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.

Oct 27 2016

Hershey, PA

Time: 9:00 am

Keynote Address: Premier Oncology and Hematology Managers Society
Open to conference attendees only

Aug 25 2016

Chicago, IL

Time: 7:00 pm

An Evening hosted by Glenbard Parent Series and Families United for Students Excellence/African American Parent Committee.

Aug 11 2016

Los Angeles, CA

Time: 1:30 pm

Rebecca Skloot and Lacks Family
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science — Lecture, Q&A

Rebecca and members of the Lacks family will speak to students, faculty, staff, and community members. For more information:

May 17 2016

Peoria, IL

Time: 10:30 am

Rebecca Skloot will deliver the keynote address at the annual OSF Healthcare System Annual Research Symposium, followed by a lecture and slideshow by members of the Lacks family, and a book signing.

Location: OSF Jump Center

Apr 7 2016

Fredericksburg, VA

Time: 7:30 pm

Rebecca Skloot
University of Mary Washington — Lecture, Q&A
Rebecca will lecture on Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as part of Great Lives Lecture Series, followed by 20 minutes of Q & A. For students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Nov 4 2015

Reno, NV

Time: 5:30 pm

Rebecca Skloot
University of Nevada, Reno — Lecture, Q&A
Rebecca will Lecture on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as part of Distinguished Speakers Series, followed by audience Q & A. For students, faculty, staff, and community members. A book signing will follow. Location: Joe Crowley Student Union Ballroom. For more information:

Sep 29 2015

Cambridge, MA

Time: 5:00 pm

Rebecca Skloot
Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute — Lecture, Discussion

Rebecca will lecture about The Immortal Life and her path to writing it. A panel discussion follows moderated by Professor Paula A. Johnson. This event is free and open to the public. Register here. Contact with questions.

Knafel Center
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sep 24 2015

Storrs, CT

Time: 7:00 pm

Rebecca Skloot and Members of the Lacks Family
University of Connecticut, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Lecture, Q&A
Rebecca and members of the Lacks Family will lecture about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Followed by moderated Q&A. For more information go here.


Aug 26 2015

Bozeman, MT

Time: 7:30 pm

Rebecca Skloot & Lacks Family
Montana State University – Convocation
Rebecca will deliver a convocation speech to Montana State University students. (Venue TBD.) Followed by a Q & A with members of the Lacks family. For more information:


May 28 2015

New York, NY

Time: 7:00 pm

World Science Festival

Rebecca will be a featured presenter on the “Science and Story” panel discussion at the World Science Festival. Details TBA. CHECK BACK FOR TIME AND LOCATION INFORMATION.

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