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UNO events to focus on incarceration

The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies and the University of New Orleans department of history will present several public events this fall as part of a project known as “Global Dialogues on Incarceration.”

UNO is joining 20 other schools around the country in teaching courses about incarceration and its history. The school also will stage events with community partners and contribute to a national traveling exhibit.

The project is coordinated by the New School’s Humanities Action Lab in New York City.

“The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, and Louisiana incarcerates more people than any other state in the U.S.,” said Connie Zeanah Atkinson, associate professor of history at UNO and the Midlo Center’s co-director.

A number of speakers will visit the UNO campus, including artist, activist and educator Mark Strandquist, whose “Windows From Prison” project has brought thousands of individuals together with prisoners across the country. He will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Earl K. Long Library on the fourth floor.

Marianne Fisher-Giorlando will lecture at the same site at 2 p.m. Sept. 24. She will talk about the women who were incarcerated in Louisiana’s first state penitentiary, a walled facility in Baton Rouge in the 19th century.

Norris Henderson, executive director of Voice of the Ex-Offender, will deliver a lecture about his success in affecting public policy on police accountability and reforming Orleans Parish Prison. He will speak at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 197.

For more information, contact Ben Weber at

SUNO to teach class on being entrepreneur

Starting Tuesday, the Small Business Development & Management Institute at Southern University at New Orleans will teach students how to become entrepreneurs.

The NxLevel Business Entrepreneurial Training Classes will start Tuesday and meet every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester.

Students will learn how to start a successful business and be their own boss. The class fee is $550 and includes a comprehensive reference book and all class materials.

Classes will meet at the SUNO SBDMI Campus Small Business Incubator at 6801 Press Drive.

The Small Business Development & Management Institute is supported by Louisiana Economic Development.

For information, call (504) 284-5514.

Delgado to host acclaimed author

Delgado Community College will host an evening with Paula Williams Madison, author of the memoir “Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem,” during the grand opening of the Delgado Theater on Oct. 2.

The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. and will include a screening of the documentary film that complements the book, a talk by the author and a book signing.

This will be the first event to take place in the refurbished Delgado Theater inside Isaac Delgado Hall. The event also will kick off National Diversity Month at Delgado.

“Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem” is the story of Madison, a Jamaican-American woman and former television executive who went in search of her mother’s father, Samuel Lowe, and discovered her own Chinese roots.

Madison is CEO of Madison Media Management LLC and vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She spent 22 years with NBC, where she most recently was executive vice president of diversity.

A native of Harlem, New York, she lives in Los Angeles.

The event will be held at Isaac Delgado Hall, 615 City Park Ave. Tickets are $33 and are available at For information about the author, go to Information about the Delgado event is available at and, or by calling (504) 671-5055.