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Release Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:53 PM
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Campus Hosts ‘I Have A Dream’ Research Forum
Martin Luther King Jr. Gives "I Have a Dream Speech" at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2013) – The Howard University Office of the Provost and faculty members engaged in interdisciplinary coursework will host a forum titled, “Dream On: Interdisciplinary Explorations of the Howard University Community” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in room 240 of Founders Library.

The forum will feature music, drama, poetry, and dance performances as well as student presentations of interdisciplinary research conducted around the "I Have a Dream" theme.  The student research is sponsored by the Mellon Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program, which has organized interdisciplinary course initiatives at Howard since 2006.  The initiatives were initially funded by a Mellon Foundation Grant, but they continue through the dedication of Howard's faculty.

“This event will offer the Howard community an interdisciplinary perspective on the dreams realized and deferred of current, former, and future generations represented on Howard's campus and beyond, in the global community,” said Jill McGowan, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and chair of the “Dream Day” subcommittee.

The “I Have A Dream” theme coincides with several important anniversaries and other events, including the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington; the renewal of the political campaign for the Dream Act; the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; the re-election of President Obama, author of Dreams of My Father; and the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Langston Hughes, author of "A Dream Deferred."

 Department of English Professor, Sandra Shannon, Ph.D., who chairs the Mellon Interdisciplinary faculty group added, “I’m honored to be a part of an event that will bring interdisciplinary teaching and research to life and showcase the ongoing work by Mellon faculty members to introduce students to newer, more collaborative ways of learning.”

For more information about the event, call (202) 806-5443 or email


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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