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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Lacks Faden

The Offices of Institutional Advancement and Undergraduate Education, Division of Student Affairs and Welcome Week Committee would like to thank our guests (l to r) Mr. Ron lacks, Dr. Ruth Faden and David “Sonny” Lacks for an incredible evening of insights on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

by Rebecca Skloot

This years selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has content of interest to students in many majors. It connects directly to the life sciences and provides content for discussions of medical ethics. It is also a story of journalistic research and journalistic ethics. It is a study of history and employs oral history techniques. The emergence of a thriving international business providing cell lines creates an entrepreneurial/business connection. The book presents policy issues that society is still wrestling with.

The book is set in Baltimore and includes local institutions and geography that will be familiar to some students. Nominators, readers on the committee, and others have all described the book as interesting and engaging.

Photo Gallery

Book Discussion
Book Discussion
Dinner Reception
Dinner Reception

 

NSBE Lecture
NSBE Lecture
Book Signing
Book Signing

 

External Editiorials

*Update 8/2013 – A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later – NY Times

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel by Rebecca Skloot – NY Times