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
7-13. From a crawfish boil, to a fashion show, to a
concert featuring Brandy
Varner, this is a week of outstanding events for
our students and the community. See the calendar for details. Ex
Sincerely, Mona Duffel Jones Senior Director, University Communications
Michael Eric Dyson to
Kick Off President's Brain Food Lecture Series on April 18
President Walter Kimbrough will launch his official lecture series,
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.
going to get a range of people and ideologies," Kimbrough said.
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.
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.
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
Family Health &
Sports Fest Set for April 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
Runs April 5-14 in Cook Theatre
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.
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
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
Angela Davis on April 9 at 7 p.m. in
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
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
University Concert Choir will host its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 21
at 4 p.m.
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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DILLARD Today: A Monthly E-Newsletter From Dillard University - April 2013