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.

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

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:


Feb 4 2013

Pittsburgh, PA

Time: 7:30 pm

Rebecca Skloot and David “Sonny” Lacks
Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures – Drue Heinz Lectures
Talk, Q&A and Book Signing

Rebecca Skloot and David “Sonny” Lacks, son of Henrietta Lacks, will speak at Carnegie Music Hall at 4400 Forbes Avenue on February 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm. For more information, please visit Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures on the web or contact Jayne Adair at 412-622-8866.

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