Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks coming to UIS

Book Cover of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
New York Times Bestseller

Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is coming to the University of Illinois Springfield – Sangamon Auditorium this fall.

DATE: Wednesday, November 9th

TIME: 7:00 pm

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium – The University of Illinois Springfield

ADDRESS: One University Plaza, Springfield Illinois 62702

COST: FREE and Open to the Public – tickets will be issued through the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office: Call 217-206-6160 to reserve your ticket! Tickets become available Monday, September 12.

ABOUT THE BOOK: In her bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), Skloot tells the story of a young black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951—and left behind an inexplicably immortal line of cells known as HeLa. Skloot spent more than ten years researching Henrietta Lacks, whose cells—harvested without her knowledge or consent—contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises fascinating questions about race, class, and bioethics in America.

AWARDS AND PRAISE: The book is being made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, is a The New York Times Bestseller, and is the winner of numerous awards including:

The 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland, Prize for Nonfiction

The 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize

The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was featured on over 60 critics’ best of the year lists

The 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook

SPONSORS: The Friends of Brookens Library, Memorial Medical Center, The Illinois Humanities Council, Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)

CONTACT: For more information please contact Janelle Gurnsey: 217-206-8451

2 thoughts on “Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks coming to UIS

  1. How fantastic that UIS is hosting this event. As a 100% online grad student in legal studies, I’m just crestfallen I can’t be there, but what a great opportunity for students of philosophy, public health, medicine and legal studies to address (always) timely issues of ethics, informed consent and institutional human research protocol. You all should shamelessly plug this at the departmental level. I agree, Lola – hope the turnout reflects the importance of Skloot’s work and Lacks’ unintentional gift to us all.

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