One Book, One College, One Community

Three people reading while lying on grass.

One Book, One College encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to read the same book and participate in discussions and events related to the work. For 2013/14 we've selected The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Skloot first heard of Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells during a biology class at her local community college. The mystery surrounding Lacks and her cells intrigued Skloot and led her on a multiyear journey of research and discovery. What began with her instructor's encouragement to do extra credit and find out more on Lacks led to the in-depth research and journalism presented in this New York Times #1 bestselling book. According to Skloot, "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 dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we're made of."

2013/14: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
How can you participate?
  • Read: Join students, faculty, and staff in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The book is available to borrow at the reserve desk in the library.
  • Discuss: Watch for details on a planning meeting in Fall 2013.
  • Share: If you have an idea for an event related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, please contact Mary Thomas ( or Jordana Finnegan ( If you are an instructor and plan to incorporate one of these books into your course, we would love to know that too.

CELLS: Two Student Art Exhibits.
CELLS: Two Student Art Exhibits at new Physical Science Building 4400

In Fall of 2013, Foothill College students produced art works based on research and conversations surrounding "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot, Foothill College's book selection for its 2013/2014 "One Book, One College, One Community" program. Under the direction of faculty Kent Manske, students in ART 73/GID 73: Paper Arts produced "Pulp Cells made from Recycled Paper". Students in ART 40/GID 38: Print Arts produced a "Portfolio of Screen Prints". These works are on exhibit at Foothill College's new Physical Science Building 4400 from November 12 - December 12th.

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