The Women's Place Events
November 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) & Friday (symposium), time TBA
Location: film, Mershon auditorium; symposium, 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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