Deirdre McCloskey — an economist, professor, writer, and speaker — will be on the College of Charleston campus on Thursday to discuss not only her beef with the current economic state, but also her storied gender transformation from male to female. Her book, Crossing: A Memoir, was released in 1999 and recognized by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. In it, she tells the story of Donald McCloskey, an accomplished economist who eventually became Deirdre McCloskey, and her place as a transgendered professional in what is often referred to as a conservative industry. Her first of two lectures at the college will take place in Room 227 at the Addlestone Library and will focus on her unique journey from male to female, explaining the viewpoint of gender as a way of negotiating intimacy. In addition, those interested in McCloskey’s view on the economy may attend her later lecture at 2 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. Dr. Jennifer Barker, a professor in the College’s school of philosophy and an organizer of Thursday’s talks, praises McCloskey. “She’s one of the most learned speakers I’ve ever seen, incredibly erudite and careful, but with a kind of magisterial speaking style,” Barker says.