Cal State San Bernardino and its College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host a program examining the #MeToo movement. “The Rise of Women, #MeToo, and Why it Matters,” will take place Monday, Dec. 3, in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Theater. The event opens with refreshments at 5 p.m., with the program scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Featured speakers are

  • Tiffany Jones, professor of history and chair of the CSUSB Department of History;
  • Kathy Nadeau, professor of anthropology; and
  • Meredith Conroy, associate professor of political science.

 They will discuss how they and their colleagues, and the broader academic community, can inform this cultural movement. Though it gained widespread notice in late 2017 as a social media hashtag to spread awareness of sexual assault and harassment, the genesis of #MeToo was in 2006, when activist Tarana Burke founded the Me Too movement “because she, as someone who experienced sexual assault, wanted to do something to help women and girls — particularly women and girls of color — who had also survived sexual violence,” according to a Washington Post article. In October 2017, in the wake of allegations of years of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, actress Alyssa Milano posted on her Twitter account, “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”