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Final-Design--Adobe-Illustrator-CS4-BFkimbrough-onlyThe lecture series is an integral part of history of Dillard University. Our first official president, William Stuart Nelson launched what he called the aesthetic spirit of Dillard in the late 1930s designed to build a closer relationship between the students and the community, and elevating awareness of the university throughout the nation.

He was followed by Albert Dent who organized the Edwin R. Embree Memorial Lecture Series in the 1950s to help students achieve a high sense of personal and social values in their thinking and learning. Guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Broadus Butler followed Dent, and established the Scholars-Statesmen Lecture Series in the late 1960s to bring to students and the community distinguished people who modeled excellence to which students aspired and the community respected.

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Sep. 20

Editor of National Review, Rich Lowry is a syndicated columnist and commentator for the Fox News Channel.  He writes for PoliticoTime, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group.  He is the author ofLincoln Unbound andLegacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years – a New York Times bestseller.

Oct. 25

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education.  He is a public speaker on the issues of hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment.  Dr. Emdin is also the author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too, also a New York Times bestseller.

Nov. 16

CNN contributor Van Jones visits the Dillard campus as part of the Justice Revious O. Ortique Jr. Lecture Series.  Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice.  He has authored two New York Times bestsellers, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream.  Among his many awards and honors, Van Jones has been selected to Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100 and is a winner of an NAACP Image Award.

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