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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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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.

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