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DILLARD Today: A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University - April 2013

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A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University

April 2013
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4/5-4/14 -- Dillard University Presents "Dreamgirls" in Cook Theatre

4/6 -- International Arts & Music Fest, Front Lawn, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4/6 -- Family Health and Sports Fest, Dent Hall & Kabacoff Plaza, 10am-3pm

4/7 -- SpringFest -- Chapel Service w/ Brandon Boutin, Lawless Chapel, 11am

4/7 -- The Imani Winds Concert and Master Class, PSB, 4 p.m.

4/7 -- SpringFest -- Gospel Explosion, Lawless Chapel, 7 p.m.

4/9 -- Bleu Pride Spring Career Fair, PSB Atrium, 3-7 p.m.

4/9 -- SpringFest -- Bury the Ratchet w/ Michaela Angela Davis, PSB, 7 p.m.

4/10 -- SpringFest -- Fake the Funk, Cook Theatre, 7 p.m.

4/10 -- Financial Literacy Workshop, PSB 389, 12 p.m.

4/11 -- SpringFest -- Fashion Show, Dent Hall, 7 p.m.

4/12 -- SpringFest -- Crawfish Boil, Kabacoff Plaza, 12-2 p.m.

4/13 -- SpringFest -- Concert with Brandy and Elle Varner, Dent Hall, 7pm

4/17 -- Financial Literacy Workshop, PSB 389, 12 p.m.

4/18 -- Brain Food, the President's Lecture Series, w/ Michael Eric Dyson, Lawless Chapel, 7 p.m.

4/24 -- Financial Literacy Workshop, PSB 389, 12 p.m.

4/28 -- Sunday Night Live, Lawless Chapel, 6 p.m.

5/9 -- Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit -- Stay tuned for more info!

5/10 -- Baccalaureate Service, Avenue of the Oaks, 6 p.m.

5/11 -- Commencement Exercises, Avenue of the Oaks, 8 a.m.

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There are lots of wonderful things happening on our campus this month, and the fun kicks off this weekend. We invite you to spend the day with us tomorrow -- Saturday, April 6 -- as DU hosts THREE terrific events: the International Arts and Music Festival, the Family Sports and Health Festival, and a production of "Dreamgirls." Food, music, art, education, drama -- more info below. Then on April 18, Michael Eric Dyson will kick off Dr. Kimbrough's Brain Food lecture series. That's going to be a packed house, so arrive early! We also encourage you to check out SpringFest from April 7-13. From a crawfish boil, to a fashion show, to a concert featuring Brandy and Elle Varner, this is a week of outstanding events for our students and the community. See the calendar for details. Ex fide fortis!
Mona Duffel Jones
Senior Director, University Communications
Michael Eric Dyson to Kick Off President's Brain Food Lecture Series on April 18
Dillard President Walter Kimbrough will launch his official lecture series, Brain Food, with a lecture from public intellectual Michael Eric Dyson on April 18 at 7 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The series is free and open to the public.
Dyson, a sociology professor at Georgetown University, has authored 16 books on topics ranging from Malcolm X, to Marvin Gaye, to Hurricane Katrina.
In his previous post as president of Philander Smith College in Arkansas, Kimbrough created the popular Bless the Mic series, which booked speakers ranging from hip-hop star Common and motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant, to conservative commentator Ann Coulter and controversial author Charles Murray.
"You're going to get a range of people and ideologies," Kimbrough said.
Since taking office in July, Kimbrough has already brought several high-profile speakers to campus, including national radio host Tavis Smiley, activist Cornel West, and Michelle Alexander, author of the New York Times best-selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
To learn more, follow Dr. Kimbrough on Twitter at @HipHopPrez or @DUBrainFood.
International Arts & Music Fest Set for April 6 
Dillard University's Office of International Students and Study Abroad Programs will host its first annual International Arts and Music Festival on the university's front lawn from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The festival will feature global entertainment, art, and cuisine. It is free and open to the public.
Latin jazz band Vivaz, African stilt dancers the Zulu Connection, and Louisiana's own Rockin' Dopsie Jr. are just some of the festival's featured performers, and vendors will serve Vietnamese cuisine, Brazilian street food, and more. A fashion show will spotlight international styles, and artisans will display arts and crafts of the world.
Family Health & Sports Fest Set for April 6
Dillard's Office of Community Relations will host its seventh annual Family Health and Sports Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Admission is free and open to the public and includes lunch.
Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Rickey Jackson (pictured), who played for the Saints from 1981-1993, and former NBA player Jonathan Bender, a native of nearby Picayune, Miss. who spent seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers, will give a lecture targeted at young people called "Choices" at 10 a.m. in Dent Hall Gymnasium.
Festival attendees will have access to healthy cooking demonstrations, financial fitness workshops, and health care resources, including blood pressure screenings, diabetes tests, eye exams, rapid HIV tests, and dental screenings. Live entertainment and food booths will contribute to the day's festival atmosphere.
Athletics are another key component of the fest. Students of all ages can participate in volleyball games, a tennis clinic, and a series of basketball games that begins at 11 a.m. in Dent Hall Gymnasium. The AARP Soul Steppers will lead a community walk at 10 a.m.
"Dreamgirls" Runs April 5-14 in Cook Theatre
The Dillard University theater program will continue its 77th season with a six-performance run of "Dreamgirls," the smash-hit Broadway musical that became an Oscar-winning motion picture. The show opens on Friday, April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 14 in Cook Theatre
"Dreamgirls" captures the spirit and hope of the Motown era through the story of a Chicago girl group that makes it big. In a business controlled by men, this trio of women fights for recognition and and love while superstardom challenges its musical and cultural identity. A glowing spectacle about the price of showbiz success, "Dreamgirls" sizzles with sparkling dance and R&B soul.
Dillard University's production of "Dreamgirls" is directed by Troy R. Poplous from Tom Eyen's original book and Harry Krieger's timeless music. Tickets are $20, and $15 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, call the Dillard box office at (504) 816-4857. The show runs April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on April 7 and 14 at 3 p.m.
Michaela Angela Davis to Speak on April 9
As part of SpringFest 2013, Dillard and the SGA will host a special presentation entitled "Bury the Ratchet" with writer, stylist and image activist Michaela Angela Davis on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The campaign, aimed to improve the depiction of African-American women in media, specifically targets Black women who live in Atlanta because of reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
According to Davis, when people encounter African-American women from Atlanta, "The first image that comes to mind is mean, gold-digging women. It has become completely evident that there has been a brand of women from Atlanta that are adverse to what most of these women are like," which is why Davis is starting this campaign. "The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta."
Choir to Host Spring Concert on April 21
The Dillard University Concert Choir will host its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in Lawless Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. The choir will be directed by Dr. S. Carver Davenport with musical accompaniment from Dr. Lucian Zidaru and others.  
We invite you to come out to welcome the choir home from its national tour and enjoy one of its two premiere performances of the school year



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