Events & Appearances

Rebecca Skloot travels worldwide speaking about her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and related scientific and ethical issues; she also teaches writing workshops and gives talks on a wide range of subjects at conferences and universities nationwide. To read about Rebecca’s work as a speaker, click here.

Members of Henrietta Lacks’s immediate family also travel extensively to speak about their story at universities and other institutions. Rebecca encourages all institutions interested in having her speak to consider having the Lacks family join them either with Skloot or in her place, to tell their own story and answer questions about their experiences with HeLa cells, the book, and more. For more information on the Lacks Family and their upcoming events, visit their website.

See the calendar below for a schedule of upcoming speaking events featuring Skloot and/or the Lacks family. The schedule is updated often.

If you’d like to invite Rebecca and/or the Lacks family to give a talk in your area, please e-mail the details of your request to Miriam Feuerle at Lyceum Agency: miriam [AT] lyceumagency [DOT] com, or call her at 503.467.4621.

Apr 23 2014

Lynnwood, WA

Time: 12:30 pm

Lacks Family Event
Edmonds Community College – Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

The Lacks Family will speak at the Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College on April 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm. For more information, please contact Ksenia Koon, Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement Director via email.

Apr 30 2014

Towson, MD

Time: 7:00 pm

Lacks Family Event
Towson University – Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

The Lacks Family will speak at Towson University Union-Chesapeake Rooms 1 and 2 at 8000 York Road on April 30, 2014 at 7pm. For more information, please contact Gail Gasparich, Associate Dean via email.

Aug 29 2014

Hartford, CT

Time: 4:00 pm

Lacks Family Event
Trinity College – Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

The Lacks Family will speak at Trinity College–Koeppel Community Sports Center at 175 New Britain Ave on August 29, 2014 at 4pm. For more information please contact Sonia Cardenas, Associate Academic Dean via email.

Oct 22 2014

San Francisco, CA

Time: 6:45 pm

Lacks Family
Center for Youth Wellness, Venue TBD (in SF)
For more information:

Oct 23 2014

Hickory, NC

Time: 7:00 pm

Rebecca Skloot
Lenoir-Rhyne University — Talk, Q&A, Book Signing

Rebecca will speak at Lenoir-Rhyne University @ 7:00pm in Monroe Auditorium. For more information contact Rand Brandes, Professor of English at:

Nov 20 2014

Riverside, CA

Time: 7:00 pm

Rebecca Skloot Event
University of California, Riverside

Time and location TBA. For more information, contact: Todd Wingate,

Apr 25 2015

Salt Lake City, UT

Time: 11:00 am

Rebecca Skloot
ACRP 2015 Global Conference & Exhibition — Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

Attendance is limited to attendees of the ACRP 2015 Global Conference & Exhibition only.

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