Monday, Feb 24, 2014 3:00p -
Harvard University, Farkas Hall Studio
10-12 Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date Idea, Film, LGBT, Lectures & Conferences, University
Laverne Cox, one of the stars of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” will discuss her career in television and film, as well as her advocacy on behalf of transgender people. Admission is free (tickets or RSVPs not required), seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity. Presented by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, BGLTQ Student Life, Queer Students and Allies, and Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus and Learning From Performers.
Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who can currently be seen in the Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black,” in which she plays the ground-breaking role of Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African American, transgender woman. Cox is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. She is also a renowned speaker who has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, VH1, Fox News Latino, and more.
In 2013 Cox won Best Supporting Actress at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for her work in the critically acclaimed film “Musical Chairs” directed by Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”). Laverne’s other acting credits include “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Bored to Death,” and the independent films “Carla” and “The Exhibitionists.”
Cox is the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s “TRANSForm Me,” which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. She is also the first trans woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1’s “I Wanna Work for Diddy,” for which she accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program.
Cox is the recipient of The Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, was named one of the top 50 trans icons by the Huffington Post, one of “Out” magazine’s Out 100 and “Metro Source” magazine’s 55 People We Love.