“The Zeitgeist Chronicles” by local playwright Stephen Montagne, will premiere at Dillard’s Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., and run through September 29. Four years after one of the most remarkable events in American and global history, the timely world premiering play revisits the “Change” election of 2008.
In three acts, the play presents the stories of an Alabama-born progressive reporter/staunch Hillary Clinton supporter (played by Jennifer Schemke) in Los Angeles who interviews her reformed racist uncle (Ray Vrazel) now campaigning for Barack Obama; four comedians in New York, including a 25-year-old, Mormon standup comedian (Taylor McClellan) and his Rat Pack era mentor (Janet Shea) who now lives in a retirement home; and several generations of a New Orleans African-American family (Martin “Bats” Bradford, Kari Cojoe, Robert Doqui, Spencer Howard, Damien Moses) trying to keep its elderly patriarch alive through the November 2008 election. These generationally, politically and racially diverse viewpoints will have audiences talking all the way to the voting booth.
Featuring a 13-member cast of all-local talent, the fast-moving production follows three multi-generational storylines that ultimately collide as the United States elects its first African-American president. The three-weekend run includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances, along with previews on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12.
Dillard faculty and alumni participate in this production in many capacities. Alumni Martin "Bats" Bradford and Kari Cojoe star in the new production. Assistant Professor of Theater Ray Vrazel also plays an important role in the production.
“The Zeitgeist Chronicles” production is working with actors, artists, activists, athletes, musicians, political figures, film makers, and other celebrities to lend their voices in raising awareness to the resiliency of New Orleans, the need for supporting the arts, and the importance of participating in the political process.
Tickets are available now online at https://.zeitgeistchronicles.com. The site also includes complete cast and crew list and preview video directed by San Francisco-based filmmaker Will Harper.
Watch DU Chair of Humanities, Cortheal Clark, discuss "The Zeitgeist Chronicles" in this video.
Hurricane Issac 2012
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On Monday, August 27, 2012 Dillard University (DU) students and staff boarded buses for Centenary College in Shreveport, La as part of the DU evacuation plan. Hurricane Issac made landfall on Wednesday, August 29, on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Centenary College was a gracious host and is forever endeared by the Dillard community.
Six days later, tired but excited students returned to the DU campus and back to their dorms and residences.
Thanks to everyone involved who helped make this a memorable beginning!
Dillard is Monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:50 p.m..
Dillard University will suspend business operations and all classes until Tuesday, September 4 due to Hurricane Issac.
We will keep you posted as to when students who are at Centenary College can return to campus. We are currently assessing damages from the hurricane and will update you as information becomes available.
Students should continue to check Blackboard for assignments.
For updates, please visit this site and Dillard's Facebook and Twitter pages, and call 1-877-551-5581.
Monday, August 27, 2012 5:20 p.m.
Today at 5 p.m. residential students who were unable to evacuate on their own were bused to Centenary College in Shreveport, La. Centenary College has housed Dillard students and staff during past evacuations, and the institution has always been a most gracious host. Dillard University will suspend business operations on Tuesday and Wednesday. For updates, please visit www.dillard.edu and Dillard's Facebook and Twitter pages, and call 1-877-551-5581.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 11:09 p.m.
Students: This is to advise that all classes are cancelled on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It is advised that students who are contemplating leaving the campus or the city should make plans to do so within the next 12 hours. Students should refer to Blackboard for class assignments. Updates will be provided on the Dillard website, email, Dillard’s Facebook and Twitter and by calling 1-877-551-5581.
Faculty and Staff: Dillard faculty and staff should report to work on Monday to make sure that their offices are secure and protected from the storm. Employees should not report to work on Tuesday and Wednesday as business operations will be suspended on those days. Updates will be provided on the Dillard website, email, Dillard’s Facebook and Twitter and by calling 1-877-551-5581.
Friday, August 24, 2012 4:55 p.m.
Please know that Dillard is monitoring the movement of Tropical Storm Isaac and will keep the university community informed as conditions change.
The Dillard University Will W. Alexander Library is proud to present to the Dillard University Family, “The BLEU Devil Book Club”.
The purpose of the Dillard University BLEU Devil Book Club is to bring the Dillard University community together to share a dialogue of ideas, opinions, interests and causes - all within the context of a book club discussion format.
As an institution of higher learning, Dillard University is committed to producing graduates who are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. What better way to create an avenue of open communication, critical thinking, and healthy debate of today's issues then a book club. Our learning environment encourages a respect of diverse opinions and ideas in which the book club hopes to build upon so students, faculty, staff, and alumni can all benefit from this program.
To that end, the Will W. Alexander Library strives to include authors and topics that represent a spectrum of viewpoints and interests. We hope to highlight books that have both a national and cultural interest, as well as those books that are produced by local New Orleanians. However as sponsors of the book club, we do not necessarily endorse the views of any particular author but support the notion of sharing information in the interest of discovery, exploration and understanding. The BLEU Devil Book Club is a great way to encourage a commitment to literacy on our campus while at the same time building on the actual mission of Dillard University.
Readers will be encouraged to purchase and read the featured book and then join us in discussion concerning the book of the month. The Will W. Alexander Library book club discussion will be every 4th Thursday evening of the month. Besides attending the book discussions, readers can also discuss the current book of the month by following us on Twitter @DULibrary or on our Facebook page @: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/2234159254/.
Our first book club discussion is: "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities", written by and will be facilitated by our President, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough!
For more information contact Malik Bartholomew at (504) 816-4209
Dr. Beverly Wright Authors a New Book on Race and Disaster Relief
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As the anniversary of hurricane Katrina approached, Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, released a new book about inequalities for minorities with respect to disaster response. Co-authored with noted environmental justice leader Robert D. Bullard, “The Wrong Complexion for Protection” examines government responses to a range of environmental and health threats to African Americans, including weather-related disasters like hurricanes and droughts.
“One of the most important indicators of one’s health is one’s street address or neighborhood. Where you live affects your health and your chances of leading a flourishing life,” says Bullard.
In the 2011-2012 academic years, Dr. Wright hosted an Environmental Justice event in Georges Auditorium, on the Dillard campus. Experts from across the country shared their expertise on disparities and offered suggestions on making positive changes.
At a conference on Resilient Communities also held at Dillard in June 2012, Dr. Wright spoke about the inequalities of communities after Katrina.
“More government recovery dollars went to white than Black districts in New Orleans after Katrina though Black districts were harder hit,” Wright said. Dr. Wright’s latest book is available through NYU Press.
Dillard University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran/Reserve/National Guard status and prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff are assured of participation in University programs and use of facilities without such discrimination.