NKY Forum to host conversation with former Ky. Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.

For immediate release…
Monday – Dec. 1, 2014

The Northern Kentucky Forum will hold an event on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Northern Kentucky University featuring former Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., his son John Y. Brown III, and his grandson John Y. Brown IV.

More of a conversation than a debate, the evening’s discussion will focus on what drives this quintessential Kentucky family to public service.

“This forum is one of our last events for the year and we really want to host a strong community-inspiring topic,” said Sharmili Reddy, chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum. “The Brown family epitomizes public service generation after generation in ways that are truly motivating.  We hope the community will enjoy this Forum event as much as they have the others we have hosted this year.”

John Y. Brown Jr. is one of America’s most noted entrepreneurs, having launched the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in the 1960s, thus helping to invent the fast-food industry we know today. But his acumen in business didn’t diminish his interest in politics and public service, a calling well-established in his family. His father, John Y. Brown Sr., served in Congress, the Kentucky House of Representatives (including a term as speaker of the house), and ran for both governor and the U.S. Senate.

In 1979, Brown Jr. became Kentucky’s 55th governor. His was among the more innovative governorships in modern history, as he sought reforms to the tax code, jails, and other vital areas, while also retreating from a long tradition of gubernatorial control of the legislative process.

John Y. Brown III followed his father into politics, serving as secretary of state (1996-2004) and running unsuccessfully on the Democratic ticket for lieutenant governor in 2007.

The Brown family will discuss their experience and commitment to public service, reflect on public affairs, and take questions from the audience as well.

John Y. Brown IV is a student at Bellarmine University majoring in economics and politics who hopes to enter public service himself after graduation. Although Brown IV’s father and grandfather are Democrats, he is registered as a Republican. But, the Browns say, in their family everyone is encouraged to think for himself or herself, and so there is no mandate about how you engage in public service – only that you devote some time to public good.

Event Details
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7-8:30 p.m.
NKU Student Union Ballroom

Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.
John Y. Brown III
John Y. Brown IV

Partner: WCPO (video streaming expected)

William Landon, chair of the NKU Department of History & Geography

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat today.

RSVP & Information:
For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.nkyforum.org.

About the Northern Kentucky Forum:
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015, and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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