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l james-peterson 300x300Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, will give a public lecture onWednesday, January 27, at 4 p.m., in the Professional School and Sciences Building in Room 200, on Dillard University’s campus. The talk is titled “Hip Hop Homecomings: The Chiastic Chronicles of K. Dot and J. Cole.”

“Dr. James Braxton Peterson is part of a new generation of black public intellectuals,” President Walter M. Kimbrough said, and added that Braxton has been able to provide creative analysis regarding today's issues, from politics to Black Lives Matter. “In addition, he is conducting serious scholarship around hip hop, a culture that daily influences American lives.” Peterson is a guest lecturer in Kimbrough’s #PHI 444: Hip Hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior. 

Peterson is a media contributor, a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania, and also the founder of Hip Hop Scholars, Inc., an association of hip hop generational scholars dedicated to researching and developing the cultural and educational potential of hip hop, urban, and youth cultures.

An adamant proponent of educational reform, Peterson is a strong advocate of integrating youth culture into classrooms as a way of transgressing the historically divergent borders between lived experiences and the formal educational system. He has trained teachers for the better part of a decade, working with them to integrate innovative methods for teaching students from all backgrounds, chiefly those from minority groups. Based on the four elements of hip hop culture — djing, mc-ing/rapping, breakdancing/bboying, and graffiti art – Dr. James Peterson conceived “The Fifth Element of Hip Hop” in which he argues that knowledge is an additional element.

He has interviewed the likes of Gil Scott Heron, Dr. Manning Marable, Sistah Souljah, Snoop Dogg, Dead Prez, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Nas, and Lupe Fiasco.

Kimbrough’s philosophy class, #PHI 444: Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which is arguably is the most sexual- hip hop. This course provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of the hip hop culture. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.

Dillard University Men’s Basketball featured in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Game of the Week PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS—The Dillard University men’s basketball team will be featured in tomorrow’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Network Division 1 Men’s Basketball Game of the Week Game of the Week, presented by Stretch Internet. Stretch Internet is the official live stream provider for the Dillard University athletics and the NAIA. Dillard University began livestreaming all of their home games in 2015 and is currently the only Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) member that produces a livestream webcast.

The Bleu Devils (RV) will be hosting Talladega's eighth-ranked Tornadoes this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on The Battlefield at Dent Hall. Dillard (RV) is off to a 10-6 start this season (2-1 in the GCAC) while Talladega (8th) comes in the matchup 16-3 and a perfect 3-0 against conference foes.

The match also provides another unexpected twist with Dillard head coach Mike Newell facing off against his mentee, Talladega head coach Matt Cross. Coach Cross began his career as a graduate assistant coach under Coach Newell during his time at University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Click here for the livestream link for tomorrow’s NAIA Game of the Week between the Bleu Devils and the Tornadoes.

Dillard University Cancels the Martin Luther King Jr., Worship Service with guest preacher Father Michael Pfleger PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS— Due to the untimely passing of Vince Clark, Father Michael Pfleger's long-time assistant, the Martin Luther King Jr., Worship Service at Dillard University is cancelled. Father Pfleger’s sermon was scheduled for January 20. Please join all of us at Dillard in prayer for the family of Mr. Clark, Father Pfleger and The Faith Community of St. Sabina family.

Alternatively, Dillard University’s Office of Student Engagement presents Let’s Talk About Freedom. It’s a panel discussion featuring attorneys Mosi Makori, Kristen Rome and John Thompson on tomorrow at 7 p.m., in the Professional Schools Building on Dillard’s campus. 

We also encourage you to attend the Martin Luther King Jr., Week of Peace Convocation on Wednesday, January 20 at Tulane University in the McAlister Auditorium for 7 p.m. The keynote speaker is Kwame Rose, a millennial activist, and the event is a collaboration among Xavier, Loyola, Tulane and The University of New Orlean

Dillard University Announces events for Martin Luther King Jr., Day PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University will celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday with events of song, service and sermon. The activities begin on Thursday, January 14, with a Gospel Concert: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The activities conclude on January 20, with Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, senior pastor of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago, as the guest preacher for the Martin Luther King Jr., Worship Service in Lawless Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m. Between those two occasions, the University is also partnering with two concerts, an art exhibit and a day of service with nearly 350 volunteers.   

On Monday, January 18, from 8 to 11 a.m.,  the Office of Community Relations is sponsoring The MLK Day of Service, where nearly 350 volunteers will assist in building community vegetable gardens at several locations in Gentilly. The sites are the City of New Orleans Youth Study Center (Juvenile Detention Center), Tulane Memorial Baptist Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and Historic St. James A.M.E. Church. Nick Harris, director of Dillard University Office of Community Relations, organized students, faculty and staff members from  Dillard University, and volunteer groups from several local churches and corporations throughout the City of New Orleans to participate in the gardening outreach project.

“Citizens want to see a positive difference in the community and strongly believe in what Dr. King stood for,” Harris said. “Residents of our city realize how blight, underemployment coupled with crime in our neighborhoods, can deteriorate the existence of a positive quality of life, if residents are not a part of building a sustainable community.” He added that they decided to do vegetable gardens because it’s lasting and they are focusing on healthier foods for a healthier life.   

Pfleger, the guest preacher for the Martin Luther King Jr., Worship Service on Wednesday, January 20, is a nationally known social activist with an unwavering stance against injustices. His outspoken condemnation of violence was portrayed by John Cusack as Father Mike Corridan in “Chi-Raq,” a 2015 movie by Spike Lee. One of Pfleger’s biggest issues has been the easy access to guns and the violence that is snatching the lives of children across the country. He has long toiled for the betterments of others. Since 1968, Father Pfleger, a German-American, has lived and ministered in African-American communities on both the west and south sides of Chicago. 

The University will use music as a means to honor Dr. King and his many messages, including non-violence. On Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m., for the first time The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Dillard VisionQuest are collaborating to present a Gospel Concert: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Lawless Memorial Chapel.

Dillard University Chaplain, Rev. Earnest Salsberry, M.Div., will host the night that features the Dillard University VisionQuest Gospel Chorale, Dillard University Concert Choir and vocalists and performers from First Peck Street United Methodist Church, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and Mount Herman Baptist Church Choir, from Avondale, La.

On Friday, January 15, at 6:30 p.m., in Lawless Memorial Chapel, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the University present their long-standing series concert, Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement. The musical tribute to King is headlined by jazz vocalist Mary Stallings and will feature Ernie Watts, saxophonist, and Charles Turner, jazz vocalist, along with a host of local musicians boasting international reputations.

This Saturday, January 16, in the Dillard University Art Gallery, The National Conference of Artists present the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Commemorative Art Exhibit, Why We Can’t Wait that features Rickey Henry, visual artist, and Ed Brown, photographer. The opening reception is from 12 to 4 p.m.

Schedule of Events 

Thursday, January 14, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation in collaboration with Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel and VisionQuest program present a Gospel Concert: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lawless Memorial Chapel
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Concert begins at 7 p.m

Friday, January 15, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and Dillard University present Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement
Featuring vocalists Mary Stallings and Charles Turner and saxophonist Ernie Watts
Lawless Memorial Chapel
Tribute to MLK: 6:30 p.m.
Concert Begins: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 16, The National Conference of Artists presents the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Commemorative Art Exhibit, Why We Can’t Wait
Featuring Rickey Henry, visual artist, and Ed Brown, photographer
Dillard University Art Gallery
The opening reception is from 12 to 4 p.m.  

Sunday January 17, Student Affairs MLK Week of Peace Chapel Service
Lawless Memorial Chapel
6 p.m.

Monday, January 18, the Office of Community Relations is sponsoring The MLK Day of Service from 8 to 11 a.m. at these sites:
City of New Orleans Youth Study Center (Juvenile Detention Center)
Tulane Memorial Baptist Church
Bethany United Methodist Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Historic St. James A.M.E. Church
All garden seeds and plants and supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, January 20, Martin Luther King Jr., Worship Service with guest preacher Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, senior pastor of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Chicago. The is also the first speaker in Brain Food, The Dillard University Presidential Lecture Series
Lawless Memorial Chapel
7 p.m.

Dillard University Athletics Department Announces Honorees for 8th Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS—The Dillard University Athletic Department continues to shape the future for student athletes, while celebrating its past by recognizing former athletes, administrators and members of the community. On Friday, February 26, at 7 p.m., in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building Atrium, the Department of Athletics will host the Eighth Annual Billy Ray Hobley Scholarship Gala, honoring George Johnson, Dr. Robin Martin, and Laverne Saulny for their hard work, dedication and service.

This event is the University's annual athletics fundraising event for scholarships and kicks off the Allstate Sugar Bowl Bleu Devil Classic weekend, featuring Dillard's men’s and women’s basketball teams versus crosstown rival, Xavier University.  

Two awards will be given to three honorees.

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award was created to honor former Dillard University athletes or administrators who have demonstrated excellence in their career and community. This award has been presented annually since 2011. 

seniornight0007copyGeorge Johnson, '70, was a member of the Dillard Bleu Devil Men's Basketball team from 1966 to 1970. He had a 13-year career in the NBA that includes winning a championship in 1975 with the Golden State Warriors. Johnson recently retired again 2015, after working 21 years for the National Basketball Players Association as a regional representative.

Dr. Robin Martin headshot 1Dr. Robin Martin is an assistant professor in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services and Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. Before that role, she was the executive associate director of athletics. Some of her previous posts include Dillard athletic director/head women's basketball coach, 2004-2006, assistant women's basketball coach, 2001-2003, and the athletic director at Holy Name University in Oakland, Calif.  Martin is also President/CEO of Leading Beyond the Post, Inc., a full service leadership development and executive coaching company.

Blue Flame of Excellence Award

The Blue Flame of Excellence Award was created to honor members in the community and nation who have demonstrated excellence in community service and athletics.  This is the first year this award is being presented.

Laverne Saulny 1Laverne Saulny is the St. John the Baptist Parish Director of Purchasing and Procurement. Prior to that role, she was the New Orleans Area Regional Manager for former United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu from 2002-2014. Saulny was a three-time All-American Basketball player from 1975-1978, at Athens High School in Athens, LA. She served on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board of Directors for ten years.  The organization hosted more than 100 events, generating $1 billion to the local economy in addition to raising necessary funds for several non-profit Youth groups in the Greater New Orleans area.

Billy Ray Hobley Endowed Scholarship Recipient

The Billy Ray Hobley Endowed scholarship is awarded each year to a Dillard University student-athlete who has at least a 2.5 GPA and embodies the spirit of Billy Ray Hobley.

This year's recipient is Houston Chatman, a 6’2’’ junior guard from Houma, La., and a Preseason All-GCAC selection. After completing his degree in sociology, Chatman, ‘17, plans to attend graduate school and is considering working with children. Giving back to the community is paramount to him. He said: “I want children to go for their dreams and reach their full potential and not just settle for what’s given to them.”

About Billy Ray Hobley

Billy Hobley 7Billy Ray Hobley, a native of Quincy, Fla., played at Dillard from 1973 to 1977. The 6’8” ball handler was known for his big plays and backboard rattling dunks. In 1975, Hobley scored 612 points in 27 games, for an average of 22.6 points per game. In the same year, Hobley was named Offensive Player of the Year.

He eventually played for the Harlem Globetrotters until 1998, an organization that averaged 250 shows per year, visiting over 120 countries.  After retiring from the Globetrotters, he returned to Dillard University as an assistant men's basketball coach; the following season, he became interim head coach. In 2000, he was named head coach of the Blue Devils, where he accomplished a record of 22-11, leading his team to the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship.

On July 31, 2002, while enjoying a game of tennis, Hobley suffered a fatal heart attack. Hobley was more than a talented basketball player; through faith, focus and determination he was able to reach out to others and motivate them to be outstanding individuals. Dillard University Athletics is proud to honor Billy Ray Hobley and call him a True Champion of Character.

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