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Dillard Student is 2nd Place Winner at New Orleans Film Festival: Pitch Perfect PDF Print E-mail
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Edward Buckles wins for “Katrina Babies” Documentary

(New Orleans) – Dillard University student Edward Buckles, a senior film major, faced the stiffest competition yet in the pressure-soaked documentary section of the PITCH PERFECT competition of the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival today at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Buckles won second place for his moving documentary “Katrina Babies,” which is a ‘where are they now’ film on his friends who succeeded and failed following the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. Judges included Will French of Film Production Capital as well as the head of the KICKSTARTER Film Festival.

This is the fourth win over the three years that Dillard has entered the competition, according to Keith Alan Morris, film professor at Dillard. "I have never been so proud," said Morris.  "Edward really delivered and had the audience rooting for him--and the competition in the documentary (portion) has never been tougher,” he said.  “I liked that he gave Dillard Theatre credit in his acceptance speech as Dillard tries hard to be a holistic environment for creative students." Buckles also received $500 for his win.

Previous Dillard winners include: Ejaaz Mason (2nd place Narrative – 2012); Ernest Robertson (1st place Narrative -2011); and Christine Maiden (tie – 2nd place Narrative -2011).  Dillard did not have an entrant in 2013.

About Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect is a contest that the New Orleans Film Festival holds for Southern film students, in which they are given the opportunity to pitch an idea for a narrative or documentary film to a panel of film industry professionals. Pitch Perfect was inaugurated in 2011, and has proven to be a great opportunity for students to practice the art of pitching, and get feedback from working filmmakers and producers.

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(New Orleans, La.) - (New Orleans) – Dillard University’s Office of Community Relations will host its 8th annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair. The event will feature a number of workshops and vendors including four panelists who will discuss building assets through homeownership, reverse-mortgages and understanding your credit score, tax reporting for the self-employed and Entergy’s energy smart program in the professional schools building.


WHAT:           8th Annual Housing and Home Improvement Fair


WHEN:           Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.


WHERE:        Professional Schools Building

                       Dillard University

                       2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122


OTHER:        Representatives from Road Home will be on site.

                      This event is free and open to the public. Seats are on a first come basis.

                      For more information contact Nick Harris at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it " or call                  

                      504.816.4704. (Exhibitor space is available for $150 which includes a skirted table, two chairs and signage.)

Dillard Theater will begin Its 79th Season with “The Lion and the Jewel” PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, LA) Dillard University will begin its 79h season with a six-performance run of The Lion and the Jewel, a play by Woley Soyinka. The show opens on Friday, November 7 and runs through Sunday, November 16in the Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.

The play is set in the Yoruba village of Ilunjikle in Nigeria, West Africa and is characterized by culture conflict, ribald comedy, and love. Characters include Baroka, the Lion, a 62-year-old chieftain and Sidi, the village belle, and Lakunle, a young suitor and teacher influenced by western society.   The play reveals the clash between culture and tradition in which uneducated people verses educated individuals.

In February, the theatre will feature a Black History Production to run Feb. 6-22, 2015The second play of the season is written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, called Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a vivid snapshot of changing life in the ‘50’s.  The play considers how individual personalities are affected by segregated social conditions. Performances will run Mar. 20 -29, 2015All performances are in the Cook Fine Arts Center Theatre and begin at 8 p.m. except for Sunday performances, which are at 3 p.m.


Dillard University’s theater is the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Theater in the country. In 2013 it won the Big Easy Award for Best University Theater Production for “Two Trains Running”; and was nominated again in 2014 for the Big Easy Award for Best Theater Production for “Dream Girls.” To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857.


“The Lion and the Jewel”

Friday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.                      

Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.      

Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.  

Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.

Dr. John Ruffin, retired director of the NIMHD to Deliver Keynote Address at Dillard’s Founders’ Day Convocation PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans)  - Dr. John Ruffin, founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day Convocation set for Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The University will be celebrating its 145th anniversary. Founders’ Day is designed to acknowledge the founding of the university and its historical benchmarks.

Ruffin, a 1965 Dillard University alumnus, is a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities. He has an impressive track record of developing and supporting programs to increase the number of minority scientists, physicians and health care professionals. The hallmark of his career has been his success in institutionalizing minority health and health disparities research within the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIMHD has been leading the way in facilitating cross-agency collaboration among federal government agencies and private partnerships and integrating science, policy, practice and community efforts towards eliminating disparities in underserved populations.

Ruffin earned a M.S. in Biology from Atlanta University, a Ph.D. in systematic and developmental biology from Kansas State University and post-doctoral studies in biology at Harvard University.

A ‘Sunday Dinner’ – Bringing back a fading family tradition


Immediately following the convocation, The Ray Charles Program for African American Material Culture will host a ‘Sunday Dinner’ in an effort to celebrate and bring back the tradition of family meals.  The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

The inaugural “Dillard University Sunday Dinner,” is a dining experience to fellowship and thank our most dedicated and valuable Alumni. This event will not only provide a unique dining experience for guests, giving them a tour of traditional New Orleans and Southern cooking from featured New Orleans chefs, but also reawaken the customary practice of Sunday dinner. The menu includes baked potato soup, shrimp & grits, walnut and rum pie and many other delicious options. Featured chefs include Gason Nelson, Christian Green and Dillard Dining Services’ own Joel Williams for a taste of New Orleans and Down Home Southern Cooking.

Founders’ Day Convocation and the Sunday Dinner are open to the public. There is no charge to attend to the convocation; however, inaugural Sunday Dinner is reasonably priced at $10.15 excluding tax for individuals without a Dillard meal plan. For more information go to or call (504) 816-4800.

Dillard to Host Domestic Violence Awareness Events PDF Print E-mail
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Acclaimed Political Activist and Author Kevin Powell

 to hold Workshops Oct. 22-23


NEW ORLEANS, LA – Dillard University will host more than a dozen events on and off campus in recognition of DomesticViolence Awareness during October. Workshops for students will range in topics from “Getting Rid of Negative Talk” to an “Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” and “Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips. ”  Other events include an international perspective on domestic violence to be presented during the Global Citizenship Conference currently underway at the University; a movie showing of “What’s Love Got to Do with It”; a poetry slam; as well as presentations to elementary and middle school children.

On Oct. 22 -23 Kevin Powell, who is well known for his political activism, literary and for his international humanitarian efforts, will lead workshops for male and female students, respectively, on domestic violence. Powell is the author of 11 books and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post,, The Huffington Post, Ebony, Esquire, and Vibe Magazine, to name a few. He is active in the movement to end violence against women and girls

According to the September 2014 report by the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana has one of the highest rates ofdomestic violence in the country. The report ranks Louisiana in the No. 4 spot for homicide among female victims based on the FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data (2012). When race is considered, black females are murdered nearly two and half times higher than white females: 2.46 per 100,000 to 1.0 per 100,000, the report said. In addition, 93 percent of female victims were murdered by someone they knew.

“That’s why it is so important for us to have these workshops and conversations with our students,” said Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard.  “We’re taking the month of October to bring about an awareness ofdomestic violence. We want to help students understand it, recognize the signs, and learn behavior that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators,” she added. 

The month began with a session called “Getting Rid of Negative Talk.” Highlights of the remainder of the month are as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – Noon and 12 –1 p.m.
“Intimate Partner Violence Discussion: Loving Each Other,” Kearny Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1 – 1:50 p.m.
“Learning to Love Yourself: Self-Esteem and Self-Care Tips,” Kearny Hall
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
“Black Love,” Georges Auditorium, Professional Schools Building (PSB)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Fourth Annual Domestic Violence Workshop, Room 131-135, (PSB)
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m.
“Manhood: Changing Us, Changing the World” with Kevin Powell, (PSB)
Thursday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m.                       
Women’s Workshop with Kevin Powell, (PSB)
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
“Take Back the Night” Poetry Slam, Will Alexander Library
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m.
“Take Back the Night” City-wide March with Loyola, SUNO, Tulane, and Xavier
Loyola University Campus

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