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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—Jack Vogt is a senior in the jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans.

BLACK LIVES MATTER SYMPOSIUM: The Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University will present its Black Lives Matter Symposium from Friday through Saturday, Oct. 21-22. Speakers will include the Rev. Fredrick D. Haynes III, senior pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas; Brittany N. Packnett, executive director of Teach for America; and Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden. Cost is $65. To register, call (504) 252-0080 or visit

WORLD REFUGEE CRISIS: A discussion on immigration, the world refugee crisis and unfolding tensions in the Middle East will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Room 114 of Miller Hall at Loyola University New Orleans. The presenters will be international development consultant Raif Shwayri and immigration expert Lina Beydoun. Shwayri is the author of "Beirut on the Bayou," the successful immigration tale of his grandfather Alfred Nicola, who arrived in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century. Beydoun, a Lebanese-American who grew up as an immigrant in Sierra Leone, is an expert in migration studies, human rights and religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa.

DELGADO FINE ARTS: "A Place for Now," an alumni invitational exhibit by Delgado Community College visual arts alumni Audra Kohout and Brad du Puy, is on display through Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery on the third floor of Delgado Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS: The University of New Orleans will honor Mark C. Romig as its 2016 Homer L. Hitt distinguished alumnus during its Distinguished Alumni Gala, which will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the United States Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center at the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Romig is president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. The event also will celebrate the investiture of the university's seventh leader, President John W. Nicklow, who will be formally installed during an on-campus ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Tickets are $125 and are available at

TULANE UNIVERSITY: Brad Beers, a Houston lawyer and former co-chairman of the Tulane President’s Council, has joined the board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body. Beers’ daughter, Meredith, earned her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from Tulane. She is president of the Newcomb Alumnae Association board of directors and has served on the board of the Tulane Alumni Association. Beers’ son, Baker, is attending Tulane Law School.

TULANE ARCHITECTURE: DesignIntelligence Quarterly has ranked the Tulane School of Architecture as the 14th best among the nation's accredited undergraduate programs, and Dean Ken Schwartz as one of the 25 most admired educators for 2016-17. Among the school's award-winning programs is the Albert and Tina Small City Center, which works in partnerships with community-based organizations across New Orleans, providing high-quality design assistance for groups traditionally underserved by the design profession.

THEATER RESIDENCY: Southern Rep Theatre has established a two-year residency at Loyola University New Orleans, with plans for a series of new plays and re-imagined classics. The residency will bring undergraduate theater students opportunities to see professional plays in development and partake in the production of regional premieres. Performances at Loyola will include:

  • "Grounded" by George Brant, Nov. 2-20 in Loyola's Lower Depths Theatre
  • "Sweet Bird of Youth" by Tennessee Williams, March 21-April 15 in Loyola's Marquette Theatre
  • "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)" by Suzan-Lori Parks, May 31-June 18 in Loyola's Marquette Theatre.

UNO JAZZ STUDIES: Jack Vogt, a composer and drummer in the jazz studies program at the University of New Orleans, has been named the 2016-17 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Louis Armstrong Scholar at the University of New Orleans by the New York-based ASCAP Foundation. The $3,000 award is made to jazz studies student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and in creating original works of music. On Dec. 14, Vogt will be honored at the ASCAP Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

EUDORA WELTY PRIZE: Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola University New Orleans, has won the Eudora Welty Prize for her book “Right to Revolt: The Crusade for Racial Justice in Mississippi’s Central Piney Woods.” The Eudora Welty Prize is awarded by Mississippi University for Women and the University Press of Mississippi to a book published by UPM in the past year in the areas of Southern studies, women’s studies, and/or literature.