Wednesday, April 15th


Rebecca Skloot: Finding Henrietta Lacks

Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot will discuss the path she took to researching and writing her best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 

Skloot’s debut book chronicles how one woman’s cells, taken without her consent, transformed modern medicine. The book was an instant New York Times bestseller and was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than 60 media publications. The Immortal Life has been translated into more than 25 languages, and is also being made into a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.


Skloot’s science writing has explored a wide range of topics including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, race and medicine. Her work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazines, Popular Science and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW. She and her father co-edited The Best American Science Writing 2011.  She lives in Chicago and is currently working on her second book. 


The Knight Center for Science and Environmental Journalism


Room 105 - North Gate Hall

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