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Each year, a faculty advisory committee selects a book to be read by all incoming first-year students before they arrive.
For the 2012 selection, the Montclair Book Faculty Advisory Committee chose The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.
You can purchase The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at the MSU Bookstore or borrow it from Sprague Library.
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Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor tobacco farmer whose cells became one of the most important tools in medicine -- vital for developing the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, and many more crucial discoveries. Her cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she died a cruel death and was all but forgotten, until this book...
Reading and talking about her incredible story is a great way to ponder the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing.
Links to 2 news articles about this event:
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012: David Lacks lectureDavid Lacks, holding a photo of his parents, will speak on campus in the Conference Center, UN.