Janet is most commonly invited to keynote campus events for Pride Week, Black History Month, Coming Out Day, Women’s History Month and Trans Awareness Week or Trans Day of Remembrance.
Janet speaks about the power of storytelling in media and popular culture, the history of trans women in feminist, LGBT and social justice movements, and the importance of visibility and voice.
Dynamically personal, Janet prefers to share the stage in conversation with other scholars, cultural critics and students who’ve engaged with her work.
Janet Mock has traveled the country addressing audiences from Yale and Stanford to Wellesley and Smith. She’s shared the stage with bell hooks! She’s preached the gospel of Beyonce! She’s delivered commencement addresses at Columbia, USC and Pitzer College!
Through her presentations, Q&As, and conversation series, Janet describes the personal, the political and the professional regarding her experiences as one of America’s most visible and influential trans women. Her work as a writer, TV host, media professional, cultural critic and feminist storyteller enables her to accessibly contextualize her experiences as a young trans woman of color for initiated and uninitiated audiences.
Janet speaks about the power of storytelling in literature and popular culture, the history of trans women leaders in feminist, LGBT and social justice movements, and the personal-political dynamics of visibility and voice. Though she much prefers to share the stage in conversation with other scholars and cultural critics, she’s also available to deliver keynotes and commencement addresses — and is highly sought-after due to the success of her memoirs, Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty, books that have been widely adopted as course material for gender, women and queer studies as well as African-American literature courses across campuses. Redefining Realness has also been chosen as campus-wide reads, including UC Davis’s 2017-2018 Community Book Project.