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ANITA HILL at UCSC: “Speaking Truth to Power: Gender and Racial Equality – 1991-2015"

February 26, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  |  College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room


UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies is pleased to bring Anita Hill to UC Santa Cruz for a candid dialogue regarding resistance to individual civil rights, campus sexual assault debates, why black lives matter, and challenges to equality in ‘post-identity’ America. After the talk Anita Hill will be signing copies of her book, “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding a Home” (book signing hosted by Bookshop Santa Cruz). There will also be a public screening of the film “Anita! Speaking Truth to Power” at the Nickelodeon Theater in Santa Cruz and a campus film screening with a panel on campus sexual harassment issues.

5:30pm Doors Open | 6pm Program | 7:30pm Book signing
Free and open to the public. Limited seating is first-come first-serve (no tickets).

$4 parking and shuttles available at Core West Parking Structure.
Overflow simulcast in Humanities Lecture Hall Living Writers Series.

Talk Description:

In 1991, Judge Clarence Thomas’ Senate Confirmation hearing sparked nation-wide conversations regarding gender representation, sexual harassment, and race. Anita Hill testified about Thomas’ inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace when he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education and Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her testimony before a television audience of 22 million put the issues of sexual harassment on the national agenda. In her lecture, she will explore the impact of the hearing, including the legal developments, and related issues of credibility, consent, agency, and the interplay of culture, race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Public Film Screenings:

“Anita! Speaking Truth to Power” (77 min. Documentary by Director Freida Mock) will be shown at the Nickelodeon Theater on:
Sunday, Feb 22 @ 11am
Monday, Feb 23 @ 7pm

Campus Film Screening:

“Anita! Speaking Truth to Power” documentary will be shown in the Humanities Lecture Hall with a panel and Q&A on campus sexual harassment, gender and race.
Panel: Professors Eileen Zurbriggen (Psychology) and Sylvanna Falcon (LALS) and Tracey Tsugawa (UCSC Title IX Officer). Everyone is welcome to attend.
Tuesday, Feb 24 @ 7:30pm

About Anita Hill:

anita hill photoSenior Advisor to the Provost, Brandeis University
Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies
Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management
Of Counsel at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll

Anita Hill was thrust into the public spotlight in 1991 when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. After, the hearings Ms. Hill began speaking to audiences worldwide about how to build on the great strides of women’s and civil rights struggles. She presents concrete proposals that encourage us to extend our vision of equality to include more than legal rights. Her goal is to encourage creative, equitable and positive resolution of race, gender and class issues.


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Co-Sponsors: UC Presidential Chair in Feminist Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Office of the Dean of Students, Humanities Division, Social Sciences Division, Arts Division, and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


For information and disability accommodations, please contact or 831-459-5655.

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February 26, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room
College Ten, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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