Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Please join Barry University’s Mission Integration Council (MIC) for a brown bag lunch discussion on the university’s 2012-2013 common reader, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” These facilitated conversations will offer an opportunity for various experiences, reactions, and perspectives to be exchanged and discussed in preparation for the College of Arts & Sciences October Mini-Conference on Power and Ethics and the Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecturer in November.

Book discussion group dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Tuesday, Oct. 23

*All discussions will take place from 12 – 1 p.m. in Landon 302

Please RSVP with the sessions that you would like to attend to  The first five people to RSVP will receive a FREE copy of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by journalist and educator Rebecca Skloot, is an award-winning book that tells the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks’ life, illness and death. While receiving medical treatment in 1951, samples of Mrs. Lacks’ cells were removed from her body without her permission. Hers were the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture and they were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncover secrets of cancer, viruses, and the effects of the atom bomb; help lead to important advances in cloning, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. She did not survive her illness but her cells lived on and have become the centerpiece for modern medical research.

For more information about the mini-conference, common reader and how it is going to be integrated during this academic year please visit the General Education Curriculum Committee’s website at:

Books can be purchased at the Barry University bookstore.

Sponsored by: College of Arts and Sciences, Mission Integration Council, & Office of Mission Engagement