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'Transparent' actor Ian Harvie wraps up USF lecture series

NEW TAMPA — Transgender comedian, actor, writer, storyteller and producer Ian Harvie will wrap up the University of South Florida's fall lecture series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 14) in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theater, 4103 USF Cedar Circle.

Actress Jackie Cruz from Orange is the New Black kicked off the first lecture in August, followed by Goosebumps author R.L. Stine.

Harvie is best known for his character "Dale" on the Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning Amazon original series, Transparent and his appearances on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wil-more, ABC's Comics Unleashed and many others. In his lecture titled "Everyone is a Little Bit Trans," he will talk about his career and the issues he's faced as a transgender.

Since the fall of 1986, USF's University Lecture Series student run program has consistently brought a number of successful, well-known speakers like Hill Harper, Desmond Tutu, John Legend, Jerry Springer, Kevin Bacon, Bill Nye, Rev. Al Sharpton and many more.

With eccentric views on love, family, gender identification and popular culture, organizers say Harvie will present a relatable lecture to students.

"The whole purpose is to bring iconic individuals from our culture to campus to talk about issues of interests to the student population," said USF spokeswoman Renee Hunt.

"We've had good turnouts this year at our lectures. I would expect at least 500 people. So if you're really interesting in coming to the lecture you might want to get here early."

Doors open at 7:30. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis following priority seating for USF Tampa students.

After this lecture, the University Lecture Series will resume in the spring. For more information, visit usf.edu/student-affairs/involvement/our-events/lectures/.

Contact Monique Welch at mwelch@tampabay.com.

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