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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Last semester, the campus voted and selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to kick off our Bronx Reads: One Book, One College, One Community Program. We hope that everyone on campus will be able to read this important book and take part in the year-long conversations we’ll have about it.

President Thomas A. Isekenegbe designed the Bronx Reads: One Book, One College, One Community program to help freshman settle into the college community and for other students, faculty and staff to join them in an important investigation into the many issues The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises. We’ll talk about research ethics, social justice advocacy, inequities in health care and the politics around story telling. In addition to lectures, a movie screening and discussion, a monthly reading group, an essay contest and members of the Lacks family will visit us on campus on December 7, 2017 (more information will be shared as we approach the date).

While this program is particularly geared towards first year students, we hope the entire BCC community will participate in the many events planned for the Fall and Spring semester. If faculty are interested in using this book in their class this semester, please contact Dr. Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant, Associate Dean for Success Programs or Dr. Monique Guishard, Associate Professor of Psychology.


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