The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH CONVERSATION: Diversity Book Discussion
Our first selection is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This book raises questions around ethics in research, ownership of scientific discoveries and patient rights.
Join us as we create a dialogue about diversity that will explore the convergence and divergence of the complex elements around diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, poverty, language, environmental factors, education, and ability.
***Please come prepared to share a passage from the book that means something to you in an emotional, scientific, ethical or other way that is truly striking.
You can purchase a copy of the book in the University Bookstore located in Thwing Center
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. The author takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells.
"These cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in-vitro fertilization, and more. “ –Rebecca Skloot
All sessions will be held in Adelbert Hall’s Toepfer Room from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch.
|Part I: Life||5/25/2011||To Register: Click Here|
|Part II: Death||6/29/2011||To Register: Click Here|
|Part III: Immortality||7/27/2011||To Register: Click Here|