In Search of a 21st Century Vision of Equality

2011–2012 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture
Anita Hill

Anita Hill, who became nationally known during Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings, is a professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University. In her new book, Reimagining Equality, she examines how “home” has figured in the imagination of individuals committed to gender and racial equality in the United States. She feels that, in the present economic situation, the inclusive democracy promised in the US Constitution is at stake, and she aims to broaden our thinking about home and to reimagine equality for the future.

After receiving her JD from Yale Law School in 1980, Hill worked as the attorney-advisor to Clarence Thomas at the US Department of Education. In 1991, she testified at the Senate confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas. She gained national exposure when her allegations of sexual harassment were made public. She is the author of Speaking Truth to Power, in which she wrote about her experience as a witness in the Thomas hearings. Hill has written widely on issues of race and gender in publications such as the Boston GlobeCritical Race Feminism, Newsweek, the New York Times, and others. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, Face the NationMeet the Press, and Today.

Alumna and former Radcliffe College trustee Maurine Pupkin Rothschild ’40, who died in 2004, and her husband Robert Rothschild ’39 established the annual Rothschild Lecture at the Schlesinger Library in 1989. Distinguished speakers in the series have included Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, Julio Frenk, Linda Greenhouse, Samantha Power, Adrienne Rich, Amartya Sen, Reva Siegel, and Maxine Singer.

This event is free and open to the public.