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The voice behind “Orange is the New Black”

Piper Kerman takes a selfie with the audience of the lecture on her book, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” at the Illini Union on Wednesday. Kerman’s boook was adapted into the hit Netflix original series.

December 4, 2014

Some may argue going to prison “destroyed their lives,” but for Piper Kerman, it made her famous. Author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” Kerman visited the University to speak about her book, which was selected as the University of Illinois’ One Book, One Campu...

“Orange is the New Black” actress talks transgender rights

Laverne Cox talks about her life experience as a transgender woman at the Illini Union Ballroom on Tuesday. Laverne Cox also plays a transgender woman on the Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black.”

November 13, 2013

Since third grade, Laverne Cox said she knew she was a girl, not a boy, like her twin brother. The actress and activist, who has a recurring role on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” spoke Tuesday night in an Illini Union ballroom so packed that the room’s partitions were moved away to make ...