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NEW ORLEANS – Brain Food: Dillard University President’s Lecture Series Fall 2016 lineup features renowned political commentators and an expert in the field of urban education.

Speakers are Rich Lowry, Dr. Christopher Emdin and Van Jones.

All lectures are free and open to the public and held in Georges Auditorium in the Dillard University Professional Schools and Sciences Building (PSB) unless otherwise noted.  Each lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. Questions about the series can be directed to 504.816.4800 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The schedule and speaker bios follow.

Sep. 20

rich-lowry-national-review-rEditor of National Review, Rich Lowry is a syndicated columnist and commentator for the Fox News Channel.  He writes for Politico, Time, and often appears on such public affairs programs as Meet the Press and The McLaughlin Group.  He is the author of Lincoln Unbound andLegacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years – a New York Times bestseller.

Oct. 25

chris emdinDr. Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education.  He is a public speaker on the issues of hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment.  Dr. Emdin is also the author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too, also a New York Times bestseller.

Nov. 16

Van Jones CAA SpeakersCNN contributor Van Jones visits the Dillard campus as part of the Justice Revious O. Ortique Jr. Lecture Series.  Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice.  He has authored two New York Times bestsellers, The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream.  Among his many awards and honors, Van Jones has been selected to Ebony Magazine’s 2013 Power 100 and is a winner of an NAACP Image Award.

The Spring 2017 schedule is still in progress.

A Brief History of the Dillard Presidential Lecture Series

Beginning with the University’s first official president, William Stuart Nelson in the 1930s, public intellectual discourse has been a part of Dillard’s heritage. In the 1950s, Albert Dent organized the Edwin R. Embree Memorial Lecture Series whose guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Subsequently, Dillard presidents have assembled lectures that reflected their sensibilities. During Samuel DuBois Cook’s tenure, he established a lyceum series and built a fine arts center to provide a new venue for lectures, theater and music. Walter M. Kimbrough launched Brain Food in 2013, and has continued the tradition with speakers such as Michael Eric Dyson, Misty Copeland, Benjamin Crump and Michael Steele.  

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NEW ORLEANS – David Page, vice president of Enrollment Management at Dillard University was recently named one of six recipients of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Regional Leadership Award.

The Leadership Award is given annually to administrators who exhibit high integrity and character, demonstrate creative leadership, and inspire and encourage others to actively participate in professional development.

“I am humbled by this unexpected honor,” said Mr. Page.  “This award is not only a recognition of the work that I do here at Dillard, but of the outstanding effort of our team and is a reflection of the leadership of our President, Dr. Walter Kimbrough.”

Page, who has been at Dillard since 2013, learned of his honor after it was presented at the NASFAA National Conference in Washington, D.C.  Each honoree is reviewed and selected by the NASFAA’s Awards Committee before ratification by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“Great organizations begin with great people,” Dr. Kimbrough added.  “Our university is very fortunate to have someone like David Page; someone who cares so deeply about the success of students.  This honor is greatly deserved.”

Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough joins 34 other HBCU Presidents in “A Call for Peace and Unity” PDF Print E-mail
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Dr Walter Kimbrough president Dillard U copy 0NEW ORLEANS – Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, along with 34 other current and former presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have released a join letter titled “A Call for Peace and Unity.”  The letter outlines an action plan to address gun violence and its impact on our communities.

The full text is below:


We, the undersigned Presidents of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”) remain brokenhearted over the recent events that have taken place in Baton Rouge, La., St. Paul, Minn., and Dallas, Texas.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the impacted communities at large and the families who have lost their loved ones.  These incidents have shaken our nation to its core and caused many people to question our country’s direction.

As people of deep faith and a unique sense of history, we know that senseless violence has never been the way forward in America.  We are a society where, despite what many would lead you to believe, that which binds us to each other is far greater than anything that seeks to divide us.  In the words of our President, Barack Obama, “We are one people, we are one nation.”

HBCUs, by virtue of their special place in this nation, have always understood the hard work and sacrifices that must be made in order for America to live up to its ideals.  From the moment that our doors first opened in 1842, the roles that our institutions have played were never narrowly confined to educating the men and women who sat in our classes and walked our campuses.  Instead, ours was a much broader and more vital mission.  We were charged with providing a light in the darkness for a people who had been constitutionally bound to the dark.  Our very creation, existence, and persistence were, and always have been a duality of collaboration and protest.  In this respect, America’s HBCUs were the birthplace of the idea that Black lives matter to our country.

Expressing our support for the idea that Black lives matter is in no way a declaration that other lives do not matter as well.  As leaders of some of the most diverse colleges and universities in the country, we are well steeped in the value of open and inclusive communities.  It is because of our experience with building strong and diverse communities that we unite, and invite all Americans to join us in the following series of actions that are intended to help propel our country forward to become a more perfect union:

  1. The first-ever HBCU National Symposium on Gun Violence
  2. A commitment to raising the awareness of the debilitating impact of trauma on the lives of those who have been exposed to loss as a result of gun violence.

We know that none of these activities will bring back the lives that have been lost.  Our hope, however, is that these efforts will foster dialogues that help to accelerate the creation of an environment where all human lives are valued equally and discrimination based on one’s skin color, gender, and economic standing will become a relic of the past.

As we move forward in our endeavors, we will forever remember the lives of those slain and the loss their families have experienced.  While we pray that their hearts and minds will one day know peace, we pledge to aggressively continue our efforts so that these types of prayers will one day become unnecessary.

With love and solidarity,

Makola Abdullah, Virginia State University

Roslyn Clark Artis, Florida Memorial University

David L. Beckley, Rust College

Juliette B. Bell, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University

Mickey L. Burnim, Bowie State University

William B. Bynum Jr., Mississippi Valley State University

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Spelman College

Lady June Cole

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Shaw University

George T. French Jr., Miles College

Rosaline Fuse-Hall, Bennett College

Cynthia Hammond, Central State University

Logan Hampton, Lane College

Forrest Harris Sr., American Baptist College

Fitz Hill, Arkansas Baptist College

Anthony L. Jenkins, West Virginia State University

Brian Johnson, Tuskegee University

Paul Jones, Fort Valley State University

Walter M. Kimbrough, Dillard University

Marsha V. Krotseng, Bluefield State University

Elmira Mangum, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Ron Mason, University of District of Columbia

Eddie N. Moore Jr., Norfolk State University

Charlie Nelms, Group Mentor and Ret. Chancellor, North Carolina Central University

Stanley J. Pritchett Sr., Morris Brown College

Alfred Rankins Jr., Alcorn State University

Kevin Rome, Lincoln University

Kent J. Smith Jr., Langston University

Roderick Smothers, Philander Smith College

Michael J. Sorrell, Paul Quinn College

Dwaun J. Warmack, Harris-Stowe State University

Harry L. Williams, Delaware State University

David Wilson, Morgan State University

John Silvanus Wilson Jr., Morehouse College

Dillard University partners with local churches to host Gentilly/Pontchartrain Park Community Health Festival PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Community & Church Relations in conjunction with

                      Bethany United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and Pentecost Baptist Church


WHAT:           This free event offers a wide range of health screening services, including diabetes testing, fitness and exercise instruction, healthy cooking demonstrations, and vegetable gardening activities.  There will also be live gospel music performances, activities for children, and a number of food vendors on hand from participating churches.

WHERE:         Bethany United Methodist Church

                      4533 Mendez Street

                      New Orleans, La. 70126


WHEN:           Saturday, July 16, 2016

                      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHY:             The event is the second health fair sponsored by Dillard University’s Churches in Unity initiative. Churches in Unity serves as a collaborative among local churches to accomplish long-term community goals and objectives in the areas of health, education, economic development, youth leadership, and housing.

For more information contact Nick Harris at 504-473-1141 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dillard University Reaches Record Numbers for Alumni Giving PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division of Institutional Advancement has released its alumni fundraising results for fiscal year 2015-16.

For the third time in as many years, Dillard University has increased alumni giving, both in total number of donors and in giving percentage. This year, 1,203 Dillard alumni made contributions totaling $1,704,114.22.  Both numbers represent all-time highs for Dillard.  Since 2012-13, the university has more than tripled its alumni giving rate, climbing from 4.8 percent to 15 percent during that time.

“One of the key indicators of the strength of any institution is the amount of giving done by alumni,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough.  “Over the last three years our alumni have done a great job in raising their level of support for our students and our academic mission,” he added.  Their commitment to Dillard has made us stronger and we look for the success of the last few years to grow.”

Since fiscal year 2013-14, Dillard has increased total alumni giving by more than 212 percent and nearly $1.16 million, while raising its total number of donors by 61 percent over the three-year period.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of our alumni, who have come together in unprecedented numbers this year,” said Marc A. Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Dillard can also be proud of the complete effort given by our advancement team, particularly over the last 90 days, in reaching out to alumni and encouraging them to give.  This year was historic, and we expect to continue to make history moving forward.”

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