Student Announcements

Student Announcements

Apr 15 2013
Organization: President's Committee on Diversity
Contact: Lesley Larkin (

David "Sonny" Lacks and Ruth Faden - Diversity Common Reader Pgm

The international success of Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, has left people keenly interested in the story behind HeLa cells, one of the most important tools in modern medicine, which were derived, in 1951, from the body of a poor black woman named Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta's son, David "Sonny" Lacks, and her great-granddaughter, Veronica Spencer, will answer questions about their family's experience. Medical ethics expert, Dr. Ruth Faden, will speak about the on-going ethical issues raised by Henrietta's story.

Come join us for this exciting discussion, the keynote event in this year's Diversity Common Reader Program. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Jamrich 102

This event is sponsored by the President’s Committee on Diversity (formerly ECDC), College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Graduate Education and Research, School of Education, Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Honors Program, and the Center for Native American Studies.