The Power of Social Discourse and the Complexity of the #MeToo Movement
New York social justice activist Tarana Burke, originator of the “MeToo” movement, and journalist Ronan Farrow, who helped break the story exposing multiple accusations of assault and harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will share their perspectives on their work and the movement as features of the seventh Presidential Speaker Series:
The wave of reported incidents of sexual assault and misconduct that followed the Harvey Weinstein exposé – involving entertainment personalities, politicians, educators, and others – has brought renewed attention and awareness to the widespread nature of this behavior. The movement has demonstrated that sexual assault and harassment persist despite the life-changing effect that sexual assault and harassment have on individuals, and despite systematic efforts to raise awareness, educate and alter behavior across many environments.
"This contemporary issue affects all of us. This event provides an opportunity to engage with leaders at the forefront of this social justice movement, to better understand the phenomenon of sexual abuse, and to more deeply appreciate the profound cultural change the #MeToo movement represents," President Thayne M. McCulloh said.