NKU announces third season of popular Six@Six lecture series
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NKU announces third season of popular Six@Six lecture series
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The third season of the Northern Kentucky University Six@Six Lecture Series will open this fall with an examination of President Abraham Lincoln’s legal reasoning in shaping the Emancipation Proclamation and end next spring with a look into the life of political master Machiavelli.
In between, speakers will talk about atoms, news photography, the dangerous combination of energy drinks and alcohol, and the mysteries of forensic science.
Six@Six is a community lecture series sponsored by the Northern Kentucky University Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and hosted by three of the region’s finest arts and culture institutions: The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Behringer-Crawford Museum and the Mercantile Library.
Five of the six lectures will be held off-campus and feature NKU professors talking on topics from their respective fields of expertise. The sixth lecture will feature Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography of the international news service, The Associated Press.
“The Associated Press is a partner on campus with us, helping bring current events and public affairs to academic programming and student dialogues,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. “Since the beginning of the Six@Six series, AP has also generously worked with us to bring AP speakers to the community. Some of our attendees have asked that we bring in someone to talk about news photography, and Mr. Lyon is the perfect speaker on this topic.”
Lyon is responsible for the AP's global photo report and the hundreds of photographers and photo editors worldwide who produce it. He has 28 years of experience in news service photography and has won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. Lyon’s lecture will be held in NKU’s state-of-the-art George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium in Griffin Hall.
Each of the six 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 and season passes can be purchased for $30. Students (high school or college) can attend for free.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/532831896?s=1936081, by telephone at (859) 572-1448 or at the door. But subscriptions must be purchased prior to the start of the first lecture on Sept. 19. Although students get in free, it is advisable to make a reservation online as seating is limited. Additional information is available at http://civicengagement.nku.edu/sixatsix or by calling (859) 572-1448 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012-13 line-up:
Forever Free: The Constitutionality of the Emancipation Proclamation
September 19, Mercantile Library
– John Bickers, professor, NKU Chase College of Law
More than 147 years after his death, Abraham Lincoln remains one of the most admired Americans in history largely due to the Emancipation Proclamation. Torn between law and morality, he had previously told the nation that only a constitutional amendment could end slavery. So where did Lincoln find the authority to issue a document his critics declared profoundly unconstitutional? Chase College of Law Professor John Bickers answers the question: Was Lincoln loyal to the Constitution in ending slavery, or did he assume presidential powers the Founding Fathers never intended?
Photojournalism: Then and Now
November 15, George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium, NKU's Griffin Hall
– Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography, The Associated Press
If it happened, the Associated Press was there – often with a camera. Santiago Lyon will narrate an illustrated history of wire service photography, which brought the world to our doorsteps with iconic images. The story of AP photography is also the story of applied use of technology. In the 1930s, phone lines replaced rail and air transport as a means of delivering photos from the field to the newsroom, compressing hours into minutes. Further technological advances would make it possible to send more photos faster and in color. Today, digital delivery is instantaneous, and a shift to video is changing what it means to be an AP photographer.
Energy Cocktails: What are the risks?
December 4, Behringer-Crawford Museum
– Dr. Cecile Marczinski, professor, NKU Department of Psychology
Consumption of energy drinks combined with alcohol has risen dramatically in the past decade, especially among college-age drinkers. What's the truth about the risks? Dr. Cecile Marczinski, assistant professor of psychology, has become a go-to expert for the national media on this topic. According to her findings, the risks are real. "Consumption of an energy drink combined with alcohol sets up a risky scenario for the drinker due to this enhanced feeling of stimulation and high impulsivity levels," she told Science Daily in an article last year.
February 6, 2013, Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
– Dr. Matthew Zacate, professor, NKU Department of Physics and Geology
Look at a potted plant. Or the table where it sits. Or the floor beneath the table. Are they moving or perfectly still? Don't trust your eyes. Trust physics. They are moving. Even the most rigid of solid objects are comprised of atoms that are in constant motion. Accompanied by animations, Dr. Matthew Zacate, associate professor of physics, will guide you through the effects and properties of the ever-wobbling atom and the influences of atomic vibrations on innovative technology.
Forensic Science in the Real World: Fact versus Fiction
March 21, 2013, Behringer-Crawford Museum
– Jill Shelley, professor, NKU Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
TV police dramas put a spotlight on forensic science. But have you ever wondered if DNA, carpet fibers and insect eggs actually pack the crime-solving punch they appear to have in NCIS and Law and Order? Professor Jill Shelley will peel away the myths and show you how forensic science works in real life, at real crime scenes and in real crime labs. She sorts through the controversy surrounding current techniques. You'll learn how the field has evolved and discover how forensic science has aided in the solving of recent investigations.
New Insights into the Life and Times of Niccolò Machiavelli
April 13, 2013, Mercantile Library of Cincinnati
– Dr. William Landon, professor, NKU Department of History and Geography
By most measures, Machiavelli's life was a success. In his day, he achieved literary fame and gained the respect and patronage of the powerful Medici family. After his death, history elevated his name to be synonymous with political expediency and pragmatism. However, a younger, wealthier Florentine nobleman, Lorenzo di Filippo Strozzi, whose contributions to Renaissance Florence have gone almost completely unnoticed, aided in, and perhaps even organized, many of Machiavelli's achievements. With Dr. William Landon, assistant professor of history, as your guide, explore this lesser-known, dark side to Machiavelli's biograpy.
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