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Howard University Receives $150,000 Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York
Grant Enables University to Establish First-Ever Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology

Washington, D.C. (November 20, 2009) – The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded a $150,00 grant to Howard University to create a new think tank to facilitate national and international research on complex national and international issues. Entitled the Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology, this landmark project will provide venues for ongoing interdisciplinary research, bringing the best minds in research and public policy development to discuss critical issues of citizen participation in government decision making, transparency and the economic implications of global technologies.

In 2009 and 2010, the Initiative will focus research discussions on three concepts that are key to President Barack Obama’s administration, including health, education and the changing worldview of America.

To launch the Initiative, Howard University will host a first-ever symposium entitled The Health Care Discussion: People, Environment, and Policy on April 27, 2010. The Symposium will contribute to the health care reform discussion bringing together experts from across the country, culminating with a Symposium report available to the public. This landmark day-long Symposium will feature three key panels with academics and other experts debating competing sides of issues including the following: People: Winners and Losers in Health Care Reform, Environment: the Greening of Health Care and Policy: Politics and economics of Health Care Reform.

Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., Dean of the University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications and one of the grant administrators, said this grant provides the vehicle to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions featuring national and international thought-leaders. “Perhaps at no other time in history have major issues of health and education had both national and global ramifications," Dates said. " In this last recession, certainly we have learned just how interconnected and global we are. We no longer have the luxury of looking for solutions to complex issues in a vacuum.”

Future symposia will provide a vehicle for intellectual discourse by academics and specialists on the national, comparative and global implications of new relationships arising among government entities, the global commercial media system, the commercial marketplace, and their impact on democracies.

About the John H. Johnson School of Communications
The Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications has produced many outstanding professionals in communications including: Janice McKenzie Crayton, President of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlanta, Keisha N. Brown, senior vice president and general manager, LAGRANT Foundation, Depelsha Thomas-McGruder, senior vice president, Business Operations & Strategy, MTV Networks, Genelle Niblack, vice president, Clear Channel Radio Sales, Constance Cannon Frazier, vice president, American Advertising Federation (AAF), Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Vicki Mabrey, ABC Nightline (formerly of CBS 60 Minutes II); Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist formerly at The New York Times; and Lesli Foster, news anchor at WUSA, Channel 9.

About Howard University
Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, 19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African- American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation mission is “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The Corporation’s funding is to assist Howard University to showcase its faculty and other experts to discuss the interdependence of democracy, markets, communication, and technology to immediate, complex issues that are of challenge to America and across the world.

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