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Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will present “A Well-Traveled Life: My Career in The Foreign Service.” PDF Print E-mail
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The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs will give a talk on Dillard Universtiy's campus on Monday, February 29, 2016.  The Division of Student Success Center for Career and Professional Development will host  “Real World/Real Talk” a special lunch and learn series where Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will present  “A Well-Traveled Life: My Career in The Foreign Service.”  The event takes place at noon in Kearny West Dining Hall. 

Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs since 2013. In this capacity, she leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team of approximately 400 employees who handled the full range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce -- from recruitment and hiring, to evaluations, promotions and retirement.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s 34-year Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-20120), and foreign postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In addition to the Bureau of Human Resources, her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008) where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004-2006) where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. She has received several Superior, Meritorious, and Performance awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. She was a 2010 inductee into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.

The Voices Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Tonight at 7 p.m., in Lawless Memorial Chapel on Dillard University’s campus, The Voice Project Presents “Re-Connect 2016.” It’s an HBCU College tour with music, poetry, real talk and worship. This event seeks to address daily challenges that can be overwhelming. “We need God. We need each other. We need the council of our elders.” “Re-Connect 2016,” will bring together leaders in the areas of faith, culture and advocacy to call and prepare the next generation of African American leaders to engage and transform the world.

Tonight’s event features worship by David Bailey and the Urban Doxology Band, and the spoken word by Amena Brown Owen, with D.J. Matt “Opdiggy Owen and Jonathan Brooks.

Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series invites 7th Ward Creole Sausage Maker Vance Vaucresson for a talk and cooking demonstration PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Creole Sausage Maker, Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage Company will discuss the history of his family’s business, the 7th ward and New Orleans from the 19th century to the present on Thursday, February 18, 2016, from 11:00 a.m., to 12:00 p.m., in Dillard University’s Georges Auditorium. The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture tapped Vaucresson in partnership with the Center for First Year Experience as a speaker for the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public.

Vaucresson will also share personal stories with attendees about the Vaucresson family legacy of butchers and sausage makers that dates back to 1899. Perhaps the most appetizing portion of the program will be the cooking demonstration to follow. Attendees will have the chance to learn ‘How to Make Creole Sausage and Crawfish Boudin’ in the Dillard University Ray Charles Program Center, housed in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building in Room 112, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cooking demo is also free and open to the public. Parking will be available on campus.

Vance Vaucresson’s father, Sonny, owned Vaucresson’s Creole Cafe, a restaurant that was located on Bourbon St., from 1966 to 1974. The Vaucresson’s are forever linked to New Orleans history through George Wein, founder of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Mr. Wein was a constant presence, eating at the cafe as he planned what would one day become the southern region’s premiere music and food festival. Vaucresson’s Sausage Company was an original food vendor at Jazz Fest and to this day is the only vendor that has never missed a year. He’ll discuss a legacy that has endured even through the tremendous challenges of Hurricane Katrina that threatened the businesses’ survival. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and eat with a New Orleans original.

For more information, please contact Zella Palmer, Chair of the Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture at 504.816.4091 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series

The late Dr. Rudy Lombard was a civil rights leader, an oral historian and the co-author of “Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets.” The book was first published in 1978, and was edited by Toni Morrison. The lecture series began in the fall of 2014, with a lecture by Dr. Howard Conyers, a NASA rocket scientist and a pitmaster. The series is an opportunity to carry on Dr. Lombard’s legacy and his work that highlighted contributions of African American chefs in New Orleans and the south to the culinary repertoire. Moreover, the mission is to engage the Dillard campus and the New Orleans community to learn more about African American foodways, both past and present. To date other lecturers have been Michael Twitty and Edie Mukiibi. Bryant Terry is scheduled for the spring.

Dillard University School of Public Health to Host Forum Addressing Flint Water Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – In response to the ongoing water crisis facing the citizens of Flint, Mich., as well as to the concerns of Dillard University students about clean water issues closer to home, the University’s School of Public Health, in conjunction with the department of Urban Studies and Public Policy will be hosting a forum on Tuesday, February 16, in the Georges Auditorium, located in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The event is open to the public.

“While the ongoing tragedy in Flint is the catalyst for this forum, we are aware that these issues are impacting communities throughout the nation” said Kesia Walker, a member of the Dillard Public Health faculty and the organizer of the event.  “Right here in Louisiana, you don’t have to look any further than the city of St. Joseph, where the residents there have been under a boil notice since 2012.  Our students want to know what they can do to affect change.  Part of our mission is to develop young people who will make the world a better place.  We hope this forum gives them a starting point to do just that.”

The event will include a brief documentary detailing the situation in Flint, followed by a student-led panel discussion centered on creating action.  After a brief intermission, representatives from Tulane University will provide information on social, environmental, and judicial implications of the crisis.

The forum will conclude with special guest Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), discussing water sustainability here in Louisiana and beyond.

For more information, contact Kesia Walker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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0002smallDillard University is pleased to announce the appointment of Adria N. Kimbrough, Esq., as Pre-Law Advisor for its Center for Law and Public Interest.  The role is a continuation of Kimbrough’s volunteer efforts over the last three years, where she has served as an advisor and mentor to aspiring law students at Dillard University.  Kimbrough’s efforts have included the creation of a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Boot Camp designed to increase student test scores, and a host of workshops and lectures to expose students to the legal profession. As a result, Dillard University students have had an opportunity to hear from a multitude of speakers ranging from Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to the current American Bar Association President Paulette Brown.

For more than 15 years, Kimbrough has spent her career working in both higher education and law.  She has served as an Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University, University Attorney at Albany State University, Associate at the Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon and Galchus law firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, and as Associate General Counsel for the University of Arkansas System. Additionally, Kimbrough serves as Of Counsel with the Kullman Law Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana.  She is a member of the Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Louisiana Bar Associations as well as the American Bar Association where she was selected as a Fellow for the Young Lawyers Division Section of Labor and Employment Law.  

In the New Orleans community, Kimbrough most recently served as a Board Member of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business and as a Commissioner for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.  She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for College Track New Orleans and the teacher for the Adult Sunday School class at First Grace United Methodist Church where she and her family are members.

Kimbrough is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Talladega College (Talladega, Alabama), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Dillard University has a long-standing history of producing graduates who have excelled in the areas of law and advocacy dating back to 1869, when Straight College instituted its law program and graduates were admitted to the Louisiana State Bar without examination. Moreover, other notable graduates, were pioneers and civil rights leaders like Louis A. Martinet and Rudolphe L. Desdunes, who were at the forefront of the landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Since then, Dillard has graduated hundreds of successful lawyers, judges, and legislators, including the late Revius O. Ortique Jr., the first African American to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court, and today, Judge Carl E. Stewart, the first African American Chief Judge to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

For more information about the Pre-Law program contact, Adria N. Kimbrough at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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