Rebecca Skloot Lecture on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


This Wednesday, November 7th from 6PM-8PM at Hill Auditorium, author Rebecca Skloot will lecture on her award-winning book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Her book follows the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a young black woman whose “immortal” cells have been used and exploited by the medical community for decades after being collected from her without consent.

These HeLa cells have been used in a plethora of medical advancements, without any compensation for the family members of Henrietta, despite the fact that vials of HeLa (and HeLa products) can sell from $200 to about $10,000 a vial (CBS News). The work covers a multitude of issues including but not limited to: bioethics, race, gender, and cell patenting.

This event is made possible by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Recruitment . The event is free and open to the public but make sure to register today as there has been a large amount of response for the event! The expected agenda is:

6:00-6:35 : Lecture on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

6:35-7:05 : Q&A

7:15-8:15: Book Signing

For those who cannot attend, the event will be live-streamed. Please visit here for more information.

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