Wednesday, March 7, 2012
One Book One Community
Our One Book One Community read starts this month. The book selections are: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. The featured event will be a live interview of author Rebecca Skloot by Kerri Miller from Minnesota Public Radio at the DECC on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is free but you must present a ticket. The event at the DECC is sponsored by the College of St. Scholastica. Call 723-7000 for free tickets. Click here for more information on this event and other One Book events. St. Scholastica is also offering free bus service to Canal Park for those interested in having dinner before the program. Please call 879-1531 and ask for Mary or Mark for more details and to reserve a seat on the bus. Click here for more information on this event and other One Book events.
Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.