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"
The IPPH Speakers Series hosts spirited, constructive speakers and symposia around the issues of the day with nationally renowned leaders from historical, national and local context. Stay up to date, suggest topics, or submit proposals by clicking the link below.
State of Play - State of Play is 3.5-year-old public affairs show that convenes subject matter experts, historians and people with lived experience to discuss issues important to communities of color. We encourage conversation with guest experts and with the community at-large. State of Play Programs aired on Black News Channel and are currently on State of Play Youtube Channel.
IPPH on Air: IPPH On Air is hosted by former DC Mayor and the Institute of Politics Policy and History’s Founding Director, Sharon Pratt. During each program, we take a deep dive into pressing issues of the day, exploring them through the lens of comparable historical events in our city - Washington, D.C. - and the nation. Each podcast features a diverse panel of compelling, expert personalities who can speak with authority on critical contemporary issues, always bracketing conversations with relevant historical insights.
Our first UDC Scholar was Dr. Monique Gamble . She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. We welcome UDC faculty to IPPH.
Please contact Joy Austin, Sr. Advisor and Director of Humanities Programs and firstname.lastname@example.org.
IPPH Resident Fellows are award-winning film-makers, poets and writers, activists, and experts in subjects as diverse as art, film, literature, history, race relations, foodways and sports. In live and virtual programs, they gather knowledgeable and engaging speakers to discuss the history and culture of Washington, DC.
IPPH encourages undergraduate and graduate students from UDC and area universities to participate in our work of discovering and presenting the history and culture of Washington, DC and hosting conversations that examine the issues of the day from a local and national context and always with relevant historical insights. Your experience and expertise are valuable to us. At this time, we are looking for social media interns.
"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.
IPPH delivers on its mission by offering speakers and symposia in multiple digital and broadcast formats including livestream, social media, podcast and even broadcast television. IPPH's 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.