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Dillard Library Begins Book Club PDF Print E-mail
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Bleu Devil Book Club

Fall 2012

The Dillard Univblack greek 101booksersity Will W. Alexander Library is proud to present to the Dillard University Family, “The BLEU Devil Book Club”.

The purpose of the Dillard University BLEU Devil Book Club is to bring the Dillard University community together to share a dialogue of ideas, opinions, interests and causes - all within the context of a book club discussion format.

As an institution of higher learning, Dillard University is committed to producing graduates who are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. What better way to create an avenue of open communication, critical thinking, and healthy debate of today's issues then a book club. Our learning environment encourages a respect of diverse opinions and ideas in which the book club hopes to build upon so students, faculty, staff, and alumni can all benefit from this program.

To that end, the Will W. Alexander Library strives to include authors and topics that represent a spectrum of viewpoints and interests. We hope to highlight books that have both a national and cultural interest, as well as those books that are produced by local New Orleanians. However as sponsors of the book club, we do not necessarily endorse the views of any particular author but support the notion of sharing information in the interest of discovery, exploration and understanding. The BLEU Devil Book Club is a great way to encourage a commitment to literacy on our campus while at the same time building on the actual mission of Dillard University.

Readers will be encouraged to purchase and read the featured book and then join us in discussion concerning the book of the month. The Will W. Alexander Library book club discussion will be every 4th Thursday evening of the month. Besides attending the book discussions, readers can also discuss the current book of the month by following us on Twitter @DULibrary or on our Facebook page @: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/2234159254/.

Our first book club discussion is: "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs, and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities", written by and will be facilitated by our President, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough!

For more information contact Malik Bartholomew at (504) 816-4209


 
Dr. Beverly Wright Authors a New Book on Race and Disaster Relief PDF Print E-mail
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9780814799932 Full As the anniversary of hurricane Katrina approached, Dr. Beverly Wright, Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, released a new book about inequalities for minorities with respect to disaster response. Co-authored with noted environmental justice leader Robert D. Bullard, “The Wrong Complexion for Protection” examines government responses to a range of environmental and health threats to African Americans, including weather-related disasters like hurricanes and droughts.

“One of the most important indicators of one’s health is one’s street address or neighborhood. Where you live affects your health and your chances of leading a flourishing life,” says Bullard.

In the 2011-2012 academic years, Dr. Wright hosted an Environmental Justice event in Georges Auditorium, on the Dillard campus. Experts from across the country shared their expertise on disparities and offered suggestions on making positive changes.

At a conference on Resilient Communities also held at Dillard in June 2012, Dr. Wright spoke about the inequalities of communities after Katrina.

“More government recovery dollars went to white than Black districts in New Orleans after Katrina though Black districts were harder hit,” Wright said. Dr. Wright’s latest book is available through NYU Press.


 
Dillard Hosts National Urban League Event PDF Print E-mail
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UL crowdOn Saturday, July 28, 2012, New Orleans was the host city for the National Urban League (NUL), which hosted its Annual Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) that runs concurrent to the NUL Annual Conference. Part of the YLS events provided the opportunity for students to engage in academic areas of study and career exploration. Many of the youth participants expressed an interest in medical and professional sciences. As a result, NUL’s local affiliate contacted Dr. Mary B. Green, Interim Chair of Nursing about a visit to Dillard’s Nursing Labs.

 Dillard welcomed the YLS nursing faculty (Dr. Mary Green, Ms. Ora Mondy, and Ms. Nettie Gordon), DUPON President (Ms. Patricia Tillman), staff (Mrs. Carmelita Williams), students (Chrishonda Walker, Cantrel Cann, Catina Landry, Monique Woods) and graduates, along with Drs. Dawkins and Rouzan, Mark Raymond, and Mona Duffel-Jones. 60 senior-high school students from 13 states received a warn welcome and some instruction as well. Students were allowed to perform hands-on tasks such as assessing blood pressures and pupillary reactions. In addition, faculty and staff shared information, answered questions, demonstrated how the body functions with simulation mannequins, and generally interacted with the students and their adult chaperones. The NUL’s Senior Director of Health and Quality of Life, Mr. Aaron Thomas, delivered greetings and expressed his sincere appreciation for the partnership.


 
Dillard Hosts the 6th Annual Housing & Home Improvement Festival PDF Print E-mail
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On Saturday, July 28, 2012, Dillard University and the Community Development Corporation presented its 6th annual Housing & Home Improvement Festival. Held in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus, the event had a large variety of vendors, workshops and information sessions for current and future home owners. Over 65 exhibitors from banks, to small business owners shared their skills and knowledge with eager-to-learn attendees.


 
Dillard to Host Housing and Home Improvement Festival PDF Print E-mail
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map new orleansNOTE: The Housing and Home Improvement Festival has been postponed until Saturday, July 28.

On Saturday, July 28, Dillard University's Community Development Corporation will host its annual Housing and Home Improvement Festival in Dent Hall on the Dillard campus. The housing fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Admission is free and open to the public.

This is the sixth year of the event which is sponsored by AARP, Capital One Bank, New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Entergy New Orleans, to name a few.

Dozens of exhibitors will provide information on insurance, lending, realtors, contractors, interior design, roofing, gutters, flooring, cabinetry, landscaping and pest control. A workshop series will feature presentations including “Reducing Energy Consumption,” “Creating a Community Garden,” “Do-­‐it-­‐yourself Plumbing,” “Increasing Your Credit Rating,” “Succession and Will Planning,” “Soft Second Mortgage Information,” and more.

“This event gives local residents the opportunity to meet business representatives in a casual setting that provides valuable information about homeownership and offers solid advice on home improvement projects from reliable sources, “ said Nick Harris, assistant vice president for Dillard’s Community Development Corporation.

Attendees can also expect food booths, live music, arts and crafts, and door prizes. Exhibition space for non-­‐profit, community and for-­‐profit organizations is still available. To learn more or to reserve a space, contact Nick Harris at (504) 816-­‐4704 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
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