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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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2010 New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in the UNCF 23rd Annual Walk for Education in Audubon Park on Saturday, Oct. 2. A great time was had by all, and we raised a great deal of money for a wonderful cause. Thanks again. We'll see you next year!

Please enjoy this photo gallery of the UNCF 23rd Annual Walk for Education.

Kudos To Trustee Glenda McNeal PDF Print E-mail
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mcneal250Dillard University would like to congratulate Glenda McNeal (pictured), First Vice Chair of the Dillard University Board of Trustees, on her promotion from Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships, at the American Express Company to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Global Client Group within Merchant Services Americas. In more than 20 years with American Express, Glenda McNeal has demonstrated the highest levels of talent and vision, developing global merchant relationships representing over $150 billion in charge volume.

She has brought the same tireless energy and goal-oriented approach to her work on the Dillard University Board of Trustees, and for that we are grateful.

Please join us in congratulating a distinguished Dillard alumna, Glenda McNeal, ’82, on her well-deserved promotion.

Marvalene Hughes, Ph.D.
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