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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Film Screening and Discussion

January 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
A film screening and discussion
Thursday January 23, 2020,  5:00pm-7pm
Eccles Health Sciences Library, Lower Level
Light Refreshments Served

In order to assist with purchasing enough food for all attendees, please rsvp to this event:

Henrietta Lacks is best known as the source of cells that form the HeLa line.  Henrietta was born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. She died in 1951 at the age of 31 of cervical cancer. Cells taken from her body were used without her knowledge and without financial compensation to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research since the 1950s to study the effects of toxins, drugs, hormones and viruses on the growth of cancer cells without experimenting on humans. They have been used to test the effects of radiation and poisons, to study the human genome, to learn more about how viruses work, and played a crucial role in the development of the polio vaccine. Her case sparked legal and ethical debates over the rights of an individual to their genetic material and tissue.

This HBO Film stars Oprah Winfrey as Henrietta’s daughter, Deborah Lacks, is directed by George C. Wolfe, and is based on the book of the same title by Rebecca Skloot.   The book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, is available for checkout from Eccles Health Sciences Library.  A LibGuide for the book is also available.

A Q&A session with Dr. Gretchen Case and Dr. Charles Rogers will follow the screening.

Sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Eccles Health Sciences Library

This event is part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week at the University of Utah. The mission of MLK Week is to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America, and to celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sacrifices have provided in the United States.



January 23, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST
Event Category:


EHSL Access and Inclusion


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