The Bender Scholar-In-Residence Lecture

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephen B. Thomas is one of the nation's leading experts on efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. He has served as a governor-appointed member of the Maryland Health Care Commission since 2014. Dr. Thomas’ scholarly work contributed to the 1997 Presidential Apology to Survivors of the Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. More recently, he has focused on how social context shapes the attitudes and behaviors of the communities least served by the health care sector. As the Director for the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, Dr. Thomas has led a number of community-based interventions to address health care disparities. During the pandemic, he has directed the “Shots at the Shop” campaign, which enlists Black-owned barbershops and hair salons to serve as vaccination sites and to help clients make informed COVID-related decisions. The program has been hailed by the Washington Post as a national model and endorsed by the White House. 

About Eileen and Harvey Bender

Dr. Eileen Bender was a professor of English at IU South Bend for 33 years before retiring in May of 2010. She co-founded the statewide Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University, served as its first director, and received many awards for her work at IU South Bend as a teacher and campus leader.

Dr. Harvey Bender was a professor of Biology at the University of Notre Dame for 52 years.  He was founding director of the Regional Genetics Center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and an adjunct professor of Medical Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  

Eileen and Harvey Bender were married in 1956.  They had three children whose generous gift has made possible the Bender Scholar in Residence Lecture.