August 24, 2010

Author Rebecca Skloot Discusses Best Seller at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Tuesday, Sept. 7, Noon


Author Rebecca Skloot Discusses Best Seller at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Rebecca Skloot’s recently released book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” chronicles the life of an African-American heroine whose cancerous cells – taken without her knowledge – have been responsible for some of the most remarkable scientific advancements in the past 60 years.


Her name is Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells – taken without her knowledge – became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.


A lecture and book signing will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7
noon – 1 p.m.
208 Light Hall
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
For further information contact:

Ella Butler at 322-7498 or
ella.butler@vanderbilt.edu
Sponsored by the Office for Diversity in Medical Education, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and the Dean’s Lecture Series.

RSVP to Janelle.owens@vanderbilt.edu