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Perspectives on HeLa: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion with Faculty

Posted by UCSB Library on January 7, 2011

“Perspectives on HeLa: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion with Faculty”
Tuesday, February 15, Noon
Group Commons Room
1st floor, Davidson Library

This year’s UCSB Reads book is the captivating story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancerous cells, taken without her knowledge, were cultivated and became the first “immortal” human cell line.

Over the years, these HeLa cells have made possible some of the world’s most wide-reaching medical advancements.  Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, challenges us to question our beliefs of personal identity, cell ownership, medical ethics, and poverty and racism in health care.

Please join us in a discussion with four faculty panelists who will provide context from their own research and academic interests.  The panel is one of the many community conversations taking place during this year’s UCSB Reads program.  All are welcome to attend the discussion, even if you haven’t read the book!

Faculty panel:
Dr. Ingrid Banks
Associate Professor, Black Studies Dept.

Dr. Mary Ann Jordan
Adjunct Professor, MCDB

Dr. W. Patrick McCray
Professor, History Dept.

Dr. Laury Oaks
Associate Professor, Feminist Studies Dept.

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