Events at Reed

November 13, 2013

Community Reading Project Lecture: Rebecca Skloot, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

6 p.m., Kaul Auditorium

Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951. She remains virtually unknown, although her cells—taken without her knowledge or consent and bought and sold by the billions—became an important tool in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Her family has never benefitted from the research. Sponsored and convened by the Office for Institutional Diversity. ASL interpreting service is provided and a book signing follows the lecture. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.