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UCSB Reads 2011: Community Conversations

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Santa Barbara Public Library

Goleta Public Library

Community Conversations: Our Bodies, Our Cells: Exploring Identity

  • What we're reading:

Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  New York: Crown Publishers, 2010.

 

Learn. Discuss. Question. Share your opinions, thoughts, and questions about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or on any of the related issues about determining one's identity and who has control over it, the significance and impact of scientific and medical research using human cells, or of the social, cultural and economic implications of defining identity.

What do you think? . . . Bring your ideas and take part in the discussions.

 

  • Wednesday, February 2 / Noon / Group Commons, 1st floor, UCSB Davidson Library
    Community Conversations

      "HeLa Cells Through a Scientific Lens: A Discussion with Faculty"
      Wednesday, February 2, Noon
      Group Commons Room  1st floor, Davidson Library
         HeLa cells were culled in 1951 from the cancerous tumor of an African American woman named Henrietta Lacks, who unknowingly provided the scientific community with what has become the most prolific and durable line of cells ever reproduced. The list of scientific and medical developments attributed to HeLa cells is staggering and continues to grow.
         This year's UCSB Reads book is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the fascinating, engaging story of this woman, her life and family, and her cells. Faculty here on our campus continue to work with HeLa cells. Our two panelists, both scientists in the MCDB Department, will discuss their work and their research on cells and will be available for questions.
          You’ll have a chance to view live HeLa cells through a microscope. 
    Please join the discussion about the social, legal, ethical, and cultural impact of human cell research in general, and of HeLa cells in particular. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you haven't read the book!

    Faculty panel:
    Dr. Kathleen Foltz
    Associate Professor, MCDB
    National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow

    Dr. Leslie Wilson
    Professor, MCDB
    Editor of the series Methods in Cell Biology
    Associate Editor for Biochemistry

         Sponsored by the UCSB Library
  • Tuesday, February 15 / Noon / Group Commons, 1st floor, UCSB Davidson Library
    Community Conversations


    "Perspectives on HeLa: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion with Faculty"
         This year's UCSB Reads book is the captivating story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cancerous cells, taken without her knowledge, were cultivated and became the first "immortal" human cell line.  Over the years, these HeLa cells have made possible some of the world's most wide-reaching medical advancements.  Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, challenges us to question our beliefs of personal identity, cell ownership, medical ethics, and poverty and racism in health care.
         Please join us in a discussion with four faculty panelists who will provide context from their own research and academic interests.  The panel is one of the many community conversations taking place during this year's UCSB Reads program.  All are welcome to attend the discussion, even if you haven't read the book!

    Faculty panel:
    Dr. Ingrid Banks
    Associate Professor, Black Studies Dept.

    Dr. Mary Ann Jordan
    Research Biologist and Professor Emerita, MCDB

    Dr. W. Patrick McCray
    Professor, History Dept.

    Dr. Laury Oaks
    Associate Professor, Feminist Studies Dept.

         Sponsored by the UCSB Library

 

  • Tuesday, April 5 / 6:00pm / Goleta Public Library
    Community Conversations

         Join in the conversations about key topics covered in Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Panel discussion will be led by faculty who have expertise in various disciplines.

    Faculty panel:
    Dr. Kathleen Foltz
    Associate Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
    National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow

    Dr. John SW Park
    Associate Professor, Asian American Studies; affiliation with the Department of Sociology
    Assoc. Dean of Undergraduate Education

    Dr. Gabriela Soto Laveaga
    Associate Professor, History Department

         Sponsored by the UCSB Library, SBCC, Antioch University, and the Santa Barbara Public Library System

 

  • Wednesday, April 6 / 6:00pm / Santa Barbara Central Public Library, Faulkner Gallery 
    Community Conversations
         Join in the conversations about key topics covered in Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Panel discussion will be led by faculty who have expertise in various disciplines.

    Faculty panel:
    Dr. Dawn Osborn
    Core Faculty, Antioch University

    Dr. Heather Rose
    Biology Professor, Santa Barbara City College

    Starshine Roshell
    Columnist and Journalism Professor, Santa Barbara City College

    Dr. Alice Scharper
    Dean of Educational Programs, Santa Barbara City College

         Sponsored by the UCSB Library, SBCC, Antioch University, and the Santa Barbara Public Library System 

 


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