Anita Hill in 1991 when she testified against Clarence Thomas. MCT Campus

When Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas, who at the time was a Supreme Court nominee, of sexual harassment most UNC Charlotte students were still in diapers. Hill testified against Thomas in 1991 and in doing so sparked a national debate on the issues of gender, race and power.

UNC Charlotte’s Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) is sponsoring a talk with the woman who brought to light the issue of workplace sexual harassment. On Thursday March 27, 2012, at 7p.m., Hill will speak in McKnight Hall about the current national debates on race, gender and equality.
Hill gained national attention when during the Congressional confirmation hearings of Thomas to the Supreme Court Hill alleged that he made sexually harassing comments while she worked for him at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to her testimony the topic of workplace sexual harassment had never been discussed and her allegations led to changes in workplace policies concerning harassment.
Hill testified that while she was working as his assistant Thomas made sexual advances towards her and when she refused the harassment started. Thomas would talk about his taste in pornography, his sexual fantasies and physical anatomy. According to the Senate Judiciary Committee records Hill is quoted as saying “He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films involving such matters as women having sex with animals, and films showing group sex or rape scenes. He talked about pornographic materials depicting individuals with large penises or large breasts individuals in various sex acts.”
Thomas was later admitted to the Supreme Court and began delivering consistently conservative justice. Hill’s testimony began the debate not only on the topics of race and gender in the workplace, but also about the abuse of power. The controversy did not end there and years after the hearings doubts were still cast upon both sides of Hill’s allegations. In 2007 Thomas addressed the allegations in his autobiography, and blamed the situation on Hill’s partisan politics. 
Currently Hill is the senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Barndeis University, a private research university near Boston. She remerged in the public eye fall 2011 when she wrote a book called “Reimagining Equality” about issues of race and gender.
Twenty years after the Hill-Thomas hearings tensions around these topics remain questions are again being raised about the reality of race and gender in America.

The event is featured as part of MRC’s Educational Series in combination with the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, Distinguished Speaker’s Forum, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Gender Excellence Learning Community, the English Language Community, UNC Charlotte Learning Community Programs, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, the Department of Africana Studies, Women’s Programs, Feminist Union, Triota Honor Society and the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder why the liberal weenies at UNC didn’t invite the victims of Bill Clinton to speak instead of this sock puppet?

  2. You are comparing apples and oranges.  I watched her testimony at the time, did you?  It has been reported that Justice Thomas rarely says anything from the bench.  He’s unqualified for a lifetime position.  Clinton is long gone as President.

  3. I’m sorry, doesn’ this say “sexual harrassment seminar”?  Clinton had a long history of abusing WOMEN even back to his Arkansas days and yet was elected President therefore “qualfied” by your gutter ethics and then voted in  by you and your ilk and is still a Democrat Operative today.  It’s only apples to oranges because of your sheer hypocrisy.   

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