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OneBook Project 2011

The Campus-wide OneBook Project

H. Lacks
Now in its tenth year, The OneBook Project is a college-wide inititaive that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in activities and discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community which explores issues relevant to the text and our community and which enhances student engagement.
This year's OneBook is Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. A New York Times bestseller for more than 55 weeks, Skloot's book chronicles the story of Henrietta Lacks, a young African American tobacco farmer, whose illness and 
subsequent death in 1951 are one of the most riveting and untold stories in modern medicine. The New York Times Book Review writes, Skloot narrates the science lucidly, tracks the racial politics of medicine thoughtfully, and tells the Lacks family's often painful history with grace..."

As the OneBook Project kicks off this year's schedule of events, please join our campus community for a discussion with David "Sonny" Lacks, Henrietta and David Lacks' third child, Wednesday, October 19 from 9:00-10:00 am in the MacKenzie Auditorium on the Wellesley Campus. All OneBook Project events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the OneBook Project or details about upcoming events, please contact co-chairs Catherine Abraham, Coordinator of Library Services at or Nina Keery, Professor of English at