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American Bar Association President Paulette Brown to Speak at Dillard November 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Paulette Brown

(New Orleans, LA) – On Friday, Nov. 6, the first woman of color to serve as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) will address a group of aspiring legal eagles at10 a.m. in the Cook Center Theatre on Dillard University’s campus. The ABA is the largest professional association of attorneys in the country, with nearly 400,000 members. During her visit, Brown will share her own personal journey into the legal profession and also encourage both Dillard students and high school students to consider and pursue a career in law.

Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey." Throughout her career of more than 35 years, she has held a number of positions, including president of the National Bar Association, in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge.

While at the helm of the ABA Brown has launched four initiatives that include the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion 360, which aims to give lawyers from all backgrounds a “seat at the table” and developing sustainable action plans for advancement of diversity over the next 10 years. Other initiatives include Main Street ABA and ABA Everyday. Brown received a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Howard University.

“We are excited about having the first woman of color president of the American Bar Association come and share her experience with our students,” said Dr. Gary Clark, political science professor and director of Dillard’s Center for Law and Public Interest. “Our students are fortunate to have someone of Brown’s caliber come and have a face-to-face conversation with them,” Clark added. For more information call 504-816-4701.

Dillard University’s Theatre Continues its 80th season with Shine On! PDF Print E-mail
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Noted black arts movement contributor Dr. Ted Shine returns as special guest

New Orleans, LA—Dillard University’s Theatre Department continues its 80th season with Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine October 30-31and November 1 in the Cook Theatre on Dillard’s campus.  Noted black arts movement contributor, educator, screenwriter and former Dillard Theatre Department Chair, Dr. Ted Shine has returned as a special invited guest for its 80th season production of Shine On! Three Plays by Ted Shine. Strikingly different in theme, setting and characterization, these plays ShoesHerbert III, and Contribution, demonstrate Shine’s skill at creating realistic, artfully constructed dialog that is a stunning, appropriate, thought-filled commentary on the black/human condition. Written in the late sixties, their themes are disturbingly relevant today: gun violence, injustice, and racism and police brutality. These stories stand as a vivid reminder of how far as a society we still have to go. 

“The artists involved in the Black Arts Movement used arts as a way to liberate themselves and their people. Thus was the case at Dillard University, then at Howard University, and finally at Prairie View University, with Ted Shine leading the way,” said Ray Vrazel, director. “Shine did his part for the Black Arts Movement through writing plays that addressed the issues important to African Americans directly and uncompromisingly. His plays are an embodiment of what the Black Arts Movement was all about,” Vrazel added.

The play opened last weekend with the theatre being presented a proclamation from the City of New Orleans congratulating the Dillard Theatre Department on its 80th anniversary. Remaining performances are Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m.; Nov 1 at 3 p.m.

There will be a community discussion with the director Ray Vrazel and cast members immediately following the closing afternoon matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 1. For more information about tickets or events, contact Dillard University’s Theatre Box Office, 504.816.4857. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission and $10.00 for students and faculty.

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.

Remaining Performances for the Season:


October 30-31 at 8 p.m.

November 1 at 3 p.m.

A Trilogy of Shine’s Plays

February 18-20, 25-27

Black History Production

Dillard University’s Cook Theatre

Samuel DuBois Cook Communications Center

2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Box Office: (504) 816-4857

April 8-10, 15-17                                 

The Gospel at Colonus| Adapted by Lee Breuer| Director: Ray Vrazel


May 8-9

Goat in the Road and Dillard Theatre


Dillard University Coaches Luncheon set for Monday PDF Print E-mail
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(New Orleans, La.)  The Dillard University Department of Athletics is excited to announce its weekly Coaches Luncheon series which will begin next Monday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Dillard University’s Kearny Hall West Wing.

“I’m thrilled to launch another exciting initiative that will allow our programs to connect with the local community, media and fan base,” said Athletic Director, Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes.  The Luncheon will include updates from men’s basketball head coach Mike Newell, women’s basketball head coach Norbert Rome, head volleyball coach Yolanda Brown and head cross country and track & field coach Bobby Williams.

The weekly series will continue through the end of the semester.  Remaining dates for the 2015 calendar year are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 2
Monday, Nov. 9
Monday, Nov. 16
Monday, Nov. 23
MondayNov. 30
MondayDec. 7

Although it is not mandatory for entry, Sodexo lunch plates will be available for purchase from the Dillard University cafeteria.

Upcoming Games

On November 5, Dillard’s cross country teams travel to San Antonio to participate in the conference championships while Dillard’s volleyball team has one conference game remaining which is on senior night,Nov. 9.

Both basketball teams open the season on the road on Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas, and the home opener for both teams is on Nov. 2 at the Battlefield in Dent Hall.

Stay connected Bleu Devil athletics at and also follow @geauxDU on Twitter as well as Dillard Bleu Devils on Instagram for all the latest DU athletics news.

Dillard is Participating in the Google in Residence Program PDF Print E-mail
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Google Logo Color Wide

Academic Affairs is pleased to announce that Dillard University is participating in the Google In Residence (GIR) Program.  The program provides a Googler Software Engineer for an entire semester to serve as a resident faculty member.   During this time,Google will collaborate with the University to create materials for a supplemental lab section in connection with an Introduction to Programming class in the Computer Science program.

Both Dillard and Google will participate in the project in an endeavor to strengthen students’ technical talent by improving their computer science skills regarding coding, algorithms and data structures.  Recently, nine Dillard Computer Science majors participated in a Google-sponsored Hackathon programming contest in Atlanta.

The Google in Residence Software Engineer Lucy Vassarman, began working with Dr. Ming-Shing Chiu in September 2015; her residency ends in December.

Dillard University’s Center for Law and Public Interest Hosts Election Protection Efforts to Help Voters for October 24th Louisiana Primary Election PDF Print E-mail
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Toll-Free Hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE) Live Assistance on Primary Election Day

New Orleans – On Saturday, October 24th, Louisianans will head to the polls to cast their ballots for the primary election. Election Protection – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition– is making sure that all eligible voters in Louisiana have an equal opportunity to vote. The 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline will be answered live on Primary Election Day from 8:00 AM-9:00 PM EST (7:00 AM-8:00 PM CST). Election Protection volunteers will also be available to help at the polls at select precincts in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Dillard University’s Center for Law and Public Interest will be hosting a field command center for the New Orleans area, and helping to coordinate these volunteers.

By calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683), any voter who has questions or is experiencing problems casting their ballot will get direct assistance. 

Reminders for Louisiana Voters: 

  • Verify your registration status
  • Confirm your polling location, even if it has been in the same place for years. 
  • Bring required ID

Election Protection’s toll-free hotlines, 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) for English and 1-888-VE-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) for bilingual assistance (English/Spanish) are available to any voter who needs information, assistance or guidance in understanding their rights. 

The Hotline is available to assist voters year-round. Voters will sometimes be directed to voicemail, and their call will be returned in one-to-two business days.

In addition, voters can access the Election Protection website,, for information about voting procedures.

About Election Protection
Election Protection is the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Through its suite of hotlines, including the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (1-866-687-8683) administered by the Lawyers’ Committee,  1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682) administered by NALEO Educational Fund, 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-273-8683) administered by APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and dedicated team of legal experts and trained volunteers, Election Protection helps all American voters, including traditionally disenfranchised groups, gain access to the polls and overcome obstacles to voting.  The coalition has more than 100 partners - including Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, League of Women Voters of the United States, NAACP, National Bar Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, State Voices, Rock the Vote and Verified Voting Foundation, - at the national, state and local levels and is providing voter protection services nationwide.

For more information about Election Protection, the 1-866-OUR-VOTE Hotline, please visit:

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