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NEW ORLEANSThe Dillard Bleu Devils men’s basketball annual intrasquad scrimmage, the Bleu and White Game, is set for this Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Battlefield at Dent Hall.  This year’s game once again features a split squad competing against each other and is the first chance for fans to see the 2016 Bleu Devils in action.  Dillard is ranked number one in the Sporting News preseason NAIA basketball poll. 


The game is free of charge and open to the public; fans are asked to bring toiletry items for donation to those impacted by the floods in the Baton Rouge area.


Just like last year, Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough and Athletic Director, Kiki Baker Barnes, will coach the teams.  Rosters were chosen by a draft between the two guest coaches.


WHITE TEAM (Kimbrough)

BLEU TEAM (Barnes)








Ramon Johnson



Demetric Austin



Dennis Hightower



Montrey Thomas



Kristian Clark



Jesse Ward



Patrick Thompson



Sean Burrell



Dequandre Dentmond



Jalen McGaughy



Jamerson Roberts



Jordan Watkins



James Morris



Quinton Jackson



Alvin Riley



Xavian McKay




The Bleu Devils return eight of their top nine scorers from a season ago, including All-American forward Demetric Austin, All-GCAC guard Dennis Hightower and GCAC Freshman of the Year Montrey Thomas.  Under first year head coach Mike Newell, Dillard finished second in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference during the 2015-16 regular season before capturing the GCAC tournament championship with a victory over arch-rival Xavier. It was Dillard’s first tournament title since 2001.


After securing an automatic bid to the NAIA tournament, the Bleu Devils upset eighth-ranked Hope International University in the first round before falling to No. 23 Campbellsville in the round of 16.


Dillard opens the 2016-17 campaign on Oct. 29 when they host Mobile.  Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. 

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NEW ORLEANS – As part of his class Philosophy 444: Hip-Hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior, Dr. Walter Kimbrough will welcome entertainers Audra the Rapper and Lee Mazin for an open discussion on “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” and women in the music industry.

WHO:             Audra the Rapper; rapper, songwriter, singer and brand ambassador

                      Lee Mazin; rapper, reality television star

WHAT:           The two artists will lead a discussion on “Sisterhood of Hip Hop”, a reality program currently airing on Oxygen Media.  The show, executive produced by Grammy-Award winning artist T.I., chronicles the ups and downs of six women trying to make their mark in the rap industry. 

WHERE:        Samuel DuBois Cook Theatre

                     2601 Gentilly Boulevard

                     New Orleans, LA 70122

WHEN:           Thursday, September 22, 3 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call (504) 816-4800.

About Philosophy 444

The course, led by University President Walter M. Kimbrough, provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of hip hop culture, which has challenged traditional ideas regarding sexuality and gender, and may in fact have replaced those values with completely new ones. Students who complete this course will not only have a better grasp of foundational ethical ideas and principles, but also begin to evaluate how hip hop may impact the ethical decisions that they, their friends, family, and larger society make.

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NEW ORLEANS – National Review editor Rich Lowry comes to the Georges Auditorium on the campus of Dillard University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 to lead of this year’s edition of “Brain Food: The Dillard University President’s Lecture Series.”

Lowry has been with National Review, one of the nation’s leading conservative magazines, since 1992 and became editor in 1997, at the age of 29. Since then Lowry has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and Time magazine, and many other publications.  In 2003 he released Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

He has also maintained a steady television presence as a political commentator for the Fox News Channel and on mainstays like The McLaughlin Group and Meet the Press. 

Lowry received his B.A. in English and History from the University of Virginia.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and on the Board of Governors for the Young America’s Foundation National Journalism Center.

The event is co-sponsored by the Dillard University Center for Law and Public Interest.

Brain Food is free and open to the public.  Upcoming lecturers include Dr. Christopher Emdin, author of the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too on October 27, and CNN contributor and political activist Van Jones on November 16.  For more information visit

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Written by David Grubb, Director of Communications and Marketing
September 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANSMass incarceration has become a hot-button topic in the media lately.  Louisiana is currently number one in the world with an incarceration rate of 816 prisoners per 100,000 citizens.  One of the consequences of that is the treatment of men and women who return to their communities after serving their time.

This Sunday, September 11, Dillard University in collaboration with The Micah Project, will host “Welcome Home Sunday.”  The event begins at 3:00 PM in the Lawless Memorial Chapel.  More than just a religious service, “Welcome Home Sunday” is an opportunity to celebrate those who now have been given a second chance to become contributing members of their communities.

“Historically we’ve always seen the negative side of mass incarceration,” said Rev. Earnest Salsberry, the Dillard University chaplain (pictured at right).  “What happens is when people come out there’s no one to welcome them, no community for them to go to.”

“How does one get access to information about resources available?  How do they find a church home?  They are working to make a change, but when they come out the community doesn’t accept them.  What we want them to know is that there is a community here that is willing to support them.”

Rev. Salsberry likens the mission of this project to the biblical story of the prodigal son.  He understands that there will be those who question the celebration of these individuals, but he believes in the message of giving those who are seeking a better life the tools that they need to be successful.

“We don’t want to withhold resources,” he continued.  “We want to provide them with those resources and what they need so that they can be better.”

“They’ve had the time to reflect on their mistakes.  At this point it’s their choice as to which way they’re going to go.”

The program is more than just a celebration; there are educational elements about the impact of mass incarceration here in Louisiana and across the nation and what individuals can do to address the issue.  There will also be a job fair to connect individuals with employment and other programs to help their transition back to society.

Salsberry says that one of his goals this year is to move his ministry to Dillard students beyond the gates of the campus and deal with issues of social justice.  One of the first steps in doing that was partnering with The Micah Project to bring this event to Dillard.

“It isn’t traditional,” he said.  “How many churches hold a forum in the middle of a service?  But I’m all about being different.  It’s good for people to see that Dillard is relevant and we’re trying to find ways to better serve our community.”

Dillard has partnered with several local churches and pastors to help make this a successful endeavor.  Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, and Franklin Avenue Baptist Church have all committed their time and resources.

“My running theme this year has been that faith and spirituality can be part of our everyday life process.  It’s not just Sunday morning, or Wednesday Bible Study.  It’s reflected in how we treat each other, how we engage our environment.  This is about us looking within ourselves and asking what I can contribute to society and how can I use my relationship with God to help someone else.”

“I want people to live more abundantly,” said Salsberry.  “Our abundance is not in what we can receive; abundance is when we can be a blessing to others.”

For more information on Welcome Home Sunday contact the Office of the University Chaplain at 504-816-4791 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Teen Docents from Ogden Museum Take an Art Tour of Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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Teen Docents from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art touring Dillard University's art collection. Photos by Trent Thomas, who is a teen docent, a junior at L. W. Higgins High School and studies visual arts at New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts (NOCCA.)  

Words by L. Kasimu Harris
Assistant Director
University Communications & Marketing

Images by Trent Thomas
Teen Docent

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

While some high school students use the summer as a respite from their formal education, the learning is continuous for teen docents from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Ten students from the program visited Dillard University in late July, when I had the opportunity to lead them on a tour of campus, where they viewed the University’s antiquities and more recent works from students and John Barnes, program coordinator and assistant professor of visual arts.

We started with the history of the Zulu Club exhibit that was displayed in the Will A. Alexander Library. Although the exhibition is not fine art, it is a vital aspect of New Orleans culture. Afterwards, we meandered across the Avenue of the Oaks to the Dillard University Center for Economic Freedom (DUCIEF), where Ezekiel’s Wheel, a large installation by Terry Adkins that was a part of Prospect.3: Notes for Now, is housed in the lobby.  The students viewed, shared their interpretations and then discussed the work that was inspired by and included a W. E. B. DuBois’ quote from “The Souls of Black Folk” on double consciousness. Several other notable pieces in DUCIEF were by John Scott, Sue Jane Smock and Elizabeth Catlett, who also taught at Dillard.  

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"Ezekeil Double Drums installation by Terry Adkins that was a part of Prospect.3: Notes for Now.  

“By familiarizing our teens with renowned art departments and introducing them to successful artists, we hope to expose students to the multitude of opportunities and career options available to them,” said Ellen Balkin, education manager at the Ogden. She added that an important goal of the Teen Docent Program is to assist New Orleans area public school students garner success in high school, college and beyond and that visiting campuses is a means to accomplish that aim. Moreover, the students receive a stipend and are trained as docents and lead visitors on tours of the museum with educated insight into the art, and they are also summer camp counselors tasked with creating original works of art to share with community members.

Last year, Ogden’s Teen Docent Program was one among 285 across the country to be nominated and they were one of 12 to receive the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for teen development programs.  Balkin and a student traveled to Washington, D.C., where First Lady Michelle Obama presented them with the award.   

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"Encouraging the youth from the community inside of a creative environment, is an excellent way to ensure that they will see a place for themselves inside of the arts,"  John Barnes, associate professor of visual art, said.

From DUCIEF, the students visited the Office of the President, where works from Hale Woodruff, Ida Kohlmeyer and Gilbert Fletcher, ‘70, among others, are displayed. Barnes met the docents in the art gallery inside the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center. He talked about the program and pointed out art from Dillard students and the gallery also had pieces from Barnes. I showed some of my photographs and my performance video and then we talked about my process and inspiration.     

“The art at the University is diverse,” said Jon Thomas, a senior at International High School.  Additionally, she expressed her intrigue of the classroom experience that Barnes described. Thomas said: “I love how the artists are allowed to be creative in their own way and how no one is telling them how to use their creativity.”


L. Kasimu Harris talking about W. E. B. DuBois and how art is a reflection of society. 

There is a link between the classrooms at Dillard and the gallery walls at the Ogden, home to the largest collection of Southern Art in the world. “We look at the Ogden as an extension of campus, in terms of learning the inner working of a museum and the professional art world,” Barnes said. He added that Dillard is a place that merges with their outreach goals  and also benefits from the flow of quality students in terms of recruitment. Recently, the Ogden has worked to strengthen its relationships with Dillard University professors and students. Balkin explained that it’s a natural connection because both Barnes and I have exhibited at the Museum and participated in their outreach programming. We were both in the Louisiana Contemporary in 2014 and  2015 Louisiana Contemporary, where Barnes earned first place with “Doe Poppin,” a wooden sculpture. I was also in The Rising, a group photography exhibition that garnered national media attention, in 2015. Last year, Lionell S. Thomas, ‘18,  and James McClue, ‘16, participated in the HBCU Art Showcase at the Ogden. In fact, for the last four years, Dillard has maintained a constant presence in the juried Louisiana Contemporary annual exhibition that has a very stringent selection process for the artists it presents. In 2014, Christopher Bunch, ‘14 won the People’s Choice Award in the exhibit and this year Dillard graduates Ernest Littles and Jer’Lisa Devezin are in the Louisiana Contemporary that runs until September 18.  

Balkin says she hopes to grow the interconnection and develop new collaborations, soon, that benefit both institutions. She added: “I am especially proud of the fact that two of our Teen Docent alumni [Lionell S. Thomas and Myron Solomon, ‘20]  are now students at Dillard.”

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