'Orange is the New Black' star to give talk at Minnesota college


A woman known to most people only through Netflix binge-watching sessions will treat some Minnesota college students to a live-and-in-person chat very soon.

Laverne Cox, who plays wise prison hairdresser Sophia Burset on the hit show "Orange is the New Black," will appear at St. Paul's Macalester College next month to give a talk on her experiences as a transgender woman, according to the school's event's calendar.

In her speech, titled "Ain't I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood," Cox delves into issues of race, class and gender, and how they affect trans women of color, according to Vanderbilt University, where she's also scheduled to appear in October.

The university says she will also discuss her life story, from her Christian upbringing in Alabama to her ultimate decision to "step into the womanhood she always knew... was her destiny."

An appearance at the University of Buffalo in New York last week was met with a "lengthy standing ovation," with a reviewer saying Cox "captivated an enthusiastic audience" as she talked "with a mix of candor, humor and sobering statistics" about transgender issues.

The Emmy-nominated actress is the first trans woman of color to "have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show," Macalester College says.

Her talk is scheduled to take place at the school's Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Tickets are now available free of charge to students; any left over on Oct. 5 will be available to the general public, also for free.

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