The San Bernardino Public Library will be hosting a panel discussion on the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 6 PM. Guest speakers will include Dr. Michael Chao, Biology Dept. Chair from Cal State San Bernardino and speakers from Loma Linda University. We will be discussing the biological and ethical ramifications of gene research and what happened to Henrietta Lacks.
Henrietta Lacks 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 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. This New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.
The following week, Wednesday March 13 at 6 PM, we will have a screening of the HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey. For those who prefer a daytime screening, we will show the movie again on Thursday, March 14 at 3 PM.
These events are free and open to the public. We have several copies of the book available to check out at our four City libraries, in addition to the eBook and eAudiobook on our website, www.sbpl.org