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Spring Concert and Spring Tour 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Spring_Concert_2012_flyer1Following an extensive East Coast tour, the Dillard University Concert Choir will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 4 p.m. Originally, the concert was to be held on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  The concert, to be held in Lawless Assembly Hall on the Dillard campus, is free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to arrive early to secure seating.

“I’ve often told my choir that a good musical composition makes the audience remember it,” said choir director S. Carver Davenport. “The Dillard Choir performance of ‘Come Sweet Death,’ composed by one of the greats, J.S. Bach, and set to contemporary choreography, has something novel that sets it apart. It really holds the audience’s attention.”

With the help of accompanist Lucian Zidaru, the 39-member choir will perform selections by Roland M. Carter, Victor Herbert, Moses G. Hogan and more.

The choir’s repertoire draws from a variety of musical styles, including classical masterpieces, folk and art songs, jazz tunes, and Negro spirituals such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “In Bright Mansions Above.”

Dillard University invites you to join us for an afternoon of beautiful music performed by talented, passionate young men and women.

And please see below the itinerary for the Dillard University Concert Choir's Spring Tour. Our students love to see Dillard alumni when they're out on the road. If you're in Louisiana, Georgia, Washington, D.C., New York or Alabama, come out and hear some wonderful music!


The Dillard University Concert Choir 2012 Tour

Thursday, March 8

Rose of Sharon Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1401 Martin Luther King Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301

Contact: Chad Bailey (504) 373-7042


Friday, March 9

Warren United Methodist Church

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

1800 Orchid Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Contact: (337) 474-3009 (church)


Saturday, March 10 TBA

Sunday, March 11

First AME

Performance Time: 3:00 p.m.

2046 Richard Allend SE Ln, Atlanta, GA 30316

Contact: Dr. Eyvonne Whitman - (404) 241-5900 or Arlene Speagers (404) 314-3154


Monday, March 12

New Bethel Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00 p.m.

1739 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Contact: Dr. Sidney Green - (church) (201) 387-9100


Wednesday, March 14

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church

Performance Time: 7:00  p.m.

212 Thompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Contact: Ms. Phyllis Ball - (718) 219-0920


Thursday, March 15

Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School Commencement Academy

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

501 Genesee Street, Rochester, NY 14611

Contact: Walter Larkins - (585) 750-4968

Asbury First UMC

Performance Time: 6:30 p.m.

10050 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Contact: (585) 271-1050 (church)


Sunday, March 18

Living Stones Temple

Performance Times: 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.

1009 Walker Avenue, Fultondale, AL 35217

Contact: Netra Young, Choir Director - (205) 475-1754 or Willie Gilford - Dillard Aumnus - (205) 908-7980


6th Ave. Baptist Church

Performance Time: 11:00 a.m.

1101 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Birmingham, AL

Contact: (205) 251-5173


Crumbley Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Performance Time: 4:00 p.m.

444 58th Street, Fairfield, AL 35064

Contact: (205) 533-0374

Dillard to Host "Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a 'Post-Racial' (?) United States," March 20-22 PDF Print E-mail
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turnerFrom March 20-22, Dillard University will host Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a “Post-Racial” (?) United States, a symposium designed to explore problems of crime and incarceration in the U.S. today, their outsized impact on the black community, and the dubious concept of our society as “post-racial.” Criminal justice in New Orleans will also be addressed throughout three days of seminars and panel discussions.

Public officials, students, community organizers, current and former inmates, crime victims, criminologists and other scholars have been invited to take part in this dialogue, which aims to define problems of crime and incarceration; explore their root causes; illuminate their societal context; examine attempts at education and crime prevention; and offer suggestions to help justice and rehabilitation prevail for the common good.

Dr. James Turner (pictured), founding director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, will deliver the symposium’s opening lecture, “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” Dr. Michael Tillotson of the University of Pittsburgh will give a lecture entitled “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” Dillard University’s Dr. Alan Colón, professor of African world studies, and Dr. Carroll Wiltz, professor of sociology, will convene the symposium.

All events will be held in the Georges Auditorium of the PSB on Dillard’s campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a Post-Racial (?) United States
Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 20

I. The St. Clair Drake Lecture: “From Mass Enslavement to Mass Segregation to Mass Incarceration.” 3 p.m.

II. Lecture: “A Post-Racial United States Society: Fact or Fantasy?” 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 21

III. Roundtable Discussion: “Crime and Punishment in African-American Communities.” 
3 p.m.

IV. Panel Discussion: “The Incarceration Experience: Inmates from Angola State Prison.”
7 p.m.

Thursday, March 22

V. Students’ Panel Discussion: “Mass Incarceration and Colorblindness.” 10 a.m.

VI. Roundtable Discussion: “The Struggle Continues: Where Do We Go From Here?” 7 p.m.
2012 Spring Auditions/Open House PDF Print E-mail
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Perspective Dillard University (DU) students will have to bring their game to the DU campus on Saturday, Mar. 24 for the 2012 Spring Auditions and Open House. Auditions will be held for music, theater and visual arts talent-based scholarships. Students are requested to bring any necessary items to audition.

In addition to auditions, students will have the opportunity to complete the admissions process, speak to admissions and financial aid counselors, tour the campus, and speak with current students and faculty members.

For more details, please contact the admissions office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

follow the Registration Link:


Date:  Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012

Time:  Check in starts at 10 am

Location for Check In:  PSB Lobby



Local School Students Shine at Showcase PDF Print E-mail
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paint brushesOn Friday, March 2, 2012 many local school students' lights will be shining as they share their talents with the public at the Orleans Parish School Board's Performing & Visual Arts Showcase 2012. With vocal and instrumental performances, skits and a multi-media visual arts presentation, the afternoon-long event promises talent on every level. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the showcase with students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School, McDonogh #35, Bethune Elementary and Ben Franklin Elementary represented.

Beginning at 1 p.m. in the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center on the Dillard University campus, highlights include vignettes of "Hold Me" by Jules Feifer presented by theatre students from McDonogh #35 and monologues from "The Colored Museum" performed by theatre students from McMain. Musical selections from both the McMain and McDonogh #35 choirs will be presented, as well as classical pieces from various students.

"We hope the public as well as the Dillard community will consider attending this event, which spotlights the incredible talent of local public school students," says Beverly Cook of  New Orleans Public Schools. Contact Ms. Cook ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Natalie Maloney ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information about the event.
Dillard University Goes Smoke-Free PDF Print E-mail
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black smokingDillard University (DU) supports being smoke-free, with signs posted across the  institution reminding staff, faculty and students there is no smoking in any building. However, on March 3, 2012 hundreds of Louisiana middle, high and college students will also offer their support for being smoke-free when they descend onto the DU campus to mark the importance of being aware of tobacco marketing and living a tobacco-free lifestyle, at the fifth annual Youth and Young Adult Summit on Tobacco Advocacy.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program, American Legacy Foundation, Dillard University and WQUE-FM Q-93, the day-long event will feature a rally, special guest speakers and a performance by music artist Dee-1.

“Not only do we want to create awareness around tobacco industry marketing toward youth, but we also want to empower youth to resist that manipulation and live healthy, tobacco-free lives,” said April Cabrera, TFL Program Coordinator for Youth and Young Adults.

Despite growing awareness of anti-smoking campaigns, the rate of teen smokers has risen in Louisiana from 19 percent in 2009, to 23.6 percent in 2011. Such statistics emphasize the need to continue the fight to be smoke-free. 

Other highlights include breakout sessions with high profile speakers including:

  • Duffy, from MTV’s Road Rules -- “Taking it to the Streets” using visual arts and graffiti to promote tobacco-free messages
  • Chris Blackburn, former Biggest Loser contestant - “The Size of Addiction-How Smoking and Obesity Go Hand in Hand”
  • Chad Bullock of MTV fame, “Igniting Initiative”- exploring tobacco’s impact and how taking initiative is the only way to change it.

The American Legacy Foundation will also host a session entitled “Social Justice and Tobacco”. Cabrera and other organizers hope to focus on the reality of youth access to tobacco products, and how attendees can become involved in policy debates on tobacco products at both the state and local level.

For more information on the event, contact April Cabrera at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (504) 301-9843.

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