Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University, will be speaking tomorrow, Monday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Rosse (and again Tuesday, Feb. 17 at Common Hour in Peirce Lounge). She previously worked at the U.S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Hill is an extraordinary woman – one Kenyon is lucky to bring in – because she fought against sexual harassment years before society acknowledged how prevalent and intolerable it is.
As an attorney at the U.S. Education Department and the EEOC, she worked under current Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In 1991, when President Bush nominated Thomas for the bench, Hill testified against Thomas at his confirmation hearing. Speaking to a skeptical, hostile audience, Hill accused him of sexual harassment, which led to a series of frenzied investigations.
Thomas was ultimately confirmed with an incredibly close 52-48 vote.
In addition to Hill’s speech tomorrow, the documentary Speaking Truth to Power will be shown in Rosse on Thursday, February 19 at at 5 p.m. and focuses on the process behind Thomas’ confirmation hearings.