Immediate: February 9, 2016
Garden City, NY – Anita Hill will speak at Nassau Community College on Tuesday, March 8, about Reimagining Equality. Her presentation — part of the College's Sexual Harassment Awareness Days and Women's History Month events — will take place at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the College Center Building. Hill will speak about her experiences when she testified at Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas' 1991 Senate confirmation hearing, where she divulged that she had accused him of sexual harassment years before while working as his assistant at the U.S. Department of Education. Thomas was confirmed and still serves on the court today. Hill raised awareness nationwide on the issue of sexual harassment. In part due to the event, Congress passed a law that allowed sexual harassment victims to seek damage awards as well as back pay and reinstatement. (download hi res photo)
Anita Hill is currently Senior Advisor to the Provost at Brandeis University and Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women's Studies at the Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management. She is the author of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home and the autobiography Speaking Truth to Power.
"Anita Hill's testimony at the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas happened only 25 years ago. However, most college-age students weren't born yet and don't know about this important piece of history," said Dr. Diana Milillo-Portugal, Chair of NCC's Sexual Harassment Awareness Days. "The reality is that sexual harassment in the workplace and in schools is still as prevalent today as it was 25 years ago."
Anita Hill's commentary has been published in Time, Newsweek and The New York Times. She has appeared on many national television programs including Good Morning America, Meet the Press and The Today Show. Hill is on the Board of Directors of Tufts Medical Center, the National Women's Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
Reimagining Equality — sponsored by NCC's Women's History Month committee and the Sexual Harassment Awareness Days committee — is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information about the program, please call 516.572.7458 or 516.572.7082.
About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 20,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.