The Bender Scholar-In-Residence Lecture

Poetry and Civil Rights:

A Public interview and Q&A with Rita Dove

Friday, September 21, 2018 from 6-7pm
Civil Rights Heritage Center
(1040 W. Washington St. South Bend, IN 46601)
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Student Q&A

Meet Rita Dove and ask her about her life, literary works, or writing process 
Friday, September 21 from 4-5pm
3rd Floor Wiekamp Bridge

Drinks and snacks will be provided

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About the Speaker

The Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Rita Dove is one of the most important literary voices of our time.  Her work includes ten books of poetry, a novel, a play, and a song series, as well as collections of short stories and essays. She is the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (Thomas and Beulah,1986) and the first African American to hold the title of Poet Laureate of the United States. She has held numerous other positions of distinction, including the Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets and the Poet Laureate of Virginia. Her many honors include the National Humanities Medal from President Bill Clinton (1996), the Commonwealth Award of Distinguished Service (2006), the National Medal of Arts from President Barak Obama (2011) and the NAACP Image Award (2016).

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.