH plans to deliver on its mission by offering speakers and symposia in multiple digital and broadcast formats including livestream, social media, podcast and even broadcast television. Though most plans remain in development, IPPH future plans include a robust media distribution focus with the goal of not only offering poltical and policy content to District of Columbia residents with a historical context but to also archive all programs and make them available worldwide. Subscribe to the IPPH mailing list for updates.!
Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt will serve as the Founding Director of the UDC Institute for Politics, Policy and History. Pratt graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1961 and earned her B.S. degree in political science in 1965 from Howard University. Pratt attended Howard University Law School where she earned her J.D. degree in 1968.