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Anita F. Hill to Receive 2014 Sackler Center First Award at Brooklyn Museum, 6/5

Anita F. Hill to Receive 2014 Sackler Center First Award at Brooklyn Museum, 6/5

The 2014 Sackler Center First Award honors Anita F. Hill for Speaking Truth to Power. The awards ceremony takes place at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This annual award celebrates women who have broken gender barriers and made remarkable contributions in their fields, and will be presented to Hill by Museum Trustee Elizabeth A. Sackler and Gloria Steinem, with First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, Honorary Chair of the event.

The evening includes a private cocktail reception followed by the award presentation and a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary ANITA (2013),directed by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock. The film, spanning more than twenty years, begins with Anita Hill's testimony during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court, where she recounted the sexual harassment she experienced from him while working as his assistant. It follows Hill into the present focusing on her ongoing work as an attorney, academic, and advocate for the rights of women and girls. Hill's charges against Thomas brought the common reality of workplace sexual harassment into the national dialogue for the first time, creating a conversation about sex, race, and politics that remains relevant today.

Tickets at $200 include the cocktail reception, film screening, and award presentation; tickets at $20 include the film screening and award presentation only. To purchase, email firstawards@brooklynmuseum.org or call (718) 501-6423. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and the Brooklyn-based group Girls for Gender Equity.

Anita F. Hill received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980 and began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C., where she also worked at the U.S. Education Department and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, she became the first tenured African American at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Currently, she is a Senior Adviser to the Provost and Professor of Law, Public Policy, and Women's Studies at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on gender, race, social policy, and legal history. She is also counsel for the law firm Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll in Washington, D.C., where she advises on class action workplace and discrimination cases.


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