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Making a difference in education, human rights and gender equity, they will use their stories and work to inspire others.

 New Orleans, LA--On October 3, 2014, four dynamic speakers making an impact in the fields of education, human rights and gender equity will take residence at Dillard University for the Melton Foundation Springboard Sessions.  Open to the public, the sessions, which will take place at the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences Building (PSB) on the Dillard University Campus and will provoke action, thought and change around the world’s most challenging problems.

On stage at the 2014 Springboard Sessions: 

Global Leaders bring Expertise to New Orleans…2

Last year’s Springboard Sessions attendees found themselves inspired to take action:

“As with most experiences with the Melton Foundation, the Springboard sessions in Bangalore were especially impressive,” said Lauren Lemonius, a Dillard University Melton Fellow.  “For me, the most relevant takeaway was seeing how the speakers transformed their emotions, ideas, and desires into workable, impactful projects. They demonstrated that strong feelings coupled with the ability to 'do something' about them really do change things.

“The work of others always serves as inspiration as we all take steps and build systems to tackle the global problems that are felt worldwide, no matter where you call home,” said Melton Foundation Executive Director Winthrop Carty. “The Springboard Sessions provide a way for us to not only learn how others have seen a problem and acted but to also connect with the communities surrounding our GCC as we all seek to bring about sustainable change.”

The sessions will begin at 3 p.m. CST in the Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Science Building on the Dillard University Campus, and are open to the public.  Please visit the Melton Foundation website ( to register your attendance by September 28. For additional information or for interview requests, please contact Mona Duffel-Jones at the Dillard University Office of Communications at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (504) 816-4024. Additional testimonials from the five Melton Foundation countries are available on request.

The Melton Foundation is the only global Fellowship program that unites a network of more than 450 Fellows to act as global citizens addressing local and global challenges throughout their lives. The Melton Foundation recruits potential global citizens from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the United States (and expanding to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014), trains the Fellows and supports them to act as global citizens in their spheres of influence for the rest of their lives.

Dillard to host speakers on genocide, domestic violence as part of Global Citizens Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Dillard University will host four experts in the fields of education, human rights and gender equality on Oct. 3 as part of the Melton Foundation Springboard Series. The sessions, which are open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. inside Dillard's Georges Auditorium in the Professional Schools and Sciences building. The speakers will include Joseph Sebarenzi, the former president of the parliament of Rwanda; Vicky Colbert, the founder of a revolutionary model for rural education in Colombia; Emily May, the founder of Hollaback!, a global movement to end street harassment; and Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call To All Men, an organization that addresses domestic violence against women. The Melton Foundation is a global fellowship program that brings together 450 fellows from around the world to address local and global challenges. The foundation recruits potential fellows from five partner campuses in Chile, China, Germany, India and the U.S., and then trains them to act as "global citizens" in their spheres of influence. For more information, visit the Melton Foundation website.

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Lecture set for October 14


(New Orleans) – On Thursday, October, 14, 2014, author of Our Black Year and founder of the Empowerment Experiment, will deliver the next Brain Food Lecture in Georges Auditorium at   7 p.m. on Dillard’s campus. A book signing will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. 

Maggie Anderson and her family made history and dominated national media when they supported black businesses exclusively for one year. Anderson’s year of living using only black-owned and black-made products and services was a real-life case study in self-help economics in the black community.  It resulted in a groundbreaking study called the Empowerment Experiment (EE) conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Subsequently, Anderson has become the voice of American consumers of all backgrounds who want to ensure their buying power impacts struggling minority communities in a positive way.  

According to the Library Journal, her book, Our Black Year, illuminates the challenges and roadblocks faced by black business owners as well as the racial division that still persists in the U.S. economy. Anderson’s message is that everyone, especially African Americans, can help counter the social crises that disproportionately impact black people and underserved urban neighborhoods by simply supporting quality black-owned businesses daily. 

Anderson has appeared on a number of nation television and radio shows including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, C-Span, PBS Newshour, and CBS Morning News, to name a few.

An accomplished business professional, while at McDonald’s Corporate headquarters, Anderson presented and implemented growth strategies and venture plans in the areas of diversity, global markets, market segmentation, communications, corporate responsibility, among others. 

Maggie Anderson has a BA in political science from Emory University and earned both her Juris Doctor and MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Seats are on a first come basis. For more information go to @BrainFood, visit or call 504.816.4800.  

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 DSC6197 1(New Orleans, La.) -  Dillard University’s Philosophy #444 course to host an open lecture by Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Cook Center Theater on Dillard’s campus. The lecture is one of the opening events of the course taught by President Kimbrough and MC Lyte and is free and open to the public.

Uncle Luke will discuss the state of hip-hop, as it has changed so much. During the mid-1980s 2 Live Crew was considered controversial with lyrics that included discussions or descriptions of sexuality compared to lyrics today most discuss and/or describe sex.

Philosophy #444: “I Cram to Understand: Hip-hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior” seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which is arguably is the most sexual- hip hop. This course provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of the hip hop culture. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.

Uncle Luke is the second influential rapper to host a lecture on campus as apart of the philosophy course.  MC Lyte hosted a lecture on empowerment on Sept. 17 on Dillard’s campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call (504) 816-4800.

(New Orleans, La.) -  Dillard University’s PHI 444 course taught by the university president and MC Lyte is to host a lecture by Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell on the state of hip-hop, Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. on Dillard’s campus.

WHAT:       Lecture on the state of hip-hop

WHEN:       Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 4-5 p.m.

WHERE:     Samuel DuBois Cook Center Theater

                  Dillard University

                  2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122

OTHER:      PHI 444: “I Cram to Understand: Hip-hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior” seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which arguably is the most sexual in nature. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.

This event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Dillard University Office of Communications and Marketing at 504-816-4800, @du1869 or

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Demo is one in a series planned by the Ray Charles Program for African American Material Culture 

cgad(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – Former Dillard student and Fox-Television cooking series Master Chef contestant Christian Green will be featured in a cooking demonstration Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to

1:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

Green’s passion for cooking began when he started watching his mother cook in the kitchen. His craft was perfected during teen and young adulthood working at various New Orleans restaurants and retirement home dining facilities.

The Fox-Television cooking series MasterChef held an open call in New Orleans and Green was selected to compete against 29 other chefs selected nationwide for Season 5 episodes taped in Los Angeles. Green was among the top five remaining contenders. Green’s culinary skills and knack for well-seasoned and beautifully cooked meat entrees helped him succeed on the show.

Green attended Dillard University between 2006 and 2009, majoring in business and finance. He left school before graduating in order to provide for his son, Caiden, who was born in 2007.

The demonstration is open to the public with a cost of $8 (without a meal card) for lunch that includes the entrée that Chef Green will demonstrate in honor of Chef Leah Chase, matriarch of New Orleans’ creole cuisine. For more information call Zella Palmer at

(504) 816-4091; @Dillard_Ray; and @du1869.

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