One Read Program Keynote Event: “Henrietta Lacks and the Future of Race, Science, and Justice”

Dorothy Roberts

March 6, 2017 – 12:15 pm
Room 7, Hulston Hall

Presented by Dorothy E. Roberts
George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
Professor of Civil Rights
University of Pennsylvania

Professor Roberts’ lecture will address the lessons that Henrietta Lacks teaches us about the history and future of race, science and justice. Her story reflects the horrible legacy of medical exploitation of African Americans reinforced by biological concepts of race; yet it also testifies to our common humanity and the possibility of transforming the relationship between race and science by putting social justice at the center.

Previous Events

Orientation Book Discussions

August 18, 2016
8:30 – 9:20 am

Incoming 1Ls will meet in small groups with a faculty member during Orientation to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“Antibiotics and Bad Blood: The Promise and Peril of Mid-Century Medicine”

September 14, 2016
1:00 pm

Professor Kristy Wilson-Bowers
Department of History
College of Arts & Science
University of Missouri

Professor Wilson-Bowers be talking to us about “Antibiotics and Bad Blood: The Promise and Peril of Mid-Century Medicine.” During the course of Henrietta Lacks’ unfortunately short life, the promise of modern medicine was one of disease conquest—doctors fully embraced the germ theory, scientists developed new vaccines and the first antibiotics. But these important achievements were based on a great deal of trial and error and on human experimentation.

In her talk, Professor Wilson-Bowers will offer an overview of both the achievements as well as the problems of such experimentation, including the development of the polio vaccine and the Tuskegee study, which studied untreated syphilis in African American males without their knowledge or consent.

“Medical Biotechnology: Reaping the Benefits of Research”

November 7, 2016
1:00 pm
Room 6

Professors Erika Lietzan and Dennis Crouch

Professor Erika Lietzan will be talking about biomedical and biopharmaceutical research and products that uses human cells – what is done, why it is done, and what it yields. This will include everything from the testing of chemical libraries to figure out compounds that might be worth pursuing to actual cell–based medicinal products.

Professor Dennis Crouch will be talking about patenting in connection with cells including the questions around patenting human and animal cell lines and man–made chimeric cells. He will also discuss other ways to get intellectual property around the research in question.