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Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Lecture on Ethics and Leadership

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Professor, legal scholar and author Anita Hill delivered the 2023 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Lecture on Ethics and Leadership for the Hobby School of Public Affairs on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion at MD Anderson Library. Hill testified against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 with allegations of workplace sexual harassment, making history by bringing a conversation usually handled behind closed doors into the public consciousness.

The lecture explored Hill’s intrepid testimony, challenging one of the country’s oldest and strongest institutions, its aftermath and the continued fight for racial and gender equality more than 30 years later with the #MeToo movement. As a leading voice on these issues, Hill, now a professor of social policy, law, and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University, also discussed gender-based violence as a cultural and structural problem.

Watch or revisit a recording of the event. The password-protected video will be available for a limited time through Dec. 5 for educational purposes. The case-sensitive password is EDRlecture23.


About the Lecture Series

The Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership at the University of Houston was established in 2004. Elizabeth D. Rockwell believed the university should host important discussions about leadership and ethics for students and the university community. The lecture, held annually, brings nationally prominent speakers to campus to discuss important issues of ethics and leadership.


A Moderated Discussion with Anita Hill and Johanna Luttrell 

Political philosopher Johanna Luttrell, Ph.D., sat down with Anita Hill for a moderated discussion with an intimate group of invited University of Houston students, alumni, leaders and supporters on Oct. 5 before the legal scholar delivered the 2023 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Distinguished Lecture. Watch a recording of the conversation through Dec. 5.