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DILLARD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT TO APPEAR ON MSNBC’S SUNDAY MORNING SHOW WITH MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY DEC. 8 PDF Print E-mail
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WMK 2-20122(New Orleans) – Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University will be interviewed on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show this Sunday, Dec. 8 during the 11 a.m. to Noon. Kimbrough will be discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hip Hop, sex, and women.

Appointed as Dillard’s president in July, 2012, Kimbrough fosters a forward-thinking, student-focused campus culture and Kimbrough is one of the most dynamic figures in higher education today. Frequently called upon to provide his thoughts on the value of HBCUs, Greek fraternities, and current trends in education, Kimbrough recently gave an insightful statement during the U.S. Department of Education’s forum on college affordability and a proposed new rating system for higher education at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge.

During the forum, he pointed out that the rising cost of operations for security, technology, insurance and health care all impact the cost of education. Kimbrough also noted that the Parent Plus Loan fiasco has had a significant financial impact on students’ ability to continue in college. He compared the cost of incarceration with the cost of education stating that Louisiana is the “incarceration capital of the United States which itself is the incarceration capital of the world.” “We spend over $31,000 per inmate annually,” Kimbrough said. “If that were applied to Pell grants that would give every Louisiana Pell Grant recipient almost three times as much as they receive now.”

Kimbrough is currently participating in a special Twitter series #NPRBlacksinTech hosted by NPR’s Tell Me More show to engage the digital public in conversations with black innovators, scientists and tech thinkers. He participated in a roundtable on the show hosted by Michel Martin prior to launching the Twitter series which runs Dec. 2-20, 2013. He now has nearly 8,000 twitter followers as the Hip-Hop Prez. To tweet Kimbrough go to @HipHopPrez; for the Melissa Harris-Perry show go to @MHPshow.


 
Dillard Theater continues its 78th Season with “Zooman and the Sign” PDF Print E-mail
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Charles Fuller’s Zooman and the Sign
(New Orleans, LA) The Dillard University theater program will open its 78th season with a five-performance run of “Zooman and the Sign,” a Charles Fuller play about the impact of inner city violence on the streets of New Orleans. The show opens on Friday, November 8 and runs through Sunday, November 17 in Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.
 
“Zooman and the Sign” captures the psyche of a young boy, Zooman, who grows up without a structured family and is ingrained in a life of violence with no sense of remorse. During a shootout on a crowded street, Zooman accidentally kills Jinny Tate, a young girl sitting on her stoop.  No one in the neighborhood admits to seeing anything, but Jinny’s father hangs a sign on his house in an effort to shame his neighbors into reporting what they know about the murder. Fuller depicts Zooman as a stereotypical thug without hope and is characteristic of a growing generation of boys with missing fathers who are doomed to a life of crime and a tragic end.
 
Dillard University’s production of “Zooman and the Sign” is directed by Lawrence Weber, a recent Dillard alumnus. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.
 
Zooman and the Sign
Dillard University’s Cook Theatre
Box Office: (504) 816-4857
 
Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.                                                                                        
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.
 
Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.                                                                                                     
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.                                                                                                  
Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

 
Three Dillard Students Mark Historical Day with Martial Arts Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Unknown-8(New Orleans, LA – On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, two historical events occurred for Dillard University. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, the 7th President was installed during the 144th Anniversary of the University’s Founders Day ceremony, and the White Tiger Martial Arts Club of Dillard University attended its first Mixed Martial Arts competition.
 
Three Dillard University students Adam Berry, Briana Birchmore, and Trenell Williams went to the Battle of the Belts Mixed Martial Arts competition in Baton Rouge, La. The students competed like champions, winning five first-place titles, one Grand Championship and a second place trophy in the adult 18 and up age group.
 
Williams, a junior, won first place in Women’s Weapons, first place in Women’s Sparring, and the Grand Champion (Best of the Best) by scoring a 9.99 by all judges. Berry, a sophomore, won first place in Men’s Traditional Forms and first place in Men’s Sparring. Birchmore, a junior, won first place in Women’s Self-Defense and second place in Traditional Forms. The team received several invitations to compete in future Mixed Martial Arts competitions such as “The Big Show” in Extension Opelousas, La., and Louisiana PRO-AM Karate & Kung Fu Nationals in New Orleans. Nov. 2 - 3, 2013, White Tiger Martial Arts of Kenner, La. and the DU Club will host their first ever United States Korean Martial Arts Championship and Seminar on campus in Henson Hall. The championship will feature Chief Master Steve Seo of Korea.
 
Congratulations to Dillard University’s White Tiger Martial Arts Club, Norward Sears, Instructor and 2nd Degree Black Belt and Peter Stevenson, Director of Recreation, Health and Wellness and 1st Degree Black Belt for a job well-done.
 
“The accomplishment of your team represents the leadership and commitment of your program. Congratulations and keep up the good work,” said Larry Billingslea, Tournament Director and 5th Degree Black Belt. For more information on Dillard’s martial arts program contact Peter Stevenson at (504) 816-4656.

 
Inauguration Events for Dr. Walter Kimbrough PDF Print E-mail
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A host of events planned to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough begin on Thursday, Oct. 17, with a 7 p.m. speaker featured in the Brain Food Lecture Series. The Rev. Jim Wallis, a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life will be speaking in the Georges Auditorium. No tickets or reservations are required. On Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m., come sample "A Taste of New Orleans" concert, featuring vocalist, Ledisi, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra of the Marsalis Quartet and the Dillard University Choir, also in the Georges Auditorium. The actual investiture service takes place Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Lawless Memorial Chapel. On Sunday, Oct. 20, a 10 a.m. worship service will be presided over by the Rev. Walter L. Kimbrough, pastor of the Columbia Drive United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA, and father of our new president. These events are free and open to the public.


 
Dillard to host “FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963”on September 15th PDF Print E-mail
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The Performance is part of Project 1Voice’s nation-wide readings

Admission is Free and Open to the Public

four-lil-girls(New Orleans) – As part of the American Theatre Project of New Orleans, Dillard University, Project 1Voice, and Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center  will present a staged reading of  Christina Ham’s FOUR LITTLE GIRS: Birmingham 1963. The reading on September 15th at Dillard, in the Samuel DuBois Cook Theater, will take place simultaneously in theaters nationwide.

Prior to the Dillard reading, the show will be performed at the Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center on September 13 and 14 at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., N.O.  All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 was written by internationally known playwright Christina Ham and directed by Ed Bishop, award-winning producer/director. The readings commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombings that took the lives of four young girls at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  The readings capture the turbulence of the civil rights movement and the climate of racial tension and discrimination of the time. Four little girls – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley – share their future aspirations about “what they want to be when they grow up,” in the volatile  environment of the Civil Rights Movement.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on Project 1Voice and “FOUR LITTLE GIRLS,” please see link below.

http://project1voice.org


 
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