Alexis Allen Boss '89 Endowment for Community Accord and Public Service Speaker
New York Times #1 bestseller
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
Thursday, October 26 | 6 p.m.
Free and open to the public | limited seating
This year's Alexis Allen Boss '89 Endowment for Community Accord and Public Service Speaker is Rebecca Skloot, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book examines the life and legacy of the title character, a poor black farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge went on to become the building blocks of advancements like the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cloning, and more. Skloot's work is and exploration of ethics, humanity, race, family, science and how one woman unintentionally change the course of modern medicine.