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Dillard to Host "Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a 'Post-Racial' (?) United States," March 20-22 PDF Print E-mail
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turnerFrom March 20-22, Dillard University will host Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a “Post-Racial” (?) United States, a symposium designed to explore problems of crime and incarceration in the U.S. today, their outsized impact on the black community, and the dubious concept of our society as “post-racial.” Criminal justice in New Orleans will also be addressed throughout three days of seminars and panel discussions.

Public officials, students, community organizers, current and former inmates, crime victims, criminologists and other scholars have been invited to take part in this dialogue, which aims to define problems of crime and incarceration; explore their root causes; illuminate their societal context; examine attempts at education and crime prevention; and offer suggestions to help justice and rehabilitation prevail for the common good.

Dr. James Turner (pictured), founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, will deliver the symposium’s opening lecture, “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” Dr. Michael Tillotson of the University of Pittsburgh will give a lecture entitled “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” Dillard University’s Dr. Alan Colón, professor of African world studies, and Dr. Carroll Wiltz, professor of sociology, will convene the symposium.

All events will be held in the Georges Auditorium of the PSB on Dillard’s campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a Post-Racial (?) United States
Schedule of Events


Tuesday, March 20

I. The St. Clair Drake Lecture: “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” 3 p.m.

II. Lecture: “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

III. Roundtable Discussion: “Crime and Punishment in African-American Communities.” 
3 p.m.

IV. Panel Discussion: “The Incarceration Experience: Inmates from Angola State Prison.”
7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

V. Students’ Panel Discussion: “Mass Incarceration and Colorblindness.” 10 a.m.

VI. Roundtable Discussion: “The Struggle Continues: Where Do We Go From Here?” 7 p.m.
 
2012 Spring Auditions/Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Perspective Dillard University (DU) students will have to bring their game to the DU campus on Saturday, Mar. 24 for the 2012 Spring Auditions and Open House. Auditions will be held for music, theater and visual arts talent-based scholarships. Students are requested to bring any necessary items to audition.

In addition to auditions, students will have the opportunity to complete the admissions process, speak to admissions and financial aid counselors, tour the campus, and speak with current students and faculty members.

For more details, please contact the admissions office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

follow the Registration Link: http://duspringopenhouse.eventbrite.com

 

Date:  Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012

Time:  Check in starts at 10 am

Location for Check In:  PSB Lobby

  

 

 
Local School Students Shine at Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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paint brushesOn Friday, March 2, 2012 many local school students' lights will be shining as they share their talents with the public at the Orleans Parish School Board's Performing & Visual Arts Showcase 2012. With vocal and instrumental performances, skits and a multi-media visual arts presentation, the afternoon-long event promises talent on every level. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the showcase with students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School, McDonogh #35, Bethune Elementary and Ben Franklin Elementary represented.

Beginning at 1 p.m. in the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center on the Dillard University campus, highlights include vignettes of "Hold Me" by Jules Feifer presented by theatre students from McDonogh #35 and monologues from "The Colored Museum" performed by theatre students from McMain. Musical selections from both the McMain and McDonogh #35 choirs will be presented, as well as classical pieces from various students.

"We hope the public as well as the Dillard community will consider attending this event, which spotlights the incredible talent of local public school students," says Beverly Cook of  New Orleans Public Schools. Contact Ms. Cook ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Natalie Maloney ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information about the event.
 
Dillard University Goes Smoke-Free PDF Print E-mail
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black smokingDillard University (DU) supports being smoke-free, with signs posted across the  institution reminding staff, faculty and students there is no smoking in any building. However, on March 3, 2012 hundreds of Louisiana middle, high and college students will also offer their support for being smoke-free when they descend onto the DU campus to mark the importance of being aware of tobacco marketing and living a tobacco-free lifestyle, at the fifth annual Youth and Young Adult Summit on Tobacco Advocacy.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program, American Legacy Foundation, Dillard University and WQUE-FM Q-93, the day-long event will feature a rally, special guest speakers and a performance by music artist Dee-1.

“Not only do we want to create awareness around tobacco industry marketing toward youth, but we also want to empower youth to resist that manipulation and live healthy, tobacco-free lives,” said April Cabrera, TFL Program Coordinator for Youth and Young Adults.

Despite growing awareness of anti-smoking campaigns, the rate of teen smokers has risen in Louisiana from 19 percent in 2009, to 23.6 percent in 2011. Such statistics emphasize the need to continue the fight to be smoke-free. 

Other highlights include breakout sessions with high profile speakers including:

  • Duffy, from MTV’s Road Rules -- “Taking it to the Streets” using visual arts and graffiti to promote tobacco-free messages
  • Chris Blackburn, former Biggest Loser contestant - “The Size of Addiction-How Smoking and Obesity Go Hand in Hand”
  • Chad Bullock of MTV fame, “Igniting Initiative”- exploring tobacco’s impact and how taking initiative is the only way to change it.

The American Legacy Foundation will also host a session entitled “Social Justice and Tobacco”. Cabrera and other organizers hope to focus on the reality of youth access to tobacco products, and how attendees can become involved in policy debates on tobacco products at both the state and local level.

For more information on the event, contact April Cabrera at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (504) 301-9843.

 
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gardenvote_copy “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”

Dorothy Height - African-American Teacher, Social Activist, President Emerita National Council of Negro Women

In an effort to give back to the Gentilly neighborhood in which it sits, Dillard University (DU) is hoping to create a science and biology program for local elementary students, re-establish the DU greenhouse, and host a regular farmer's market. Through the Home Depot's "Retool Your School" program, Dillard University hopes to secure funds to accomplish these goals; however, grants are awarded to those HBCUs with the most votes and DU needs its staff, faculty, students and friends to participate with online votes. If Dillard wins, the university will use the funds to establish an agricultural partnership with its neighbors at Langston Hughes Academy. Dillard biology majors will mentor Langston Hughes students and teach them how to grow fruits and vegetables in the university’s greenhouse. Students would then give these crops to families at Langston Hughes, and sell them at a new farmers’ market for the whole neighborhood.

"We hope to help combat food insecurity in New Orleans, a community where many residents face inadequate access to fresh produce and healthy food," says Nick Harris, of Dillard University's Community Development Corporation (CDC).

This year, "Retool Your School" has expanded the program. It is introducing a new $25,000 Campus Pride Grant for the school that shows the most initiative in promoting their proposals and garnering votes. It is also providing an additional $10,000 Tier II Grant. In all, the program has increased the total grant funds available to $185,000. Last year, "Retool Your School" awarded grants totaling $150,000 to HBCUs. A $50,000 Tier I Grant went to Bethune-Cookman University to help upgrade their Student Center with wheelchair ramps and barrier-free automatic access doors in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ten additional schools received $10,000 each for a variety of projects, from landscaping to lighting to irrigation

Online voting begins on Feb. 14, 2012. Voters are welcome to post their vote once per day.

For more information on "Retool Your School", contact Nick Harris at (504) 816-4704 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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