Community Reads Faculty Panel Discussion

Professors Tom Stiadle, Kristina Blake-Hodek and Linda Lohn will discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" with the Wells community.




12:40 p.m.


Hostetter Lecture Room (209), Stratton Hall

General Info

The Wells College Student Activities office and Science Colloquium series presents a panel discussion on this year’s Community Reads book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The discussion, conducted by Associate Professor of Mathematics Tom Stiadle, Assistant Professor of Biology Kristina Blake-Hodek and Associate Professor of English Linda Lohn, will take place at 12:40 p.m. Friday, February 22 in Room 209 Stratton Hall on the Wells College campus.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” written by Rebecca Skloot, is a non-fiction book about the life and death of a woman named Henrietta Lacks and the use of her cells after her death in 1951. Those cells, known as HeLa, would go on to be instrumental in the creation and research of numerous vaccinations and cures, but was it right for medical professionals to take those cells without informing her or her family?  

Professors Stiadle, Blake-Hodek and Lohn will explore the ethical, social, and scientific implications of the controversial events described in the book. The panel will be moderated by Provost and Dean of the College Cindy Speaker.