Janet Mock: Trailblazing Truth Teller
Bestselling Author, TV Host, Advocate, and Transgender Activist
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Texas State is delighted to welcome acclaimed best-selling author, TV host, advocate and transgender activist, Janet Mock, to our campus on April 5, 2017, in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater from 7:00 - 8:00pm.
Ms. Mock will be visiting Texas State to discuss topics addressed in her upcoming book, Surpassing Certainty, as well as signing copies of her previous work for all of her fans.
“Our approach to freedom need not be identical but it must be intersectional and inclusive. It must extend beyond ourselves.” - Janet Mock, January 21, 2017
Ms. Mock’s memoir, Redefining Realness, debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014.
Her second book, Surpassing Certainty, a memoir about her twenties, will be released on June 13th, 2017 with Atria Books.
She is a sought-after speaker, an advocate for trans women’s rights, and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women.
A millennial media powerhouse, Janet began her career at People.com (People magazine’s website), where she worked for five years. She has since worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine, and a host for MSNBC, where she helmed the groundbreaking series — “So POPular!”— interviewing Lena Dunham, Salma Hayek, Issa Rae, and Amber Rose. She also hosted the Global Citizen Festival (2015) and will executive-produce and front the 2017 MSNBC original series, “Beyond My Body.”
Janet also produced, conducted all interviews and introduced the HBO documentary, The Trans List, with photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
Born in Hawaii, Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 Marie Claire article. Since then she has become one of the most influential trans women and millennial leaders in media. TIME called her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.”
When she released Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More in February 2014, feminist critic bell hooks called Janet’s memoir, “A lifemap for transformation,” while Melissa Harris-Perry said “Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity.” The book earned praise from Oprah Winfrey who interviewed her for “Super Soul Sunday.”