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Diane Ravitch To Speak On Education Reform PDF Print E-mail
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On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Dillard University will host education historian Diane Ravitch for a seminar on "The Sad State of Education Reform Today." The seminar will be held in the new Professional Schools and Sciences Building at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the official press release below.


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DU Theatre to Perform "Fences" by August Wilson PDF Print E-mail
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For its 75th Anniversary Season, Dillard University Theatre is proud to announce the October 2010 production of “Fences” by August Wilson. Ray Vrazel will direct the show, with evening performances on Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and matinee performances on Oct. 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. For tickets and more information, please contact the Dillard University Box Office at (504) 816-4587. The Box Office is located in the Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts Center; its hours are Monday and Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Fences,” a 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson, explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, in addition to themes of love, death and family obligation. Set in the 1950s, “Fences” tells the story of Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker and former Negro Leagues baseball star denied a chance at the bigs by the racist establishment. The demands of his wife, the dreams of his son, and the illness of his brother conspire against Troy’s sense of duty, responsibility and self. The play earned Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won James Earl Jones a Tony Award for Best Actor.


Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar to Visit Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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pearlOn Friday, Oct. 15, topiary artist Pearl Fryar will visit Dillard University for a morning of inspired programming. Fryar's story begins in 1984, when he and his wife sought to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, S.C. They were discouraged by residents who said, “Black people don’t keep up their yards,” but Fryar responded by transforming his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland, filled with topiary sculptures that express his vision of peace, love and goodwill. His garden stands to this day, and has been visited by travelers from across the globe.

On Friday morning at 9 a.m., Dillard University will host a screening of A Man Named Pearl, the 2006 documentary that details Fryar’s remarkable story. The screening will be followed at 10:15 a.m. by a topiary sculpture demonstration by Fryar himself. Then, at 11 a.m., Loyola University jazz scholar Janna Saslaw will moderate a panel discussion titled “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz,” featuring Fryar, culinary artist Leah Chase, and jazz saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan. All events will be held on the Dillard campus in Lawless Memorial Chapel. All events are free and sponsored by Longue Vue House and Gardens, the National Historic Landmark in New Orleans.

Dillard University invites you to do something out of the ordinary with your Friday morning and participate in this trio of special events.

Friday, October 15, 2010
Dillard University
Lawless Memorial Chapel

9 a.m.  A Man Named Pearl Screening

10:15 a.m.  Topiary Sculpture Demonstration by Pearl Fryar

11 a.m.  Panel Discussion: “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz”pearl_fryar_garden_600x

To learn more about Pearl Fryar, visit

To learn more about Longue Vue House and Gardens, visit

For more information on Friday's events, please contact:

Hilairie Schackai
Community Projects Manager
Longue Vue House and Gardens
(504) 488-5488
(ext. 401)
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