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Announcing the 2016-17 campus book selection: ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Plenty of ways for faculty to get involved, incorporate book into fall semester

Wednesday Jul 27, 2016

World Bioethics Day is Oct. 19. View the day's schedule here!

The 2016-17 selection for the “One Book … One Campus … One Community” reading initiative promises to be the source of many engaging discussions surrounding bioethics throughout the academic year.

Check out the official "One Book ... One Campus ... One Community ..." Web Site, your one-stop shop for getting involved.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot, tells a “riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing…” according to the author’s web site.

Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, better known by scientists as HeLa. Lacks’ cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and were used to develop important advances in medicine, such as the development of the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Even though the cells lived on and have been bought and sold by the billions, Lacks remains almost unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

Seeking Faculty Champions

As the academic year gets underway, now is the time for faculty to get behind the effort of involving students in the discussion. Incorporating the book’s themes into the academic curriculum is one of the best ways to guarantee a stimulating and in-depth campus-wide discussion.

The web site already lists a solid lineup of faculty who are championing the book and leading the way in incorporating the book’s themes into their curriculums.

Everything faculty need to know about the book, including classroom resources to help you build your course syllabus, and events planned to stimulate discussion, can be found on the “One Book …” web pages:

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