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Ethnic Studies


Just Read! Understanding Henrietta Lacks from an Ethnic Studies Perspective

Event Start DateWednesday, October 12, 2011
Salomon Hall in Maher Hall
Event Start Time5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

USD Just Read! encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the book selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This common reading project will simultaneously be taking place at the major universities and community colleges in San Diego. 

Join us for a public lecture by students from Ethnic Studies 496: Research Methods in Ethnic Studies. The aim of the students’ research is to examine the life of Henrietta Lacks through an ethnic studies paradigm. Topics focus on the impact of “scientific research” in communities of color throughout our history including such instances as the Tuskegee experiments, La Operacion in Puerto Rico, and human genetic projects within indigenous communities. This is the first of several events surrounding Skloot's work.

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For this presentation, a light dinner will be included. Please RSVP here by October 10 or by calling the CEE at (619) 260-7402 or emailing


ContactJohnny Bobé | | (619)260-7402