African American and Diaspora Studies

Special Events
November 16

For Immediate Release: QUEEN: An Exhibition from the Collection of CCH Pounder at Xavier University Art Gallery

New Orleans, La. – November 3, 2017 – As part of the 2017-2018 Prospect New Orleans international art exhibition, Xavier University of Louisiana is hosting “Queen: An Exhibition,” featuring works from the Collection of award-winning actress, artist and collector CCH Pounder. This Prospect Satellite exhibit opens on November 16, 2017 in the Xavier University Art Gallery, located in the University’s Administration Building. The opening reception takes place from 5:00pm-7:00pm. The Xavier University and Greater New Orleans Community are invited to experience this extraordinary collection of works by such artists as Betye and Alison Saar, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Harmonia Rosales, Robert Pruitt, and Xavier alumnus Steve Prince, focusing on the beauty and strength of Black women, in all of its many forms.

CCH Pounder is an accomplished veteran of stage, screen and TV.  From her breakout role in BAGDAD CAFÉ, to her roles on the critically acclaimed series, THE SHIELD, WAREHOUSE 13, SONS OF ANARCHY, ER, THE X-FILES, LAW & ORDER: SVU and THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, as well as films such as PRIZZI'S HONOR, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, ORPHAN and AVATAR. She also received a Grammy® nomination for “Best Spoken Word Album.” Most recently, Ms. Pounder, a four-time Emmy® nominee, has also become familiar to New Orleans locals for her role as “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the CBS series, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS. 

A graduate of Ithaca College, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the school and was their 2010 Commencement Speaker. Pounder serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa. An advocate of the arts, she is active in the Creative Coalition and recent accolades for Pounder include the Visionary Leadership Award in Performing Arts from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco, the 2015 Carney Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, 2015 Honoree at the Grand Performances Gala in Los Angeles, the 2016 SweetArts Performing Arts honoree from the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and the National Urban League’s 2017 Women of Power Award.

Prospect New Orleans is a citywide triennial of contemporary art.  Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, creating an optimistic cartography through the education and engagement of residents and visitors. 

Xavier University is a Historical Black and Catholic university located at 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, La. For further information contact Ron Bechet at or Sarah Clunis at


Sarah Clunis
Director, Xavier University Art Gallery
Xavier University of Louisiana,
Gallery Phone: 504-520-7706


November 16 - 17

The Department of Physics and Music have partnered to bring Dr. Stephon Solomon Alexander, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, musician and author known for blending the worlds of theoretical physics and jazz music. He is a Professor of Physics at Brown University. His most recent book is: "The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe"

Program Details:

Thursday 11/16:
12:15 PM Talk with STEM and Music students (open to all majors) (in Music Bldg)
7:00 PM Performance with Dr. Turner and the Xavier Jazz Ensemble (Department of Music Hall)
Friday 11/17:
9:00 AM Talk with Introductory Physics class (NCF 260)
10:00 AM Homecoming Reception (Divisions of Mathematical & Physical Sciences and Biological & Applied Health Sciences)
11:00 AM Panel discussion with the Freshman class (all the freshmen will be brought together). Other panelists will be: Dr. Sarah Weaver (instructor of Chemistry of Art) and Dr. Dean Richardson (instructor of Physics of Music).
Organizers: Anderson Sunda-Meya (504-520-5107, and Timothy R. Turner (504-520-6738,

For Program Information

Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.