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2012 Ortique Lecture Features Author, Activist Michelle Alexander PDF Print E-mail
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Every year, Dillard University honors one of its most revered alumni, Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr., with the Ortique Lecture on Law and Society. This year, the Office of the President will host best-selling author and civil rights activist Michelle Alexander. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics.

The author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010), Alexander will discuss the timely topic of mass incarceration and the African-American community. Her book challenges the conventional wisdom that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has “triumphed over race.” Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African-American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them who lived under an explicit system of racial control. Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under caste – a group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn, and social exclusion.

The old forms of discrimination – discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service – are suddenly legal once you’re labeled a felon. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

The state of Louisiana now has one of the largest privatized correctional facility programs in the country. Mass incarceration is a topic Dillard University has visited before. Earlier this year, from March 20-22, Dillard hosted Crime and Punishment: African-Americans in a “Post-Racial” (?) United States, a symposium designed to explore problems of crime and incarceration in the U.S. today, their outsized impact on the black community, and the dubious concept of our society as “post-racial.” Criminal justice in New Orleans was also addressed throughout three days of seminars and panel discussions. Professor Alan Colon hosted the event along with professor Carroll Wiltz.

For more information on the upcoming Ortique Lecture on Law and Society, please contact the President's Office at (504) 816-4640.


 
Dillard Joins 2012 NO AIDS Walk PDF Print E-mail
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This year’s NO/AIDS Walk was held on Sunday September 23, 2012.The event took place in Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans Aids Walk is one of the highlighted community service events scheduled this school year. The Office of Student Engagement & Leadership and Mister and Miss Dillard University collaborated to participate.

This year over 150 Dillard University students walked in support of awareness and a cure for the HIV/AIDs virus. Dillard University is the 2011 NO/Aids Walk recipient of the School Spirit Award.


 
Hollywood Comes to Dillard University PDF Print E-mail
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Hollywood signA pair of renowned Hollywood filmmakers will speak at Dillard University in October. Kerwin DeVonish, who has served as Spike Lee’s cinematographer on films such as “Red Hook Summer” and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary “Bad 25,” will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. Sharon Seymour, who has served as production designer on films such as Ben Affleck’s “Argo” and George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” will speak at 4 p.m. on Oct. 10. Both sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Georges Auditorium in Dillard’s Professional Schools Building.

Each session will include three parts: an interview conducted by Keith Alan Morris, assistant professor of mass communication at Dillard; clips from the artists’ films and accompanying discussion; and an audience Q&A. Both DeVonish and Seymour have recently worked on Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 Korean film “Oldboy,” which has been shooting in New Orleans and is scheduled for release in 2013.

Hollywood touches even closer to home with the addition of several Dillard students to Director Spike Lee's film team for his latest production, "OLD BOY". 

"This is important," says Dillard film professor, Keith Alan Morris. "Most big filmmakers have closed sets, like Tarantino-- on his last film, many in his own crew weren't allowed on set. But, because Spike trusts Dillard students to know protocol and be of value, they will be allowed on set," he further explains.

Renowned Director Lee Daniels has also been shooting his film "The Butler" on Dillard campus as well.

For more information on the film speaker series, contact Keith Alan Morris at (504) 816-4548.


 
25th Annual UNCF Walk for Education PDF Print E-mail
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2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education! UNCF invites everyone to celebrate this milestone in order to raise funds to help Louisana students get to and through college. The event takes place on Saturday, October 13, 2012, with the race beginning at the Audubon Park Riverview, 8 a.m.

Each year, the Walk for Education attracts thousands of students, parents, educators and community members who believe that education is a priority for everyone. This year the Dillard University (DU) staff, faculty and students, and the DU Alumni have formed teams. Both groups have been added to the UNCF Team Honor Roll. The competition between Dillard and Xavier Universities to raise the most money is legendary and continues this year as well. Dillard's goal is to raise $16,000.

"This cause is important to the members of our team because it will make education accessible to everyone by eliminating financial barriers for deserving students," says Dillard team organizer, Travis Chase.

Walkers, supporters and participants are asked to register for the DU team by clicking on this link. For more information, contact Travis Chase at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Dillard Medical Director Creates Black Health TV PDF Print E-mail
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corey hebert2128Dr. Corey Hebert is a very busy man. Along with being the Medical Director for Dillard University, the Medical Director for the Louisiana Recovery School District, the Chief Medical Editor at WDSU-NBC and an Asst. Professor at Tulane University Medical Center, he has found time to create an important new media outlet - Black Health TV.

The first ever academically based, health information website for African Americans in the world, Black Health TV is unique in that it is predominantly online video. Black Health TV’s mission is to become the brand of choice for African-American health consumers by empowering as many people as possible with the best health information. The foundation of this vision is to use online health video to visually capture the attention of African-American viewers seeking to improve their health care outcomes.

"We all need to make the entire African American population aware of this innovative new health source that can save lives daily", says Dr. Hebert.

Hebert counts on his academic partners, Harvard University School of Medicine and Morehouse Schoolof Medicine, among others to share resources, information and offer data for segments. With topics ranging from women's health, understanding diabetes and the health benefits of breastfeeding, readers are sure to find solutions and suggestions to many of their health concerns and questions.

"Black Health TV has identified an all-star staff of experienced health journalists and television producers who specialize in taking complex medical topics and explaining them in an easy-to-understand manner", says the multi-tasker. "We produce the most compelling and reliable online health videos of unparalleled quality and credibility for the body, mind and spirit", he adds.

Viewers are encouraged to not only watch helpful videos, but to join featured online support groups as well. By following Black Health TV on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, African Americans are certain to receive a multitude of health tips and health news updates.

For more information, visit the Black Health TV website

or read more about the creation of Black Health TV on The Network Journal


 
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