Spring Events


Recently in the news:

Sequencing of HeLa genome revives genetic privacy concerns

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel

Rebecca Skloot visits WWU!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
7:30 p.m., PAC Concert Hall

Ticket sales begin Monday, March 11th, 2013.
WWU Box Office: $5 student, $10 general
(360) 650-6146

Her name was 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.

On April 10th, Rebecca Skloot will discuss her writing process, the challenges she faced in telling Henrietta Lacks’ story, the importance of science writing, and more.  Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O: The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications.

This program is made possible by the generous support of Western Reads, Division of Enrollment & Student Services, Fairhaven College, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Biology Department, College of Sciences & Technology, English Department, and Research & Sponsored Programs.


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