Monday & Tuesday 9am-7pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm
Location: Room 141 in the
Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building
About Rebecca Skloot, Author of the Book
About The Lacks Family
The Henrietta Lacks Foundation
Videos on The Henrietta Lacks Story
The First-Year Reading Program is designed for first-year students to collectively engage in a common reading that provides a common academic experience for all first-year students, with the purpose of strengthening the academic atmosphere of the institution. The first-year program is a literary initiative that strives to cover a wide range of interests and topics among students, faculty and staff in uniting the campus community by promoting conversation, understanding and development. For fall 2014, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack, by Rebecca Skloot has been chosen as the common reading for the program. All first-year students will be required to read the book during the summer in preparation for the fall semester.
The program's goal is to provide a shared intellectual experience for all first-year students, faculty and staff. The learning outcomes for the program are as follow:
Through CSU 1022: University Foundations and ENGL 1101: English Composition I courses and learning communities, students will engage in a variety of activities connected to Henrietta Lacks.
3:40pm - 4:40pm
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Morehouse School of Medicine
Deadline to register is September 11, 2015
Who was Henrietta Lacks?
She was a black tobacco farmer from southern Virginia who got cervical cancer when she was 30. A doctor at Johns Hopkins took a piece of her tumor without telling her and sent it down the hall to scientists there who had been trying to grow tissues in culture for decades without success. No one knows why, but her cells never died.
Why are her cells so important?
Henrietta’s cells were the first immortal human cells ever grown in culture. They were essential to developing the polio vaccine. They went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. Many scientific landmarks since then have used her cells, including cloning, gene mapping and in vitro fertilization.