SAFER is proud and excited to be a co-sponsor of Hunter College’s day-long conference, Anita Hill 20 Years Later: Sex, Power, and Speaking the Truth. The conference takes place at Hunter on Saturday, October 15 and registration is now open. It’s free for students, and at $20 it’s a pretty good deal for everyone else considering the awesome set of speakers, including Gloria Steinem and Kimberlé Crenshaw. Anita Hill herself will be giving the keynote address, and at night there will be a performance by Eve Ensler.
I was only six when Anita Hill testified in front of Congress about experiencing sexually harassment from her former supervisor and now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. But I feel the ramifications on her choice to speak up on a regular basis, from the focus on workplace harassment in my human resources class, to the organizations and community groups I come across who work to make sexual harassment an key issue in public discourse, to my personal experience as a “woman in the workplace.” I’m excited to have the opportunity to reflect on the last 20 years with such an inspiring group of folks. Check it out this October!
More about the conference below:
Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Hunter College in New York City. The conference will bring together three generations to witness, respond and analyze present day realities in law, politics, the confluence of race, class and gender, the persistent questioning of women’s credibility, issues of black masculinity and current cases of sexual harassment. The conference will also include highlights from First Run Feature’s film about Anita Hill’s testimony, ‘Sex and Justice.’
Anita Hill will be the honoree and keynote speaker, and will be joined by prominent scholars, attorneys, journalists and activists speaking on panels throughout the day. The conference will also feature “Speaking Truth to Power,” a performance curated by Eve Ensler. The performance will include original works written by Edwidge Danticat, Asali Devan, Eve Ensler, Lisa Kron, Lynn Nottage, Mary Oliver, Kevin Powell and Hope Anita Smith.