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‘Orange is the new Black’ actress, transgender activist Laverne Cox to speak at Emerson College

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  October 28, 2013 02:01 PM

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Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox, who has a recurring role as “Sophia” in the hit Netflix series “Orange is the new Black,” will give a lecture at Emerson College next week about her “journey to womanhood,” campus officials said.

The lecture, open to Emerson community members only, will be part of the college’s first annual “The Authentic Me: Transgender Awareness Week.”

Cox will deliver her talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Bright Family Screening Room of the Paramount Center, college officials said. She will answer questions after the lecture, which is titled: “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood.”

Other “Transgender Awareness Week” events at Emerson will include: a stand-up comic performance by transgender comedian Jeffrey Gray on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center; a faculty and staff event on transgender inclusion on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room; a workshop and discussion on ending workplace discrimination on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room; and a screening of the video project “I AM: Trans People Speak” with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in the Bright Family Screening Room.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com. Looking for more coverage of area colleges and universities? Go to our Your Campus pages.

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