Pianist holds master class at Loyola

New Orleans — Stephen Hough, one of the world’s leading concert pianists, will present a master class at 10 a.m. Friday at Loyola University New Orleans at Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Masterclass Series at Loyola, which in the fall featured Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Christopher Martin on trumpet and Jay Friedman on trombone. Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and violist Roberto Diaz will present classes in the spring.

Dalai Lama to speak at commencement

New Orleans — The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters and deliver the keynote address to graduates at Tulane University’s 2013 Commencement, May 18 in the Superdome.

Due to the special limited seating configuration required for commencement ceremonies, admittance to Tulane’s Commencement will require tickets, which will be given to Tulane graduates and six of their selected guests.

The Dalai Lama’s commencement address at Tulane coincides with his visit to New Orleans to participate in “Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection, ” a conference sponsored by the Tulane School of Social Work that will take place May 16-18 at the Morial Convention Center.

UNO has StoryCorps historical interviews

New Orleans — Visitors to the University of New Orleans’ Earl K. Long Library can listen to oral histories recorded by StoryCorps in several Louisiana cities including New Orleans.

StoryCorps visited Louisiana in 2006 and 2010 to record local stories of survival and revival in the years following Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Interview subjects included fishermen, doctors, police officers, waitresses, chefs and many other people from different walks of life.

UNO serves as the StoryCorps community archive and hosts the interviews in order to provide easier access to the communities that made them. Interview audio, logs and associated photographs may be accessed via computers on the UNO campus, but the database information about the interviews may be searched anywhere on the Web.

The digital files are hosted by the Louisiana Digital Library, a service of the LOUIS Louisiana Library Network.

Tulane professor recipient of award

New Orleans — Tulane mathematics professor Ricardo Cortez has been awarded the 2012 Blackwell-TapiaPrize, which recognizes a mathematical scientist who has contributed significantly to research in his or her field and who has served as a role model for students from under-represented minority groups.

Cortez, who is the Pendergraft William Larkin Duren Professor of Mathematics at Tulane, is a leading researcher in fluid dynamics and mathematical modeling.

He co-founded and directs the Center for Computational Science at Tulane.

He has also been a leader in undergraduate mentoring and the development of training opportunities for under-represented minority students in the mathematical sciences.

He received the 2010 Distinguished Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

SUNO marks30th anniversary

New Orleans — Southern University at New Orleans will celebrate its School of Social Work’s 30th anniversary with a reception and program from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the gymnasium on the SUNO campus.

The event is designed to thank New Orleans area communities that have supported the School of Social Work. It is free and open to the public.

Loyola event to review immigration

New Orleans — Human Rights First will hold an event at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Friday as part of a series of dialogues designed to tackle tough challenges facing the U.S. immigration detention system.

The panel will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the law school.

National experts in immigration detention and criminal justice/corrections, including government officials, academics, attorneys, and advocates will address the topic “Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System.”

Among those participating are Graymond Martin, first assistant district attorney for Orleans Parish; J.J. Rosenbaum, legal and policy director for New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice; Katie Schwartzmann, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Louisiana office; and Julie Myers Wood, former assistant secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Delgado ‘Lunatics’ production to open

New Orleans — The Delgado Community College Theatre Department will raise the curtain Friday on its latest production, “Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets: A student showcase of selected scenes from The Bacchae, Cyrano de Bergerac, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Raisin in the Sun, Golden Boy, Waiting for Godot and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The production runs Friday through Sunday at the Delgado Drama Hall in Isaac Delgado Hall, 615 City Park Ave., third floor.

The production will run one weekend only. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m. Sunday curtain is at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $5. For reservations and information, call (504) 671-6360.

A silent auction will be held before the Saturday performance from 6 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit The Upstagers, Delgado’s Student Theatre Club.

“Lunatics” is co-directed by Michael Aaron Santos and Kris LaMorte and features an all-Delgado student and alumni cast.

Loyola to holdMBA open house

New Orleans —Loyola University New Orleans College of Business is holding a free MBA open house Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. on the second floor lobby of Miller Hall on Loyola’s main campus.

Light refreshments will be followed by an information and question session with MBA program directors in Room 208. Registration for the open house is recommended but not required.

The application deadline for the spring 2013 MBA program is Friday. Loyola’s MBA application fee will be waived for any open house attendee.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau