Loyola to celebrate judge’s legacy

The Loyola University College of Law this week will celebrate the legacy of former federal Judge J. Skelly Wright, a Loyola alumnus and civil rights pioneer.

Wright devoted much of his life to protecting the poor and ending racial segregation. On Friday, the College of Law will unveil a new bronze bust in his honor. The sculpture, by local artist Thomas Bruno, will be placed at the entrance of the school.

The unveiling will follow a daylong symposium titled “In Pursuit of Justice, Service to Others, and Dignity for All: A Mission Made Manifest in the Work of Judge J. Skelly Wright.”

Speakers will discuss Wright’s contributions to constitutional law, his views on political equality and personal sacrifices he made regarding civil rights.

“I believe Judge Wright is the essence of what the College of Law is about — a commitment to social justice and the public interest — and his work is a testament to the Jesuit ideals,” College of Law Dean María Pabón López said.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. The symposium will be held in room 308 of the College of Law, 526 Pine St.

For information, contact Jessica Howard at jkhoward@loyno.edu.

Dillard student places second at film festival

Dillard University student Edward Buckles, a senior film major, took second place this year at the Pitch Perfect documentary section of the New Orleans Film Festival.

Buckles won for his documentary “Katrina Babies,” which is “a ‘where are they now’ film on his friends who succeeded and failed following the effects of Hurricane Katrina,” according to a Dillard spokeswoman.

Pitch Perfect is a contest held for Southern film students. It gives students the opportunity to pitch an idea for a narrative or documentary film to a panel of professionals who work in the film industry.

This is the fourth time a Dillard student has placed in the competition in the past few years, according to Keith Alan Morris, a film professor at the school.

“Edward really delivered and had the audience rooting for him, and the competition in the documentary (portion) has never been tougher,” Morris said.

Previous Dillard winners were Ejaaz Mason in 2012 and Ernest Robertson and Christine Maiden in 2011.

Author to discuss female imprisonment

Jill McCorkel, author of “Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment,” will discuss her new book Thursday at Loyola University.

McCorkel’s free lecture, slated for 6:30 p.m., is titled “From Good Girls to ‘Real’ Criminals: Dissecting the Market Logic and Racial Politics of Incarcerating Women.”

It will examine the effects of the drug war, which has changed the way women are punished and has put more of them in jail. Her study also addresses the interaction of race and gender in a women’s prison.

McCorkel will speak in room 114 of Miller Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Her talk is cosponsored by African and African-American Studies, the Department of Criminal Justice and the Women’s Resource Center.

For information, contact professor Christian Bolden at cbolden@loyno.edu.

Dillard raises domestic violence awareness

Kevin Powell, a political activist known for his international humanitarian efforts, will lead domestic violence awareness workshops for Dillard University students starting Thursday.

Powell, who is part of a movement to end violence against women and girls, is the author of 11 books.

His first workshop, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, is for male students and is titled “Manhood: Changing Us, Changing the World.” A women’s workshop will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The events are part of a widespread effort by Dillard to raise awareness about domestic violence. Throughout October, the school has held more than a dozen workshops on the subject both on and off campus.

“We’re taking the month of October to bring about an awareness of domestic violence,” said Dr. Toya Barnes-Teamer, vice president for student success at Dillard. “We want to help students understand it, recognize the signs and learn behavior that will prevent them from becoming victims or perpetrators.”

For a full schedule of events, go to www.dillard.edu.