Food for Thought 2024

Enjoy engaging conversations led by Northern Kentucky University history professors and lecturers.

Held at the library’s Cold Spring Branch, Food for Thought runs from January to May. The series is sponsored by City Barbeque of Highland Heights, which will provide sandwiches. 

All speakers are from Northern Kentucky University’s History and Geography Department. 

All programs are held on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Registration opens two months before each program. For those unable to attend, lectures will be recorded by Campbell Media and air on their website, app and TV the following Sunday and Wednesday at 4:30 PM on CCMC (Cincinnati Bell Ch. 810 and Spectrum Ch. 202). It is also available on the Campbell Media Website or the Campbell Media App on Apple TV and Roku.

2024 Food for Thought Lineup

Jan. 23: Popular Music Since the Rock Era & its Impact with Dr. Burke Miller

Dr. Burke Miller kicks off the series with a discussion of popular music in the United States from the 1950s through today. Listen to music since the rock era and what the songs say about our recent past. Dr. Miller serves as the the department’s chair and as the director of social studies.



Feb. 20: The Newport Barracks Site & its Role in the Young United States with Dr. Brian Hackett

Dr. Brian Hackett returns yet again to the series to give an update on the Newport Barracks historical site. In 1803, future president James Madison was convinced to build a fort in Northern Kentucky on land donated by General James Taylor. This played an important role in the War of 1812 between the United states and the coalition of Britain, Canada and Native Americans.

Watch the lecture on Campbell Media

March 19: Cherry Trees & Wooden Teeth–Getting to Know George Washington with Dr. Andrea Sutherland

In the third installment of Food for Thought, Dr. Andrea Sutherland will talk about the life and times of America’s first president, George Washington. Learn fact from fiction, Washington’s role in founding the country and his long-term influence on American life.

Watch the lecture on Campbell Media


April 23: Black women and the Underground Railroad – A Snapshot from a Local and Regional Perspective with Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson will return to discuss the local Underground Railroad. Specifically, the presentation will explore the plight of the enslaved African American women. Hear about episodes of resistance and escape along the Underground Railroad from a local and regional perspective.



May 21: Radical Republicanism in High Renaissance Florence – The Tragedy of Girolamo Savonarola with Dr. William Landon

Dr. William Landon will close out the series with a lecture about Girolamo Savonarola, a Dominican Friar (and prophet), who helped guide the Florence, Italy republican revival from 1494-1498. International politics and Florence’s enemies brought that brief moment to a close in May of 1498, when Savonarola and two of his brothers were executed as villains.




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