• Bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    John Thompson History of Medicine Lecture

    Bestselling author Rebecca Skloot spent more than 10 years doggedly uncovering the truth about the life, death, and ultimate “immortality” of a poor Black tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks. Her phenomenal book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has sold nearly 3 million copies to date. Recognizable for its engaging, straightforward language, Skloot’s writing—both in The Immortal Life and her many feature articles for major publications—has charmed readers around the world.

    More than 250 communities, schools, and universities have chosen The Immortal Life for their common read programs and it was selected as a best book of 2010 by over 60 media outlets. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks also spent more than four years on The New York Times bestseller list, was named one of Amazon’s 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, has been translated into more than 25 languages, and was made into an HBO film produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball. Skloot was named One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010 by The Washington Post. Join us Wednesday, October 23 as Skloot delivers the John Thompson History of Medicine Lecture, followed by a signing of The Immortal Life during the morning break.

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