Aug 31 Mon

A Conversation with Rebecca Skloot, Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

06:00PM - 07:30PM

Join American University Washington College of Law
for a conversation with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Introduction by AU President Sylvia Burwell and WCL Acting Dean Robert Dinerstein.

Joining the discussion are:

  • Lisa Taylor, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Affinities
  • Lindsay Wiley, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Program
  • Asha Scielzo, Associate Director of the Health Law & Policy Program
Monday, August 31st, 2020
6pm - 7:30pm

Discussion, followed by audience Q&A session.
Free event, but registration is required.
Zoom link is provided in registration confirmation.

Bestselling author Rebecca Skloot, spent more than ten years doggedly uncovering the truth about the life, death, and ultimate “immortality” of a poor Black tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks. Her phenomenal book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has sold nearly 3 million copies to date.

In The Immortal Life, Skloot tells the story of a young Black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951—and left behind an inexplicably immortal line of cells known as HeLa. Henrietta’s cells—harvested without her knowledge or consent—contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The Immortal Life is also the story of Henrietta’s descendants, the Lacks family, some of whom were used in research without their consent and none of whom have ever benefited from the commercialization of HeLa cells, even though those cells have helped biotech companies make millions of dollars. Part detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, The Immortal Life raises haunting yet urgent questions about race, class, autonomy, and bioethics in America.

  • Presentation
  • Open To The Public, Alumni AND Faculty/Staff
Sep 01 Tue

Virtual Meet-and-Greet with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

05:00PM - 06:30PM Online via Zoom

Join the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law for a virtual happy hour for incoming students!  Learn about our work, how to get involved, and meet Center faculty, staff, and fellow students interested and involved in human rights and humanitarian law at AUWCL. To request reasonable accommodation please contact us at 

  • Seminar
  • Open To Students, Faculty/Staff AND
Sep 01 Tue

The Law and Government Society Welcome Event

05:00PM - 06:30PM Online via Zoom

 An opportunity to meet students who are members of the Law and Government society and hear about their exciting programming. Topics discussed will include introductions of student leadership, a discussion of past events, and a look forward to the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Presentation
  • Open To The Public, Alumni, Students AND Faculty/Staff
Sep 02 Wed

OAE 1L Lab: Time-Management

12:00PM - 01:00PM Online via Zoom

The Office of Academic Excellence invites 1L students to join us for a workshop on time-management.  During this workshop,  students will have the opportunity to learn about the time-management process, learn tips for applying key strategies, and have the opportunity to create their very own customized time-management plan.  

  • Workshop
  • Open To Students
Sep 02 Wed

Gender and Law Welcome Happy Hour

05:00PM Washington College of Law

  • Reception
  • Open To Students AND Faculty/Staff