Laverne Cox is a celebrated and award-winning transgender actress, producer & equal rights advocate. She is best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black” where she plays the ground breaking role of Sophia Burset. As an an Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer, Cox is the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.
Cox’s documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word” (2014) is an hour-long documentary exploring the lives of seven transgender youth from across the country and their determination to lead their lives as the people they are meant to be. Cox was the host and executive producer of the ground breaking documentary which won a Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Cox is also producing another documentary titled "Free CeCe" in order to heighten visibility and awareness surrounding CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman who was controversially sentenced to 41 months in prison for second degree manslaughter after allegedly defending herself against a racist and transphobic attack. The documentary will focus on McDonald's case, her experiences while incarcerated in a men's prison and the larger implications of her case for the transgender community.
Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
This event is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the The Michael Dively ’61 Lecture Fund for Human Sexuality and Diversity and is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann '50 Program in Democratic Studies.
Monday, March 12 at 7:30pm
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