University Relations & Public Affairs

Main Office Contact
phone 202.274.5954 | phone 202.274.5453 | email udc-communications@udc.edu

Media Inquiries

Michael C. Rogers
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
phone 202.274.5314 (o) | phone 202.253.3677 (c) | michael.rogers1@udc.edu

Date of Publication: 
03/07/2012

Professor Receives Grant for Documentary

We are pleased to announce our very own Associate Professor L. Raki Jones has received a grant from the Fetzer Institute for a documentary he is working on called “Sontata Mulattica”.  This documentary is about George Bridgetower, a 19th century, African-European violinist who was taught by Franz Haydn, adopted by the Prince of Wales, and a friend of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Based upon a book of the same title by the former poet laureate Rita Dove, this documentary will shed light on the marginalized musical genius as it explores contemporary issues of race and culture.

Professor Jones has done a previous documentary with Spark Media called Prince Among Slaves.  He secured twelve paid Production Assistant jobs for UDC, TV production students.  Since that documentary was picked up by PBS, those students received invaluable experience and credits on a national broadcast program.

For more information about this documentary  please visit the Spark Media website at www.sparkmedia.org or you can contact Professor Jones at 202.274.6144.


As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University's EO Policy Statement, please visit:  http://www.udc.edu/equal_opportunity.

The University of the District of Columbia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - 3624 Market Street - Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371