Onebook: The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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Each year, first-year UT Arlington students participate in the OneBook program, reading a common text and attending related university activities. The OneBook program creates a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff by providing a common text and issues to discuss throughout the academic year. This year’s OneBook is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a New York Times bestseller written by Rebecca Skloot. In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot traces the life of Henrietta Lacks—unwitting donor of the famous HeLa cells—and the lives of her family members side by side with relevant medical, scientific, and legal developments of the past 60 years. Skloot’s gripping narrative addresses the thorny ethical issues that arise at the intersections of race, social class,…show more content…
Why does she choose to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells? Why does she frame the story the way she does? Why does she include herself in the narrative? Does Skloot “take sides” in the book? Or is the book “unbiased”? What, to you, are the most important issues that Skloot raises? Questions like these will be the starting point for fulfilling conversations with friends, classmates, and instructors about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the ethical issues that Skloot addresses. Comments (0) Top Databases for Researching The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Academic Search Complete Multi-discipline, full-text database that covers: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, etc. Tutorial available. Gale Virtual Reference Library The GVRL provides a wealth of full-text reference materials in an electronic format. A wide variety of subjects are included. UT Arlington Library Catalog Database of all items owned by UT Arlington Library. Search here for

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