Lacks Family Panel
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Walt and Myrtle Powers Reading Room
ABOUT THE EVENT
Please join us for a luncheon with members of Henrietta Lacks’ family (Victoria Baptiste–great granddaughter and Alfred Carter, Jr–grandson). The event includes a presentation by family members and a moderated panel discussion (Dr. Scott Finnie, Africana Studies and Leah Nemeth, Black Student Union). You may bring your own book or buy one at the luncheon for the signing. The book is the EWU 2016-17 Common Read.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Winner of multiple awards and now a television film from HBO starring Oprah Winfrey, science writer Rebecca Skloot’s first book spent 75 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Skloot’s investigations uncover the story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” line of cells (“HeLa”) harvested without her knowledge before she died of cancer in 1951. The book showcases riveting science writing, ethical issues of race and class, and moving stories of Henrietta Lacks’