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Dillard Alumna Signs With the Harlem Globetrotters PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University athletics have much to crow about with the announcement of a recent graduate and star player's next move.

Ariel Mitchell, a native of Louisiana and a Dillard alum from the Class of 2012, has signed with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. She is one of only 11 women to ever to play for the basketball team, and the first to come out of a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school. The Dillard University Athletics Department will honor her at a formal announcement and press conference on Friday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Dent Hall gymnasium on Dillard’s campus.

Mitchell will be available to answer questions from media at the press conference. Elected officials, Dillard University Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes, representatives from Mitchell’s hometown, and family of the late Billy Ray Hobley (a Dillard alum and longtime Globetrotter) are also expected to speak.

Ariel “Mighty” Mitchell, as she will be known with the Globetrotters, hails from St James, La. The 5’7” shooting guard led the Dillard Lady Bleu Devils basketball team for four years, scoring over 1,000 points and earning All-Conference honors in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She averaged 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health.

In 2013, the Globetrotters will launch its “You Write the Rules” World Tour, playing over 250 games across the U.S., Canada, France, the Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and more.

Dillard students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to attend this special celebration on Friday and show their support for Ariel. For more information about Ariel or the event, please contact Kiki Baker-Barnes at (504) 816-4752.


 
From Seed to Table PDF Print E-mail
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GreenhouseDSC 01281On Sept. 20, the CDC, Dillard University and Langston Hughes Academy kicked off the “From Seed to Table” program in the greenhouse on Dillard’s campus. The partnership will bring Langston Hughes Academy (LHA) elementary students to Dillard’s campus once a week to garden and learn about biology, nutrition and agriculture. The students are each paired with a Dillard biology student (their “Botany Buddy”), who will serve not only as a teacher and gardening guide, but also as a role model and friend.

“I love the mentorship aspect of the program,” said Amy Zellweger, garden educator at LHA. “Pairing our kids with Dillard students gives them the idea that, ‘Hey, I can go to college too.’”

Students will grow root crops, such as carrots and beets; lettuces, including spinach and mesclun; and brassicas, like cauliflower, broccoli and kale. After sprouting in the temperature-controlled environment of Dillard’s greenhouse, the crops will be replanted down the street in LHA’s Dreamkeeper Garden.

Much of the food will be donated to families at LHA, which is part of the Firstline Schools charter school network. Some crops will be sold at the Sankofa Farmers’ Market in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward, an element of the program that teaches entrepreneurship. Thus, “From Seed to Table” will help combat the food dessert that exists in parts of the city where fresh produce is difficult to find. The program was made available with the help of a grant written by the CDC.

“We’re going to work with all the students to see if their attitudes and knowledge about vegetables and healthy eating improve over the semester,” said Dr. Amy Lesen, biology professor at Dillard. “They’re going to see their vegetables actually grow, and we’re all going to eat our food together. So it’s a real seed-to-table, healthy eating, urban gardening project.”


 
Deep South Disaster Relief Training Sessions Offered PDF Print E-mail
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The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University is offering a unique training experience for interested students. Free training in Disaster Response will be available over a 12 week period for those interested in learning new skills and looking for potential job opportunities in this field, in which minorities are vastly under represented. Stipends, lunch and bus tokens will be provided for attendees.

Download the flyer here...

For more information on the training sessions, please contact:

Mary I. Williams, M.Ed

Assistant Director for Community Relations and Student Engagement

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Phone: 504-816-4028


 
Does Hip Hop Hate Women? A Discussion at Dillard PDF Print E-mail
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hiphopgirlThe debate over whether hip hop music negatively influences youth today continues. In an upcoming discussion forum at Dillard University (DU), men and women will share their insights into how this musical genre portrays women. Dillard University will host “Does Hip-Hop Hate Women? A Conversation About Sex, Love and Gender Politics in Today’s Pop Culture” on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building. Taking place in a town-hall-style meeting, the gathering will be conducted by leading hip-hop intellectuals. However, everyone is invited to attend and to participate in the free event.

Panelists will include: Bakari Kitwana, author of “The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture”; Joan Morgan, author of “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist”; Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African American studies at Duke University; Treva Lindsey, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Missouri; Marc Lamont Hill, host of the show “Our World with Black Enterprise”; and Akiba Solomon, a journalist with the news website Color Lines. Kevin Griffin of the New Orleans collective 2-Cent Entertainment will preside.

“It’s important that we consistently engage in dialogue about the ways women and men are portrayed in our society,” said event organizer Michael Wilson, an instructor of African world studies at Dillard University. “And by using hip-hop as the vehicle to drive this discussion, students will be able to directly and critically think about visual literacy, identity, black masculinity, homophobia, perceptions of women, and how they overlap in media and public policy debates.”

The event is part of a series called “Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop” that has been held at Brown University, Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago and other schools. The panel aims to examine the tensions and animosities between young men and women that some hip-hop music exacerbates, and to present youth with viable strategies they can implement in their personal lives and organizations.

The Department of African World Studies and the Office of the President at Dillard University are sponsoring the event, along with Rap Sessions and 2-Cent Entertainment. A reception with refreshments will follow the discussion.


 
Dillard Premieres "The Zeitgeist Chronicles" PDF Print E-mail
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“The Zeitgeist Chronicles” by local playwright Stephen Montagne, will premiere at Dillard’s Samuel DuBois Cook Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., and run through September 29. Four years after one of the most remarkable events in American and global history, the timely world premiering play revisits the “Change” election of 2008.

In three acts, the play presents the stories of an Alabama-born progressive reporter/staunch Hillary Clinton supporter (played by Jennifer Schemke) in Los Angeles who interviews her reformed racist uncle (Ray Vrazel) now campaigning for Barack Obama; four comedians in New York, including a 25-year-old, Mormon standup comedian (Taylor McClellan) and his Rat Pack era mentor (Janet Shea) who now lives in a retirement home; and several generations of a New Orleans African-American family (Martin “Bats” Bradford, Kari Cojoe, Robert Doqui, Spencer Howard, Damien Moses) trying to keep its elderly patriarch alive through the November 2008 election. These generationally, politically and racially diverse viewpoints will have audiences talking all the way to the voting booth.

Featuring a 13-member cast of all-local talent, the fast-moving production follows three multi-generational storylines that ultimately collide as the United States elects its first African-American president. The three-weekend run includes Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances, along with previews on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12.

Dillard faculty and alumni participate in this production in many capacities. Alumni Martin "Bats" Bradford and Kari Cojoe star in the new production. Assistant Professor of Theater Ray Vrazel also plays an important role in the production.

“The Zeitgeist Chronicles” production is working with actors, artists, activists, athletes, musicians, political figures, film makers, and other celebrities to lend their voices in raising awareness to the resiliency of New Orleans, the need for supporting the arts, and the importance of participating in the political process.

Tickets are available now online at https://.zeitgeistchronicles.com. The site also includes complete cast and crew list and preview video directed by San Francisco-based filmmaker Will Harper.

Watch DU Chair of Humanities, Cortheal Clark, discuss "The Zeitgeist Chronicles" in this video.


 
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