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2019 Community Read: The Immortal Live of Henrietta Lacks

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Kochoff B and C
University Center (UC)

Join us for a discussion about the ethics, issues and themes of this year's Community Read!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remained virtually unknown for years.


There will be a cross-disciplinary panel discussion with panelists:

  • H. LUKE SCHAEFER, Professor of Social Work and Public Policy and the Director of Poverty Solutions at UM-Ann Arbor; author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.
  • TERRI LAWS, Assistant Professor of both African and African American and Religious Studies. 
  • NATALIE SAMPSON, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Services.
  • CINDY GAMBOA, UM-Dearborn alumna and community organizer and advocacy director for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

For more information, visit the Community Read webpage.

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The Faculty Senate First Year Experience Committee and the Office of Student Life


Prof. Margaret Willard-Traub

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