LIVESTREAM TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE. Register now for tickets to the livestream. U-M CEW brings celebrated and award-winning transgender actress, producer & equal rights advocate Laverne Cox to Rackham Auditorium on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m. In Ms. Cox’s lecture, titled Ain't I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood, she will be sharing her experiences as a trans woman of color, and her work as an international advocate for human rights and gender equality. This lecture serves as the capstone event to the 2017 CEW Spectrum of Advocacy & Activism Symposium being held earlier in the day. Laverne Cox auditorium tickets are now SOLD OUT. However, because the lecture cannot be recorded, we are live-streaming it to the Rackham Amphitheatre and the Michigan League Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public, however, tickets to the overflow rooms are required. Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer and the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. As the 2017 Mullin Welch guest lecturer, Laverne will be sharing her experiences as a trans woman of color, and her work as an international advocate for human rights and gender equality. As "Sophia Burset," an incarcerated African American transgender woman on “Orange is the New Black,” Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Along with several acting awards, Laverne was notably the first trans woman to appear on the cover of TIME magazine. An accomplished producer and celebrated equal rights advocate, she continues to drive positive change on a global scale as she shares her views on race, class, and gender with audiences through a range of platforms. Laverne projects a combination of strength and vulnerability in her presentations while delivering an animated reflection on the transgender experience. Her recollections of growing up in Mobile, Ala., moving to New York City, and finding the courage to step into womanhood illustrate the unique challenges faced by the transgender community. With a powerful and empowering message about self-acceptance and love, Laverne moves audiences to respect and appreciate all individuals and advocate for positive change.