Lawyer and Activist Anita Hill to Speak at Cal State San Bernardino

Attention all women who are interested in a dialog on sexual harassment in the workplace! Attorney and activist Anita Hill will present a lecture at Cal State San Bernardino from noon to  1p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. The lecture is free and open to the public and it will be held at the Cal State University Santo Manuel Student Union Events Center.   Hill, attorney and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, will discuss the events that led her to testify at Thomas’s Senate confirmation hearings and her ordeal during those hearings.

Her testimony changed and empowered women everywhere to speak out about gender discrimination in the workplace. Shortly after the Thomas confirmation hearings, Congress passed a law that gave harassment victims the right to seek federal damage awards, back pay and reinstatement.

Hill received her juris doctorate from Yale Law University in 1980 and she was the first tenured African-American professor at the University of Oklahoma in 1989. She is a passionate activist who strives toward the positive result of race, gender and class issues.

In 1995, Hill co-edited “Race, Gender and Power in America: the Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings,” with Emma Coleman Jordan. In 1997 she published her autobiography, “Speaking Truth to Power,” in which she chronicled her role in the Thomas confirmation controversy. The book will be available for $16 during the book signing. The book is currently available at the university’s Coyote Bookstore at the same price.

In 2008, Hill was recognized by the Ford Hall Forum with the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award. In 2005, she was selected as a Fletcher Foundation Fellow. Hill was also the subject of the 2013 documentary film, “Anita” by director Frieda Lee Mock, which depicted her accounts during the Clarence Thomas scandal.

For more information on the Anita Hill lecture, contact the CSUSB Women’s Resource Center at (909) 537-7715 or visit the Women’s Resource Center website at: http://studentunion.csusb.edu/departments/wrc.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 or visit news.csusb.edu.

 

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