Opportunity to participate in special pandemic-related WCL Virtual Community, hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
- Open To Alumni AND Faculty/Staff
Join American University Washington College of Law
for a conversation with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Leading the discussion are:
- Lisa Taylor, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Affinities
- Lindsey Wiley, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Program
- Asha Scielzo, Associate Director of the Health Law & Policy Program
6pm - 7:30pm
Discussion, followed by audience Q&A session.
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.
- Open To The Public, Alumni AND Faculty/Staff
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.
- Open To Students, Faculty/Staff AND
- Open To Students
- Open To The Public AND Students