Common Reading Program


Throughout the academic year there will be events and opportunities for involvement in experiences related to the book and themes related to it. Examples of events include: faculty and community lecture series, community service opportunities and book discussions. Visit this page for ongoing updates to our schedule of events.

April 9 - Announcing the Henrietta Lacks family visit

April 9, 2013, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Students are invited to a short reception on Tuesday afternoon, April 9, from 3:30-4:30 in Atwood, Glacier and are encouraged to share their responses to the book with the family during an open mic portion of the event, starting at 3:45. Event co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.

April 9, 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Join us in welcoming the Henrietta Lacks family to St. Cloud State University. Free tickets for the evening event are available at or at Atwood Information Desk. Doors to Ritsche open at 6:30, event starts at 7:00 and will be followed by a book signing. The first 50 people to arrive at Ritsche will get a free copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot! They will also be available for purchase by the Husky Bookstore at the event. Event co-sponsored by the University Program Board.

September 5 - Mainstreet

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Web Science Express

September 26 - Panel on Ethics of Research with Human SubjectsPanel on Ethics of Research with Human Subjects

Atwood Theatre, 4:00 p.m.

When did society start to question the use of human subjects in research? Is it still really an issue?

Having read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, do you wonder if it's still so easy to have your cells used for research without your consent?

In fact, how can our consent ever be truly ‘informed’?

Attend this panel discussion with a wide range of faculty from SCSU and learn more about these questions and ask some of your own. Panelists: Dr. Carla Johnson (Philosophy), Dr. Christopher Lehman (Ethnic and Women’s Studies), Linda Donnay (Sponsored Programs), Dr. Kristin Gulrud (Biology), Dr. Rex Veeder (English).

Classes are welcome! (please let us know if you plan to send or bring a class group at

October 3 - Film Screening and Discussion

Miller Center Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Click here to see the flyer listing details.

October 18, - Women's Health, HPV and Cervical Cancer

Atwood North Voyageurs, 12:30-1:00 p.m.

A Candid Conversation about Women’s Health

Come discuss with Health Services’ doctors and nurses what you should know about HPV, cervical cancer, contraception, and how you can protect yourself. For more information click here.

Announcing the Common Reading Essay Competition 2012-13!

For the essay prompt, click here.

October 22 - Essay Submissions Due

Centennial Hall 208, 4:00 p.m.

October 26 - Guest Lecturer

Atwood Voyageurs, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Inmaculada de Melo-Martin from Cornell University will be giving a talk tentatively titled: "Genetics, Philosophy, and Bioethics: Reflections on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." For more information click here.