UCSB Reads "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been chosen for this year’s UCSB Reads event.  Skloot’s book focuses on ethical issues related to the provenance and widespread use of the HeLa cell line.  This cell line plays a key role in modern medicine, and was cultured from cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks.  The theme of this year’s event, Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity, will be examined in conversations about the book with UCSB faculty to be held at UCSB and throughout the community.   Rebecca Skloot will give a talk on campus on April 11, 2011.

Get a free copy of the book!
Beginning at noon on January 6th, more than 2,000 copies of the book will be available to UCSB students free of charge at the Davidson Library.  Visit the library’s website for more information about UCSB Reads and associated events

CNS is a sponsor of this event.