Laverne Cox, Monday, March 12, 7:30PM, Chapin!

Posted Tuesday March 6 by Brian Martin

Laverne Cox at Williams!
Monday, March 12, 7:30PM, Chapin Hall

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Dively Committee on Human Sexuality and Diversity, the celebrated actress, activist, and transgender woman of color Laverne Cox will present a talk titled “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood” on Monday, March 12, at 7:30PM, in Chapin Hall. No tickets required. All are welcome!

Laverne Cox is an award-winning actress, activist, and transgender woman of color, who is known for her work on the critically-acclaimed series “Orange is the New Black” (2013-2018) and her activism as an inspiring speaker at campuses such as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, UPenn, and Stanford. She is perhaps most famous for being the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a primetime Emmy (for acting) and to win a daytime Emmy (for producing), as well as the first openly transgender person to be featured on the cover of “Time” (June 9, 2014). Laverne Cox graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, attended Indiana University Bloomington, and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, before landing her role as Sophie Burset, a trans woman of color, in the Netflix prison drama series “Orange is the New Black” in 2013. In 2014, she produced and narrated the documentary film “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” which was the first transgender film to win a daytime Emmy. In addition to “Time,” she has appeared on the cover of “Essence,” “Variety,” “The Advocate,” “Out,” and “Entertainment Weekly.” She has collaborated with many queer organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign Fund and Silvia Rivera Law Project to support a broad range of LGBTQ issues, especially those affecting transgender communities. In 2016, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the New School University in New York for her activism on gender equality.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. For Williams students, staff, and faculty, seating begins at 6:45PM (you must present your Williams ID). For members of the larger Berkshire community, general seating begins at 7PM.

This event is made possible with the generous support of the Michael Dively ‘61 Lecture Fund for Human Sexuality & Diversity, W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Program in Democratic Studies, Gaudino Fund, Class of ’46 Memorial Lecture Fund, Lecture Committee, President’s Office, Dean of the College, Davis Center, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, Theatre Department, Minority Coalition, Queer Student Union, Feminist Coalition, and Black Student Union.

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