Pop Up - What Have We Learned from Anita Hill?

Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 2135

Event Contact: 

Joanne Nowak, Blum Center Academic Coordinator (joanne.nowak@ucsb.edu)

Anita Hill -- women’s rights icon and attorney -- shone a spotlight on sexual harassment and accountability in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas. Decades later, Hill’s experience resonates in the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. On February 19th, Anita Hill will speak at an Arts & Lectures event on speaking your truth and making a difference.
In preparation for this public lecture, the Blum Center is hosting a Pop-Up Discussion on February 19th from 1-2:30PM featuring Amoni Thompson-Jones and Megan Spencer, two doctoral students in Feminist Studies. This Pop Up will examine the parallels and differences in the way the media portrayed Anita Hill’s trial in 1991 and Dr. Ford’s trial in 2018, the limitations of race-only and gender-only frameworks, as well as the effects of these events on related social movements (e.g., the #MeToo movement), and their ability to foster an inclusive democracy.
Join us for this discussion Wednesday, February 19th from 1-2:30PM in 2135 SSMS. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP with Joanne Nowak (joanne.nowak@ucsb.edu), Blum Center Academic Coordinator, by February 18th.