Laverne Cox

Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox will deliver a powerful and empowering message about self-acceptance and love during a February address on the Hanover College campus.

Cox’s appearance, “Ain’t I a Woman,” will be held Friday, Feb. 7, as part of the Hanover Enrichment Series. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. [TICKETS]

Cox, who portrays Sophia Burset on the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. She is also the first to appear on the cover of “TIME” magazine.

Projecting a combination of strength and vulnerability during her presentations, Cox moves audiences to respect and appreciate all individuals and advocate for positive change. She conveys an animated reflection on the transgender experience, recollections of growing up in Mobile, Ala., moving to New York City, and finding the courage to step into womanhood. She promotes positive change on a global scale while sharing her views on race, class and gender. She also drives transgender awareness by encouraging others to move beyond gender expectations and embrace all individuals for their unique selves.

General admission tickets are now available online. Seats cost just $20 each for adults, while tickets for students of any age (and any school) are free. [TICKETS]

The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from German American Bank.