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USF to host an evening with the Lacks Family

TAMPA, Fla. — “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot is a book about Henrietta Lacks, a poor, black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and used to develop some of the most revolutionary advances in modern medicine.

Two members of the Lacks family will be participating in a discussion facilitated by Dean Eric Eisenberg at 6:30 p.m on Sept. 26 in the Marshall Student Center Oval Theatre on the University of South Florida campus. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to about 700 people.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” covers topics such as medical ethics, race and women’s rights.

Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, which will soon be made into an HBO film by Oprah and Alan Ball, is the chosen book for USF’s Common Reading Experience. The Common Reading Experience is aimed at giving everyone on campus, both students and faculty, at least one topic that they can discuss with one another.

This event is part of the Frontier Forum lecture series, presented by USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty and sponsored by the USF Office of the Provost, USF College of Arts and Sciences and Mayor Bob Buckhorn.


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Author: Justine Figueroa