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NKU Lecture Series to Include Mearns' Prosecution of OKC Bombing Accomplice

The fourth season of the popular Northern Kentucky University [email protected] Lecture Series opens this fall and it promises to be better than ever.

[email protected] is a community lecture series sponsored by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Think of this as your chance to go to college without the tuition, morning classes and pressure of making good grades. Lecture feature NKU professors speaking on topics from their respective fields of expertise as well as external speakers such as Valerie Komor, director of the AP Corporate Archives at the Associate Press.

This year’s [email protected] experience will be the most fun-filled and information-packed in the series history. The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement has announced several enhancements, including lectures by NKU students and recent graduates called [email protected] 2.0 and a bonus lecture by NKU President Geoffrey Mearns on his experiences as a member of the team that successfully prosecuted Terry Nichols for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

These and other enhancements will offer a hands-on opportunity to bring the lectures to life. For example, the series will feature pottery and art exhibits and hands-on workshops. Dr. Judy Voelker, assistant professor of anthropology, will kick off the fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 26, with a lecture titled “Ceramic Traditions of Southeast Asia: People, Community and Pottery.”

Each of the [email protected] lectures will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m., allowing time for questions and interaction with the speaker at the end of each session. The cost of each lecture is $6. Season subscriptions ($54) and pick-six packages ($30) are available as well. Students attend free with a valid student ID. For more information on the series and purchasing tickets, visit http://sixatsix.nku.edu.

For the first time, the public will be invited to two free lectures as part of the “Complimentary Taste of [email protected] Lecture Series,” sponsored by The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. NKU student Kairee Franzen will present “Beauty, Body Image and Breaking Barriers” in December and NKU Spanish professor Kajsa Larson will present “Unearthing Bodies, Revealing Memories: Examining Transitional Justice Practices in Contemporary Spain” in April 2014. Both of these special lectures are free and open to the public.

2013-14 Lecture Schedule:

Ceramic Traditions of Southeast Asia: People, Community and Pottery
Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Behringer-Crawford Museum
Presenter: Judy Voelker, associate professor of anthropology, NKU Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy
Southeast Asia has long captured our imagination. This is the land of Angkor's temples lost in the jungle and of complex bas-reliefs depicting everyday life long before National Geographic or Instagram came along.
But as much as those archaeological marvels tell the region's story, so does its pottery – used, as it was, for storage, cooking and even burial. Using Henri Mouhat's journeys in the mid-19th century, Voelker will guide you through Southeast Asia's ceramic traditions. Indiana Jones fans, eat your hearts out.

[email protected] 2.0: Tempest in a Teapot or the Big Bang?: Considering the Surprising Consequences of the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Campbell County Public Library-Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Presenter: Nathan Lennon, J.D. 2013
Most of us are aware of the United States Supreme Court's recent decisions in the area of same-sex marriage. Still, many people do not understand the consequences of these cases. California's refusal to defend Proposition 8 in court leaves open two tantalizing questions, which could possibly mean a return to the Supreme Court: Will the high court accept a case similar to Proposition 8 within the next year or two? Will a state's refusal to defend a law in court allow governors and attorney generals to begin nullifying state laws around the country? Lennon will consider the legal issues raised by these questions.

Impermanence and the Land
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m.
The Mercantile Library
Presenter: Steven Finke, associate professor of art, Department of Visual Art
As climate change happens, ecosystems change, too. Plants and animals once native to a place leave and new species arrive. Impermanence becomes the natural order. Reflection on countless works to aid in these contemplative practices. The work of Finke integrates forest, sculpture and humans in an aesthetic meditation on impermanence. Join him as he presents a pictorial tour of this site-specific work in a watershed forest of Clermont County, Ohio.

[email protected] 2.0: From Medical Missions to Scientific Research: Stories of Adventures in South and Central America
Monday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Presenter: Ginny Shelley, B.A. 2013, biology and chemistry
Active volcanoes, rainforests, sharks, Aztec ruins, scorpions. Over a succession of study abroad trips, Shelley has seen a lot of South and Central America, and learned a lot as well. In May 2012, she went to Puerto Rico to present her research. While there, she kayaked the famous bioluminescent bay at night. That summer, she hiked through Costa Rican mountains to offer health care to those in need, treating diseases ranging from ear infections to dengue fever. “My studies abroad,” she says, “have not only inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, but they have also made me a more diverse and adventurous individual.”

The AP at Gettysburg: Capturing What Lincoln Wrote and Said
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.
NKU Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium
Presenter: Valerie Komor, director of the AP Corporate Archives, the Associate Press
On November19, 1863, the Associated Press engaged a young reporter from nearby Harrisburg to cover Abraham Lincoln's address in Gettysburg, Pa. Joseph Ignatius Gilbert was just 20 years old, but his reporting would influence the ages. Komor will detail Gilbert's coverage of this speech, drawing comparisons to Lincoln’s own text and revealing what the contrast tells us about Lincoln’s composition process and speaking style. Learn, too, how Lincoln came to favor the AP version when making his own copies of the Gettysburg Address.

[email protected] 2.0: Beauty, Body Image and Breaking Barriers (Free Lecture)
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County - Main Library
Presenter: Kairee Franzen, senior, exercise science and dance
There's Barbie's figure. And then there's true beauty that is not about body shape but about attitude, self-esteem and nutrition. Franzen researched this topic and then developed a workshop for pre-teen girls. She gave her "Smart Girls" series its first field-test last spring at the Buenger Boys & Girls Club in Newport's Westside. Over nine weeks, the girls in her participatory class we empowered to believe they could be successful and healthy inside and out. Franzen will share what the research taught the girls.

On the Air: How Radio Media Coverage Shaped the Second World War
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 6 p.m.
Behringer-Crawford Museum
Presenter: Michael Turney, professor emeritus of communication, Department of Communication
Much has been made of Vietnam as the first television war and how its battlefield images turned public opinion against the fighting. Yet surprisingly little attention has been paid to World War II being the first radio war. News of that war was broadcast directly into American homes, sometimes while the battles were still in progress. Retired communications professor Michael Turney will share clips from the first announcements of the Pearl Harbor attacks, reporters coming under fire on D-Day and the spontaneous celebrations in American cities on V-J Day.

[email protected] 2.0: Preserving Your Grandmother's Quilt: Restoration and Care of Antique Quilts
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 6 p.m.
Campbell County Public Library-Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Presenter: Tracy DeBellevue, M.A. 2013, public history
Quilts are a window into our heritage. Each has a specific reason it was made. From the design chosen to the fabric scraps used, quilts tell the stories of our families and the daily lives of people in bygone times. But how do we preserve these precious, historical heirloom quilts? Join antique quilt collector DeBellevue as she explains the proper techniques for care, display and storage of these beautiful historical artifacts. She will demonstrate these techniques with her own family heirloom, a quilt dating to the nineteenth century.

[email protected] Plus One: Prosecuting Domestic Terrorists: The 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 6 p.m.
The Mercantile Library
Presenter: Geoffrey Mearns, president, Northern Kentucky University
Mearns became the fifth president of NKU in August 2012. His path was anything but typical of a career in academic administration. He began his professional life as a federal prosecutor, convicting New York mobsters and their henchmen. Later, he was a member of the team that successfully prosecuted Terry Nichols for his role in the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history – the 1995 bombing if the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Mearns will discuss the OKC bombing prosecution and its historical and symbolic significance.

Every Bite a Taste of History: How Food Enriches our Understanding of the World
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6 p.m.
The Carnegie
Presenter: Jonathon Reynolds, professor of history, Department of History and Geography
World history can be scary. Is it really possible to learn and understand thousands of years of human history? How about doing it all in about an hour, simply from discussing the food we eat? Well, almost everything we eat is a result of a long and complex history of interactions between humans, the environment and one another. Racing across 10 milennia, Dr. Reynolds will examine technology, gender, crop domestication and long-distance trade as they relate to the world's rich and diverse history...and food.

[email protected] 2.0: Ascent: A Cultural History of Cincinnati Public Stairways
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6 p.m.
The Mercantile Library
Presenter: Andrew Boehringer, senior, anthropology and history; and Shane Winslow, B.A. 2013, anthropology, history, and integrative studies
Once a "walking city," Cincinnati developed with a network of public stairways that connected neighborhoods and shopping districts. In their research, Boehringer and Winslow looked past the more modern infrastructure constructed for the automobile to unveil yesteryear's pedestrian-friendly skeleton and to understand the stairway's shifting role across the city's history. Through the lens of the stairways, they see Cincinnati's progression and changes. Their work shows how the stairways are an often-overlooked symbol of our city's hillside identity.

Unearthing Bodies, Revealing Memories: Examining Transitional Justice Practices in Contemporary Spain (Free Lecture)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6 p.m.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County- Main Library
Presenter: Kajsa Larson, assistant professor of Spanish, Department of World Languages and Literatures
From 1936 to 1976, over 70,000 people were executed in Spain by the country's civil guard. Many were buried and forgotten in mass graves. Spain's democratic transition followed and has since been lauded as an international model for peaceful charge. Nonetheless, citizens have begun demanding answers about the unresolved fate of their kin. Larson will explore how the recuperation of civil war memory is manifested through popular culture, public demonstrations, new government legislation and the grassroots efforts of common citizens.

[email protected] 2.0: At What Price? BP, Oil and the Gulf of Mexico
Monday, April 21, 2014, 6 p.m.
Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Presenter: Christina McGee, senior, history
The drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, crippled by an explosion, collapsed and sank into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, marking one of history's worst oil spills. The fragile ecosystems affected were invaluable. McGee will discuss the damage done to the environment and the subsequent cleanup. She will highlight the factors that contributed to the disaster and pose some difficult questions such as: Can we prevent this from recurring? Who is to be held liable? What price are we really willing to pay for the oil?

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