On October 10, 2018, more than 1,100 members of the Penn and Philadelphia community joined the Alice Paul Center at Irvine Auditorium for a timely and riveting conversation between Anita Hill and Kimberlé Crenshaw. Moderated by Dorothy Roberts, the event brought together three of the most distinguished gender, race and legal scholars to discuss the historical context for and current movements against sexual harassment just days after Christine Blasey Ford's courageous testimony at the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh and his subsequent confirmation to the Supreme Court. Reflecting a perverse déjà vu, the Alice Paul Center event was Anita Hill’s first public remarks after the Kavanaugh confirmation twenty-eight years after the Center hosted Dr. Hill in her first public talk after the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings.
In this excerpt from the evening, Anita Hill responses to the question: So far it appears that academia has been largely untouched by the #MeToo Movement. Why is it so hard to break open sexual harassment at the university and do you have any suggestions for strategies for breaking it open?