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DU to Host Institute for Promoting Social Responsibility PDF Print E-mail
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2008-11-12-15-3B_Dr_LynchThe African World Studies Program at Dillard University will host the Institute for Promoting Social Responsibility on April 18-20 and 25-28, 2011. The purpose of the institute is to explore and expand current and future opportunities for students to serve in underserved communities and challenged populations. The theme of the institute is “Finding Answers to the Future.”

The institute will begin with a rhythm and blues performance by The Mike Baptiste Soul Review at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, in the Kearny Hall Recreation Lounge. On Tuesday, April 19th, the film “Bastards of the Party” will be screened and discussed at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Center Theater.

Dr. Michael Tillotson of the University of Houston will lecture from his new book, “Invisible Jim Crow:  Contemporary Ideological Threats to the Internal Security of African Americans,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Stern Hall Amphitheater. Panelists will respond to the presentation.

The institute continues at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 25, with a mini-lecture, “Jazz as America’s Classical Music,” by Dr. Acklyn Lynch (pictured), emeritus professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A performance by Donald Harrison Jr. and Friends will follow.

The institute’s keynote lecture, “Scholarship, Activism and Social Responsibility,” will be given by Dr. Lynch at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in Stern Hall Amphitheater. A panel discussion will follow.

On Wednesday, April 27, Dr. Anthony James Ratcliff of California State University, Northridge will speak about “Hip Hop and Social Responsibility” at 3:30 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building, and he will be followed by a panel of respondents.

The institute will conclude on Thursday, April 28, with a daylong retreat highlighted by an intergenerational dialogue about scholarship, activism and community development.

Ms. Fabienne Snowden of the City University of New York will facilitate the retreat. Dr. Alan Colón of Dillard University, Dr. Lynch, Ms. Barbara Major of Citizens United for Economic Equity, and Dr. James Turner of Cornell University will serve as consultants. Invited participants will produce a personal plan for exercising social responsibility and develop an outline for a manifesto of student responsibility to the Black community.

Admission to all activities is free.  For more information, contact Dr. Alan Colón at (504) 816-4701.

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Dillard Partners With U.S. Coast Guard PDF Print E-mail
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DUCoastGuardWebThe U.S. Coast Guard and Dillard University entered into a formal partnership when Capt. Edwin M. Stanton, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, and Dillard University President Marvalene Hughes signed a memorandum of agreement on Dillard’s campus on Friday, April 8. The partnership is designed to support the Coast Guard’s recruiting efforts while providing additional tuition-saving choices and academic options for Dillard students and professors.

The four-year partnership will enable Dillard to establish a new forum for addressing environmental issues in the Gulf Coast region, and provide opportunities for Dillard students to partake in the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) scholarship program, which bears similarities to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Dillard students will benefit from internship opportunities with the Coast Guard in areas such as engineering, operations, logistics and information services, as well as the potential for internships with the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard will also work with Dillard’s Environmental Sustainability Program to provide student research opportunities in maritime transportation management and security areas. Career mentorship for students will be another element of the partnership.

“We are incredibly proud to be joining forces with an organization like the United States Coast Guard,” said President Hughes. “This joint venture will provide exciting research, internship and job opportunities for our students, and bolster the important work of our Environmental Sustainability Program. We look forward to working with Captain Stanton and the Coast Guard for years to come.”

To view the Coast Guard's official photo release, click here.

Spring Concert 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Spring_Concert_2011_PosterThe Dillard University Concert Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2011 at 4 p.m. 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 masters, 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 J. Rosamond Johnson, Richard Smallwood, Moses G. Hogan and more.

“Moses was a member of the Dillard faculty for 13 years, and I had the honor and privilege of being in the very first chorale that he started in 1980, the New World Ensemble, as well as the last chorale he directed before passing in 2003,” said Davenport. “Good compositions reflect the conscious design of their composer or arranger, and in the spirituals that the choir will perform, the audience will certainly hear the musical genius of my dear friend, Moses Hogan.”

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.

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