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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 10, 2015

‘Orange is the New Black’ actress will cap SAC Speaks series

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

The Student Activities Council at Northwest Missouri State University will welcomes Laverne Cox, star of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” as the final guest of its 2014-2015 SAC Speaks lecture series.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free and will be available at Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Cox, the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted series, will explore how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans-women. Cox draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has navigated the world and all its challenges.

From growing up in Mobile, Ala., as the child of a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.

Cox plays the role of Sophia Burset, an African-American transgender woman serving as the prison’s hairdresser, on “Orange is the New Black.” Time magazine named her character the fourth most influential character of 2013, and she is a recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award.

She also the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, “TRANSForm Me,” appear on the cover of Time magazine and be nominated for an Emmy. Additionally, she has appeared on “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” and HBO’s “Bored to Death,” among others. She also has roles in the upcoming films “36 Saints” and “Grand Street.”

The mission of the Student Activities Council is to plan and administer activities for Northwest students in order to contribute to a well-rounded social, recreational and cultural life for the campus and community. SAC provides entertaining alternatives to students with late-night activities and events throughout the year including concerts, lectures, movies and comedians.

For more information, contact the Student Activities Council at 660.562.1226 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468