Actress Diane Guerrero to kick off Distinguished Speaker Series

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Diane Guerrero
Orange is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero

Diane Guerrero, star of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, Superior Donuts on CBS and Jane the Virgin will speak at UNC Pembroke on Monday, August 26.

Guerrero’s appearance at Givens Performing Arts Center will kick of the 2019-20 Distinguished Speaker Series. Tickets are available for purchase at uncp.edu/DSS. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for faculty/staff/children and free for UNCP students with a valid ID. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Guerrero is the best-selling author of In the County We Love: My Family Divided, a memoir about her parents being detained and deported when she was 14.

She is currently filming three shows including the critically acclaimed new series Doom Patrol which can be found on the DC Universe streaming service. She is also working on the new Superior Donuts season series on ABC.

“We are excited for this anticipated event. We know Diane Guerrero will create a wonderful session that students, community members, faculty, staff and fans will enjoy,” said Abdul Ghaffar, director of Campus Engagement and Leadership.

The speaker series features Cynthia Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, on January 21, 2020. She will be hosted by Newy Scruggs, a seven-time Emmy winner, sports personality and UNC Pembroke alumnus. 

Joy Harjo will speak on campus on March 26, 2020. Harjo is the 2019 United States Poet Laureate and is a musician and activist. She is the author of several books of poetry, including An American Sunrise, and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings.  

The Distinguished Speaker Series returned to UNCP in 2018 after the series ran from 2000-13 and brought many notable speakers to campus including Maya Angelou, Spike Lee, Dick Vitale and Gabby Douglas. The series is presented by the Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership.