The Cinema Series at Augusta University to Honor the Life and Legacy of Henrietta Lacks 

The Cinema Series at Augusta University will honor the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks with two special screenings in January.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an Emmy-nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and based on the award-winning book by Rebecca Skloot, will be screened on Wednesday, Jan. 17.  The screenings are free and scheduled for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Arguably one of the most important women in medical history, Lacks changed medical research in 1951 when her cells were taken from her cervical cancer biopsy without her knowledge or approval. These cells, known as “HeLa” cells, were the first to be medically reproduced and are still widely used in medical research today.

In February, Augusta University, in collaboration with Paine College and the Columbia County Library, will host Skloot and members of the Lacks Family for several events around the CSRA.

The first event takes place at the Columbia County Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, featuring a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

The next day, Paine College will host the Lacks family for a meet and greet at Candler Library at 11 a.m., with lunch being served on a “first come, first served” basis.

The final event will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the Lee Auditorium on the AU Health Sciences Campus, featuring a moderated conversation and Q & A session, followed by a reception and book signing.

These events are being organized by Jim Minick and Anna Harris-Parker, both assistant professors in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Augusta University.

For more information regarding these events, Jim Minick can be reached at (706) 737-1500 or jminick@augusta.edu, or contact the Columbia County Library at (706) 863-1946.

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