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Mar. 20, 1998

Anita Hill to visit campus April 6

by Anne Dolan

Former University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill will give a public lecture in the Memorial Union Sun Room at 8 p.m. Monday, April 6. Her talk is titled "Speaking Truth to Power," also the name of the book she published in October.

Hill is coming to campus at the invitation of her friend and former colleague Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Hill is a guest and featured speaker at the center's Strong-Minded Women reception, dinner and awards ceremony earlier in the evening.

Hill perhaps is best known for her testimony during the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in October 1991. She testified that Thomas sexually harassed her while she worked for him as special counsel in the early 1980s in Washington, D.C. Speaking Truth to Power chronicles the senate hearing and its effect on her life.

Hill taught law at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., from 1983 to 1986, and at the University of Oklahoma from 1986 to January 1997. She still lives in Norman, Okla. This fall, she will serve as visiting professor in women's studies at Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.

Since 1991, Hill has lectured nationally and internationally on civil rights, human rights and sexual harassment. She has published in numerous law journals, news magazines and newspapers. Her first book, Race, Gender and Power in America -- The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings, was published in 1995.

Tickets to the Catt center's dinner and awards ceremony are $20. Tickets to the reception, dinner and ceremony are $25. Seating for both events is limited and reservations are requested by April 1. Contact the center, 4-3181.

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