Ohio University

Anita Hill to speak on sexual harassment, #MeToo movement as part of Kennedy Lecture Series

OHIO will be hosting women’s rights icon Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University. Hill is set to speak on April 1 as a part of the Kennedy Lecture Series, which works to bring voices to campus to discuss a wide range of important issues. 

The Kennedy Lecture Series began in 1962 thanks to a generous donation from OHIO alumni Edwin L. and Ruth Kennedy. Hill is the final speaker for the series for the 2018-19 Academic Year. Her lecture, "From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," will discuss efforts to combat sexual harassment in the work environment. 

Hill drew national attention during the 1991 confirmation hearing of current United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, where she testified that the justice had sexually harassed her. Hill has also authored a number of books, including “Speaking Truth to Power” and “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home,” discussing both her own experience as well that of other African American women throughout U.S. history 

“Anita Hill's visit to Ohio University's campus is incredibly timely,” said Associate Director of Event Management Liz Pahl. “The worldwide #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual violence has become a major topic of public conversation. Hill's talk demonstrates the very mission of Kennedy Lecture Series: for speakers to come to Ohio University and discuss significant issues affecting our lives.”

Pahl also expressed the Kennedy Lecture Series committee’s hope that Hill’s lecture will provide guidance and education in helping to combat sexual misconduct to an audience who may soon enter many different parts of the working sector. “This is a topic that has the potential to affect many, and it is incredibly important in creating a safe work environment for all.”

The event will be held Monday, April 1, at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are not required and doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m.