Book of the Year

 

Cuesta College Book of the Year 2017

in partnership with SLO County Public Library SLO Reads Program

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot


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New York Times bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.

Selected 2017 BOTY Events

CPAC: LACKS FAMILY IN CONVERSATION
We are thrilled to host members of the Lacks family in support of the Cuesta Book of the Year selection The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The Lacks family has always been involved with the book, first being interviewed, then coming to hear author Rebecca Skloot speak, and finally in developing and presenting their own talks which allow them tell and benefit from their own stories. Proceeds from the book and tours support scholarships and funds for medical issue to descendants of Henrietta Lacks: Henrietta Lacks Foundation. To learn more, visit the Lacks' family website & blog, designed by Henrietta’s grandson David Lacks. You can also follow them on Twitter and on Facebook

Join us at the CPAC to hear Kim Lacks and Alfred Carter, Jr. discuss the book, Henrietta, and the scientific and social issues surrounding their family's story. Kim Lacks, a banking representative in Baltimore, is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter.  She has visited dozens of campuses and communities around the country, adding her own perspective on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.  She is also one of the family members consulting on the highly-anticipated HBO film based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Allan Ball. Alfred Carter Jr. is the son of Deborah Lacks. An ex-Marine, he’s currently the President and CEO of Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, which offers transitional housing for disabled men and women suffering from substance abuse.
April 12, 5 p.m.-7p.m., Cultural and Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo Campus, followed by book signing

Parking is free in lot 2. General Admission tickets are sold out. Limited day of tickets will be on sale first come first serve at the CPAC box office after 4:30 on April 12th. $5 General admission, free for students. To reserve student tickets, contact Carolyn Lorimer 805-546-3190 or cuestabook@gmail.comCampus Information and maps

PANEL AND WORKSHOP ON SCIENCE, ETHICS AND HeLa CELLS
How do local faculty teach The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks? How are students bringing what they learn from the book into their academic and professional lives? Join Cuesta faculty (John Veres, Biological Sciences, Frank Ha, Social Sciences and Thomas Patchell, English), Cal Poly faculty (Sandi Clement, Biological Sciences, Jane Lehr, Science & Technology Studies and Women’s Studies), and students from various departments to explore and discuss different aspects of the book. Presentations will be followed by student-led break-out sessions around issues such as science, research ethics, inclusivity, and social justice. Session will be attended by members of the Lacks family and lunch will be provided. RSVP to cuestabook@gmail.com or 805-546-3190
April 12, 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m., Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Campus, room 5401, Live conferencing to Cuesta North County Campus, room N5006

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
Nursing faculty present: “Ethical Dilemmas in the News”. Cuesta Nursing faculty discuss issues related to ethics and human rights highlighting current public health issues including mandatory vaccination, right to die laws, and animal testing in research. Speakers: Linda Harris, RN, MS; Beth Johnson RN, MSN; Monica Millard RN, MSN; Katherine Mills RN, MSN; Marcia Scott, RN, MSN; Rick Staley RN, BSN, MA; Antonia Torrey, PhD, RN
March 10, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., SLO Campus, Humanities Forum room 6304

Cuesta Biology Instructor Dr. Elizabeth Lobo presents: “Tissue Culture Today: An Introduction to Tissue Culture Techniques and Discussion on Future Uses”
March 17, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Cuesta College North County Campus, room N5006, with live conferencing to SLO Campus, room 5401.

Cuesta Student STEM Club Showcase
Cuesta’s student STEM Club invites all students, staff, and the local community to a fun-filled open house. Chat with current members, enjoy a demonstration of the Ruben’s flame tube and other STEM projects. Free pizza, door prizes. Club caps and T-shirts for sale. The STEM Club is open to all students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For info on the STEM Club, contact President Steven Hoover, cuestastemclub@gmail.edu
March 23, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., SLO Campus in room 5401

Cal Poly Campus Discussion on racism in the medical community, for information contact Stephen Ross,(805) 756-6774, sdross@calpoly.edu 
February 15, 1:00 p.m., Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, room 52-E23ON

RADIO PROGRAM: KCBX 90.1 FM RADIO KCBX “Issues and Ideas” 
Join us for a lively discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and the SLOReads/Cuesta Book of the Year Program. Hosted by Brian Reynolds, with guest speakers Cuesta College Book of the Year Committee member Monica Fiscalini, SLOCounty Regional Librarian Roz Perini, and SLO County Regional Librarian Jackie Kinsey.
March 22, 1:00 p.m.; Archived interviews will be posted at http://kcbx.orgFILMS

FILM: Until The Well Runs Dry: Medicine & the Exploitation of Black Bodies
This gritty documentary film chronicles the involvement of some well-known medical colleges participation in the illegal grave robbing of African American cemeteries during the 19th century. Directed by Dr. Shawn Utsey, Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University. Followed by facilitated discussions. February 8, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cuesta College Cultural Center, SLO Campus, room 5104A
February 9, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cuesta College Dallons Hall (N3102), North County Campus

FILM: The Polio Crusade
This PBS film about the polio epidemic pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease. HeLa cells (derived from Henrietta Lacks) were used by Dr. Jonas Salk as he tested the first polio vaccine in the 1950s. The resulting medical breakthrough saved countless lives. 
March 21, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. San Luis Obispo City Library, Community Room

FILM: Miss Evers’ Boys
This film tells the story of the Tuskegee experiment, a U.S. Federal Government secret medical experiment on poor, rural African Americans during the years 1932-1972. Designed to study the effects of untreated syphilis, the story is told from the perspective of small town Alabama nurse Eunice Evers (Alfre Woodard) who intentionally withheld the truth of the experimentations from patients. 
April 6, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Paso Robles City Library, Conference Room
April 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cuesta Cultural Center, SLO Campus, room 5104A

Parking permits are required for all events at Cuesta College except for April 12 events: $2 permits available at kiosks in campus parking lots. Campus Information and maps

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EVENTS at the COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Addresses and more infomation available slolibrary.org

BOOK DISCUSSIONS 

OCEANO LIBRARY THURS, FEB 9, 6:15 
SHELL BEACH LIBRARY WED, MARCH 15, 4:00 
ATASCADERO LIBRARY THURS, MARCH 16, 2:30 
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY FRI, MARCH 17, 10:00 
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY TUES, MARCH 21, 5:30
ATASCADERO LIBRARY TUES, APRIL 4, 11:00 
LOS OSOS LIBRARY THURS, APRIL 20, 6:30 

DNA AND GENETIC GENEALOGY Join us for fascinating presentations by genetic genealogy specialist Steve Morse.
MORRO BAY LIBRARY SAT, MARCH 4, 11:00 
SAN LUIS OBISPO LIBRARY SAT, MARCH 4, 2:00
ATASCADERO LIBRARY THURS, MARCH 9, 6:00 
LOS OSOS LIBRARY SAT, MARCH 11, 11:00 
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY SAT, MARCH 11, 2:00 

MOVIE: THE POLIO CRUSADE
This film about the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease. 
SAN LUIS OBISPO LIBRARY TUES, MARCH 21, 6:00 

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Thanks to all who joined us for our reception to benefit Cuesta Book of the Year  at Old San Luis BBQ Co. and our Holiday Shopping at HumanKind Fair Trade http://www.humankindslo.org.

Book of the Year is a program of the Academic Senate of Cuesta College and the SLO County Public Library SLO Reads Program. Sponsored by Cuesta College Friends of the Library, Cuesta Student Equity Fund and the San Luis Obispo County Library.

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Past Book of the Year Events

2016: The Barbarian Nurseries
2016 Video of Hector Tobar at the CPAC
2016 Calendar (PDF)
2016 Save the Date Postcard( PDF)

2015: Yellow Birds
2015 Video of Kevin Powers at the CPAC
2015 Calendar (PDF)
2015 Save the date postcard (PDF)

2014: Orange is the New Black
2014 Video of Piper Kerman at the CPAC
2014 
Schedule of Events (PDF)
2014 
Save the Date Postcard (PDF)
2014 Save the Date Flyer (PDF)

2013: Language of Flowers
2013 Videos of Vanessa Diffenbaugh Lecture and Stepping up for Emancipating Foster Youth Panel Events
2013 
Interview with author Vanessa Diffenbaugh on KCBX
2013 Cuesta Events Schedule (PDF)
2013 San Luis Obispo County Library Schedule of Events (PDF)
2013 Save the Date Postcard (PDF)

2012: In the Neighborhood
2012 Winedown Fundraiser
2012 Calendar of Events (PDF)
2012 Pocket Media Festival
2012 Peter Lovenheim Video

2011: Farm City
2011 calendar

2011 films
2011 library events

2010: Enrique's Journey
2010 calendar
2010 films

2009: When the Emperor was Divine
2009 calendar