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Reimagining Equality

Monday, February 27, 2012
6:30 PM
Event Oval, The Diana Center
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The Helen Rodgers Reid Lecture sponsored by The Barnard Center for Research on Women.

For the entirety of her career, Anita Hill has been committed to securing justice and equality. Over twenty years ago she ignited a national discussion on sexual harassment with her testimony at the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, and she has continued to broaden the conversation around race, class, and gender through her publications and teaching. This spring, we are pleased to bring Professor Hill to Barnard as the 2012 Helen Rodgers Reid Lecturer, a series that was inaugurated in 1975 to honor distinguished women in public life who have shown significant commitment to improving the lives of all women. Professor Hill will share her most recent work, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home.

Exploring cultural ideas and ideals about the home as a site of social and economic security, she will discuss how our definition of the American Dream is tied up in the concept of “home,” and what this means in our current climate of mortgage foreclosures and an ever-widening income gap. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Anita Hill is Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University. Professor Hill raised awareness nationwide on the issue of sexual harassment. Thanks to her efforts, Congress passed a law that allowed sexual harassment victims to seek damage awards as well as back pay and reinstatement. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980 and began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U.S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Professor Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. Her latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home. She has also written her biography,Speaking Truth to Power and co-edited with Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, Race, Gender and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings.

This event is free of charge, but registration required to attend. Registration for this event is full. Click here to join the waitlist.

Feb. 27, 2012 - 6:30PM