Laverne Cox lecture cancelled

Laverne Cox is no longer coming to give her lecture “Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood” at Macalester on Tuesday, Oct. 13, due to a filming opportunity.
“There was a stipulation in her contract that said that she could cancel if she got the opportunity to do something that advances her career,” Lectures Coordination Board (LCB) member Amy McMeeking ’16 said. “She got an offer to film something, though I’m not sure what, so she cancelled.”

More than 1,000 tickets were distributed for the lecture. Any extra tickets would have been made available to community members.

What will happen instead of or as a replacement for Cox’s event has not yet been decided.

Some possible alternatives to Cox’s lecture that LCB has considered are to “get a new speaker for the fall last minute, have two speakers next semester, or do a really good one next semester. We will just have to see,” McMeeking said.

It is unlikely that Cox would be able to return this spring semester to speak.

“I am sure it would still be a possibility for future years, but I don’t think it would work for the spring. I know [the Lectures Coordination Board] had originally tried to get her for this spring, but it worked better for her in the fall,” McMeeking said.

In a typical academic year there are two large lectures, one during fall and the other during spring.

The process for choosing speakers for both lectures is a combination of student input and logistical considerations such as cost and availability of the desired speakers.

“Last year’s LCB did a survey of the student body, which is how they chose the speakers they brought last year and also why we wanted Laverne Cox to come, since lots of people expressed interest in her,” McMeeking said in an email.