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Kevin Bacon to give free lecture at USF


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What do you do when a television star can't make it to your event? Replace him with a movie star, if you're the organizers of the University of South Florida's University Lecture Series.

The student-funded series announced today that Kevin Bacon, famous for roles in “Footloose,” “Apollo 13,” “X-Men: First Class” and dozens of other Hollywood films—not to mention the inspiration for one of the all-time great party games—will speak at the Tampa campus Tuesday as part of the free, public lecture series.

Television actor Matthew Perry was originally booked for that date, the last of the lecture series' spring lineup, but canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of a pilot.

The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center ballroom. Early arrival is recommended as seating is limited and priority is given to USF students.

Outside of talking about his prolific acting career, possible topics for Bacon's lecture include his sixdegrees.org charity, a social networking site that builds on the idea inspired by the “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” game that became a phenomenon beginning in the 1990s.

“If you take me out of it, the actual idea that we are connected by six degrees of separation, that we all climbed out of the same swamp, is kind of a beautiful one. If we thought about that a little bit more, we would live in a different world,” Bacon says in a post on the WME Speakers site, which books celebrities for speaking engagements.

Bacon also stars in the FOX television drama, “The Following,” which was recently renewed for a third season.

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