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History of Covington, Scourge of Heroin are Topics in Lecture Series

The fifth season of the Northern Kentucky University [email protected] Lecture Series will open Wednesday, Sept. 10 with a look at one of the region’s most significant issues, the heroin problem facing the region.
[email protected] will go on to look at: the collision buddy films and chick flicks in the century; “Beyond the Breaking News with Richard Pienciak, National Investigative Editor, the Associated Press Investigative; 200 years of Covington’s history as “The Gateway City” from 1815-2015; Meet NKU Provost and Executive Vice President Sue Ott Rowlands, also an actor and director, as she steps in and out of character of one-woman show Mud Nostalgia to talk about the power of the theater to raise awareness of social issues.
“This lecture series is designed to bring NKU’s faculty – and their expertise – to the community, educating all of us about a variety of topics, from current events to history, from the sciences to culture,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which coordinates [email protected] 
[email protected] is presented at venues in Northern Kentucky and Downtown Cincinnati. 
There’s also a [email protected] student series. All are presented at 6 p.m. – and all tickets to all lectures are $6. For more information about [email protected] or to purchase tickets, visit
Heroin Hits Home
Sept. 10, 6 p.m. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington.
NKU psychology professor Dr. Perilou Goddard draws on the latest scientific research to untangle the causes of the unprecedented surge in heroin addiction. 
Integrating empirical evidence from across the globe, she will illustrate several approaches that may reduce heroin’s harm and help our community recover as well as discuss the progress being made by a coalition of community partners working to fight the heroin epidemic and the work that still needs to be done.
Bromances, Buddy Films, and Chick Flicks
Oct. 9, 6 p.m. The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St, Downtown Cincinnati.
John Alberti, Professor and Director, Department of English Graduate Studies and Cinema Studies considers the early 21st Century phenomenon of the movie bromance, a combination of the traditional romantic comedy with the gross-out buddy movie. 
Think, I Love You, Man. Think, Superbad. Think, bromance auteur Judd Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, highlight conflicting attitudes towards love and marriage that define the romantic comedy in the contemporary age. 
Makes you wonder: Is the romantic comedy dead? What should stories of courtship and marriage look like in an era of increasing gender and sexual equality and decreasing economic equality?
Beyond the Breaking News
Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Northern Kentucky University, Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium.
Richard Pienciak, National Investigative Editor, the Associated Press Investigative heads a national AP team or reporters. Pienciak will explain how groundbreaking projects including the dangers of aging nuclear power plants,, contamination of our drinking water by pharmaceuticals and mistreatment of returning war veterans are produced and reveal the stories behind the stories.
The Play’s the Thing
Feb. 11, 6 p.m. The Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., Downtown Cincinnati. Free to students.
NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands who collaborated with Ohio playwright Mark Evans Bryan to create Mud Nostalgia, a blend of humor, mountain music, and documentary film about snake handlers that tells the story of a woman struggling to understand love and faith, even as she is betrayed by both.  
Ott Rowlands will step in and out of character as she discusses how the idea of it was born and nurtured and how it has been received in performances around the world.
Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky 1815-2015
March 4, 6 p.m. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington.
Paul Tenkotte, Professor, Department of History leads his audience on a journey through 200 years of Covington history, along the way explaining things like why Covington's terrain is hillier than Cincinnati’s and if Covingtonians were for the Union or the Confederacy during the Civil War?
Is Covington the gateway to the South? Or to the North? Perhaps to the West? Tenkotte demonstrates how the past influences how we think now, and how we sometimes rewrite the past to explain things we don't understand.
The Legacy of Lead
April 14, 6 p.m. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Ave., Covington.
We got rid of lead paint and lead in our gasoline. Problem solved, right? Wrong.  
The legacy of lead is still with us, lurking in the walls of old buildings, as well as in surprising and unlikely places, like the soil.
Kirsten Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Biological Sciences discusses ongoing research at NKU that is providing a better understanding of the patterns of lead in the soil of our urban communities.
-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts contributor
Photo: Mother of God School in Covington, via Covington Catholic High School 
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