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Debating HBO's dramatic portrayal of Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill in 'Confirmation'




(L-R) Kerry Washington and professor of law at Brandeis University, Anita Hill pose during TimesTalks Presents: Kerry Washington And Anita Hill
(L-R) Kerry Washington and professor of law at Brandeis University, Anita Hill pose during TimesTalks Presents: Kerry Washington And Anita Hill "Confirmation."
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A timely new HBO film dramatizes the controversial 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for now Justice Clarence Thomas that exposed sexual harassment charges by his former assistant, then Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill.

While "Confirmation" brings to mind today's highly politicized Supreme Court fight over Merrick Garland, the film is more about sexual harassment in the workplace, the specific hearings with Thomas and Hill, and Washington machinations at the time.

What do you remember about the hearings? If you were not plugged in at the time, are you aware of the influence? What are your thoughts on the film?

Guests:

Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women's Law Center; Goss Graves currently serves on the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace

Mark Paoletta, Former assistant counsel for then President George H. W. Bush