Center on Race and Social Problems

Dean Davis on upcoming panel about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

March 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Humanities Center, 602 Cathedral of Learning

Join us for a panel discussion on the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, featuring Larry Davis (Dean of the School of Social Work and Director of CRSP), Lisa Parker (Director of the Center for Health Law and Bioethics), and Elizabeth Pitts (Assistant Professor of English).

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
This event is in partnership with CCAC’s “One Community Reads” Program and with the Medical Humanities Mondays series. Reception to follow.