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The 2012 Stanton/Anthony Conversations and Luncheon

Friday, October 12, 2012
12 noon – Luncheon ($45 per person/$20 per student)
1:30 – 3:00 pm - Conversations (free and open to the public.)

Attendance at the 12 noon Luncheon is $45 per person/$20 per student and open to the public. Luncheon reservation required. The Conversations, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., are free and open to the public.

Keynote Address
Dr. Deborah Richter
Deborah Richter

Dr. Deborah Richter practices primary care  and addiction medicine in Vermont. She is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Her extensive speaking engagements include addresses to community and church groups, Rotary Clubs and other business groups, medical student and physician groups about the need for and merits of a universal health care system. Dr. Richter serves as president of Vermont Health Care for All, an organization that educates the Vermont community about the structure and features of universal health care systems. She received a 2-year fellowship from the Open Society Institute, which allowed her to educate employers about the benefits to them of a universal health care system.

She has  co-authored 2 books  with former Health and Human Services Secretary Cornelius Hogan and journalist Terry Doran: The most recent "Gridlock: The Unhealthy Politics of Health Care in Vermont,” and in 2005, “At the Crossroads: The Future of Health Care in Vermont.”

Dr. Richter’s work was featured in a story in the New York Times in May 2011 and she was honored as one of Yes Magazine’s  “Fifteen Extraordinary People Transforming the Way We Live” issue.

She lives with her husband in Montpelier, Vermont.

Panelists Include:

Sandra Fluke

Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy. In February, 2012, she testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide access to contraception. She has since spoken about this and other issues of concern to women and young people across news outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, and CBS television.

Sandra recently graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies.  She was awarded the 2012 National Association of Women Lawyers Award and a Dean’s Certificate, and was recognized for her extensive pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. During law school, she also engaged in human rights advocacy in Kenya.

Prior to attending Georgetown, Sandra created and led the Program Evaluation Initiative for Sanctuary for Families in New York City, ensuring high quality services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also served on the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied for legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection.

In 2003, Sandra received a BS from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her fiancé, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President.

Chuck Phelps

Charles E. Phelps came to the University of Rochester in 1984 as a professor and director of the Public Policy Analysis Program, a graduate program offered by the Department of Political Science, in conjunction with the Department of Economics. In 1989 he became chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. He became Provost in July 1, 1994 and served until July 31, 2007. As Provost, he was responsible for overseeing the academic activity of the University, including teaching, research, and supporting services (e.g., libraries, information technology, and technology transfer) in each of the University's six schools. He currently holds the titles of University Professor and Provost Emeritus.

Phelps has achieved national and international recognition for his scholarly research. In 1991 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and to the National Bureau for Economic Research.  He served for six years on the Report Review Committee of the National Academies. His textbook, Health Economics, is now entering its fifth edition (Addison Wesley Pearson) and has been translated into French, Chinese, and Arabic.  Click here to learn more.

Phelps was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (academic year 2008-2009). 

Provost Emeritus Phelps participated from 1997-2007 in the Association of American Universities’ Committee on Digital Technology and Intellectual Property Rights, and was an active participant in the AAU's work in areas involving related topics. He testified before Congress in June 1998 on issues pertaining to the implementation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty and has spoken on related matters in conferences on these issues sponsored by, among others, the Department of Commerce. He also testified in July, 2005, on Patent Reform for the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.

Provost Emeritus Phelps earned his baccalaureate degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California. He then earned both an M.B.A. in hospital administration and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Rochester, Phelps worked at the RAND Corporation from 1971 through 1984.

Phelps served from 1998–2006 on the Board of Trustees for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in Washington, DC, the last two years as Chair. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago, IL, until May, 2010 and is currently on the Board of Directors of VirtualScopics, Inc., a diagnostic imaging technology company located in Rochester, NY.  He also serves as an advisor to CVT, a pharmaceutical company in Palo Alto, CA.

Phelps is married to Dale L. Phelps, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University.  Provost Emeritus Phelps has retired to Mendocino County in Northern California, where he writes and consults regularly.

Theodore Brown

Theodore M. Brown is Professor of History and of Community and Preventive Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester. His research falls into several areas: the history of U.S. and international public health; the history of U.S. health policy and politics; and the history of psychosomatic medicine, “stress” research, and biopsychosocial approaches to clinical practice. He is a Contributing Editor (History) of the American Journal of Public Health and Editor of Rochester Studies in Medical History, a book series of the University of Rochester Press. He co-edited and substantially co-authored Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and, with Anne-Emanuelle Birn, recently completed an edited collection of essays, Comrades in Health: American Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home, which will be published in 2013 by Rutgers University Press. He is also a co-author of The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History, a history of health reform in the United States as seen in political cartoons, which is to be published by the American Public Health Association later this fall, 2012.


Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., M.S. is Professor of Medicine and of Community and Preventive Medicine, the Director of the Center for Community Health and Associate Vice President at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Bennett has directed numerous studies and community interventions funded by the CDC, NYSDOH and national and regional foundations related to the prevention of communicable and chronic disease. 

She is the principal investigator for the Rochester Emerging Infections Program (CDC) and the Director of the Community Engagement core of the NIH funded Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Healthy Living Research Center, also funded by the NIH. 

Dr. Bennett is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and did her residency and Chief Residency at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. During her fellowship in general medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, she earned a Masters Degree in Epidemiology. She was an Assistant Professor of Medicine, a Mellon Fellow in Epidemiology, and taught in the School of Public Health at Columbia University before moving to Rochester. She served for 17 years as the Deputy Director of the Monroe County Department of Public Health, is an author of more than 65 peer reviewed articles, and serves on a variety of local and national advisory boards.