Dillard Notable #3 of 2017: Public Intellectuals & Politicians

I’ve always said that Dillard has a great number of public intellectuals for a small school. In 2017, we were even more present in the media offering our expertise on a variety of subject.

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Dr. Ashraf Esmail in criminal justice led the way this year with a high number of interviews on matters related to crime. He probably is the city’s most interviewed criminologist these days. You can check out some of his interviews below.

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One of our other prominent public intellectuals is Dr. Robert Collins in urban studies. Dr. Collins comments on a range of issues from city planning, to water management, to urban terrorism. This fall he played a key role in the mayoral election coverage. You can check out some of his work as well.

Of course, Dr. Gary Clark in political science is a consistent presence on WBOK radio, his own cable show, as well as other media outlets. Dillard Today had a nice story this year on his career.

L. Kasimu Harris, our assistant director in marketing and communications, is an accomplished writer and artist, and was featured in a New York Times interview about Juneteenth.

We also played a huge role in the mayoral election cycle. As usual, Dillard was a prime location for debates. We held four, including three with mayoral candidates. One was specifically focused on the African American male, and another was broadcast live on WDSU.

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So 2017 was a great year for showcasing the expertise at Dillard.

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7th president of Dillard University

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