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.

Nov 14 2019

Ogden Eccles Conference Center & Ogden High School

Time: 6:30 pm

Ogden Eccles Conference Center & Ogden High School
(Ogden, UT)

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Oct 23 2019

Moscone West Convention Center

Time: 9:12 am

Moscone West Convention Center
(747 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103)

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Oct 16 2019

Texas Woman's University

Time: 4:00 pm

Texas Woman’s University
(304 Administration Dr.,
Denton, TX)

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Oct 1 2019

Austin Peay State University

Time: 7:00 pm

Austin Peay State University–Dunn Center
(320 Drane St,
Clarksville, TN)

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May 10 2017

Spokane, WA

Time: 11:30 am

Eastern Washington University,

Spokane, WA


May 3 2017

Mission Viejo, CA

Time: 1:00 pm

Saddleback College

28000 Merguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA

Apr 29 2017

Augusta, ME

Time: 2:00 pm

Lithgow Public Library


45 Winthrop Street

Augusta, ME 04330


Apr 27 2017

Boston, MA

Time: 1:00 pm

Bunker Hill Community College

with Shirley Lacks and David Lacks, Jr.

A300 Auditorium, 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston, MA 02129

Apr 12 2017

San Luis Obispo, CA

Time: 5:15 pm

Cuesta College

Highway One, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Apr 12 2017

Valley Glen, CA

Time: 1:00 pm

Los Angeles Valley College

5800 Fulton Avenue,
Valley Glen, CA 91401

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