University of South Carolina

Anita Hill to speak at USC Thursday, Oct. 20

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Anita Hill will discuss her vision for equality in a talk Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University of South Carolina.

Her USC appearance is the first of three Columbia events to mark the 20th anniversary of her testimony before the U.S. Senate during the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas, who ultimately was confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Hill, a professor of law, public policy and women’s studies at Brandeis University, will deliver the Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture in African American Women’s Studies at 4 p.m. in the School of Law auditorium. Her talk is titled “Finding Home: In Search of a 21st Century Vision of Equality.” It is based on her book, “Reimaging Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home,” set for release by Beacon Press in October.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hill’s testimony during the confirmation hearings for Thomas in October 1991 heightened public awareness of sexual harassment. Every year since the hearings, women in Columbia have gathered for an annual “I Believe Anita Hill” celebration and events to discuss sexual harassment.

In Columbia, Hill will attend the local “I Believe Anita Hill” celebration, which will take place from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at 701 Whaley St. The event also is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

On Friday, Oct. 21, Hill will deliver the keynote address at a conference hosted by the S.C. Women Lawyers Association. The “Women Lawyers & Leadership Conference” will take place at the Columbia Marriott on Main St. Hill’s address is titled “Looking back 30 Years at Advancements of Women in the Legal Profession.” This event is open to lawyers and members of the public but is fee-based. People interested in attending the conference can register online at

Hill teaches courses on race and the law and gender equality in the Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is a graduate of the Yale Law School and was the attorney-advisor to Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education. Her biography, “Speaking Truth to Power” is her personal account of the Thomas hearings.

The Freeman lecture was established in 1993 in memory of Adrenée Glover Freeman, a Columbia lawyer who was active in civic affairs and served on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and its Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the African American Studies Program and the School of Law.

For more information on the Freeman lecture, call 803-777-4007 or visit the website:

For more information about the Anita Hill Party, contact Clare Morris at 800-417-6571 or via e-mail at For information about Hill’s keynote at the S.C. Women Lawyers conference, contact Cynthia Ouzts at 803-503-2366 or via email at


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Posted: 09/12/11 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 10/19/11 @ 8:38 PM | Permalink