Learn about HeLa cells in advance of Oct. 10 event

Hela_info_final_Page_1Our partners with the University of Iowa College of Public Health have put together a great fact sheet that explains some of the science behind the story told in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Reviewing it is just one way to prepare yourself for the event “An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” that will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, to kick off the 2013 Iowa City Book Festival.

That free, unticketed event will be held in the ballroom at the Sheraton Iowa City, and will feature Victoria Baptiste, Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter, and David Lacks Jr., grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks.

While the book is wonderful and highly recommended, reading it isn’t necessary to enjoy the discussion. A number of events will be held between now and Oct. 10 that will allow you to learn about and discuss the issues detailed in the book.

Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: A Book Discussion.” Join Iowa City Public Library librarians for a discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Meeting Room E of the Iowa City Public Library.

Oct. 1, 7 p.m. – Book discussion, Coralville Public Library in the Board Room. A wide-ranging discussion of the book and the issues it raises – of racism, poverty, and medical ethics.

Oct. 1, 7 p.m. – “The Henrietta Lacks Story: A Discussion on Gender, Race and Medical Ethics,” in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The program will cover the evolution of the federal regulations for human subjects’ research and the involvement of minority and vulnerable subject groups in research prior to- and since the regulations were enacted. Scheduled presenters are Dr. J. Andrew Bertolatus and Dr. Martine Dunnwald. Sponsors of the program are the Iowa City Public Library, the City of Iowa City Human Rights Commission and the Diversity Committee at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

October 10, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Discussion with Henrietta Lacks family members, Room N110 in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health Building. Open to all UI students, faculty, and staff.

“An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will be the first of many events held Oct. 10-13 as part of the fifth annual Iowa City Book Festival. The festival, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, features more than 60 over the course of the four-day event.