Common Reading Program Faculty Resources

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, 2013 selection

Overview of college disciplines and how the book may be tied into the curriculum: (North Carolina A&T State University, 2013).

 

Curriculum Tie-Ins
Biology cell reproduction; tissue harvesting
Math number of cells sold, reproduced, and remaining in storage
Business business of tissue harvesting and economic impact; Intellectual Property Laws
Psychology impact on the Lacks family and decendants
English/Journalism storytelling, fact checking, linguistics
Engineering Analysis of machines George Gey invented to grow cells; Current Tissue Culture Technology; Regenerative medicine
History treatment classes and races in 1950s & 1960s; Impact science research of HBCUs in 1950s and 1960s; Nuremberg Code; Tuskegee Syphillis Study; Nuremberg Trials
Social Work treatment of oldest child of Henrietta Lacks and children after her death
Human Subjects Standards for Ethical Research; Johns Hopkins Hospital staff
English Graphic Novel: Truth: Red, White & Black; braided structure of the book

 

Websites:

Rebecca Skloot’s website/teacher’s resources

Random House Reader’s Guide

Portland Community College Common Reading website

LaGuardia Community College book resources

 SMU Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility

Washington State University’s Common Reading Program

Articles:

http://www.diversityweb.org/DiversityDemocracy/vol14no2/neikrie.cfm

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/25/139948707/college-common-reads-lessons-from-henrietta-lacks

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/18/134622044/tracing-the-immortal-cells-of-henrietta-lacks

http://triblive.com/aande/books/3392744-74/lacks-skloot-henrietta#axzz2KKi8G9NE

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-to-live-on-in-pittsburgh-lecture-series-673278/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/04/henrietta-lacks-cancer-cells

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Henrietta-Lacks-Immortal-Cells.html

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/henrietta-lacks-woman-cells-polio-cancer-flu-research-medicine/story?id=9712579

 

Videos:

Dr. Stanley Gartler, Washington State University lecture for Common Reading Program