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DU Theatre Presents "Homegirls" PDF Print E-mail
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The Dillard University Theatre Department is proud to present Karen Evens' "Homegirls" as part of its 75th Anniversary Season. "Homegirls," set in the midst of the civil rights movement, tells the story of five college women, four black and one white, who strive to maintain their friendships and find their way to adulthood. Ray Vrazel will direct.

The characters in the play are an amalgamation of founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC (pronounced snick), the student-led organization most famous for the lunch counter sit-ins of the early 1960s. SNCC protested the injustices of segregation in America through nonviolent resistance, Freedom Rides, marches, and voter registration drives, and by 1963, SNCC was a key player in organizing the monumental March on Washington. To learn more about the Freedom Riders and the civil rights movement, please click here.

The show will run in the Cook Theatre on February 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m., and February 13 and 20 at 3 p.m. There will also be school matinees on Ferbrary 9, 10, 16 and 17. For tickets, call the box office at (504) 816-4857. For more information, contact Kevin Perry, the Dillard University Theatre publicity manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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DU to Host Fourth Circuit Hearings and Pre-Trial Lecture PDF Print E-mail
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louisiana-state-seal-1_e9hsThe Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center will hold its first official court activities with a pre-trial lecture by Appeals Court Justice Terri Love and oral arguments of the official docket of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at 4 p.m., Judge Terri Love’s lecture will give Dillard students interested in law an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about the legal profession and the myriad procedures involved in court hearings and the appellate process.

In addition, students are invited to the hearings on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. in which Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judges Dennis Bagneris Sr., Terri Love, and Max Tobias Jr. will hear oral arguments of the official court docket of cases at the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Center. “Justice Ortique was a judicial trailblazer, civil rights activist, and mentor to many judges and we are honored to hold oral arguments at a location that recognizes his contributions to Louisiana law and public service,” said Judge Love.

Thursday’s hearings will expose students and the community to real-time court hearings and educate them regarding the intricacies of trials in the appellate system. The Fourth Circuit has jurisdiction over civil and criminal appeals originating from the trial courts of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes.

Students, faculty, and staff interested in attending the lecture and/or court hearings should contact Travis Chase at (504) 816-4713.
 
Black History Celebration 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host its opening activities for the 85th Annual National Black History Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Following greetings by Dillard President Dr. Marvalene Hughes, the Dillard University Concert Choir will perform under the direction of S. Carver Davenport. Dr. Alan Colón, Dillard’s National Endowment for the Humanities Eminent Scholar in African World Studies, will deliver the keynote address, “Celebrating Black History: Past, Present and Future.” A dialogue between the audience and a panel of students will follow. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building’s Georges Auditorium. For more information, call (504) 816-4701.
 
UNCF Tribute to Chaka Kahn PDF Print E-mail
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about.chaka.profileOn Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 the UNCF will present "An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Kahn," a two-hour entertainment special that honors the legendary soul singer while encouraging support for the UNCF. Fantasia, El DeBarge, Faith Evans, Herbie Hancock, Bettye LaVette, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Ginuwine, Mo'Nique, Soledad O'Brien and many others will join the UNCF in promoting the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (CESA). The campaign's mission is to increase funding for graduate-bound seniors who may have to drop out of school simply because they lack a few dollars.

For more information, visit www.aneveningofstars.org or check your local listings here.

 
Dillard Among HBCUs to Receive Aid for Internationalizing PDF Print E-mail
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ACE_logoThe American Council on Education (ACE) has named Dillard University as one of seven institutions nationwide to participate in a new project, Creating Global Citizens: Exploring Internationalization at HBCUs, partially supported by the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the project, Dillard University will develop a strategic plan to internationalize its campus and curriculum.

“Internationalization is key to the continued success of HBCUs,” said Dillard University President Dr. Marvalene Hughes. “The Creating Global Citizens program will help Dillard students to broaden their worldview, while also helping them to compete in today’s global economy. In concert with our expanding study abroad program and our ongoing membership in the international Melton Foundation, the Creating Global Citizens program will further establish Dillard as a leading university for cross-cultural, experiential learning.”

“In the 21st century, if we do not prepare our graduates to join the global workforce, our economy and country will fall behind. That is why the Department of Education’s support for this effort and the work of these institutions is so critical,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “I congratulate these seven colleges and universities, which were selected after a very rigorous application process.”

“This grant is one of several efforts we are undertaking to give HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and other schools the tools they need to educate students for success in our global society,” said Eduardo Ochoa, assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education. “We look forward to the outcomes of ACE’s work and hope the results will serve as a model for other HBCUs and schools that serve students who are under-represented in international education.”

The seven institutions—Dillard, Howard, Lincoln (Mo.), North Carolina A&T, Savannah State, Tuskegee, and Virginia State universities —will examine their current international activities and over two years devise new strategies with advice from ACE to expand their global outlook.

 
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