Friday, March 21, 2008

Ford Hall Forum with Professor Anita Hill

I was fortunate to attend the Ford Hall Forum at the supremely gorgeous Boston Public Library where Anita Hill was presented with the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award. I had an opportunity to hear Professor Hill speak during a private reception before the event. She related the story of the seven congresswomen and senators went door to door on capitol hill to ask that Anita Hill be called to testify during the hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. It was an all too brief talk on a subject that brings a lot of political passion out of people even casually listening in. Professor Hill sat for more than an hour with Professor Charles Ogletree to moderated a Q&A session that was quite spirited.

I had the opportunity to speak with Professor Hill at the reception and asked her to autograph a program for my niece Nicole who was only 2 years old at the time of the hearings, but has grown up in a world where workplace harassment protections are in place (in large part.) Think this generation is grateful? Or knowledgeable? Play 20 questions to find out.

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