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Dillard’s Brain Food Lecture to Feature Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater soloist and Author of Life in Motion Lecture set for November 11 PDF Print E-mail
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Life in Motion Photo Credit Gregg Delman copy(New Orleans) – On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Misty Copeland, ballet soloist with the American Ballet Theater and author of Life in Motion, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Although Copeland began ballet at the late age of 13, she has excelled and had unprecedented success in her art. At 15, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was named American Ballet Theater’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.

Copeland joined American Ballet Theater’s Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001 and in 2007 made history by becoming their third African American Female Soloist and first in two decades.

Performing a variety of classical and contemporary roles, one of Copeland’s most important roles was performing the title role of “The Firebird” in “Firebird”, created on her in 2012 with new choreography by much sought after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. In September 2014, she made history as the first black woman to perform the lead role of Odette/Odile with American Ballet Theatre in Swan Lakeduring the company’s first ever tour to Australia. In December 2014, Copeland is slated to perform the lead role of Clara in American Ballet Theatre’s production ofThe Nutcracker.

Copeland is passionate about giving back and has worked with charitable organizations in mentoring young girls and boys. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame and received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals that same year. She was also named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. In addition, Copeland received the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! Awards.

She is author of two books, the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist Charisse Jones and a picture book, Firebird, in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers. Both books were published in 2014. Her endorsements include American Express, COACH, and Diet Dr. Pepper and Under Armour.

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, or call 504.816.4800.  Upcoming lectures: Tuesday, December 2 – The Revius Ortique Lecture on Law and Society, Benjamin Crump, noted civil rights attorney; represented Trayvon Martin’s family in the Zimmerman trial and the family of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Monday, January 26, 2015 –Jason L. Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

Kevin Powell, Acclaimed Political Activist and Author to Lead Domestic Violence Workshops at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.) –Noted political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop figure Kevin Powel will conduct a series of classes and workshops at Dillard University, including two events that are open to the public on Oct. 22-23 at 7 p.m. in Georges Auditorium on Dillard’s campus.

Powell is known for his activism in the movement to end violence against women and girls will lead domestic violence workshops. The workshop on Oct. 22 is a “males only” session with the theme: “From Tupac Shakur to Barack Obama to Lebron James: The Past, Present, and Future of Black Males.” On Oct. 23, the workshop will be open to “women only” and is titled: If Women and Girls Ruled the World: A Community Conversation.”

Powell is the author of 11 books, including Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post,, The Huffington Post, Ebony, Esquire, and Vibe Magazine, to name a few.  He has appeared on “The Oprah Show” highlighting domestic violence; and he has done a great deal of humanitarian work, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to Superstore Sandy in New York. As a pop culture curator, Powell produced the first exhibit on the history of hip-hop in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis. For more information or call 504.816.4800

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(New Orleans) – On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Dillard University's Office of Community Relations will host its eight annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair on Dillard’s campus in the Professionals Schools Building. The housing fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. 

The event’s co-sponsors include AARP, Capital One Bank, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Entergy New Orleans, First NBC, Liberty Bank, and Regions Bank.

Over 70 exhibitors will provide information on insurance, mortgage lending, available real estate in New Orleans, grants for first time homebuyers, reverse mortgages, foreclosure options, financing for investment property, credit report repair, and the renovation of historic properties. Workshop series will feature presentations on Building Assets through Homeownership, Reverse Mortgages and Understanding Your Credit Score, Tax Reporting for the Self-Employed, and more.  Representatives from Road Home will also be on site.

“This event gives local residents the opportunity to meet business representatives in a casual setting that provides valuable information about homeownership and offers solid advice on home improvement projects from reliable sources, “ said Nick Harris, director of Dillard University Office of Community Relations.

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

Dillard Student is 2nd Place Winner at New Orleans Film Festival: Pitch Perfect PDF Print E-mail
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Edward Buckles wins for “Katrina Babies” Documentary

(New Orleans) – Dillard University student Edward Buckles, a senior film major, faced the stiffest competition yet in the pressure-soaked documentary section of the PITCH PERFECT competition of the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival today at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Buckles won second place for his moving documentary “Katrina Babies,” which is a ‘where are they now’ film on his friends who succeeded and failed following the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Judges included Will French of Film Production Capital as well as the head of the KICKSTARTER Film Festival.

This is the fourth win over the three years that Dillard has entered the competition, according to Keith Alan Morris, film professor at Dillard. "I have never been so proud," said Morris.  "Edward really delivered and had the audience rooting for him--and the competition in the documentary (portion) has never been tougher,” he said.  “I liked that he gave Dillard Theatre credit in his acceptance speech as Dillard tries hard to be a holistic environment for creative students." Buckles also received $500 for his win.

Previous Dillard winners include: Ejaaz Mason (2nd place Narrative – 2012); Ernest Robertson (1st place Narrative -2011); and Christine Maiden (tie – 2nd place Narrative -2011).  Dillard did not have an entrant in 2013.

About Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a contest that the New Orleans Film Festival holds for Southern film students, in which they are given the opportunity to pitch an idea for a narrative or documentary film to a panel of film industry professionals. Pitch Perfect was inaugurated in 2011, and has proven to be a great opportunity for students to practice the art of pitching, and get feedback from working filmmakers and producers.

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(New Orleans, La.) - (New Orleans) – Dillard University’s Office of Community Relations will host its 8th annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair. The event will feature a number of workshops and vendors including four panelists who will discuss building assets through homeownership, reverse-mortgages and understanding your credit score, tax reporting for the self-employed and Entergy’s energy smart program in the professional schools building.


WHAT:           8th Annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair


WHEN:           Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.


WHERE:        Professional Schools Building

                       Dillard University

                       2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122


OTHER:        Representatives from Road Home will be on site.

                      This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis.

                      For more information contact Nick Harris at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " or call                  

                      504.816.4704. (Exhibitor space is available for $150 which includes a skirted table, two chairs and signage.)

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