BE­ING EQUAL: ANITA HILL AND BEV­ERLY GUY-SHEF­TALL

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The Women’s In­ter­na­tional Study Cen­ter brings le­gal scholars Anita Hill and Bev­erly Guy-Shef­tall to­gether for “Reimag­in­ing Equal­ity,” an in-depth dis­cus­sion about the con­tem­po­rary state of gen­der equal­ity and civil rights, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the legacy of Ti­tle IX, at 7 p.m. on Sun­day, Sept. 20, at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.). Hill, the Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor of so­cial pol­icy, law, and women’s stud­ies at Bran­deis Univer­sity, be­came the de facto face of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the work­place in 1991 when she tes­ti­fied in front of the United States Se­nate about the be­hav­ior of her for­mer em­ployer at the Equal Op­por­tu­nity Em­ploy­ment Com­mis­sion, Clarence Thomas, who had been nom­i­nated to the Supreme Court and was un­der­go­ing con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings. In the doc­u­men­tary Anita: Speak­ing Truth to Power, it’s re­vealed that many sen­a­tors in­ter­preted her tes­ti­mony as a crim­i­nal chal­lenge and treated her not as a wit­ness they had called but as a po­ten­tial liar with some­thing to gain. Hill’s tes­ti­mony gal­va­nized a gen­er­a­tion of young women who en­tered the work force un­will­ing to ac­cept sex­ual ha­rass­ment as a job re­quire­ment. Her most re­cent book, Reimag­in­ing Equal­ity: Sto­ries of Gen­der, Race, and Find­ing Home (Bea­con Press), ex­plores what it means to achieve the Amer­i­can dream of home own­er­ship, as well as the sym­bolic need for a place to call home, for women and peo­ple of color, in the wake of the hous­ing cri­sis that left many scram­bling to keep a roof over their heads. Guy-Shef­tall is the Anna Ju­lia Cooper Pro­fes­sor of Women’s Stud­ies and the found­ing di­rec­tor of the Women’s Re­search and Re­source Cen­ter at Spel­man Col­lege. Tick­ets to the event are $20 to $50; $100 in­cludes ad­mis­sion to re­cep­tion at 5:30 p.m. and pri­or­ity seat­ing. Call 505-988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

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