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Pellissippi State has a common reading experience for new students. Each year a new book is selected for this program. The intention is to stimulate a year-long discussion of issues related to the book, by encouraging exploration in classes, on and off campus, and with co-curricular programming. This common reading experience involves incoming first-year students, and many faculty and staff.



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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Common Book

Book Description:

"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance."

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of."

The book has won "several awards, including the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for Excellence in Science Writing, the 2011 Audie Award for Best Non-Fiction Audiobook, and a Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award."

From RebeccaSkloot.com

Trailer for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, from Rebecca Skloot's YouTube channel. 


    Common Book Movies - Spring 2013

    These are streaming films watched anywhere anytime.  Some are videos freely available on the web, others are streaming videos from the Library's streaming video databases including Films on Demand, and VAST: Academic Video Online.


    Borrow book

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,  the Pellissippi Campus Common Book, is available on reserve in the library and at satellite campus ERCs for reading while on-campus.


    Events Calendar

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Events Calendar

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    • Thursday, Oct 4, 2012: President's Convocation
      10:50 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Clayton Performing Arts Center. David Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks, will speak about his mother's life and the consequences of the use of his mother's cells in medical research.
    • Monday, Nov 5, 2012 to Friday, Nov 9, 2012: Building an Artificial Jellyfish - Implications for the Construction of Living Muscular Pumps
      First Floor Alexander Lobby. The presentation discusses the creation of an engineered jellyfish by scientists at Harvard and Caltech, who aimed to use their results to assist in the construction of tissues for the treatment of transplant patients.
    • Monday, Nov 12, 2012 to Friday, Nov 16, 2012: Building an Artificial Jellyfish
      Blount County Campus
    • Monday, Nov 19, 2012 to Friday, Nov 23, 2012: Building an Artificial Jellyfish
      Strawberry Plains Campus
    • Monday, Nov 26, 2012 to Friday, Nov 30, 2012: Building an Artificial Jellyfish
      Magnolia Avenue Campus
    • Monday, Dec 3, 2012 to Friday, Dec 7, 2012: Building an Artificial Jellyfish
      Division Street Campus
    • Friday, Feb 22, 2013: PSCC Faculty Lecture - Stem Cells: The Hope for the Future
      biology, faculty lecture, faculty lecture series, mcmahon, stem cells
    • Wednesday, Mar 6, 2013: HeLa Cells - Contributions to Modern Science
      Goins Auditorium, GN 136; 2-3 pm
      Professor Minoo Askari will offer an overview of the history of how cells from Henrietta Lacks have become a foundation for groundbreaking biological research.
    • Thursday, Apr 11, 2013: A Trailblazer in Medicine: The Career of Dr. Barbara Yarn
      Goins Auditorium, GN 136; 12:30 - 2pm.
      She was one of the first African-American female graduates of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College. She was also one of the first women to serve as chief of staff at an American hospital.

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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Movies Calendar


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