Six@Six Kicks Off with Dr. Perilou Goddard’s talk, “Heroin Hits Home”

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The fifth season of the Northern Kentucky University Six@Six Lecture Series will open Wednesday, Sept. 10, with a look at one of the region’s most significant issues, the heroin epidemic.

Dr. Perilou Goddard Dr. Perilou Goddard

“Heroin Hits Home” is the title of NKU psychology professor Dr. Perilou Goddard’s talk at The Carnegie (1028 Scott Blvd., Covington). Dr. Goddard will draw 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. Finally, Dr. Goddard will 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.

“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 Six@Six. “It’s a special privilege to start this fifth season of the series with Dr. Goddard sharing her knowledge about how we might – as a community – be more effective in push back against heroin’s plague.”

Dr. Goddard has been a professor of psychology at NKU since 1989. She earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1987 and completed two years of post-doctoral training at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies before joining the NKU faculty. She is the 1999 recipient of NKU’s Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award. Her training is in clinical psychology, with research and teaching specialties in drug policy. She has taught drug policy courses in the U.S., England, and Norway, and has given drug policy presentations in six countries. She is currently working with People Advocating Recovery and the Heroin Impact Response Team to address the region's heroin epidemic.

Six@Six began in 2008 with six lectures at three community venues – The Carnegie, the Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, and the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati. Last season, the series was expanded by adding six lectures by NKU students to underscore the university’s increasing emphasis on student research.

Student Series

This season will again include six student lectures.

All of the student lectures begin at 6 p.m. and last one hour, including time for questions. Admission is $6; students can attend for free.

Student Lecture Schedule

“Whose art is it?”
Presenter: Victoria Russell, J.D., 2014
Location: Behringer-Crawford Museum
Date: Thursday, September 25

“King Solomon’s Kitchen”
Presenter: Katherine Crawford-Lackey, M.A. in Public History student
Location: Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Date: Monday, October 27

Six at Six Lecture Series
The fifth season of the Northern Kentucky University Six@Six Lecture Series will open Sept. 10 with NKU psychology professor Dr. Perilou Goddard’s talk, "Heroin Hits Home.

Faculty Series

Along with the students and Dr. Goddard, three other NKU professors will join Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Ott Rowlands and a guest speaker from NKU’s partner in the series, The Associated Press, on this season’s schedule.

Faculty Lecture Series

“Bromances, Buddy Films, and Chick Flicks”
Presenter: John Alberti, Professor and Director, Department of English Graduate Studies and Cinema Studies
Location: The Mercantile Library
Date: Thursday, October 9

“Beyond the Breaking News”
Presenter: Richard Pienciak, National Investigative Editor, the Associated Press Investigative
Location: Northern Kentucky University, Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium
Date: Thursday November 6

“Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky 1815-2015”
Presenter: Paul Tenkotte, Professor, Department of History
Location: The Carnegie
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“The Legacy of Lead”
Presenter: Kirsten Schwarz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Biological Sciences
Location: Behringer-Crawford Museum
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

“The Play’s the Thing”
Presenter: Sue Ott Rowlands, NKU Provost and Executive Vice President
Location: The Mercantile Library
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

All of the faculty and guest lectures begin at 6 p.m. and last 90 minutes, including time for questions. Admission is $6; students can attend for free.

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