2010 Go Big Read is a great fit for CALS classes

Campus is getting ready for its second foray into Go Big Read, and once again, the book selected, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, strikes close to home. It’s relevent to every discipline we study in CALS. With that in mind, let’s make sure that CALS faculty, staff and students take part in the discussion.

As described on the Go Big Read website, author Rebecca Skloot recounts the little-known story of the origin of the “HeLa” cells which have directly aided many advances in modern medicine. The story of Henrietta Lacks, the African-American cancer patient who was the unwitting donor of the cells, will provoke community discussions on a range of issues related to bioethics and diversity.”

If you think you might be interested in using the book as part of your fall 2010 class, you can apply for free copies here. If you’d like to get a review copy first, send an email to the organizers.