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OneBeat Brings Musical and Cultural Exchange to Howard


WASHINGTON (October 1, 2012) - The Howard University College of Arts and Sciences will host OneBeat, a new international cultural exchange by the U.S. Department of State, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Blackburn Center. The celebration of musical collaboration and social engagement will include a panel discussion and mobile studio for an open jam session.

Professor Gregory Carr, Ph.D. will moderate the panel discussion “How can we use music to improve our communities and to connect across cultural, political, and geographic divides?”  at 11 a.m. in the Digital Auditorium of the Blackburn Center.

International musicians will gather with students at the OneBeat mobile studio at 2 p.m. near the Punch Out for an open jam session. Students are welcome to join with instrumentation, spoken word, and lyrics. After the event, the OneBeat musicians and staff will produce the final track, which will be made available to all Howard University students and participants at

OneBeat is a new international cultural exchange by the U.S. Department of State that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. This year and next, around 30 exceptional young musicians from around the world will come together to write, produce, and perform new music. The group will also lead engagement events with local youth, and develop strategies for using music to make a positive impact on our local and global communities. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and is produced by Found Sound Nation.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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