Diversity and Inclusion

An Evening With Ryan O’Connell

October 22, 2019 at 7:30pm9:00pm

Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium

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University Union, the LGBT Resource Center and Disability Cultural Center present actor and writer Ryan O’Connell for a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.

O’Connell most recently adapted his book, I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, as an eight-episode short-form series for Netflix with Jim Parsons producing. O’Connell executive produced and starred in this series which is loosely based on his upbringing, growing up with cerebral palsy, discovering he was gay and navigating through his 20s. Prior to that, he was an
executive story editor on NBC’s revival of “Will & Grace,” which was nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy. Previously, O’Connell spent several years writing for the television show, “Awkward,” resulting in the creation of a character in the show based on him. O’Connell also wrote “Popular” for DreamWorks based on the autobiography by Maya Van Wagene. With his unique voice, O’Connell has served as the editor of Thought Catalog and contributed to numerous publications, including Vice and Buzzfeed.

This event is a commemorative event for Disability Awareness and Appreciation Month and LGBTQ History Month, and as part of Remembrance Week in honor of Miriam Wolfe, a theater major who intended to establish an alternative theater group in Syracuse to serve as a forum for social and political justice.

Tickets are free and available online at the Box Office for students, faculty and staff and in-person at the Women’s Building (suite 118) for the public.

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This event was published on October 21, 2019.


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