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Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage Company Talks About New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
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Vance Vaucresson, a sausage maker, talking about his craft during a cooking demo in the Dillard University Ray Charles Program Center. Photo by L. Kasimu Harris.

New Orleans Creole Sausage Maker, Vance Vaucresson of Vaucresson’s Sausage Company discussed the history of his family’s business, the 7th Ward, and New Orleans from the 19th century to the present on Thursday, February 18, 2016, in Dillard University’s Georges Auditorium. The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture tapped Vaucresson in partnership with the Center for First Year Experience as a speaker for the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series.

Vaucresson gave insight to the changing landscape of the 7th Ward community and New Orleans overall and how those shifts have impacted culture. After the talk, he then gave a cooking demo where attendees had a chance to learn ‘How to Make Creole Sausage and Crawfish Boudin’ in the Dillard University Ray Charles Program Center.

About the Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series

The late Dr. Rudy Lombard was a civil rights leader, an oral historian and the co-author of “Creole Feast: 15 Master Chefs of New Orleans Reveal Their Secrets.” The book was first published in 1978, and was edited by Toni Morrison. The lecture series began in the fall of 2014, with a lecture by Dr. Howard Conyers, a NASA rocket scientist and a pitmaster. The series is an opportunity to carry on Dr. Lombard’s legacy and his work that highlighted contributions of African American chefs in New Orleans and the south to the culinary repertoire. Moreover, the mission is to engage the Dillard campus and the New Orleans community to learn more about African American foodways, both past and present. To date other lecturers have been Michael Twitty and Edie Mukiibi. Bryant Terry is scheduled for the spring

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Flint Water Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), talked about the water crisis in Flint, Mich., as well as those in Louisiana.  Photo by L. Kasimu Harris

NEW ORLEANS – In response to the ongoing water crisis facing the citizens of Flint, Mich., as well as to the concerns of Dillard University students about clean water issues closer to home, the University’s School of Public Health, in conjunction with the department of Urban Studies and Public Policy hosted a forum on Tuesday, February 16, in the Georges Auditorium.

“While the ongoing tragedy in Flint is the catalyst for this forum, we are aware that these issues are impacting communities throughout the nation,” said Kesia Walker, a member of the Dillard Public Health faculty and the organizer of the event.  “Right here in Louisiana, you don’t have to look any further than the city of St. Joseph, where the residents there have been under a boil notice since 2012.  Our students want to know what they can do to affect change.  Part of our mission is to develop young people who will make the world a better place.  We hope this forum gives them a starting point to do just that.”

The event included a brief documentary detailing the situation in Flint, followed by a student-led panel discussion centered on creating action. The forum concluded with special guest Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), discussing water sustainability here in Louisiana and beyond.

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Dillard University featured as the AJC Sepia HBCU of the Week PDF Print E-mail
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Former Dillard University President Albert W. Dent (right), escorts former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on campus during the university's centennial celebration in 1969. Dent was the University’s second president, serving for 28 years, starting in 1941. Photo from the University Archives

Last week, Dillard University was the Atlanta Journal Constitution Sepia HBCU of the week. The University was featured in 10 different online features that offered perspectives from current students, and messages from University President Walter M. Kimbrough and President Emeritus Samuel DuBois Cook. Kimbrough said being spotlighted was an opportunity for "everyone in Atlanta to learn more about Dillard and HBCUs as a whole and particularly for students to consider Dillard as a place to come and experience a wonderful education.” The feature also included a history of Dillard and reflections from some notable alumni in the Atlanta area.




  • Kelsey Gates, a native of Atlanta who was drawn to Dillard by tradition  



Dillard University Theatre to perform “The Rosa Parks Story" as part of its Black History Month Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS — Rosa Parks is an American icon.  Often referred to as “the first lady of civil rights”, her act of defiance on December 1, 1955, inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott and she became one of the most important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement.  Now in its 80th season, the Dillard University Theatre Department brings this uniquely American life to the stage in its production of “The Rosa Parks Story.”

Who: Dillard University Theatre Department

When: Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday Feb. 28, 2016

Where: Samuel Dubois Cook Theatre, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Tickets are available at the Dillard University Theatre Box Office.  For more information call 504.816.4857.

Performance schedule

Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:00 p.m.

About the Dillard University Theatre Department

Founded in 1935, Dillard University Theatre is the oldest historically black university theatre in the country. The Theatre department provides professional training in a liberal arts context for future directors, actors, designers, managers, teachers, scholars and related theatre professionals. The department is committed, through its fulltime, part time and cooperating faculty, to creating globally aware artists while perpetuating the highest standards possible.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will present “A Well-Traveled Life: My Career in The Foreign Service.” PDF Print E-mail
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The Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs will give a talk on Dillard Universtiy's campus on Monday, February 29, 2016.  The Division of Student Success Center for Career and Professional Development will host  “Real World/Real Talk” a special lunch and learn series where Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will present  “A Well-Traveled Life: My Career in The Foreign Service.”  The event takes place at noon in Kearny West Dining Hall. 

Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs since 2013. In this capacity, she leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team of approximately 400 employees who handled the full range of personnel functions for the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce -- from recruitment and hiring, to evaluations, promotions and retirement.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s 34-year Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-20120), and foreign postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In addition to the Bureau of Human Resources, her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008) where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004-2006) where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs in recognition of her work with refugees. She has received several Superior, Meritorious, and Performance awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. She was a 2010 inductee into the Louisiana State University Alumni Association Hall of Distinction.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.

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