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November 6 & 7, 2014
ACE Women's Network Ohio logoACE WNO 16th Annual Statewide Conference
Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape
Sponsor: American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network Ohio
Thursday (preconference), 4:30 pm & Friday 7:30 am - 4 pm
Location: 115 Stillman Hall and Ohio Union
Fee: professionals, $125; graduate students, $50

The Women’s Place has been working with ACE Women’s Network Ohio (WNO) to bring their 16th annual conference to The Ohio State University. WNO’s conference is a professional development opportunity for women faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities.

WNO chose its 2014 theme “Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape” based on college and university leaders’ expectations that the next 10 years will be a revolutionary period in higher education, with rapid and continual change. As a network that functions at the state level, they see their mission as helping women at all points in their careers prepare for the imminent changes in higher education. They seek to support all women in reaching their professional goals.

The conference features:

  • Breakout sessions offering opportunities for deep discussion, skill-building related to professional development and information on current higher education issues and trends
  • Networking with women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across Ohio
  • An all-female Presidential Panel who will describe their leadership journeys
  • Pre-conference (Nov 6): reception and screening of documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power,” followed by conversation with Anita Hill & filmmaker Freida Mock

Conference Agenda:

Thursday, November 6, 2014:

Reception & Registration: 115 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd, 4:30-6:30 pm
Optional Anita Hill Screening: Wexner Center’s Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N High St, Columbus, 7 pm
Optional Dinner on your own: The Wine Bistro, 1750 W Lane Ave, 6-8 pm

Friday, November 7, 2014 (Ohio Union):

Continental Breakfast, Roundtables & Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Welcome: 8:30 am
Presidential Panel: 8:45 - 10:15 am
ACE WNO Awards: 10:15 - 10:45 am
Break: 10:45 - 11 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions I: 11 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch & Plenary: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Break: 1:15 - 1:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions II: 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Closing Plenary: 3 - 3:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Door Prizes: 3:45 - 4 pm

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Portrait of Anita HillNovember 6 & 7, 2014
Anita Hill Documentary and Symposium
Sponsors: Departments of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and History, The Women's Place and many others
Thursday (film), 7 pm & Friday (symposium), 11 am
Location: film, Mershon auditorium; symposium, Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall
Fee: TBA

The film, "Anita," is a critically-acclaimed new feature documentary about the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. A screening of "Anita" at the Wexner Center's Mershon Auditorium will take place on Thursday, November 6, and be followed by a Q&A session with "Anita" filmmaker Freida Mock and Anita Hill herself. The next day, on Friday, November 7, a panel featuring Anita Hill and two or three other key speakers from the Ohio State community will reflect on the legacy of the Hill hearings and on the topics of sexual harassment, sexual assault and reform, historically and today.

The film was just released nationally in March to rave reviews, and the Ohio State University is one of the few universities in the nation to host a screening and panel event with Anita Hill.

Anita Hill is a lawyer and senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. In 1991, she became a national figure when she alleged before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Her testimony focused national attention on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. She has spent the past two decades raising awareness on issues of sexual harassment and encouraging those who have suffered harassment and discrimination to speak out. Until the documentary "Anita," however, Anita Hill had never before told her story on film.


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