Written by Rebecca Skloot, the best-selling book explores the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells — taken without her knowledge or permission in 1951 — have led to remarkable medical discoveries. (An HBO movie based on Skloot’s book will air in April.)
Two of Lacks’ grandchildren, Kim Lacks and Alfred Carter Jr., will participate in a presentation and book signing April 12 at Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. Although tickets for the event are no longer available online, they can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at the CPAC box office the day of the talk.
Other Book of the Year highlights include a March 10 talk by Cuesta nursing faculty members on “Ethical Dilemmas in the News” and a March 17 lecture by Cuesta microbiology instructor Elizabeth Lobo on “Tissue Culture Today.” Both events will be at the community college’s San Luis Obispo campus, which will also host a March 23 open house by the Cuesta STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club.
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Cuesta and Cal Poly faculty and students will join Lacks’ relatives April 12 for a panel discussion and workshop on science and biomedical ethics at Cuesta’s San Luis Obispo campus.