If you’ve ever been treated for Cancer, thank Henrietta Lacks.   No, Henrietta isn’t a Ph.D. inventing cancer cures.

Henrietta Lacks was a tobacco farmer who died of cervical cancer in 1951.  But cells taken from Henrietta’s tumor have figured in some of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the last 50 years.  Henrietta’s cells live on today, duplicating with astounding frequency and reliability – considering they were taken from her body without her knowledge or permission.

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Front of Seminole Public Library , Tampa

And Henrietta Lacks will be the focal point of the Tampa Bay Great Books Council’s Fall 2016 Conference: “Science, Humanity, and the Nature of Life,” to be held on Friday, September 16th, at the Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave. (at the corner of Osborne Ave. in Tampa’s historic Seminole Heights neighborhood).

The 21st Century will unquestionably see Science playing an increasingly important role in our lives in many ways – some reminiscent of the science-fiction novels and films of the 20th Century – and all likely to generate questions and controversies about their impact on what we call Humanity and what we know as the Nature of Life.

cover of Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,”
Cover of Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,”

Click here for Fall 2016 Conference Registration Form

Texts for the Conference include Rebecca Skloot’s best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and selections from two essays, “The Selfish Gene” (Richard Dawkins) and “Just in the Middle” (Stephen Jay Gould).  Texts will be provided to all participants at no charge upon receipt of their registration checks.  See details below.

In the wake of our record-setting Drama Retreat in June, we are anticipating high demand for the Fall Conference, so we are reserving additional meeting space and will be expanding the number of trained, certified Moderators to accommodate that demand.  Register now to guarantee your place for this important discussion, and to avoid delays in receiving your study materials.


Inside the Seminole Public Library, Tampa
Inside the Seminole Heights Public Library, Tampa

 Click here for the Fall 2016 Conference Registration Form