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Dillard Presents Monica Pierre's "Dream Stories" PDF Print E-mail
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Dream_Storiesweb360X360Dillard University is proud to present Emmy Award-winning journalist, author and motivational speaker Monica Pierre, who will showcase her one-woman theatrical production, Dream Stories, Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15, 2012 , 7:30 pm, at Dillard University’s Cook Theatre.

Written and produced by Pierre, Dream Stories follows the journey of nine characters as they share their struggles, doubts, lessons learned and inspiration. Pierre's motivational characters include a young girl with a powerful dream, an aging housekeeper who embraces her true purpose, and a fun-loving 40-something woman who reaches a crossroad in her life.

As part of a special collaboration with Dillard University’s theatre department, Dream Stories’ entire production crew will consist of student directors, set designers, managers and assistants. Students will also write, produce and perform original music for Pierre’s one-woman show.

“I am honored to work with such talented young directors and crew who will help me shine on stage,” said Pierre. “I look forward to learning from them as we collaborate on Dream Stories and inspire audiences to take action on their dreams.”

A portion of the production's sponsorship dollars and ticket sales will go to support Dillard’s theatre majors through scholarships and stipends. Dream Stories marks Pierre’s second theatrical production to be staged at Cook Theatre. No Permanent Scars, based her book of the same name, debuted at Dillard University in 2004.

Pierre is host and producer of a weekly community affairs show at Entercom New Orleans' six radio stations. She is also CEO of Pierre Principle, a communications strategy company.

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Dillard Theatre's New Production Begins March 23 PDF Print E-mail
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ForColoredGirlsposterfinal2The Dillard University Theatre Program will continue its 76th season this month with a six-show run of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Ntozake Shange’s award-winning 1975 drama. The show opens Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in Dillard’s Cook Theatre and runs through Sunday, April 1.

The play uses poetry and dance to tell the story of seven women and their struggles with love, faith and abuse. “The audience will experience the fears, joys, tears and laughter that all people can relate to,” says Patience Rayford, a Dillard alumna from the class of 2006, who is directing the production. “Ntozake Shange said, ‘Where there is woman, there is magic.’ That’s what we hope to bring to our audience.”

Before each performance, the cast and crew will pay tribute to a different woman from the greater New Orleans community as part of a new initiative, created by Rayford, called For NOLA Girls. Honorees will be selected for their work as social activists and entrepreneurs, and their influence in the community.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for seniors and students. For ticket information, call the Dillard University Box Office at (504) 816-4857. Several school matinees will also be produced.

For interviews or more information regarding the production, contact Brendan Twist at (504) 816-4328.

Construction Update March 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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constructionConstruction projects on the Dillard University (DU) campus continue in March, with much progress being made. Several buildings are in the restoration process, with new amenities such as lighting and cameras being installed as well.


The Student Union Phase II portion of work started in February. The contractor is Landis Construction with the partnership of Landmark Consulting and Vanir Construction Management (both DBE firms) serving as project managers for Dillard University. This project scope of work includes: landscaping, drainage, finalizing the parking lot concrete work, lighting, cameras and warranty issues. Completing the Warrington Drive was a requirement before starting the project. This $2 million project is funded via the HBCU fund and is schedule for completion in August 2012.


The scope of the project is to repair and restore the dormitories after the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The architect is a joint venture between Campo Architects and Sizeler, Thompson, Brown with Vanir Construction Management (Nationally Ranked in Top 25 and DBE Firm) as the project manager. Currently, the exterior scope of work is to restore the exterior façade of both dormitories by removing windows and the abatement of paint and other exterior issues at the site. The windows will be restored or replaced. Several new windows will be built to match the existing and installed. The National Park Service and FEMA grants are funding the majority of this project with the entire construction scheduled to be completed by the end of the year 2012.

Progress This Month: Removal of all window sashes was completed in January. Over 300 sashes have been stripped of paint and a progress site visit from Dr. Ali Miri- National Park Service. R. David Contractors has been contracted for the exterior scope of work.


The scope of the project is to repair and restore Straight Hall after the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Currently, the exterior portion of the project is to restore the exterior façade of both dormitories by removing windows and the abatement of paint and other exterior issues at the site. The windows will be restored or replaced. Several new windows will be built to match the existing and installed. The demolition scope of work requires the removal of all interior walls. The demolition portion of work being conducted concurrently has a 25% DBE requirement. The National Park Service and FEMA grants are funding the majority of this project with the entire construction scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2012.

Progress This Month: The project is currently on schedule with both scopes of work that includes the exterior and demo portion of work. Construction Masters is the contractor for both packages scope of work. Dr. Ali Miri- National Park Service has conducted a progress site visit.

Spring Concert and Spring Tour 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Spring_Concert_2012_flyer1Following an extensive East Coast tour, the Dillard University Concert Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4 p.m. Originally, the concert was to be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  The concert, to be held in Lawless Assembly Hall on the Dillard campus, is free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to arrive early to secure seating.

“I’ve often told my choir that a good musical composition makes the audience remember it,” said choir director S. Carver Davenport. “The Dillard Choir performance of ‘Come Sweet Death,’ composed by one of the greats, J.S. Bach, and set to contemporary choreography, has something novel that sets it apart. It really holds the audience’s attention.”

With the help of accompanist Lucian Zidaru, the 39-member choir will perform selections by Roland M. Carter, Victor Herbert, Moses G. Hogan and more.

The choir’s repertoire draws from a variety of musical styles, including classical masterpieces, folk and art songs, jazz tunes, and Negro spirituals such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “In Bright Mansions Above.”

Dillard University invites you to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music performed by talented, passionate young men and women.

And please see below the itinerary for the Dillard University Concert Choir's Spring Tour. Our students love to see Dillard alumni when they're out on the road. If you're in Louisiana, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York or Alabama, come out and hear some wonderful music!


The Dillard University Concert Choir 2012 Tour

Thursday, March 8

Rose of Sharon Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1401 Martin Luther King Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301

Contact: Chad Bailey (504) 373-7042


Friday, March 9

Warren United Methodist Church

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

1800 Orchid Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Contact: (337) 474-3009 (church)


Saturday, March 10 TBA

Sunday, March 11

First AME

Performance Time: 3:00 p.m.

2046 Richard Allend SE Ln, Atlanta, GA 30316

Contact: Dr. Eyvonne Whitman - (404) 241-5900 or Arlene Speagers (404) 314-3154


Monday, March 12

New Bethel Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1739 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Contact: Dr. Sidney Green - (church) (201) 387-9100


Wednesday, March 14

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00  p.m.

212 Thompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Contact: Ms. Phyllis Ball - (718) 219-0920


Thursday, March 15

Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

501 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611

Contact: Walter Larkins - (585) 750-4968

Asbury First UMC

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

10050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Contact: (585) 271-1050 (church)


Sunday, March 18

Living Stones Temple

Performance Times: 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

1009 Walker Avenue, Fultondale, AL 35217

Contact: Netra Young, Choir Director - (205) 475-1754 or Willie Gilford - Dillard Aumnus - (205) 908-7980


6th Ave. Baptist Church

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Birmingham, AL

Contact: (205) 251-5173


Crumbley Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Performance Time: 4:00 p.m.

444 58th Street, Fairfield, AL 35064

Contact: (205) 533-0374

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.
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