Bioethical Issues: A Presentation by the Henrietta Lacks Family
Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, Indiana University Northwest and its surrounding community are exploring the themes of its chosen book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot.
Named a best book of the year by more than 60 media outlets, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells a “riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing…” according to the author’s website.
Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, better known by scientists as HeLa. Lacks’ cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and were sued to develop important advances in medicine, such as the development of the polio vaccine, closing, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Even though the cells lived on and have been bought and sold by the billions, Lacks remains almost unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.
The campus and community is invited to the program's signature event on Wednesday, March 22. The schedule:
1 p.m., Lacks family to speak
2 p.m., Winner of Student Essay Contest announced; 2017-18 reading selection announced.
2:15 p.m. Book signing and reception