number of activities during September in conjunction with the Daniel Boone
Regional Library’s One Read program. This year’s book, chosen by a public vote,
is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” a non-fiction work by Rebecca Skloot.
appeared in The New York Times
Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications.
She specializes in narrative science writing. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta
Lacks,” her debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and
instantly became a New York Times best-seller.
program that encourages adults of all ages to read one book and participate in
thought-provoking discussion and activities. All events at WWU are free and
open to the public.
cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in
medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in
vitro fertilization and more.
bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her
family can’t afford health insurance.
from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white
laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells; from Henrietta’s small, dying
hometown of Clover, Va.—a land of wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and
voodoo—to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and
struggle with the legacy of her cells.
ethics, race and medicine and follows a daughter’s search for the mother she
Woods University. All events take place at 7 p.m. in the Library Auditorium
unless otherwise noted.
story. It will be especially helpful for those who have not yet read the book,
but want some idea of its content. Dr. Greg Smith, WWU associate professor of
English and film, will lead a discussion.
the turn of the 20th century, African-American doctors, nurses and patients were
excluded from most Kansas City area hospitals. The realities of segregation
created the need for Black health care institutions. The film tells the
dramatic story of some of greater Kansas City’s African-American health care
pioneers and their efforts that led to the creation of Black hospitals and
finally to the complete integration of the health care system. Dr. Greg Smith,
WWU associate professor of English and film, will lead a discussion.
Experimentation in the 3rd Reich
a number of German physicians conducted painful and often deadly experiments on
thousands of concentration
camp prisoners without their consent. Dr. Shawn Hull, WWU associate
professor of history, with expertise on German history, will draw comparisons
between the unethical medical experimentation carried out during the Third Reich
and the case of Henrietta Lacks here in the United States in the 1950s.
transmitted virus in the United States. At least 50 percent of sexually active
people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives. Dr. Katharine Mixer
Mayne, WWU assistant professor of biology, will give a presentation on Cervical
Cancer and the HPV vaccine, Guardasil, which protects females against the
types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.