Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Taste of New Orleans

 
 
As a part of the inaugural activities we had a great free concert! Definitely top notch.

 
 
There were student performances including our choir, an all female ensemble, a male quartet, and an original song by junior Brittany Linton.

 
One of the co-hosts, Ledisi, added her brand of jazz to the evening.

 
And Defeayo Marsalis brought his Uptown Music Orchestra to share the stage. What a great evening.
 
 
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Brain Food: Rev. Jim Wallis

 
 
The second Brain Food lecture of the year was Jim Wallis of the group Sojourners. This spring he published a book entitled, "On God's Side." I was reading it during the government shut down and the book actually described what was happening. It was very prophetic. We spent 16 days talking about winners and losers versus governing for the people. So Wallis led a discussion about how we focus on the neediest in our society.


My favorite part of the lecture was when Wallis indicated that schools like Dillard should be involved in formation of students, not just providing information. That really spoke to me in the age of MOOCs and on line education. So I need to finish reading this book. His lecture was very thought provoking.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

American Missionary Association Schools


This week I attended a meeting with the officials of the United Church of Christ (UCC). They met with the 6 HBCUs that are affiliated with the church. These schools were founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA), in the late 1860s. The schools are:

Dillard Univesity
Huston-Tillotson University
Tougaloo College
Fisk University
Talladega College
Lemoyne-Owen College

It was a great meeting and we look forward to closer ties with the UCC.

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