Cancelled: 'A Night With Laverne Cox' March 8

UPDATE Monday, March 6, 2016: The Office of Student Engagement and the Student Event Committee report that due to circumstances beyond their control, “A Night With Laverne Cox,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, on campus has been cancelled. Organizers hope to reschedule the event later this semester. Questions should be directed to the Office of Student Engagement,


Laverne Cox—the Emmy Award-winning actress, producer and activist perhaps best known for her role as Sophia Burset in “Orange Is the New Black”will speak at Smith’s John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8.

Cox’s visit to Smith is organized by the college’s Student Event Committee, and tickets are required. For details about tickets, which will be available in early February, see “Ticket Information” below.

Cox will offer prepared remarks and then address questions from the audience in a question-and-answer session moderated by Jennifer DeClue, assistant professor of the study of women and gender at Smith.

Drawing from her personal experience, Cox will explore how the intersections of race, class and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Students may submit questions for the conversation using the Google form at

SEC chair Becca Damante ’17 said she was especially pleased that Cox’s visit coincides with International Women’s Day. “I’ve had the opportunity to see her speak before,” Damante told the Smith College Sophian, “and she was one of the best speakers I’ve ever seen.”

About Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is an Emmy Award-winning actress who plays the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black.” The first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, Cox is expanding her presence on the small screen with the CBS pilot “Doubt,” a legal drama from “Grey’s Anatomy” producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. She will play Cameron Wirth, a trans Ivy League-educated lawyer who’s both competitive and compassionate.

In movies, Cox most recently played Deathy, a supporting role in the Lily Tomlin film “Grandma,” from acclaimed writer and director Paul Weitz.

Cox’s work as an actress and advocate has earned her a spot on the cover of Time Magazine. She also has received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, a Critic’s Choice nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a NAACP Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2015, she received a Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special as executive producer for “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”

More information is online at

Ticket Information

This event is organized by the Student Event Committee at Smith. Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance.

Ticket prices and availability dates are as follows:

  • Smith Students: One free ticket with an I.D. Priority pickup, for Smith students only, is Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Campus Center 106. Valid I.D. required.
  • Five College students: $5. Tickets available beginning Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Campus Center 106, Smith College. Must have a valid Five College I.D.
  • Smith faculty/staff/alumnae/grad students: $10. Tickets available beginning Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Campus Center 106, Smith College. Faculty and staff must have a valid Smith I.D.
  • General admission: $25. Tickets available beginning Thursday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Campus Center 106, Smith College, or online at