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Laverne Cox, September 16, 2015, December 12, 2019

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-108-BD
Identifier: I

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox's September 16, 2015 appearance in Alumni Arena for the 2015-2016 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Video begins in the middle of introductory announcements, followed by a photo montage of past distinguished speakers (0:30), as well as introductions by Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion Teresa Miller (1:44) and Professor of Anthropology Dr. Timothy Chevral (4:54). Topics covered by Cox's speech (7:30) include her identity (8:56), inequality and injustice for trans people (10:00), institutional gender (11:34), growing up in Alabama (16:20), attending the Alabama School of Fine Arts (35:02), the influence of the nightclub scene in New York City during the '90s (43:19); transitioning, being misgendered, and feeling unsafe (49:11), and creating safe spaces to heal and have difficult conversations (59:09). A question and answer session follows, in which Cox answers the following questions from the audience, with some questions from Twitter fielded by Teresa Miller: What advice would you give your younger self? (1:07:34); What advice would you give to educators of preteens struggling with gender identity? (1:08:16); What do you think about Caitlin Jenner being the new face of the trans community? (1:09:57); What are some things we as a college community can do to advocate for and protect the trans community? (1:11:59); What pressures come with being trans or non-binary in television and filmmaking? (1:15:14); What was the most memorable moment for you in shooting "Orange is the New Black?" (1:17:10); What advice do you have for trans people to stay positive when their families react negatively to their gender identity? (1:19:25); Do you think gender-affirming surgeries should be a right covered by health insurance, and how do we go about the necessary steps to achieve that? (1:22:20); What is your advice for correcting pronouns in casual encounters? (1:24:16); Do you feel that political correctness and "faux tolerance" have done more harm to trans issues than good? (1:26:12); What do you think is the most important takeaway from tonight, and do you think your idea is different from what your character on "Orange is the New Black" would say? (1:29:10); Will you run for president? (1:30:10).


  • September 16, 2015
  • Migrated: December 12, 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The recording of the Distinguished Speaker Series event with Laverne Cox, September 16, 2015 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.268 Gigabytes (1 file (1:32:45 hours))

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DVD 11-6-1392-108-BD

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