An Evening with Laverne Cox
Presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council
An Evening with Laverne Cox is a free livestream event featuring a moderated conversation and Q&A with the Emmy Award winner and IU alumna. The event will be available to view by registering on Zoom.
With various ‘firsts’ in her already impressive career, IU alumna Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning documentary film producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker. Laverne's groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. This role led to Laverne becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy.
An artist and an advocate with an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically, Laverne is the first openly transgender person to appear on the covers of TIME, Cosmopolitan, and Essence magazines among others. She was named one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year. Laverne also proudly holds two SAG Awards, winning them with her Orange Is The New Black castmates.
Laverne’s Emmy-winning documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word helped lead her to executive producing two powerful documentaries: Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen and Free CeCe.
For this free livestream event, Cox will open with remarks which will then lead into a moderated conversation led by Janae Cummings, the director of communications and marketing at IU’s Hamilton Lugar School. Viewer questions are encouraged and can be submitted during registration.
An Evening with Laverne Cox is part of “The Style of the State,” a multidisciplinary symposium on art, culture, and aesthetics in Indiana presented by Platform: An Arts and Humanities Laboratory. The symposium will take place April 9–10 virtually and with limited in-person sessions in the Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities. Platform is supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, and the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council.